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Orange fever all around NIU's campus

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For the first time in Northern Illinois University history, athletes will square off with the some of the best in the country. The football team's bowl championship series bid is literally leaving its mark all over campus.

Move over Seminoles, the Huskies are enjoying the fruits of their labor as they gear up for the Discover Orange Bowl. University President John Peters says this monumental reward brings a lot of positive energy to DeKalb.

"I've never experienced excitement on a college campus like this." -says Peters.

Even in the dark, NIU shows off what it's proud of. Peters knows this push into the national spotlight is definitely catching students' eyes.

"I can't tell you in the last week how many freshmen applications we've received." -he says.

There have been some mixed opinions about a Mid-American Conference team making its way to the BCS. Peters is thrilled the Huskies are a part of the college sports buzz.

"In every sports program, radio or television, they're asking 'Who are these guys at NIU and how did they get there?' and you can't buy that kind of publicity." -he boasts.

Current students are chomping at the bit to get to Florida for the big game.

"We're making that possible with our very affordable, $150 round-trip package on a bus and two nights in a hotel plus a ticket." -says Peters.

He adds the school owes it all to the superior athletic talent making up the football team.

"They feel they cannot be defeated. They have that attitude."

Peters also mentioned that in the last three days NIU has sold more apparel than any other school in the country. The Huskies will take on Florida State New Year's Day in Miami, Florida.

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