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Discover Orange Bowl

Published on January 2, 2011 by   ·   6 Comments

orange-bowl-logoThe Orange Bowl is one of the four Bowl Championship Series bowl games. It is often played after New Year’s Day and Sun Life stadium and the city of Miami will also host the National Championship Game once every 4 years. The normal matchup of the Orange Bowl is the Atlantic Coast Conference champions against an at-large BCS team. The one exception is the years that the Orange Bowl hosts the national championship. This year’s matchup is the Virginia Tech Hokies (11-2) against the at-large Stanford Cardinal (11-1) from the Pac-10.

The Orange Bowl is tied with the Sugar Bowl and Sun Bowl as the 2nd oldest bowl game, having first started on New Year’s Day in 1935. The Orange Bowl has always been hosted in Miami. The city of Miami wanted to organize an event similar to the Rose Bowl, which had been played about 20 times prior to the Orange Bowl. This bowl game was traditionally played on New Year’s Day up until the advent of the BCS.

Kickoff for this game will be tonight at 8:30PM ET on ESPN and ESPN Radio.

Virginia Tech started off the year 0-2 with a heartbreaking loss against Boise State followed by disaster against 1AA James Madison knocked them out of the top 25. They have rallied off 11 straight wins since then.

Stanford has been so good this year that the fans have to be worried if this is coach Harbaugh’s last year. Both teams from the NFL (mainly the 49ers) and his college home at Michigan are going to court him for his services. I wouldn’t doubt either scenario from happening as Stanford could not sell out their home stadium in many games this year.

Previous Bowl Results

Last year Iowa beat Georgia Tech 24-14. Since 2001, the ACC is 1-7 as a conference in the Orange bowl. The lone win was by Virginia Tech which beat the Big East Champion Cincinnati Bearcars 20-7 two years ago. The Hokies are 1-2 in the Orange Bowl. This will be Stanford’s first trip.


Virginia Tech is on a two bowl winning streak. The Hokies (9-3) won the 2009 Chick-fil-A Bowl 37-14 against the Tennessee Volunteers (7-5). Virginia Tech has made a bowl game every year since 1993 and are 8-9 in those games.

Stanford (8-4) lost the Sun Bowl last year to Oklahoma (7-5) by the score of 31-27. The Cardinal had not been to a bowl game before that since 2001 and have not won a bowl game since the 1996 Sun Bowl when they beat the Michigan State Spartans 38-0.

Orange Bowl Breakdown

RecordsVirginia Tech: 11-2; Stanford: 11-1
All Time Bowl RecordVirginia Tech: 9-14; Stanford: 9-11-1
Key WinsVirginia Tech: North Carolina 26-10, Miami 31-17, Florida State 44-33; Stanford: Notre Dame 37-14, USC 37-35, Washington 41-0
Key LossesVirginia Tech: Boise State 33-30, James Madison 21-16; Stanford: Oregon 52-31

The Cardinal’s only loss came at Oregon, a game that Staford got out to 21-3 before getting steamrolled 52-31. They torn through the rest of their Pac-10 schedule except for a close game at home against USC.

In comparison, Virginia Tech’s wins have not been as impressive against similarly talented teams; although they have beaten three ranked teams out of their 11 straight wins.

Points For/GameVirginia Tech: 35.5; Stanford: 40.3
Points Against/GameVirginia Tech: 19.1; Stanford: 17.8
Offensive Yards/GameVirginia Tech: 411; Stanford: 467

Stanford has a little better ranking nationally then the Hokies both on offense and defense. While VT is more of a running team, Stanford has got a great running and passing attack.


I haven’t been very good at predicting upsets this bowl season. I’ve actually had a pretty bad record in close games. Everything I see points to Stanford winning this game. They are the higher ranked team; they haven’t won a bowl game in a long time; they have beaten good teams by a bigger margin and have a slightly better defense and offense statistically.

All of that makes the Stanford Cardinal a 3 1/2 favorite by the sportbooks and 75% of the people are still taking them to win the spread. I’ve seen this a couple of times before, and while I’m not going to claim conspiracy, the bookmakers have been getting the better end of the deal on several of these types of matchups. That is the reason why I will pick Virginia Tech for the upset 31-27.

Previous Orange Bowl Highlights

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