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Jordan Lynch is feeling confident about NIU’s chances against FSU

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Outside of our yearly predictions, this is probably the most exposure we’re going to give the Orange Bowl.

It’s not that we don’t love the underdog — we do quite a bit — but we’re also realists here at CFT. Florida State and Northern Illinois just doesn’t elicit a lot of excitement. So, we need some help. A quote for some bulletin-board material. Luckily, NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch provided some on Wednesday.

Lynch was not lacking confidence when he spoke with the Sporting News about Florida State’s top-10 defense.

“They’re fast, they’re physical, but they haven’t seen anything like our offense,” Lynch said. “We plan on wearing them down. In the fourth quarter, we plan to have them on their knees—and then just keep pounding away.”

Lynch didn’t back off his comments when asked about them later in the day. He wasn’t alone, either. NIU defensive end Sean Progar said FSU would be “surprised” by the Huskies’ team speed and new coach Rod Carey added “What’s he [Lynch] supposed to say? ‘Hey, we’re just hoping we get a first down, a yard or two?‘”

Now, to suggest in hyperbolic fashion that Florida State has never, at any point, seen anything like NIU’s offense is just plain wrong. And, besides, talk means zilch when everyone still has to strap on the pads and go out on the field and hit someone.

Of course, FSU could come out and effortlessly send NIU back home with a loss somewhere in the neighborhood of a 50-point margin. Or, as the Seminoles have been known to do from time to time, they could come out flat and Lynch, college football’s third-leading rusher, could make it a game and possibly lead the upset.

That’s the best part: Lynch and NIU will have a chance to back up their words on the field in five days. But by then, words won’t mean anything.

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8 Responses to “Jordan Lynch is feeling confident about NIU’s chances against FSU”
  1. jimmy53 says: Dec 27, 2012 5:03 PM

    What a joke. A second rate Tajh Boyd.

  2. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 27, 2012 5:15 PM

    Herbstreit said it perfectly.
    “Ej Manuel will do whatever he can to keep this game close. “

  3. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 27, 2012 8:30 PM

    Lynch must have seen the NC State film. LOL

    NIU 35 FSU 24

  4. niubears says: Dec 28, 2012 12:00 AM

    NIU will cover the spread. The game will come down to the 4th qtr. Everyone in the country, for those watching and for those that aren’t FSU fans, will be pulling for NIU late in the game when they see that they actually have a chance to win.
    Will they pull it off? I certainly hope so. Like most games do, the team will the least amount of mistakes will win this one.
    I would not mind if the ‘Noles decide to do their best impersonation of the Detroit Lions.

  5. normtide says: Dec 28, 2012 7:56 AM

    I agree with coach, what is this kid supposed to say? Reporters ask kids these questions hoping for bulletin-board material. Hell yes, those kids think they can win, and they should think that way.

  6. lakesidegator says: Dec 28, 2012 11:41 AM

    Nothing would make me happier than:
    NIU-49, FSU-0
    ND-49, One-tooth-U-0
    UF-49, UL-0

  7. bratbeach says: Dec 28, 2012 6:06 PM

    I agree with coach, what is this kid supposed to say? Reporters ask kids these questions hoping for bulletin-board material. Hell yes, those kids think they can win, and they should think that way.

    No, but to say they haven’t seen anything like your offense or that they’re going to be surprised by your speed, when they faced a far better and faster offense in Clemson, is silly. But as for expecting to win, I agree. Nothing wrong with that.

  8. jimmy53 says: Dec 28, 2012 6:56 PM

    I’m really tired of the “what is he supposed to say” argument. He is supposed to say what the Florida State players and coaches are saying. Its called class, and acting like you’ve been here before. They’re not trash talking, all they are doing is saying how NIU deserves to be here and what a great team they are, and what a great competitive game it’s going to be. By the way, pissing off what is arguably one of the best defenses in the nation is just stupid.

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