ORANGE BOWL BREAKDOWN

CSTV's football analysts take an in-depth look at the BCS Bowl matchups

Trev Alberts Brian Jones Roland Williams
Prediction
This is a game Kansas players have not participated in so it'll be interesting to see how they respond. It'll be a low scoring game with Virginia Tech finding a way to win. Kansas and Mark Mangino would earn a lot of respect nationally if the found a way to win.

Special Teams/Coaching
This one could probably turn on a special teams play and Virginia Tech will have the advantage in that regard in this game. But how could you possibly overstate the year Frank Beamer turned in? When you stop and think about the emotional roller coaster Tech went through this season, feeling the extra burden. I remember watching them get demoralized against LSU and they could have gone in the tank. They kept fighting. Remember the loss to BC at the end of Octocer? They could have folded then. His stable leadership made sure they didn't. They have a chance to win 12 games with offense than was no better than 99 is phenomenal.

Kansas O vs. Virginia Tech D
I don't think Kansas will score a whole bunch of points. They've got enough running with Brandon McAnderson and Jake Sharp, but they aren't game breakers. This will probably be the best defense they've seen all year, with the most athleticism and the most pressure Todd Reesing has seen. He has to get rid of ball really quick. I don't see their offense doing a whole lot. This is going to be a low scoring, not all that exciting game.

Virginia Tech O vs. Kansas D
The real key to this game is if you have one really dominant player at a key position it allows you to do some great things. And I'm talking about Aqib Talib at corner and I think he's good enough to stick out on an island. Kansas will be able to let him handle his a part of the field and that allows the rest of the defenders the ability not worry about helping him out. Kansas has a good defense and they deserve credit for it. One of the reasons they can be physical and take chances is because they have that guy they can trust. Brandon Ore struggled all year, but the Tech offense started to settle once the QB rotation was figured out. I don't look for Virginia Tech's offense to be able to do a whole lot. They're not a prolific passing team for sure. So if you're Kansas you have to feel good that you'll slow down the run. I see a conservative game plan out of Tech. I don't see Virginia Tech scoring a whole bunch of points

Prediction
I think Kansas wins. I think they have enough offense to give the defense problems and they're solid enough to stop the two Tech quarterbacks. Kansas has a chip on its shoulder and I know people are going to be shocked by this. Kansas is legitimate.

Special Teams/Coaching
You're always talking about Virginia Tech and its special teams, but I think as far as the coaching matchup you have to give it to Frank Beamer. Especially this year's team with all the heavy hearts on campus revolving around everything they endured. They had a ton of pressure put on their shoulders to carry a community. Beamer did a phenomenal job and he's a living legend there.

Kansas O vs. Virginia Tech D
Everybody knows the Tech defense is pretty good with Vince Hall, Brandon Flowers and Xavier Adibi. Everybody knows those guys are pretty good and you expect that from Bud Foster's defense each and ever year. But Kansas' offense features Todd Reesing and Brandon McAnderson. They're not just going to sit back, they're going to spread you out. And Reesing can move. He gives you problems. He can evade the pressure which allows him to run around and buy time for guys to get open. Kansas can either pound you or chuck the ball around. I really like the Kansas offense against this defense, even though it's one of the better defenses in the nation. I think Kansas has the edge.

Virginia Tech O vs. Kansas D
Virginia Tech is playing better. They had some injuries up front early on, but they're playing pretty good to end the season. I like them right now. They're not getting a ton of running yards from Brandon Ore and obviously their offense could be their Achilles heel. They don't have a ton of it. They are protecting better, but Kansas is a legitimately solid defensive team. They have one of the better corners in the nation in Aqib Talib and I think their defense can handle Ore and the combo of Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor.

Prediction
I think Kansas has a better shot in this one than people are giving them credit for. For that reason, I picked the upset and went with the Jayhawks who I think will be really pumped up to play in a bowl game of this caliber. Maybe Virginia Tech will feel a little less than jazzed about not getting a chance at the rematch with LSU.

Special Teams/Coaching
I actually like both coaches quite a bit. However, there is a huge advantage to me in the special teams department with Beamer Ball. I don't know the exact record, but it really seems like when Virginia Tech gets a blocked kick they find a way to win.

Kansas O vs. Virginia Tech D
Strength vs. strength in this one. Virginia Tech is ranked in the top 10 in points allowed and yardage allowed, but I question their strength of schedule. The one really good offensive team they played put up 48 points. So I think Kansas will find a way to score points and Virginia Tech will have trouble matching up with Mangino's spread attack.

Virginia Tech O vs. Kansas D
Sean Glennon has looked real good down the stretch and Tyrod Taylor has been a nice change of pace. So I think Virginia Tech will move the ball well against Kansas - you saw what Missouri did to them, right? Everything is pointing to a shootout. But I just think Kansas is more comfortable in that kind of a game. Keep your eyes on cornerback Aqib Talib, a sensational looking player who will excel on Sundays.