ACC gets two in BCS bowls

In a word? Shocked. Here's the official word, though, from the ACC:

For the first time in its 14 years in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), the Atlantic Coast Conference has had two teams selected to participate in BCS Bowl games in the same year. Clemson, the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Champion and ranked 15th in this year’s final BCS Standings, will represent the league at this year’s Discover Orange Bowl, while ACC runner-up Virginia Tech, ranked 11th in the final BCS Standings, was chosen as an at-large selection by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, it was announced Sunday.

Clemson will be making its first appearance in the Discover Orange Bowl in exactly 30 years. The 1981 Tigers clinched the school’s national championship in the old Orange Bowl Stadium, downing Nebraska 22-15 in the 1982 game.

Virginia Tech will be making its fourth appearance in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, having played Florida State in the 2000 game which served as the BCS national title contest; meeting Auburn in the 2004 game; and Texas in the 1995 Sugar Bowl classic.

In addition to the Tigers and Hokies, Virginia (Chick-fil-A), Florida State (Champs Sports), Georgia Tech (Hyundai Sun), NC State (Belk), Wake Forest (Franklin American Mortgage Music City) and North Carolina (Advocare V100 Independence), all accepted bowl invitations.

Again, more on all of this is coming, stay tuned ...