CHICAGO (CBS) — The Northern Illinois University football team and coaches were on their way to Miami on Wednesday morning, headed for their New Year’s Day matchup with Florida State in the Orange Bowl.
WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports the Huskies had a team dinner Christmas night, before Wednesday morning’s flight from Rockford to Miami.
Six buses took the football team to Chicago Rockford International Airport early Wednesday.
The team’s Orange Bowl bid is the first bowl bid in Mid-American Conference history, but senior punter Ryan Neir was ready for the big game.
“Just excited, ready to get down there, and start going to practice, and getting used to the warm weather. So, just looking forward to it,” Neir said.