Orange Bowl Game Thread

I'll be the first to admit that I don't know a whole hell of a lot about these two teams, not to mention just college football in general. I try to watch as much as I can, but I rely on the experts for player scouting for the most part. With that in mind, talk about which prospects you're watching in this one, as Clemson takes on West Virginia.

To start you off, learn a little bit about the Air Raid offense, it's actually quite interesting.

West Virginia Air Raid Primer - Shakin The Southland
The "Air Raid" concept evolved and was popularized by Hal Mumme and Mike Leach in the late-‘90's while both were at Valdosta State and Kentucky. West Virginia's coach Dana Holgorsen was a quarterback's coach at Valdosta State in the early ‘90's under both Mumme and Leach then worked under Leach at Texas Tech from 2000-2007. Holgorsen utilizes an evolved version of the "traditional Air Raid" that mixes in more standard running plays than Leach's standard offense.

Staring Down The Musket At...The Clemson Tigers - The Smoking Musket
Well, it's about that time. For the last Staring Down The Musket feature, we paired up with the Clemson blog Shakin the Southland to preview the Discover Orange Bowl matchup between WVU and the Clemson Tigers. As a word of caution, we did this questions last week because we have real lives and families that demanded our attention this weekend. I know, I know, it's hard to believe. But it's true. So the questions don't take into account recent developments like Dustin Garrison's knee injury or DeAndre McDaniel's concussion and subsequent news that he should be good to go by kickoff. While those issues may ultimately factor into the outcome, I think we did a pretty good job of covering the main issues.

Orange Bowl 2012: Clemson And West Virginia Sure To Provide Points -
If you like points, the Jan. 4th Orange Bowl might be the BCS game for you. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen and Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris have plenty of weaponry at their disposals.

West Virginia vs. Clemson; Orange Bowl NFL Draft watch notes - Mocking The Draft
With apologies to Mountaineer and Tiger fans, the Orange Bowl is the worst of the five BCS bowl games this year. It's just difficult to get excited about a 10-3 Clemson team that choked down the stretch and a 9-3 West Virginia team that won its last three games by a total of seven points.

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