College football roundup: Northern Illinois reportedly will play in Orange Bowl

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Mid-American Conference champion Northern Illinois will face Florida State in the Orange Bowl,'s Pete Thamel reported Sunday based on information from a source.
The MAC champion does not get an automatic berth to a BCS game, so, to be guaranteed a BCS spot, the Huskies needed finish in the top 16 of the final BCS standings while a champion from one of the six automatic-qualifying conferences finished ranked behind them.
The final BCS standings and the BCS game matchups will be announced officially at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. But according to the report, the Huskies finished No. 15 in the BCS standings, ahead of Big East champ Louisville. Northern Illinois, which finished 12-1 after beating Kent State in the MAC title game, also had to finish ahead of Boise State in the BCS standings to get a BCS berth.
The Fiesta Bowl picked Oregon to face Kansas State, according to the report, and Florida will play Louisville in the Sugar Bowl.
Wisconsin and Stanford were already guaranteed to meet in the Rose Bowl.
That left the Orange Bowl with Northern Illinois to match against Atlantic Coast Conference champion Florida State.

--One day after a season-ending loss, South Florida fired coach Skip Holtz after three disappointing seasons.
The school made the announcement at a Sunday afternoon media conference.
Holtz posted a 16-21 overall record in three seasons at South Florida. The Bulls struggled in Big East play, finishing 1-6 in the conference each of the past two seasons and failing to qualify for a bowl for the first time since 2004.
Holtz's brief stay ends with nine losses in his final 10 games. South Florida fell 27-3 at home to Pittsburgh on Saturday in its season finale.

--Notre Dame and Alabama were ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively, in the final regular-season Associated Press and USA Today college football polls released on Sunday, but the Irish were not a unanimous No. 1 in the USA Today coaches poll.
Notre Dame, the only unbeaten, bowl-eligible, FBS team, got all 60 first-place votes in the AP media poll, but got only 56 of 59 first-place votes in USA Today coaches poll.
Alabama, which beat Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game on Saturday, got the other three first-place votes, even though it lost to Texas A&M earlier in the season.

--Idaho has hired Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino as its head coach, according to ESPN.
Petrino, the brother of former Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino, spent this past season with the Razorbacks after two years as offensive coordinator at Illinois, where he left when Ron Zook was ousted after the 2011 season.

--Two Oklahoma players -- wide receiver Jalen Saunders and cornerback Cortez Johnson -- were arrested early Sunday morning on a charge of possession of marijuana, reported.
The school has yet to comment on Sanders' status for the Sooners' bowl game.
A transfer from Fresno State, Saunders played in only eight games, but is still third on the team in receptions (53) and receiving yards (766). He leads the team in those categories over that eight-game span to end the regular season.
Johnson, a transfer from Arizona, is sitting out the season as a transfer.

--A Florida man injured in a four-story fall Saturday night at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., before the ACC championship game was still hospitalized in critical condition Sunday.
Sean Michael Powers of New Port Richey, Fla., was identified by local police as the victim. They reported that the 22-year-old was walking up a ramp to look for his seat and got too close to a railing before falling into a grassy area outside the stadium.
The Charlotte Observer reported that police were not certain what caused the fall but that no foul play was suspected.

--Defensive coordinator Jim Reid and three other assistants were ousted at Virginia as part of a staff shake-up announced Sunday by coach Mike London.
Reid was relieved of his duties, the school said in a statement, along with defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Jeff Hanson, running backs coach Mike Faragalli and tight ends coach Shawn Moore.
All four coaches accompanied London when he left Richmond to take the Virginia job in December 2009.
The Cavaliers finished with a 4-8 record this season.

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