Cincinnati offense vs. Virginia Tech defense
Backup QB Dustin Grutza, who started the first two games of the season and then broke his right leg, replaced Tony Pike during the regular-season finale and led Cincinnati to a comeback win at Hawaii. It's unclear who will start or whether both will play in the Orange Bowl, but in all reality, it shouldn't make much difference. For starters, head coach Brian Kelly has done an excellent job of tailoring the game plan to make the most of each quarterback's strengths, and he'll be prepared for both to play. Secondly, and arguably more importantly, the Bearcats likely won't be able to move the ball consistently through the air regardless of who lines up under center.