MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Hello from Sun Life Stadium, where Clemson fans are slowly starting to trickle in and blend in with the orange seats. There are Tiger tracks from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami, as Clemson is making its first appearance here in 30 years. Ticket sales for this game have been poor, and the Miami Herald reported that they were selling for as low as $11 on Tuesday afternoon on stubhub.com. According to the Herald, neither Clemson nor West Virginia had sold out their allotment of 17,500 tickets. Translated: This could look like a Miami home game.
The weather here is a little cool and is expected to be about 60 degrees at kickoff, and a Big Ten crew will be making the calls. This game has been overshadowed by the other BCS bowls, but hopefully it will deliver in entertainment with two of the country's more productive offenses. With a 2-5 record in bowl games and an 0-1 start to the BCS bowls, the pressure is on Clemson to represent the ACC -- same story, different team.
We'll see if the Tigers are up to the challenge.