Orange Bowl Preview History
2014 Orange Bowl Preview
The 2014 Orange Bowl will be played on Friday, January 3rd at 8:30 PM between the Clemson Tigers and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State had eyes on the BCS National Championship game until Michigan State dashed those dreams in the Big 10 Championship game. The Buckeyes have an explosive offense led by Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde. Behind these two, Ohio State has the nation's fourth best run game. The defense has been suspect in big games. Urban Meyer has a 7-1 record in bowl games.
Clemson looks to end its season on a high note following a loss to rival South Carolina. The offense flows through Tajh Boyd. Boyd holds 57 Clemson and ACC records and would like nothing more than to end his career with a bowl win. Sammy Watkins has the speed to exploit a Buckeye secondary that was torched for 304 yards by Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook.
2012 Orange Bowl Game Preview:
The Orange bowl will feature the Florida State Seminoles in their home state against the underdog Northern Illinois Huskies. Played in Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL., the two teams will get some nice-weather football as ACC-champion FSU looks to run rampant over Northern Illinois, who won 12 consecutive games after an opening week one-point loss to Iowa. The Huskies will need to stop EJ Manuel if they want to pull off a head-turning upset.
The game on the Florida coast is always a hot ticket and with the ACC better than ever you can be sure the match up will be exiting in this year’s Orange Bowl.
2012 Orange Bowl Game Preview:
Can a Mountaineer catch a Tiger? That’s what we’ll find out (metaphorically) on January 4th as the 10-3 Clemson Tigers, fresh of their upset of Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game, will battle 9-3 Big East Champion West Virginia Mountaineers. West Virginia got in after Cincinnati beat Connecticut, which gave the Mountaineers the conference prize. WVU coach Dana Holgorsen is only the second freshman coach to lead his team to an Orange Bowl berth, and he will be up against another rising star in Clemson coach Dabo Sweeny. Be sure to catch this meeting of the football minds in Miami, Florida at one of the most intriguing BCS match-ups of the year!
2011 Orange Bowl Game Preview:
This year’s Orange Bowl features what might be the best quarterback match-up of the bowl season. Pac-10 powerhouse Stanford comes into Miami behind the arm of Andrew Luck, who many are picking to be the top pick in this year’s NFL draft. The sophomore threw for 3,051 yards and 28 touchdowns, which was aided by one of the best offensive lines in the country. Even in their lone blemish, the loss to BCS Championship Game-bound Oregon, he threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns.
Between Luck and a defense that shut-out opponents three times this year, the Hokies and their excellent signal caller, ACC Player of the Year Tyrod Taylor, will have to continue the play that saw them reel off 11 straight wins. Taylor’s senior year began slow, but then took off as he led the first team in a decade to go undefeated in ACC play. Virginia Tech’s defense has also been stout after a slow start to the season, collecting 14 interceptions in the past six games. With these two teams’ strengths matched up so closely, it’s sure to be an exciting battle of wills in Miami this year.
2010 Orange Bowl Game Preview:
The 2010 Orange Bowl should be one of the better BCS bowl games. The '10 Orange Bowl matches the Iowa Hawkeyes against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Iowa was selected as an out large pick out of the Big 10; the Hawkeyes bring a tough football team to Miami. Georgia Tech are the champions of the ACC conference and will bring their dynamic running attack to Dolphin Stadium to try to win a big bowl game. Expect the 2010 Orange Bowl to be one of the best games of the bowl season.
2009 Orange Bowl Game Preview:
Head out to Dolphin Stadium to catch the 2009 Orange Bowl. The Orange Bowl is one of the biggest bowl games in college football, as it is one of five BCS bowl games. Formerly, the BCS Championship bowl game rotated between four BCS bowl, including the Orange Bowl. Now that the BCS championship game is separate from the four BCS bowls, the Orange Bowl will be played separately from the BCS Championship game, and the BCS Championship game will be hosted at Dolphin Stadium in 2009 as a separate bowl game.
This year's Orange Bowl is going to be a great match, as No. 12 Cincinnati faces No. 19 Virginia Tech. Both teams are pretty evenly matched on offense, which will make for an excellent pairing come bowl time. Look for these teams to be strong on defense, but relatively light on scoring.