The Card are heading down to Miami to play #13 Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. We’ll have a lot more information for you–including a game preview–as we approach the game, but here are some quick thoughts and our initial impressions on the Card’s final game of this school-best season.
- Virginia Tech was a top-10 team in the preseason, before the Hokies lost to Boise State and James Madison in consecutive weeks to open up the 2010 campaign. Although ACC football is well beyond the specialty of The Daily Axe, we talked about Virginia Tech’s initial struggles in Episode 1 and Episode 2 of the podcast. Since their o-2 start, Frank Beamer’s men have rattled off 11 straight wins, and took home the ACC conference championship by beating Florida State 44-33 on Saturday.
- Virginia Tech won the Orange Bowl in 2009. The last 5 winners of the Orange Bowl are (in reverse chronological order, starting with the 2010 winner): Iowa, Virginia Tech, Kansas, Louisville, and Penn State.
- Although it’s rarely mentioned by casual fans, the following point deserves a lot of attention, especially for a budding program like Stanford: big bowls mean extremely valuable recruiting exposure. When Stanford takes the field on January 3, millions of Americans will be watching on primetime national television. Among them will be thousands of high school players, some of whom will be talented recruits in the process of selecting a university. Seeing Stanford on a big stage will certainly not harm their perception of the Cardinal football program and the University in general.
- Forget about having any Stanford students attend this game. The Orange Bowl kicks off on the first day of Winter Quarter in a stadium located 3,075 miles from the Farm. Some devoted students will probably attend, but going to the game means spending much more money than most collegians have in order to miss several days of class. Glendale, the site of the Fiesta Bowl, probably would have attracted a larger Stanford student body following.
- Stanford’s selection to a BCS bowl game (and not the doomsday scenario in which the Card fell out of the top 4 this week and then went to the Alamo Bowl) puts to rest a very strange Stanford fan movement to have the BCS preempt its own Rose Bowl selection protocol and replace the deserving TCU with Stanford in Pasadena. Needless to say, that would have been a public relations nightmare for the BCS and a morally questionable move. Sure, The Granddaddy of them All is more prestigious than playing in the ACC’s flagship game, but you have to do things the right way. We’d link to the Facebook event, but it’s been deleted.
- The Stanford Facebook, Twitter, and legitimate website buzz in the last few hours proves that LeBron James has cemented himself as the Bard of our time. Who knew that egotistically referring to “your talents” would fundamentally change English letters forever?
- In case you thought the previous bullet point was serious, remember that no one likes LeBron James.