Updated ACC bowl predictions

November, 3, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich

Things change on a half-to-half basis here in the ACC, not to mention week-to-week, so it’s worth an updated look at how the postseason might shake out in the conference. Right now, only three conference teams are bowl eligible: Georgia Tech, Miami and Boston College. The ACC has nine guaranteed bowl slots, but it still doesn’t look like they’ll all be filled:

Orange Bowl -- Georgia Tech. At 8-1, the Yellow Jackets are head and shoulders above the rest of the ACC, but whether or not they actually win the conference title depends upon who they’re facing in Tampa. If it’s Clemson, this pick could change in favor of the Tigers.

Chick-fil-A -- Virginia Tech. The Hokies need one more win, and this Thursday night game at East Carolina could be a trap game. A road win depends upon how the Hokies respond to back-to-back losses that were devastating to their preseason goals. The Hokies travel well and another game against a marquee SEC opponent would sell tickets.

Gator Bowl -- Miami. The Hurricanes could still conceivably keep winning and make it to a BCS bowl, but if not, this seems like a good fit. Miami would bring a good, in-state crowd, and a Miami/Notre Dame matchup would be a home run for the bowl officials.

Champs Sports Bowl -- Clemson. The Tigers are one win shy of bowl eligibility, but right now they’ve got bigger aspirations -- the school’s first ACC title since 1991. In order to even have a shot at that, Clemson needs to beat FSU this weekend. If the Tigers are the ACC’s runner up, Champs officials would be remiss to let the Tigers slide lower in the selection process.

Music City Bowl -- North Carolina. The Tar Heels need to find two more wins, but if they do, this could provide a great matchup against Tennessee.

Meineke Car Care Bowl -- Florida State. The potential of showcasing Bobby Bowden’s last game would be an easy sell for these bowl officials, but first the Seminoles have to earn two more wins. After back-to-back wins over conference opponents, it doesn’t seem like such a far-fetched idea anymore.

Emerald Bowl -- Boston College. The Eagles are on their radar, so long as they’re not playing in the ACC championship game. And knowing this conference, it’s still a possibility. If they’re in the title game, though, BC can’t fall lower than the Music City Bowl.

EagleBank Bowl -- Finds a replacement.

GMAC Bowl -- Finds a replacement.

OUT: NC State, Virginia, Wake Forest, Duke and Maryland.

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