For Tigers and Tide, would a jolt of Orange help cure rivalry hangovers?

The Clemson Sports Blog

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Starkville, Miss.

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Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Starkville, Miss.

An Orange Bowl matchup between Clemson and Alabama appears increasingly likely, but the bowl's Sunday evening decision won't be made without reservations.

For bowl games outside the championship loop, selling tickets is the name of the game. The Orange Bowl will spend the next three days reading its letters and emails, trying to get a feel for whether fans of the Tigers and Crimson Tide are in a ticket-buying, traveling mood.

Both fan bases are suffering from a late-season hangover after watching their teams lose to in-state rivals last week.

The Orange Bowl is getting a full-court press from the ACC to take Clemson, and the bowl, which has the first at-large pick, isn't likely to pass on Alabama.

But as ESPN analyst Brad Edwards noted during a teleconference on Wednesday, the Orange Bowl will be taking a financial gamble matching up the Tigers and Tide.

“I understand they are a little concerned over ticket sales, and I think maybe that comes into play when they choose an opponent for Clemson," said Edwards. "There is the same concern for Alabama. Their fans traveled down to Miami for the national championship game last year, so how many of them are going to want to come back for a game that really means nothing compared to what they were down there for a year ago.

"Selling tickets is a huge bottom line for these bowl games.”

Edwards believes the ACC's relationship with the Orange Bowl will ultimately in Clemson getting a spot in the game, as long as the Tigers remain in the top 14 of the BCS standings coming out of this weekend's conference championship games.

“As to whether the Orange would pass them over if they were available, I think it really comes down to the relationship that the ACC has with the Orange Bowl,” Edwards said. "It’s not the just the (agreement) that has existed for many years now in the BCS, but the fact they also have the (new) agreement in place for the ACC champ to go there.

"It’s hard for me to imagine the Orange Bowl stiffing the ACC and going with someone else if Clemson is available.”

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lhaselden writes:

I think the Orange Bowl picks Alabama with the replacement pick for FSU if FSU beats Duke. With the second pick it might pick UCFm if UCF wins Sat against SMU. The die hard Alabama fans buy the hotel rooms and UCF fans fill the stadium!
Clemson might wind up in Sugar against SEC winner.... Or we mihgt get passed over for Baylor if Baylor beats Texas Sat.

tigerrob44 writes:

Either take us for the game or don't take us. Quit making us beg. It would be nice to go down there but we will continue to field a team and run down the hill and play football on Saturday in the fall whether we play in the Orange Bowl or the Toilet Bowl. I ain't begging no more. How's that for a double negative?

CU90 writes:

UCF isn't Clemson's competition. They won't burn a bridge over an AAC school. The only way we don't get picked is if OSU loses the B1G champ game. If they are 12-1 w/ MSU going to the Rose bowl, then we would get picked over.

BrandonRink writes:

in response to CU90:

UCF isn't Clemson's competition. They won't burn a bridge over an AAC school. The only way we don't get picked is if OSU loses the B1G champ game. If they are 12-1 w/ MSU going to the Rose bowl, then we would get picked over.

And not necessarily in that case either, an SEC team would slide into the title game and the other goes to the Sugar - and it's probably Ohio State-Clemson in the Orange.

lhaselden writes:

Alabama will get picked as a replacement for whoever is 1st in the NC game. If OSU loses to MichSt then they are like the second replacement team even it is the sugar to replace Auburn or Missou, the winner would go to the NC game if OSU or FSU loses not the sugar. If winner of SEC is in NC game and Alabama is in BCS bowl the loser of SEC game is probably in Cap One or Cotton.

Xander5000 writes:

Since this is THE LAST year of this BCS, I say shake this thing up and lets do something different. Since Tiger fans are supposedly and understandably down about going to play in the Orange Bowl---(Eventhough we must learn to conquer all our demons)--- Send Clemson out west to the Fiesta. What does it matter as long as it doesn't interfere with the National Championship.

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