ESPN's Pat Forde may have summed it up best when he tweeted, "An Iowa fan has requested commentary on the Orange Bowl, so here you are: Looks like they'll go ahead and play the thing."
To say there isn't much "buzz" about the Orange Bowl would be an understatement, which is saying something, considering the Yellow Jackets are playing (HIY-O!). It's an ACC team playing a Big 10 team on a Tuesday night, sandwiched between a much-hyped Fiesta Bowl and the National Championship game. But hey, there are still reasons to watch -- really, there are!
Matt Hinton over at Dr. Saturday actually has his "Ten valid reasons to care deeply about the Orange Bowl." Things like, "Irresistible quirk meets immovable stereotype," Adrian Clayborn's dog, FedEx product placement ("likely means a bony, bloated, nearly naked Tom Hanks stumbling in to deliver a perfectly maintained package to sideline reporter Laura Okmin sometime in the third quarter"), and, of course, white guys rapping. Notti Boy for the Hawkeyes. And The GTGs for the Yellow Jackets ("RECK STYLE!"):
3. It's Iowa. Notice the completely uniform confusion surrounding this game? The stunned looks your friends give when asked to give an opinion as to what's going to happen here? Iowa is a team made up completely of dark matter, a theoretical cat in an unopened box preventing you from determining whether it is truly dead or not. Iowa plays solid defense. Iowa sorta kinda sometimes runs the ball. The rest is a muddle of Stanzi-centered mayhem consisting of three quarters of disaster, one quarter of raging Tyler Sashdom, and hammering Penn State while almost losing to Northern Iowa. It's not pretty. Hell, it's ghastly as slashed tires sometimes. But it is not predictable, and at least they've got that going for them.
5. BEEEEEEEEEEEEES. Georgia Tech, if you have not had the pleasure of watching them this season, runs a triple-option attack that looks like a cross between square dancing and MMA drills. People fly at knees; there's some choreographed do-si-do-ing, and then someone's running through a heretofore unseen seam in the defense for a touchdown. Josh Nesbitt, Jonathan Dwyer, and Anthony Allen are all different runners: Nesbitt is the rabid ostrich, all legs and elbows, Dwyer is the angry Cape Buffalo, and Allen has the odd, flat-footed gait that makes him look like the fastest man with fused ankles ever.
But really, it's football, and you have to: "There are exactly three college football games left in the season: this, the GMAC Bowl Featuring Rust Belt Tebow vs. Troy, and the title game."