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Monday, December 19, 2011
Ranking the bowls by conference

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Finally, the ACC is the No. 3 conference in the land.

At least when it comes to bowl lineups.

ESPN The Magazine's Ryan McGee ranked which conferences have the best bowl tie-ins, and the ACC came in third behind the SEC and Big Ten, respectively. Here's an excerpt from what McGee had to say about the ACC:
What the ACC lacks in quality, it makes up for in quantity. Its nine bowl contracts are matched only by the SEC. But unlike its neighbors to the west, the ACC suffers from a significant drop-off from its top two games. After it's BCS AQ berth, the conference doesn't have one single guaranteed January showcase (this year Virginia Tech "earned" the conference's first at-large bid).