ACC: Allstate Sugar Bowl
1. Allstate Sugar Bowl: Virginia Tech will have the best chance to make a statement in the ACC against No. 13 Michigan. It's a chance for the Hokies to prove that they can win on a big stage outside of the ACC.
2. Discover Orange Bowl: The Tigers should beat West Virginia, but it's not a guarantee. The Mountaineers' offense, which is No. 19 in the country in scoring, will give Clemson some problems.
3. Champs Sports Bowl: The ACC is 0-3 against Notre Dame so far this season, but Florida State will be the league's best chance at changing that. They're going to need more offensively, though, than they've shown in recent weeks.
4. Chick-fil-A Bowl: Virginia will have a chance to take advantage of an Auburn team that looks nothing like its 2010 form. Auburn hasn't put together back-to-back wins since the last weekend in September.
5. Hyundai Sun Bowl: This game will pit the nation's No. 3 rushing offense against the No. 7 rushing defense, and Georgia Tech will try to snap a six-game losing streak in bowl games.
6. AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl: North Carolina will get Missouri's last performance as a member of the Big 12 before moving to the SEC next year, and the Tar Heels will be looking to send interim coach Everett Withers out with a win.
7. Belk Bowl: This is a matchup between two teams that finished on hot streaks. NC State had two of the ACC's most memorable wins of the season with an upset of Clemson and the school's biggest comeback in school history against Maryland.
8. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Wake Forest and Mississippi State are two 6-6 teams who struggled down the stretch. The Bulldogs lost two of their last three, and the Deacs lost four of their last five.
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
|Duke's Re'quan Boyette and Maryland's Jordan Steffy were honred during the halftime of the Sugar Bowl for their community service.|
NEW ORLEANS -- Greetings from the Allstate Sugar Bowl, where two ACC players will be honored at halftime for their commitment to community service.
Too often the off-field incidents reported are negative, and the "Good Works" of athletes like Duke running back Re'quan Boyette and Maryland quarterback Jordan Steffy go unnoticed.
Not in the ACC blogosphere. Here we take the good, the bad, and the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Seriously, though, players like Steffy and Boyette -- even though they didn't play this season -- deserve some recognition. There are plenty of other players who have taken on important leadership roles with their teams, too (FSU safety Myron Rolle and Georgia Tech defensive tackle Darryl Richard come to mind), but Boyette and Steffy were named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, and they came to New Orleans to help with a rebuilding project here.
We're not talking about athletes who spent five minutes tutoring local middle schoolers here, either. We're talking about significant time sacrifices -- something college football players don't have a lot of to spare.
Earlier this morning, Boyette, Steffy and 20 other college football players participated in a clean-up initiative in the Oak Park neighborhood. At halftime, there will be an on-field ceremony and video tribute.
Boyette was a "Big Brother" to a student at Lakewood Elementary in the spring of 2006 and spent a couple of hours a week with him. They still keep in touch.
Boyette has also volunteered at the Erwin Gardens Rehabilitation Center and the Forest at Duke, a pair of Durham nursing homes. He visited once or twice a week and talked with residents. He also volunteered at YE Smith Elementary School once a week and helped kids with their homework projects or tutored them for their classes.
But wait, there's more ...
Boyette has also volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and the Durham Rescue Mission. He visited residents and helped serve meals at the Ronald McDonald House. He has been to the Durham Rescue Mission twice and helped out with serving meals. As part of Duke's community service programs, he has also gone to local elementary schools for the Read With the Blue Devils program where Duke student-athletes read to kids and stress the importance of reading.
Steffy started his own non-profit organization, Children Deserve a Chance Foundation, which raised more than $50,000 in 2008 to aid young people in need, and he wants to expand his foundation in order to contribute even more.