Orange Bowl: Brief Insight to the Virginia Cavaliers and Florida Gators

One of the six major bowl games of the year is the Orange Bowl. The game will be at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. Kickoff is slated for Monday, December 30 at 8 PM EST. It will be the SEC Conference vs the ACC Conference. Representing the ACC Conference is the Virginia Cavaliers with a 9-4 record. The team from the SEC Conference is the Florida Gators who have a 10-2 record.


The Cavaliers finally defeated their in-state rival the Virginia Tech Hokies. With that win, they appeared in the ACC Championship game against the Clemson Tigers. The Tigers blew out the Cavaliers 62-17. The Florida Gators didn’t make an appearance in the SEC Championship game. They finished second to the Georgia Bulldogs. Their record is 10-2 and this is the second season in a row that they have 10 wins under head coach Dan Mullen. Let’s see who comes out on top in the 86th Capital One Orange Bowl.

Virginia Cavaliers

Now the Cavaliers did suffer four losses this season. The two that they would probably want back were losses to the Miami Hurricanes and Louisville Cardinals. The other two losses came to teams that are bowl eligible. I already mentioned the Clemson Tigers the other came to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. After the loss to the Cardinals, they won four in a row before falling in the ACC Championship Game. This is a big stage for Virginia. They could avenge the loss to the Tigers. If they defeat the Gators, it will be a big win. The Cavaliers have a big task in front of them. The Gators have one of the top defenses in the country. The teams that they have defeated are a little bit better than Virginia is. On the flip side, the Cavaliers will have to put it all together in the Orange Bowl.

Florida Gators

The Gators only had two losses this season. Like the Cavaliers, the two teams they lost to are going to a major bowl game. Those losses came to the Georgia Bulldogs and LSU Tigers. When Dan Mullen came to the Gators the team was coming off some tough times. In the last two seasons, the Gators have won 10 games. They will look to get win number 11. If the Gators can play as they have over the course of the season they should have no problem.

This Gators team overcame the injury to Feleipe Franks. Most people thought they would go away after that. But they picked themselves up and beat the Auburn Tigers and Kentucky Wildcats. Had they beat the Georgia Bulldogs they would have been in the SEC Championship Game. That would have set up a rematch with the LSU Tigers. Look for them to make a good appearance in the Orange Bowl.

Well, the stage is set for the Orange Bowl. The fans of the Virginia Cavaliers and Florida Gators will descend on Miami. On December 30th two days before we ring in 2020, we have a good game to watch. Look for both teams to try their best to defeat each other.

Who wins the Orange Bowl the Virginia Cavaliers or the Florida Gators? Leave a comment below.

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