The last time Georgia Tech played in the Orange Bowl (Jan. 1, 1967) it was Bobby Dodd’s last game as head coach. On the other side of the field was Florida quarterback Steve Spurrier, the Heisman Trophy winner. Much has changed. Spurrier completed 14 of 30 passes for 160 yards and the Gators won the game 27-12. History will also note that future Atlanta Falcons running back Harmon Wages completed a pass in the game for the Gators.
On that historical note, here are five burning questions about tonight’s Orange Bowl game between Georgia Tech and Iowa:
1. Did Iowa put its time off to good use? The Hawkeyes haven’t played a football game since Nov. 21 when they beat Minnesota 12-0 for the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy. So the Iowa defense, which is already a salty bunch to begin with (10th nationally in total defense at 286.87 ypg), has had about 44 days to get ready for Georgia Tech’s option attack. Norm Parker is one of the best defensive coordinators in America but