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Florida was crowned National Champions in 2009 when they played the Oklahoma Sooners when the Orange Bowl last hosted the BCS Championship.
Notre Dame and Alabama to play in 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game
MIAMI LAKES, Fla. (www.orangebowl.org) – No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama will meet in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game on Monday, January 7, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m.
The teams enter the BCS National Championship Game leading the nation in scoring defense. Notre Dame finished the regular season with the top-ranked defense, allowing 10.3 points per game, while Alabama finished second allowing 10.7 points per game. On the offensive side of the ball, both teams average over 200 yards per game rushing.
Notre Dame (12-0) is making its first appearance in the BCS National Championship Game. The Fighting Irish finished the regular season undefeated for the first time since 1988, the last time they won a National Championship. Notre Dame is making its fourth BCS appearance, but its first in the BCS National Championship Game. The Fighting Irish have played in five games hosted by the Orange Bowl (1973, ’75, ’90, 91, ’96) and have a 2-3 record in those games.
Alabama (12-1, 7-1 SEC) is making its second consecutive trip to the BCS National Championship Game and its third in the last four seasons. With a victory, Alabama would become the first team in the BCS era to repeat as champions. The Crimson Tide is making its fifth trip to a BCS bowl game and its third in the National Championship Game. Alabama is the sixth team to play in consecutive BCS National Championship Games. The Crimson Tide have played in eight games hosted by the Orange Bowl (1943, ’53, ’63, ’65, ’66, ’72, ’75, ’00) and have a 4-4 record in those games.
The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game will be the seventh all-time meeting between Notre Dame and Alabama and the first since 1987. Notre Dame holds a 5-1 record in the all-time series; including two bowl victories over the Crimson Tide. The two teams met in the 1973 Sugar Bowl and the 1975 Orange Bowl. Alabama entered the 1975 Orange Bowl ranked No. 1, but the Fighting Irish took an early 7-0 lead en route to a 13-11 upset victory in Ara Parseghian’s final game as head coach at Notre Dame.
Florida State and Northern Illinois to meet in the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl
MIAMI LAKES, Fla. (www.orangebowl.org) – Two conference champions, No. 12 Florida State and No. 15 Northern Illinois, will meet in the 79th Discover Orange Bowl on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., it was announced today by Orange Bowl CEO Eric Poms. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Northern Illinois is among the hottest teams in the country, riding a 12 game winning streak which is tied for the longest active winning streak in the nation (Notre Dame and Ohio State are the others). The Huskies are one of three teams to have won their conference outright the last two years (Wisconsin and Arkansas State are the others). Florida State finished the regular season ranked second in total defense and seventh in scoring defense, and has held opponents to under 10 points five times this season. Northern Illinois ranks ninth in scoring offense and rushing offense.
No. 12 Florida State (11-2, 7-1 ACC) earned the ACC’s automatic berth in the Discover Orange Bowl by virtue of its 21-15 victory over Georgia Tech in the eighth annual Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Running back James Wilder, Jr. earned MVP honors as he rushed 10 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Defensive backs Xavier Rhodes and Karlos Williams each picked off a Georgia Tech pass as the Seminoles earned their second ACC Championship Game victory. Florida State is making its ninth Orange Bowl appearance (1980, ’81, ’93, ’94, ’96, ’01, ’04, ’06) and its first since the 2006 Classic. The Seminoles have a 3-5 record in their previous Orange Bowl games, including a national championship victory in the 1994 Orange Bowl.
No. 15 Northern Illinois (12-1, 8-0 MAC) is making its first BCS bowl game appearance and its first appearance in the Discover Orange Bowl. The Huskies outlasted Kent State 44-37 in double overtime in the MAC Championship Game. Quarterback Jordan Lynch led the way against Kent State, as he threw for 212 yards and one touchdown while rushing for 160 yards and three touchdowns. Lynch leads the nation in total yards (4,733) and ranks third in total yards per game (364.08) behind Baylor’s Nick Florence and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel.
This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools and the first ever BCS bowl game for a member of the Mid-American Conference. It is also the first ever bowl meeting between the ACC and MAC.
The Orange Bowl is currently accepting credential applications for the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game and the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl. Credential applications will be accepted until Dec. 14. Media can access the application by logging on to www.orangebowl.org/pressbox. The 2013 Discover Orange Bowl is on Jan. 1 at Sun Life Stadium. The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game is on Jan. 7 at Sun Life Stadium.