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All selections, analysis and thoughts will be posted on the Bowl Express Thread
SPOOKY EXPRESS BOWLING FOR DOLLARS SELECTION AND ANALYSIS THREAD Orange Bowl
Clemson vs. West Virginia
Wednesday, January 4, 8:30 pm
As the calendar turns to 2012 college football fans will be treated to a week of outstanding football. And while random teams from conferences across the country are thrown together, somewhat haphazardly, into odd bowl games, the Orange Bowl promises to be a rare game that has both national and regional significance.
This game pits the Big East champion Mountaineers against ACC champion Clemson and is a clash between two teams with fan bases comprised of rabid mountain folk and histories full of near-misses. There has been no love lost between the Big East and the ACC; especially considering the latter’s recent raiding of some of the former’s top schools. And this BCS game should have a little more edge than most as a result. Clemson is riding high after their first ACC title in over 20 years. That is quite the accomplishment considering that Florida State and Virginia Tech were regarded as the powerhouses heading into this season.
The Tigers rely on a high-octane offense and an opportunistic defense. However, Clemson hasn’t been as efficient recently as they have lost three of their last five quite soundly. Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and North Carolina State, all beat the Tigers by at least two touchdowns. West Virginia has gone the other way. They have been playing their best ball as of late, winning three of their last four games. The Mountaineers are a mediocre 1-1 versus ranked teams on the year.
The Mountaineers seem to be playing a different type of football over the last month as their scoring offense is down, and their defense has become somewhat stingy. The West Virginia football schedule has been considerably easier than the Tigers’ as they were able to take advantage of a sloppy Big East. Their matchup with LSU was supposed to show that the Big East was a bit tougher than many of us expected but they were shellacked, 47-21. That final was a bit shocking as they outgained LSU by almost 300 yards, yet scored only 21 points. This game features two extremely high-powered offenses that can absolutely light up the scoreboard. Clemson, at one point, had a chance to be considered one of the best teams in the country. But they came out flat at Georgia Tech. And after playing extremely poorly in two of their last three games (after clinching their half of the ACC) they fell out of favor for many national experts. But I don’t think that Clemson is a fluke this year and I would not be surprised if the Tigers rebound in a big way. If West Virginia doesn’t take care of the football and capitalize on good offensive possessions they are looking at a long night. All that said this game looks like a money line dog kind of play. I have this game almost even with WVU winning by a point so right now I lean towards West Virginia but honestly I am not sold on that. So another game I am waiting on.
And guess what AAKJ.....we are not complaining. Gotta love it.
The express is putting a beat down on bowl season as well. Another total winner and side winner. Killing it and gonna miss not cashing another play tonight with no games. lol