Entering this bowl season, the ACC is 2-11 all-time in BCS bowl games, by far the worst among all AQ conferences, according to ESPN's Stats & Information department. Both Virginia Tech and Clemson have a chance to improve that record this year, as the ACC has two teams in BCS bowls for the first time in the 14-year history of the BCS. This is new territory, though, for Clemson.
Clemson is playing in its first ever BCS bowl game since the system began in 1998. In fact, the Tigers haven’t been to any of the current BCS bowl games since the 1982 Orange Bowl (1981 season) when they beat Nebraska to claim the national championship.
The Orange Bowl is a chance for Clemson to win 11 games for first time since 1981 and for just the fourth time in school history, and to win a BCS-level bowl for the first time since 1981. It's also an opportunity for the Tigers to represent the ACC on the league's biggest stage.
There's no question the ACC could use some help: