The Bowl picture is starting to come into focus for the ACC and it’s top 5 conference teams Clemson, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Virginia. After that there’s a several teams jockying for position, and it’s wide open.
Thanks to Wake Forest blogger BloggerSoDear for pointing out a couple of corrections to me.
Advocare V100 Independence Bowl
December 26, 2011 Shreveport, LA, 5:00 pm ESPN
Mountain West No. 3 vs. ACC No. 7
Projection: Wyoming vs. Wake Forest
When folks thought you’d win 2 or 3 games like they did with Wake Forest and you make a bowl that’s a successful season.
December 27, 2011 Charlotte, NC, 8:00 pm ESPN
Big East No. 3 vs. ACC No. 4
Projection: West Virginia vs. Virginia
The Belk Bowl wants to sell tickets with regional matchups. With no North Carolina school distinguishing itself and Virginia’s recent strong play a game with West Virginia would be a lot of fun.
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
December 28, 2011 Washington, DC, 4:30 pm ESPN
ACC No. 8 vs. Navy (or C-USA if Navy not eligible)
Projection: North Carolina vs. Navy
North Carolina’s likely 3-5 conference record will really hurt them.
Champs Sports Bowl
December 29, 2011 Orlando, FL, 5:30 pm ESPN
ACC No. 3 vs. Big East No. 2 <
Projection: Florida State vs. Notre Dame
Nothing is stopping this collision course, the Champs Sports Bowl might as well extend bids to FSU and Notre Dame now.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
December 30, 2011 Nashville, TN, 6:40 pm ESPN
ACC No. 6 vs. SEC No. 7
Projection: Miami vs Tennessee
This would have been a great game in 1992.
Hyundai Sun Bowl
December 31, 2011 El Paso, TX, 2:00 pm CBS
ACC No. 4 vs. Pac-12 No. 4
Projection: Georgia Tech vs Arizona St.
If Georgia Tech beats Duke, they can start making reservations for El Paso. Even if they beat UGA, it would require Florida St. losing twice to get any higher.
December 31, 2011 Atlanta, GA, 7:30 pm ESPN
ACC No. 2 vs. SEC No. 3, 4 or 5
Projection: Virginia Tech vs. Auburn
Seriously the SEC’s Chick-fil-A Bowl respresentative might be their worst in this game in recent memory. This quality bowl deserves better than a middling Auburn team.
Discover Orange Bowl
January 4, 2012 Miami Gardens, FL, 8:00 pm ESPN
ACC No. 1 vs. BCS at-large
Projection: Clemson vs. Cincinnati
I guess playing Cincinnati is better than playing Houston.