Atlantic Coast Conference: Bowl Projections #2

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The Atlantic Coast Conference bowl picture has started to clear up. However much relies on Saturday’s Championship game.

The Atlantic Coast Conference bowl picture has changed a bit in the last couple of weeks. None of the participants really changed, but the bowl order has been altered. Part of this has to do with the long standing rule that allows a bowl to take a team with one conference loss worse than the best available team.

So the first thing we must do is look at the bowl available teams and double check their records against each other.

Clemson Tigers (8-0)
North Carolina Tar Heels (8-0)
Florida State Seminoles (6-2)
Pitt Panthers (6-2)
Louisville Cardinals (5-3)
Miami Hurricanes (5-3)
Duke Blue Devils (4-4)
Virginia Tech Hokies (4-4)
NC State Wolfpack (3-5)

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It would also be important to note Notre Dame at 10-2 with access rights to ACC bowls.

The reason for grouping the teams this way is to show certain things. One, the Russell Athletic Bowl would have to take the Tar Heels if they are available. The New Years Six bowls do not have that requirement, so they could bypass a North Carolina team that does win the ACC Championship. For now, I am still marking Clemson as the predicted champion.

First Bid – PlayoffClemson Tigers
Second Bid – Peach BowlNotre Dame Fighting Irish
Third Bid – Peach BowlFlorida State Seminoles
– The Peach takes the Seminoles to grab their national status and active fan base. They do this at the expense of the Tar Heels. The Peach gets a classic and lots of gate money, but the winningest UNC team in some time gets relegated to Orlando.

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Fourth Bid – Russell AthleticNorth Carolina Tar Heels
Fifth Bid – TaxSlayer (Gator) BowlPitt Panthers
– The Gator will be forced to take the 6-2 Panthers, and good for them. Pitt has deserved it after an overachieving year.

Sixth Bid – Belk BowlVirginia Tech Hokies
– This is about the money. At (4-4) the Hokies are only one conference loss worse than Louisville. This allows Charlotte to cash in on the Frank Beamer lovefest for his final game. May not be the best football option, but it makes sense and dollars.

Seventh Bid – Pinstripe BowlLouisville Cardinals
Eighth Bid – Sun BowlMiami Hurricanes
Ninth Bid – Military BowlNC State Wolfpack


Tenth Bid – Quick Lane BowlDuke Blue Devils