Talking about a Faustian bargain. No BCS bowl has been as negatively impacted since its formation in 1998 than the Orange Bowl. Once the glowing powerhouse on New Year's night, when no championship could be decided until things were settled in Miami, now the Orange Bowl game itself is almost always irrelevant.
In the 15 seasons between 1983 and 1997, eight national champions were crowned on the Orange Bowl field, more than any other bowl during that span. Its tie-in with the Big Eight Conference, with Oklahoma and Nebraska at the height of their powers, along with the meteoric rise of the, made the Orange Bowl an ideal matchmaker for teams vying for the title.
But all that changed with its participation in the BCS, as well as the demise of the Big Eight. After the conference reconstituted itself as the Big 12, its alliance shifted to the Fiesta Bowl, leaving the Orange Bowl scrambling to hitch its star to the ACC. While the Orange Bowl had hoped that Miami, which joined the ACC in 2004, and Florida State would be frequent flag bearers for the conference, both erstwhile powers have gone into a tailspin they have yet to emerge out of.