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Bowl Matchups 2011: Why Stanford-Virginia Tech Is the Most Intriguing BCS Game
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Who Will Take Home the Trophy?

The 2011 Orange Bowl features the Stanford Cardinal and Virginia Tech Hokies, two teams that entered the 2010 college football season with very different expectations.

Stanford, led by Heisman Trophy runner-up Andrew Luck, entered the season with moderate expectations. The Cardinal rumbled through their non-conference and Pac-10 slates, losing only to national championship contender Oregon in the process. They are arguably the best one-loss team in college football.

Virginia Tech's expectations were markedly different. Ranked in the Top 10 in many preseason polls, the Hokies looked to be an early-season favorite to run the table and have a shot at their first national championship game appearance since the 2000 Sugar Bowl against No. 1 Florida State.

After a Week 1 loss to Boise State and a rough Week 2 loss to James Madison, expectations were tempered. The team rebounded starting in Week 3 and enters the 2011 Orange Bowl on an 11-game winning streak, thanks in large part to the dynamic leadership of quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

Let's take a look at 10 reasons why this Pac-10 versus ACC matchup will be the most intriguing of the 2011 BCS bowl games.

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