FedEx Orange Bowl
Date: Jan. 3rd, 8pm
Site: Miami, FL
Stadium: Dolphin Stadium
Teams: #8 Kansas Jayhawks (11-1) vs. #3 Virginia Tech Hokies (11-2)
Betting Line: Virginia Tech is favored by 3 points.
Brief History: The Orange Bowl used to be played at the Orange Bowl (surprise!). The Orange Bowl was home to the Miami Dolphins record 31-game home winning streak and to the Miami Hurricanes record 58-game home winning streak. It has been at Dolphin Stadium since 1996 with the exception of 1999 when the Dolphins hosted a home playoff game (yeah, there was a time when the Dolphins were good).
Fun Fact: Florida is the second largest producer of oranges in the world following Brazil. Now for the real fun fact...If you take an orange on a road trip and toss it out the window (make sure there are no cars around), it will roll on the cement for a couple seconds and then explode. This occurs because the inside of the orange is spinning the opposite direction of the peel and the friction (I think) causes it to burst.
Notable Schwag for the Players: Sony Bravia surround sound system; New Era cap . After reading this, they're gonna wish they got oranges.
Preview: The Jayhawks have something to prove after most people felt Missouri should be playing in a BCS Bowl instead of Kansas. Kansas is second in the nation in scoring averaging over 44 points per game while holding opponents to just 16 points per game. But, they have done it with one of the weakest strengths of schedule in college football. They didn't have to play Oklahoma or Texas in the Big 12 this season and lost to Missouri in their final game of the regular season. Kansas is led by QB Todd Reesing who threw for 3,259 yards and 32 touchdowns this season.
Virginia Tech is one of the hottest teams in the nation. Since losing to Boston College on two touchdowns in the final 2:30 minutes, the Hokies have gone 5-0 and have outscored their opponents 174-75. They run a two quarterback system behind junior Sean Glennon and freshman Tyrod Taylor. On the ground, Branden Ore leads the way, but he will be sidelined for the 1st quarter for being late to the final practice before the Holiday break.
But, for Virginia Tech, as usual it's all about the defense and special teams. The Hokies are third in the nation in sacks and fifth in interceptions, returning five of their 21 interceptions for touchdowns. The Hokies are allowing just 15.5 points per game, good for second in the nation. On special teams they've returned two punts and one kickoff for touchdowns.