Created:Friday, March 31, 2017 6:32 p.m.CDT

NIU football: Huskies to play at Florida State in 2016 season

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Northern Illinois wide receiver Martel Moore (1) leaps into the end zone after escaping from the grasp of Florida State defensive back Lamarcus Joyner (20) during the second half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) (Alan Diaz)

The Northern Illinois football team is reportedly going to get its chance at payback for its Orange Bowl loss.

The Huskies will play at Florida State during the 2018 season, according to The game will take place on Sept. 22 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. The Huskies were originally scheduled to host Idaho on that date, but that game will be bumped to Sept. 9, 2023.

Northern Illinois athletic director Sean Frazier said the games are proposed, but that he couldn't confirm the contest "at this stage of the game."

"We're in the middle of looking at a number of different things," Frazier said. "Our schedules are very fluid. Nothing except for the year that we're playing is confirmed. It's always a moving target because it's both TV and competitive pieces that we have to put our program in a better light.

"Everything that's there is proposed. We're constantly moving stuff around."

According to, the Huskies will earn a $1.6 million guarantee for the game – citing the contract signed between the two schools. The contest against the Seminoles will be a rematch of the 2013 Orange Bowl, which Florida State won, 31-10.

It's been the second flashback to that game for Huskie fans so far this spring. Jordan Lynch, who was the star quarterback for the Huskies during that season, was named the Northern Illinois running back coach earlier this year.

With a game against the Seminoles, the Huskies would have three Power 5 schools on their non-conference schedule for 2018 – including at Iowa (Sept. 1) and hosting Utah (Sept. 8). They are also scheduled to play at BYU on Oct. 27.

Frazier said that with the way schedules shift, games can be set one year before they're played – saying that games for the 2018 season can be finalized while the Huskies are actually playing their 2017 schedule.

"I don't like it that way," Frazier said. "I'd like to get them farther out, but in light of the College Football Playoff and some other things, we have to move schedules around. We have to make sure we have a balanced schedule and we have to make sure we have a schedule that works with our program. You'll see teams move stuff around all the time. With the advent of ESPN contracts and CBS Sports, this stuff is fluid. It's not like how it was in the old days."

Florida State, which won the national championship after the 2013 season, finished ranked No. 8 in the nation last year, going 10-3 and topping Michigan, 33-32, in the Orange Bowl.


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