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FedEx Orange Bowl preview

1/1/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

WHO TO WATCH: Tailback Darren Evans. He has already set a school rushing record for a freshman with 1,112 yards and 10 touchdowns -- including at least one in each of the first six games. He'll face the No. 2 rushing defense in the Big East, as Cincinnati is holding opponents to 104 yards per game. Evans leads the team with 85.5 yards per game.

WHAT TO WATCH: Virginia Tech's passing defense against Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike. The Hokies have won games with their defense all season, and that's how they'll have to do it again -- with cornerback Macho Harris leading the way. Pike ranks 29th in the nation in passing efficiency with a 141.07 rating. Pike has completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 2,168 yards and 18 touchdowns with seven interceptions.

WHY TO WATCH: The Hokies are representing the ACC on the big stage for the second straight year and have an opportunity to stop the league's eight-game losing streak in BCS bowls.