We may be conducting business today, but the big bowl game is on a lot of people's minds for this evening ...
The (9) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 27, (10) Iowa 26 as a captioned photo reads "Josh Nesbitt, left, of Georgia Tech" as the QB is getting ready to pass vs. Clemson, who the Yellow Jackets beat twice, including a 39-34 win the ACC Title Game.
Iowa (10-2 in '09) hasn't won a BCS bowl before. Georgia Tech (11-2 in '09) has never played in one. Georgia Tech has played in major bowls before, with the last being the 1967 Orange Bowl (L, 12-27 vs. Florida). This is the sixth Orange Bowl overall for Georgia Tech (3-2), second for Iowa (0-1).
In the 2003 Orange Bowl, the Hawkeyes finished poorly in the second half and never looked better than the opening kickoff when CJ Jones took the kickoff 99 yards to give Iowa an early 7-0 lead. By the way, Iowa was tied at halftime 10-10 vs. Southern Cal, despite settling for only three points twice inside the five yard line in the second quarter.
Tony Barnhart looks at some of the key players on both sides of tonight's Orange Bowl.
A Top 6 or 7 pre-season ranking typically places a program into the BCS title picture. Iowa did experience a little of that talk in 2009, despite not being considered a Top 25 team by most people heading into the 2009 season.