One team is a former national power which spent its season reclaiming a place in the upper echelon of college programs. The other is an annual title contender whose star seemed to be fading this season.
Safe to say, when Penn State and Florida State meet in the Orange Bowl, there will be no shortage of subplots.
The Nittany Lions opened the season with more people talking about Joe Paterno's future than the team's Big Ten title aspirations. But with a rejuvenated offense and a dominant defense, Penn State came within a last-minute Michigan touchdown of finishing with an 11-0 record.
But even as the whispers quieted about Paterno, they began to grow louder about Florida State coach Bobby Bowden. Three consecutive losses at the end of the regular season had the Seminoles on the ropes, but a win against Virginia Tech in the ACC title game has them right back in BCS play.
So what will happen when two legendary coaches meet in Miami, SportsNation?