|West Virginia (10-3)||70|
by CFP Staff
With Clemson's loss, the ACC completed the 2011 bowl season 2-6. Combine Clemson's with Virginia Tech's 23-20 overtime loss to Michigan in the Sugar Bowl and the ACC dropped to 2-13 in BCS games.
West Virginia improved to 3-0 in BCS bowl games. The Big East can finish the bowl season 4-1 if Pittsburgh beats SMU in the BBVA Compass Bowl on January 7th.
Clemson finished the season 10-4. The Tigers earned the ACC’s automatic berth in the Discover Orange Bowl following its 38-10 victory over No. 5 Virginia Tech in the seventh annual Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Boyd earned MVP honors in that game as he went 20-for-29 with 240 passing yards and three touchdowns.
The Tigers were making their fourth appearance in the Orange Bowl and their first in 30 years. Clemson earned the 1981 National Championship following its 22-15 victory over Nebraska that year. Clemson also played in the 1950 and 1956 seasons and is now 2-2 all-time in Orange Bowls. Clemson has lost 5 of its last 6 bowl games overall, and 11 of its last 15.
West Virginia finished Dana Holgorsen's first season as head coach at 10-3 for its first 10-win campaign since 2007, the final year of the Rich Rodriguez era.
West Virginia earned the Big East’s automatic BCS bid by virtue of a higher BCS ranking Cincinnati or Louisville after the three teams tied for the conference title.
Clemson won the only other meeting with West Virginia 27-7 in the 1989 Gator Bowl.
53.1% of CollegeFootballPoll.com voters picked Clemson to win and the Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com forecasted a 0.87-point victory for the Tigers.
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