ACC Bowl Predictions
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Everyone in the ACC is still in contention to be bowl eligible. Shocker. The ACC has nine bowl tie-ins if nine teams are bowl eligible, which has never happened. Here's how the bowl selection process works in the ACC:
The conference winner plays in the Orange Bowl. After that, the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Konica Minolta Gator Bowl and Champs Sports Bowl choose their teams, in that order. Picks 5-7 go to the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, the Meineke Car Care Bowl and the Emerald Bowl. If they can't agree, they pick in that order. Roady's Humanitarian Bowl and the Eagle Bank Bowl get the No. 8 and No. 9 picks.
Here's a way-to-early forecast for the ACC bowl picture:
Boston College -- The Eagles have to win their last two games to make it to the ACC Championship Game for a possible trip to the Orange Bowl. What has hurt the Eagles in the past is the fact their fan base doesn't travel well.
Possibilities: Orange Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Konica Minolta Gator Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, Music City Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Emerald Bowl
Prediction: Emerald Bowl
Clemson -- The Tigers need to beat Virginia on the road and win at home against South Carolina in order to be bowl eligible.
Possibilities: Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, Eagle Bank Bowl
Prediction: The Tigers beat UVa but lose at home to South Carolina.
Duke -- The best is behind them this season. The biggest obstacle left on the Blue Devils' schedule is their trip to Virginia Tech this weekend, and they have to beat the Hokies and UNC to go to a bowl.
Possibilities: Eagle Bank Bowl
Prediction: The Blue Devils have to wait until next year.
Florida State -- The Seminoles can still play in the ACC title game, but their chances decreased significantly with last week's loss to Boston College. It looks like another seven-win season for the Seminoles.
Possibilities: Orange Bowl, Gator Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, Chick-fil-A, Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, Emerald Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl
Prediction: Gator Bowl
Georgia Tech -- The Yellow Jackets should be proud they're even going to a bowl game, considering the new coaching staff, offense and defense. Their record against Coastal Division opponents will make a trip to Tampa tough.
Possibilities: Meineke Car Care, Emerald Bowl, Music City Bowl
Prediction: Meineke Car Care
Maryland -- The Terps have home-field advantage this week, but will have a tough time in Chestnut Hill if BC is also playing for a trip to Tampa.
Possibilities: Orange Bowl, Chick-fil-A, Konica Minolta Gator Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl
Miami -- The Hurricanes are the only two-loss team in the Coastal Division and control their own destiny. As much as the folks at the Gator Bowl would probably love to host Miami, the Hurricanes can still wind up back in Dolphin Stadium.
Possibilities: Orange Bowl, Gator Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl
Prediction: Orange Bowl
North Carolina -- The Tar Heels are on the outside-looking in when it comes to the Orange Bowl, but have a good shot at finishing 9-3.
Possibilities: Orange Bowl, Chick-fil-A, Gator Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, Music City Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Emerald Bowl
Prediction: Music City
NC State -- The Wolfpack need to win their two remaining games against North Carolina and Miami to become bowl eligible.
Possibilities: Humanitarian Bowl, Eagle Bank Bowl
Prediction: The Pack loses at least one of its last two games and is home for Christmas.
Virginia -- The Cavaliers still need one more win to become bowl eligible and have games against Clemson and Virginia Tech to earn it.
Possibilities: Humanitarian Bowl, Eagle Bank Bowl
Prediction: The Cavaliers finish the season 0-2 and miss a bowl game.
Virginia Tech -- The Hokies aren't out of it yet, and the fans travel well, so they should wind up in one of the top three bowls.
Possibilities: Orange Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, Gator Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl
Prediction: Champs Sports Bowl
Wake Forest -- The Demon Deacons are playing like a 6-6 team as of late, but still have an outside shot at playing for the ACC title.
Possibilities: Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Emerald Bowl, Humanitarian Bowl
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31 Final Nebraska 42 24 USC 45
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State