A pair of 11-win football teams clash in this season's Orange Bowl when Virginia Tech (11-2) puts its 11-game winning streak on the line against Stanford (11-1).
The Hokies are looking to complete their first-ever 12-win season after beginning the year with losses to Boise State and FCS member James Madison in a 5-day stretch.
Stanford's 11 wins are already a single-season school record.
A victory over Stanford would give Virginia Tech its first 3-bowl winning streak. The Hokies have won consecutive bowl games for just the second time in school history and are 9-14 overall.
Stanford is making just its second major bowl appearance since 1972 while it will be Virginia Tech's 7th major bowl since 1995 and third Orange Bowl in the last four years. The Cardinal have lost their last three bowl games, and six of their last 8, for an all-time bowl record of 9-11-1.
This is the first time the Orange Bowl has hosted a PAC-10 team since USC beat Oklahoma 55-19 to win the BCS title for the 2004 season.
Virginia Tech has only played two PAC-10 teams and they faced them back-to-back. A 2003 Insight Bowl loss to California (52-49) was followed by a 2004 season-opening loss to No. 1 USC (24-13).
Stanford has a 3-6 all-time record vs. the ACC with 1 win each over North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest.
Wake is a common opponent from the 2010 season with the Cardinal winning 68-24 at Palo Alto and the Hokies prevailing 52-21 in Blacksburg.
Virginia Tech was 3-1 vs. AP Top 25 teams in 2010 while Stanford was 1-1 (based on rankings at the time the teams played).
The ACC Champion Hokies faced 8 teams that made it to the 2010 bowl season. The PAC-10 runner-up Cardinal played 4 bowl teams.
Both teams performed close to the computer's preseason expectations.
CollegeFootballPoll.com's Congrove Computer Rankings (a.k.a. CCR Top 120) projected Virginia Tech to finish second in the ACC Coastal division with a record of 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the conference. The Hokies delivered a 10-2 regular season campaign, but were 8-0 in the conference before defeating Florida State in the ACC title game.
Stanford was forecasted to finish 3rd in the PAC-10 with a 9-3 overall record and a conference mark of 6-3. Instead, the Cardinal went 11-1 overall and 8-1 in the PAC-10. The only loss was a 52-31 defeat at BCS title game participant Oregon on October 2. Stanford has reeled off 7 straight wins since then.
The computer was 12-1 in forecasting the winner of Virginia Tech games this season and 9-3 against the spread. It was 12-0 straight up with Stanford games, but just 4-7 against the spread. The computer favors Stanford by less than a point (0.36) in this contest. (Such information is tracked for the sole purpose of recording the computer's accuracy in picking games and ranking teams. It is not intended for gambling purposes).
The final 2010 BCS Standings had Stanford at No. 4 and Virginia Tech at No 13.
The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN on Monday, January 3 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) from 76,500-seat Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.