While the Orange Bowl has a matchup of two three-loss teams, it is also an early look at two teams who could be serious national contenders in 2012.
Clemson (10-3) surprised almost everyone with their quick start and two wins over Virginia Tech, including the thrashing of the Hokies in the ACC Championship Game.
With players like Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and Andre Ellington, it is easy to see why there is a lot of excitement surrounding Clemson, as well as huge expectations.
West Virginia (9-3) had to fight to get into the BCS picture, but it was clear the Mountaineers struggled at times learning a new system.
First-year coach Dana Holgorsen has WVU in the Orange Bowl, and the Mountaineers hope to be playing in the Big 12 next season. Its new conference is glad to have another strong program like West Virginia coming on board. It wouldn't be a surprise to see WVU compete for the Big 12 title next season, especially with all of the talent that should return.
Don't underestimate the potential excitement the Orange Bowl could deliver on Jan. 4.