I said last week that the bowl picture was coming into focus. Well after Clemson’s loss to NC State, Virginia’s win over Florida State, and Miami deciding to forgo a bowl game we have some shakeups.
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
Wake Forest still on course for an Independence Bowl bid.
The Belk Bowl is back in play for NC State after their stirring win over Clemson. They have to beat Maryland to end up here. Winner 3 out of their last 4 will have Wolfpack fans feeling pretty good.
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. Air Force
It seems C-USA or Navy won’t be available to play North Carolina. The Heels barring some upsets will have a tough time getting any higher than this.
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
This is still the game the Champs Sports Bowl wants, but if FSU loses to Florida they might be forced to go with another ACC team. Losing to Virginia put another dent in Florida State’s season.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
December 30, 2011 Nashville, TN, 6:40 pm ESPN
ACC No. 6 vs. SEC No. 7
Projection: Georgia Tech vs Tennessee
This isn’t a negative reflection on Georgia Tech. This is due to Virginia’s rise, and the Belk Bowl’s penchant for North Carolina schools. They’d be very happy with this matchup in Nashville. If the Jacket’s beat Georgia though they might be too attractive for the Belk or Sun Bowl to pass up.
Hyundai Sun Bowl
December 31, 2011 El Paso, TX, 2:00 pm CBS
ACC No. 4 vs. Pac-12 No. 4
Projection: Virginia vs Washington
Hey Virginia fans for your remarkable season, you get sent half way across the country.
December 31, 2011 Atlanta, GA, 7:30 pm ESPN
ACC No. 2 vs. SEC No. 3, 4 or 5
Projection: Clemson vs. Auburn
We’ve played this game before, but it’s bound to sell tickets.
Discover Orange Bowl
January 4, 2012 Miami Gardens, FL, 8:00 pm ESPN
ACC No. 1 vs. BCS at-large
Projection: Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers
Virginia Tech ends up in a familiar spot. They still have to get through Virginia before even winning division. They Hokies will have to earn it.