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Oct
27
2013

ACC Bowl Projections for October 27, 2013

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I think we are far enough into the college football season to start getting a feel where the ACC Bowl teams end up.  I also link several bowl projections from around several various sports sites. The Kraft Fight Hunger could be a bowl destination if the ACC gets a 9th bowl eligible team, but only if BYU and the Pac 12 can’t fufill their commitment to the bowl.

CBSSportsLine Bowl Projections

ESPN Bowl Projections

College Football News

Orlando Sentinel

SB Nation

Fri, Dec 27 2:30 pm ESPN
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD
C-USA vs. ACC No. 8

Projected Matchup: Syracuse vs East Carolina

Let us warn you Syracuse, East Carolina lives to beat ACC teams. I’m not sure the ACC will get an 8th team eligible though. The Orange need to win 3 of their last 5, but with Wake Forest, BC, and Pitt at home its possible. If Wake Forest wins at Syracuse next Saturday they may slide into this position.

Sat, Dec 28 3:20 pm ESPN
Belk Bowl 
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
AAC No. 3 vs. ACC No. 5

Projected Matchup: Duke vs Houston

This would be a very difficult matchup for the Blue Devils, but the Belk Bowl won’t let the local team get away. Houston is a very underrated team, but how about those Blue Devils? David Cutcliffe doing a fantastic job in Durham.

Sat, Dec 28 6:45 pm ESPN
Russell Athletic Bowl
Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
ACC No. 3 vs. AAC No. 2

Projected Matchup: Clemson vs. Louisville

This game might be better than a couple of BCS Bowls. Clemson could go to the Chick Fil A again, but I think think they get passed over. It would be the Tigers 3rd visit to the Dome since September 2012. If the Tigers win out, they will get serious BCS At Large consideration, but I don’t think they can win at South Carolina.

Mon, Dec 30 3:15 pm ESPN
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl 
LP Field, Nashville, TN
SEC No. 7 vs. ACC No. 6

Projected Matchup: Georgia Tech vs Ole Miss

Georgia Tech is one more win from getting bowl eligible. Beating Pitt this weekend is a must. The game with Alabama A&M doesn’t count, and the Jackets will be underdogs to Clemson and Georgia. I like this regional matchup with Ole Miss.


Tue, Dec 31 12:30 pm ESPN
AdvoCare V100 Bowl 
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA
ACC No. 7 vs. SEC

Projected Matchup: Maryland vs Tennessee

The Terrapins should be able find one more win to get bowl eligible. The Vols are not very good, but they’ve have had good moments including a win over South Carolina.

Tue, Dec 31 2 pm CBS
Hyundai Sun Bowl
Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX
ACC No. 4 vs. Pac-12 No. 4

Projected Matchup: Virginia Tech vs. Arizona State

Intriguing matchup of great defense vs great offense. I don’t have to tell Hokie fans which is which.

Tue, Dec 31 8 pm ESPN
Chick-fil-A Bowl
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
ACC No. 2 vs. SEC No. 5

Projected Matchup: Miami vs Auburn

Miami struggles to fill their own stadium and that’s a problem. The Chick Fil A hopes Auburn will fall to here. The Tigers are highly ranked at the moment but I don’t think they can hold on to that ranking.

Fri, Jan 3 TBD ESPN
Discover Orange Bowl 
Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
BCS vs. BCS (ACC champion if not in BCS championship)

Projected Matchup: Florida State vs Oklahoma St. 

The Orange gets the first at large choice, (thankfully) or they could end up with UCF or Fresno St. playing in the Orange Bowl. A great disservice to a Florida State team that might be the nation’s best. They probably can’t move ahead of Oregon/Alabama because they started the year ahead of the Noles. Wisconsin, Oklahoma are other possibilities

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