Orange Bowl 2012 Schedule: Clemson Likely Gets West Virginia

The Clemson Tigers are running away from the Virginia Tech Hokies in the ACC Championship Game, holding a four-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter. Let's go ahead and mechanical pencil (those are harder to erase) them into the 2012 Orange Bowl, with the West Virginia Mountaineers as their likely opponent.

Winning the ACC will give Clemson automatic entry to Miami, while WVU won't be official until BCS standings come out Sunday night. If the 'Eers are the highest-ranked Big East team, as they almost certainly will be, then there's your high-scoring Orange Bowl matchup.

Sammy Watkins, Geno Smith, Tajh Boyd, and Stedman Bailey would provide the highlights, while Dabo Swinney and Dana Holgorsen would be sure to combine for a half-dozen quoteables along the way. Could do a lot worse than this one, considering the conferences involved.

Game date, time: 8 p.m. ET, Jan. 4

Location: Miami, Florida

TV channel: ESPN

2010 winner and loser: Stanford, Virginia Tech

For more on each bowl game as it's announced, stay tuned to SB Nation's 2011 college football bowl game bids coverage. And visit our many college football blogs.

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