Orange Bowl Bound Jackets

by admin on December 29, 2009

ACC Champs take on Iowa in the Orange Bowl
Happy Holidays
The ACC Champion Jackets (9th BCS, 9th AP, 10th Coaches) will play the Iowa Hawkeyes (10th BCS, 10th AP, 11th Coaches) on January 5, 2010 at 8 pm.  If you are going to the game, you are better than me.  Come home with a victory or don’t come home at all.
ACC Champs
Tech beat Clemson in the ACC Championship on December 5 for an automatic bid to the Orange Bowl.  The last time that we won an outright conference championship was 1990.  From what little I can remember, I think I was in school at that time.  We are playing in a “major” bowl for the time since 1967.  From what little I can remember, I wasn’t alive then.  And now for an understatement: This game is huge for our program.  No sports write up is complete without an understatement.
Iowa At-large
Iowa received an at-large bid to the Orange Bowl after a 10-2 regular season record and a 6-2 record in the Big Ten.  The only blemishes on their record were against Northwestern, who is playing Auburn in the Outback Bowl, and at Ohio State, who is playing Oregon in the Rose Bowl.  The 2009 Hawkeyes are known for playing defense, which gives up 15.5 points per game and only 122 yards rushing per game.  Head Coach Kirk Ferentz won the Big Ten Coach of the Year and is arguably the best coach that we will face this year.  I said arguably because I assumed that someone could make an argument, but that someone would have to be an intoxicated Dawg fan.  Ferentz is excellent.
Notable Hawkeyes
LB Pat Angerer and S Tyler Sash are part of seven Hawkeyes who were named All-Big Ten by the league’s head coaches.  QB Ricky Stanzi will return from injury after leading them to a 9-1 record.  Mark my words: When you watch the game, listen for this phrase, “Iowa has been decimated by injuries this year.”  Any team that has endured more than two injuries has been decimated.  Announcers do not know how to say it any other way.
Offense vs. Defense
Iowa is an interesting match up since they are opposite of Tech.  They are known for very good defense and a lackluster offense.  Our rushing offense is 2nd in the nation while our defense has struggled to stop the run.  (Two understatements in one write up…that’s bold.)  One thing that both teams have in common is playing in a conference that is not highly regarded.  Thanks to Ohio State, the Big Ten has laid many an egg in BCS bowl games.  The ACC had not had much success in the Orange Bowl until last year when Virginia Tech beat Cincinatti.  It doesn’t help that we are force fed a high calorie diet of SEC praise.  (Thankfully Clemson beat Kentucky.  Otherwise, there would have been additional chest pounding by the SEC teams who hide behind the conference after a disappointing season.  But I digress.)
Prediction
Based on our drubbing at the hands of LSU last year, the knock on Tech is that teams with additional time to practice will succeed in stopping the triple option.  If that’s the case, we should fire our coach because we will never win another bowl game unless we play in the Little Caesars.  Prepare all you want…I like our team.  I am biased, but more importantly I am right.  GT 31-24.

Orange-Bowl-logo4ACC Champs take on Iowa in the Orange Bowl

Happy Holidays

The ACC Champion Jackets (9th BCS, 9th AP, 10th Coaches) will play the Iowa Hawkeyes (10th BCS, 10th AP, 11th Coaches) on January 5, 2010 at 8 pm.  If you are going to the game, you are better than me.  Come home with a victory or don’t come home at all.

ACC Champs

Tech beat Clemson in the ACC Championship on December 5 for an automatic bid to the Orange Bowl.  The last time that we won an outright conference championship was 1990.  From what little I can remember, I think I was in school at that time.  We are playing in a “major” bowl for the time since 1967.  From what little I can remember, I wasn’t alive then.  And now for an understatement: This game is huge for our program.  No sports write up is complete without an understatement.

Iowa At-large

Iowa received an at-large bid to the Orange Bowl after a 10-2 regular season record and a 6-2 record in the Big Ten.  The only blemishes on their record were against Northwestern, who is playing Auburn in the Outback Bowl, and at Ohio State, who is playing Oregon in the Rose Bowl.  The 2009 Hawkeyes are known for playing defense, which gives up 15.5 points per game and only 122 yards rushing per game.  Head Coach Kirk Ferentz won the Big Ten Coach of the Year and is arguably the best coach that we will face this year.  I said arguably because I assumed that someone could make an argument, but that someone would have to be an intoxicated Dawg fan.  Ferentz is excellent.

Notable Hawkeyes

LB Pat Angerer and S Tyler Sash are part of seven Hawkeyes who were named All-Big Ten by the league’s head coaches.  QB Ricky Stanzi will return from injury after leading them to a 9-1 record.  Mark my words: When you watch the game, listen for this phrase, “Iowa has been decimated by injuries this year.”  Any team that has endured more than two injuries has been decimated.  Announcers do not know how to say it any other way.

Offense vs. Defense

Iowa is an interesting match up since they are opposite of Tech.  They are known for very good defense and a lackluster offense.  Our rushing offense is 2nd in the nation while our defense has struggled to stop the run.  (Two understatements in one write up…that’s bold.)  One thing that both teams have in common is playing in a conference that is not highly regarded.  Thanks to Ohio State, the Big Ten has laid many an egg in BCS bowl games.  The ACC had not had much success in the Orange Bowl until last year when Virginia Tech beat Cincinatti.  It doesn’t help that we are force fed a high calorie diet of SEC praise.  (Thankfully Clemson beat Kentucky.  Otherwise, there would have been additional chest pounding by the SEC teams who hide behind the conference after a disappointing season.  But I digress.)

Prediction

Based on our drubbing at the hands of LSU last year, the knock on Tech is that teams with additional time to practice will succeed in stopping the triple option.  If that’s the case, we should fire our coach because we will never win another bowl game unless we play in the Little Caesars.  Prepare all you want…I like our team.  I am biased, but more importantly I am right.  GT 31-24.

Damn Glad!

Tom Oliver
KD 804

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