Inside NIU's Orange Bowl run

Florida State defeated NIU to win the Orange Bowl Tuesday.

CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — The average rating for ESPN's Tuesday night telecast of the Orange Bowl rose 44% from last year's game, the Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS) -owned network said Wednesday. The contest, in which No. 12 Florida State rolled over No

ESPN's first two Bowl Championship Series telecasts of 2013 – the Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO and Discover Orange Bowl on Tuesday, Jan. 1 – combined to average an 8.0 metered market rating, according to Nielsen. The two-game average marks

And that frustration manifested itself among bowl representatives as well. According to CBS Sports, the day before the game an Orange Bowl a rep got in a heated debate with a NIU staff member, arguing about their selection.

Northern Illinois has been the ugly stepsister of the BCS since bowl matchups were announced about a month ago. Everyone and their mothers has done nothing but rip NIU for achieving their BCS bowl bid, even though they