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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
ACC bowl predictions

By Heather Dinich
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

So far I'm 1-0 in the postseason and the ACC is, too. According to my forecast, the ACC will be 6-2 heading into New Year's Day. Here is the second round of bowl predictions for the remaining ACC games before New Year's Day:

MEINEKE CAR CARE BOWL
North Carolina 28, West Virginia 24 -- More than 40,000 Tar Heel fans are expected to support UNC in Charlotte, and the Tar Heels will counter Pat White with Hakeem Nicks.

CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL
Florida State 31, Wisconsin 14 -- There are too many speedy athletes on the Seminoles' roster, and Mickey Andrews will have his defense ready to stop the Badgers' running game.

EMERALD BOWL
California 28, Miami 17 -- There were too many off-field distractions with Miami's suspensions, plus the fact they're playing about 3,000 miles away from Coral Gables.

PAPAJOHNS.COM BOWL
NC State 24, Rutgers 17 -- Russell Wilson is the more versatile quarterback in this game and the Wolfpack's defense has made significant improvement over the past few weeks.

ROADY'S HUMANITARIAN BOWL
Nevada 31, Maryland 10 -- This offense will be too much for the Terps' defense to handle, especially after recently losing their defensive coordinator. With the way the schedule worked out, Maryland had too many days where it wasn't practicing.

CHICK-FIL-A BOWL
Georgia Tech 28, LSU 24 -- The Yellow Jackets are on a roll, they're essentially playing at home and LSU has had issues at quarterback all season.

GAYLORD HOTELS MUSIC CITY BOWL
Boston College 14, Vanderbilt 10 -- Once again, it should be another defensive struggle, but the Eagles will need quarterback Dominique Davis to play better than he did in the ACC championship game.