ACC: bowl index 2011

Official ACC bowl lineup

December, 4, 2011
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Here's the full picture in chronological order for you:

Dec. 26, Advocare V100 Independence Bowl: North Carolina (7-5) vs. Missouri (7-5) (5 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

Dec. 27, Belk Bowl: NC State (7-5) vs. Louisville (7-5) (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Dec. 29, Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State (8-4) vs. Notre Dame (8-4) (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Dec. 30, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Wake Forest (6-6) vs. Mississippi St. (6-6) (6:40 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Dec. 31, Hyundai Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech (8-4) vs. Utah (2 p.m. ET, CBS)

Dec. 31, Chick-fil-A Bowl: Virginia (8-4) vs. Auburn (7-5) (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Jan. 3, Allstate Sugar Bowl: Virginia Tech (11-2) vs. Michigan (9-3) (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Jan. 4, Discover Orange Bowl: Clemson (10-3) vs. West Virginia (9-3) (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Wake Forest to Music City Bowl

December, 4, 2011
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Wake Forest University has accepted an invitation to play Mississippi State in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. The game will be played on Friday, Dec. 30 at LP Field and will kickoff at 6:40 p.m. EST. The game will be televised live on ESPN.

Here is the official release:
“We couldn’t be more excited to be playing in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl,” said head coach Jim Grobe. “Our players, coaches and fans are looking forward to this wonderful opportunity in Nashville. Traveling to Nashville during the Christmas holiday will be a great experience for our families and the players.”

Wake Forest went 6-6 during the 2011 regular season and clinched bowl eligibility with a 31-10 win over Maryland on Nov. 19. The Demon Deacons finished tied for second in the ACC Atlantic Division with a 5-3 conference record. Wake Forest came within an eyelash of defeating Atlantic Division champion Clemson when the ninth-ranked Tigers booted a 43-yard field goal as time expired for a 31-28 win on Nov. 12 at Clemson.

During the season, the Deacons defeated No. 22 Florida State while also posting ACC road wins at Boston College and Duke.

“We are extremely happy to accept the invitation to play in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl,” said Wake Forest Director of Athletics Ron Wellman. “Going to Nashville gives our fans the opportunity to attend the game. We have earned the reputation that our fans do travel to bowl games as evidenced over the last few years with our trips to the Orange Bowl in Miami and the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte. This is an excellent opportunity for our team and our fans and we will enjoy our experience at the Music City Bowl.”

Mississippi State is 6-6 overall and went 2-6 in the SEC West Division which includes LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas and Ole Miss. Under head coach Dan Mullen, the Bulldogs are 19th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 19.9 points per game.

Wake Forest will be making its 10th all-time bowl appearance. The Deacons last appeared in a bowl game following the 2008 season when Wake Forest defeated Navy 29-19. The Deacons are 6-3 all-time in bowl games and have won five of their last six bowl appearances.

Under Grobe, Wake Forest will be making its fifth bowl appearance. Grobe has more bowl trips than any other coach in Wake Forest history.

Georgia Tech heading to Sun Bowl

December, 4, 2011
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Georgia Tech has accepted a bid to play Utah in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 in El Paso, Texas (2 p.m. ET/CBS), according to Georgia Tech. Here is the full release:
The Yellow Jackets, 8-4, will play in a bowl game for the 15th consecutive season. Tech will play in the Hyundai Sun Bowl for the first time since beating Texas Tech in the 1970 event.

"We are extremely excited to accept an invitation from the Hyundai Sun Bowl," athletic director Dan Radakovich said. "We see this as a great reward for a young football team that has played well this entire season and we hope our many Tech faithful will be in El Paso to see our team play.

"The Hyundai Sun Bowl gives our Yellow Jackets an opportunity to represent the ACC in what promises to be a very exciting game against a high-quality Pac-12 opponent."

Utah, 7-5 and 4-5 in the Pac-12, closed the season by winning four of its last five games and the Utes went 3-0 in 2011 against non-conference competition (Montana State, BYU, Pittsburgh).

The Utes, 12-4 all-time in bowl games including 6-1 under coach Kyle Whittingham, were in contention for the Pac-12 South Division title until an upset loss to Colorado on Nov. 25.

"Our team is excited for the opportunity to play in the Hyundai Sun Bowl," head coach Paul Johnson said. "Our players worked hard this season and we're excited to have another game to play.

"We will face a very good Utah team that played its best football down the stretch. Coach (Kyle) Whittingham and his staff do a very good job and they will be very prepared."
Notre Dame (8-4) will face Florida State (8-4) in the 22nd Champs Sports Bowl at 5:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 29, according to a release from Notre Dame.

The Irish and Seminoles will play for the seventh time and second time in a bowl game. Florida State leads the series 4-2 and is the only ACC school that has faced the Irish at least twice and owns the advantage in the series. The Seminoles won the last meeting 37-0 at Notre Dame Stadium in 2003. Florida State also claimed the only postseason matchup between the two schools, claiming the 1996 Orange Bowl 31-26.

More on this bowl later and all of others as they are released.

Final: Clemson 38, Virginia Tech 10

December, 3, 2011
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Clemson has won an ACC title for the first time since 1991.

It was a flat-out dominating performance by the Tigers, and it was arguably the Hokies' worst effort since -- you guessed it, the last time they played Clemson. The Tigers will represent the ACC in this year's Discover Orange Bowl, and considering the way they played tonight, there's no question they deserve to. Clemson left no doubt it was the better team, and three turnovers by Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas helped the Tigers prove it. It was quite a turnaround from Clemson's finish to the regular season, as the Tigers lost three of their final four games but played as if they were still in the midst of their eight-game winning streak.

I'm heading down to interviews now, so check back for more in a bit.

ACC bowl projections: Week 14

November, 27, 2011
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NC State didn't just become bowl eligible this past weekend, the Wolfpack did it with the biggest comeback in school history against Maryland. With that win, the ACC has nine bowl-eligible teams this year, and with the exception of Miami, all of them plan to participate in the postseason. Finally, there were no changes in the lineup this week:

Discover Orange Bowl, Jan. 4: Virginia Tech

Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31: Clemson

Champs Sports Bowl, Dec. 29: Florida State

Hyundai Sun Bowl, Dec. 31: Georgia Tech

Belk Bowl, Dec. 27: NC State

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Dec. 30: Virginia

Advocare V100 Independence Bowl, Dec. 26: Wake Forest

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman, Dec. 28: North Carolina

ACC bowl projections: Week 13

November, 20, 2011
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The bowl picture has changed Sunday, as Miami has decided not to participate in a bowl game this year. The Canes and Wake Forest both became bowl eligible on Saturday, and N.C. State came one step closer with its upset of No. 7-ranked Clemson. The Wolfpack must now win on Saturday against Maryland to make it to the postseason. Their odds today look much better than they did a week ago. Here is your latest bowl lineup for the ACC:

Discover Orange Bowl, Jan. 4: Virginia Tech

Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31: Clemson

Champs Sports Bowl, Dec. 29: Florida State

Hyundai Sun Bowl, Dec. 31: Georgia Tech

Belk Bowl, Dec. 27: N.C. State

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Dec. 30: Virginia

Advocare V100 Independence Bowl, Dec. 26: Wake Forest

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman, Dec. 28: North Carolina

ACC bowl projections: Week 12

November, 13, 2011
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It's official: Duke can no longer become bowl eligible. With its loss to Virginia this past weekend, Duke joined Maryland and Boston College as ACC schools that have been officially eliminated from postseason competition. Miami, NC State and Wake Forest still have time, but it's running out, especially for the Wolfpack, who must win each of their last two games against Clemson and Maryland. As you can see from the projections below, there's not a lot of confidence in that happening. Here's your latest bowl lineup:

Discover Orange Bowl: Clemson

Chick-fil-A Bowl: Virginia Tech

Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech

Belk Bowl: Wake Forest

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Virginia

Advocare V100 Independence Bowl: Miami

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: North Carolina

ACC bowl projections: Week 11

November, 6, 2011
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Welcome to the club, Virginia and Florida State. For the Hoos, it will be their first trip to the postseason since 2007. For the Seminoles, it will be their 30th consecutive bowl game, the nation's longest active streak. Boston College and Maryland will be home for the holidays. Wake Forest, NC State and Miami are all one win away from bowl eligibility. Here's the latest lineup, with a few slight changes from last week, starting in Charlotte:

Discover Orange Bowl: Clemson

Chick-fil-A Bowl: Virginia Tech

Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech

Belk Bowl: NC State

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Virginia

Advocare V100 Independence Bowl: Miami

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: North Carolina

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Wake Forest

ACC bowl projections: Week 10

October, 30, 2011
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Despite Clemson's loss to Georgia Tech, the top five bowl projections haven't changed from a week ago. With its win against Wake Forest, North Carolina became the ACC's fourth bowl-eligible team, joining Clemson, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. The clock is running out for everyone else. NC State and Virginia have flip-flopped (again) for bowl eligibility this week. Who would've thought that NC State, BC and Maryland would ALL be home for the holidays? Here's a look at your latest bowl forecast:

Discover Orange Bowl: Clemson

Chick-fil-A Bowl: Virginia Tech

Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech

Belk Bowl: North Carolina

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Virginia

Advocare V100 Independence Bowl: Miami

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: Wake Forest

ACC bowl projections: Week 9

October, 23, 2011
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It's not easy doing these bowl projections when only three teams -- Clemson, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech -- are actually bowl eligible. Wake Forest and North Carolina are both one-game shy of the six-win mark, and they play each other next week. Everyone else is on the fringe right now, but some teams are closer than others. At No. 5 in the most recent BCS standings, Clemson has inched closer to playing for the national title, but the Tigers still need some help before you see that prediction here.

Here's a look at the latest bowl lineup for the ACC:

Discover Orange Bowl: Clemson

Chick-fil-A Bowl: Virginia Tech

Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech

Belk Bowl: North Carolina

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Miami

Advocare V100 Independence Bowl: Wake Forest

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: NC State

ACC bowl projections: Week 8

October, 16, 2011
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The ACC race was thrown out of sorts once again this past weekend with Virginia's upset of Georgia Tech, and because of it, there have been some changes in this week's bowl lineup. The Terps, which have dropped to 2-4 overall and have lost back-to-back games heading into Saturday's road trip to Florida State, are out. Virginia is in. Georgia Tech has dropped, and the Hokies have been promoted. Here's a look at your latest lineup:

Discover Orange Bowl: Clemson

Chick-fil-A Bowl: Virginia Tech

Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech

Belk Bowl: North Carolina

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Miami

Advocare V100 Independence Bowl: Wake Forest

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: Virginia

ACC bowl projections: Week 7

October, 9, 2011
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Congrats to Georgia Tech and Clemson for solidifying their status as bowl-eligible teams by the midpoint of the season. Until proven otherwise, they're the teams to beat in the ACC and look like the teams to be chosen first in the bowl selections process, with the Tigers receiving the automatic bid to the Orange Bowl. There were a few tweaks in the lineup this week, but there's still plenty of time left for this pecking order to change:

Discover Orange Bowl: Clemson

Chick-fil-A Bowl: Georgia Tech

Champs Sports Bowl: Virginia Tech

Hyundai Sun Bowl: North Carolina

Belk Bowl: Wake Forest

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Florida State

Advocare V100 Independence Bowl: Miami

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: Maryland

ACC bowl projections: Week 6

October, 2, 2011
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There's no change at the top this week. Clemson still looks like the best team in the ACC, but the Tigers have historically had a few problems with Georgia Tech, so the Yellow Jackets could just as easily be in that spot. As of right now, though, Clemson has the better resume and strength of schedule.

Discover Orange Bowl: Clemson

Chick-fil-A Bowl: Georgia Tech

Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Virginia Tech

Belk Bowl: North Carolina

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Miami

Advocare V100 Independence Bowl: Wake Forest

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: Maryland

ACC bowl projections: Week 5

September, 25, 2011
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If NC State is a bowl team, I’m the next ACC commissioner. There have been some dramatic changes in this week’s bowl lineup, starting at the top, but it’s still early. Florida State has a very kind schedule from here on out, while it doesn’t get much easier for Clemson, starting Saturday with a road trip to Virginia Tech. Of all of the teams facing championship-caliber expectations this season, though, Virginia Tech has probably proved the least so far. That’s not to say the Hokies aren’t good enough to repeat as Coastal Division champs, but right now, Georgia Tech looks better both on paper and on the field.

Based on what happened THIS past week, here are your updated bowl projections:

Discover Orange Bowl: Clemson

Chick-fil-A Bowl: Virginia Tech

Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech

Belk Bowl: North Carolina

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Miami

Advocare V100 Independence Bowl: Maryland

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: Wake Forest

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