The college football bowl schedule 2011 is almost over. After the college football bowl schedule 2011 got through 2010, and New Years, it didn’t leave much left. In just one more week, the final game will be at hand at last, when Oregon gets to play Auburn. But before the national championship game, there are still six more games, and two more BCS battles, left to get through. Tonight, the college football bowl schedule sees its third BCS clash, in the Orange Bowl between Stanford and Virginia Tech.
This kind of matchup is rare, although the Hokies are used to being in Miami. But they don’t usually have to play a team like Stanford, who is traveling all the way from the West Coast. The 11-1 Cardinal are coming off their best regular season ever – although the two men most responsible could be gone soon.
After the college football bowl schedule 2011 ends, Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh might already have a new team – perhaps even in the pros. As for Heisman finalist Andrew Luck, he will be the No. 1 draft pick if he leaves school, although there’s no indication on which way he’ll go yet.
Either way, this may be the last time that Luck and Harbaugh lead Stanford together. Therefore, the Cardinal will want to take advantage of this opportunity, while they can. However, the Hokies have already overcome a lot to get this far.
Virginia Tech’s place on the college football bowl schedule 2011 was secured with 11 straight wins. After their hard loss to Boise State on opening weekend, and their disastrous defeat to James Madison, the Hokies seemed destined for a lost season. Instead, they finally lived up to their preseason promise, and were perfect the rest of the way.
Given the way they lost to Boise State and James Madison, Virginia Tech may wonder what could have been. Still, a win tonight will make the Hokies one of the few to end their season on a double digit winning streak.
After tonight, the college football bowl schedule 2011 will showcase the Sugar tomorrow, between Ohio State and Arkansas. But although there will be just one more BCS game after that, there are still four more bowls to play before January 10.
Yet by this time next week, there will be no more distractions before the Oregon-Auburn game. When that comes, the Ducks will face their toughest opponent since they beat Stanford in October. The Cardinal didn’t lose since then, however, which is what landed them in the Orange – which many NFL teams may watch for a few reasons.
The latest major game on the college football bowl schedule starts at 8:30 pm est on ESPN.
USA TODAY- “2010-11 bowl schedule”
SI.com- “Jim Harbaugh’s future hanging over Orange Bowl, all of football”