NIU-FSU is among the saddest major bowl rematches ever

FSU’s collapse is one thing, but neither of these teams appear capable of offense.

The greatest season in the history of NIU football ended with Jimbo Fisher’s Florida State beating the extremely confident Huskies in 2012’s Orange Bowl, a game that remained competitive longer into the second half than most — including ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, famously exasperated by the idea of NIU making a BCS bowl — anticipated.

The future was gleaming.

Fisher’s Noles would win the...

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