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2011 Orange Bowl Game: Stanford Cardinal vs. Virginia Tech Hokies
When you’re looking over your schedule of this year’s college bowl games, don’t pass up on the 2011 Orange Bowl. It features one of the real great stories of the season in the Stanford Cardinal, winners of the PAC-10 and owners of an 11-1 record, going up against a surprising comeback story, the ACC winning Virginia Tech Hokies, who own an 11-2 record. The 2011 Orange Bowl game betting world is torn on this Stanford Cardinal vs. Virginia Tech Hokies match, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out.
Stanford comes in after a very strong regular season, where they lost only one game, to national championship game contender Oregon. They have been riding their star quarterback, Andrew Luck, who was a Heisman finalist and now will likely be the top pick in next year’s draft. He threw for 3,051 yards and 28 touchdown passes on the year, and displayed great arm strength, decision making and playmaking capabilities. Luck threw only seven interceptions on the season and completed over 70% of his throws, and he also added in 438 rushing yards as well.
The team has also been feeding off of the great coaching and motivation provided by Jim Harbaugh, the head coach who took over in 2007 after the team had gone 1-11. That’s 1-11 to 11-1 in four years, an amazing transformation at a school that has never really been a football powerhouse.
Virginia Tech lost twice in the start of the year, and the season looked doomed. First, it was a defeat to Boise State in their first game. But then came a shocker, a loss to James Madison which left the team seemingly in shambles at 0-2. Since then though it has been 11 straight wins, including 8-0 in the ACC and winning the ACC title.
At quarterback for the Hokies is Tyrod Taylor, who can run the ball, with 647 yards and five TDS on the ground, as well as pass the ball, with 2,521 passing yards and 23 TDs on the season. He has improved every season he’s been with the team, and this year threw just four interceptions while completing over 60.5% of his passes.
For those that are interested in college bowl betting, there are definitely some interesting possibilities with the Stanford vs. Virginia Tech match. Stanford is the 3 point favorite, and for a straight bet is the -160 favorite. But don’t discount Virginia Tech and all of their momentum from winning 11 in a row, as well as their big game experience. The over-under betting line on total points is at 57.5 for the game.
The big arm and great skills of Andrew Luck and the coaching moxie of Jim Harbaugh, against the 11 game win streak and tradition of great success brought to the table by the Hokies. The Orange Bowl is definitely one of the most intriguing of the 2011 college bowl games, and it will make for a fun contest for fans of each school, and fans of college football and college bowl betting in general.