In the ultimate David-vs.-Goliath match-up of this bowl season 12-1 Northern Illinois, champions of the MAC, challenge 11-2 Florida State, championship of the ACC, in the Orange Bowl New Year's Day night in South Florida (8:30 pm ET, ESPN).
The early Orange Bowl odds were listing the Seminoles, who are averaging 40 PPG this season, as 13-point favorites over the Huskies, who are averaging 41 PPG.
Underdogs have ruled the Orange Bowl lately, going 7-2 ATS in nine years. But beware FSU, as the Noles are 8-0-1 ATS in their past 9 bowl games. Also of note for bettors, the UNDER is 5-1 in past 6 Orange Bowls. [ More Orange Bowl betting stats, trends and picks ]