Thursday, December 13, 2012
Your turn: Rank the ACC bowls
By Heather Dinich
Andrea Adelson and I agree that the Virginia Tech-Rutgers matchup in the Russell Athletic Bowl is going to be the least entertaining game of the ACC bowl season (unless, of course, you live for 10-7 games). Earlier this week I ranked the ACC bowl lineup, best to worst. Now it's your turn. The folks at SportsNation have created a template for you to cast your vote.
Before you do, here’s one pro and one con for each bowl:
Chick-fil-A Bowl: LSU vs. Clemson (Dec. 31: ESPN, 7:30 p.m. ET, Georgia Dome, Atlanta)
Pro: A great statistical matchup between the No. 6 scoring offense in the country at Clemson, and LSU’s defense, which is No. 11 in the country in scoring defense.
Con: Didjya see the Clemson offense against South Carolina’s D?
Hyundai Sun Bowl: USC vs. Georgia Tech (Dec. 31: CBS, 2 p.m. ET, Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas)
Pro: Georgia Tech’s spread option offense has a legitimate chance against a lackluster USC D that has allowed 156.42 rushing yards per game, and A-back Orwin Smith will be back and ready to roll.
Con: Paul Johnson is 0-4 in bowl games.
Discover Orange Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. Florida State (Jan. 1: ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET, Sun Life Stadium, Miami)
Pro: Northern Illinois was good enough to be a BCS buster, and considering FSU’s inconsistencies, the possibility of an upset is real. If for no other reason, it’s worth watching the Huskies try and prove their doubters wrong.
Con: FSU could suffer one of the ACC’s most embarrassing BCS losses ever.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: NC State vs. Vanderbilt (Dec. 31: ESPN, noon ET, LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.)
Pro: NC State is one of only 12 programs nationally that has won two bowl games in a row, and they’re facing a Vandy team that has qualified for bowl games in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history.
Con: The team is in an awkward transition, with Tom O’Brien having been fired, offensive coordinator Dana Bible coaching the game as interim, and first-year coach Dave Doeren already in his office.
Belk Bowl: Cincinnati vs. Duke (Dec. 27: ESPN, 6:30 p.m. ET, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.)
Pro: It’s history in the making for Duke, which hasn’t been to a bowl game since 1994.
Con: Duke lost its last four games of the regular season and gave up at least 40 points in each of them.
Russell Athletic Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers (Dec. 28: ESPN, 5:30 p.m. ET, Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla.)
Pro: This is the Hokies' first time in the Orlando bowl, and they've got a chance to finish on a positive note -- something they desperately need heading into the offseason.
Con: The Hokies are already 0-2 against the Big East.