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It seems like yesterday that the Hokies were running out of the tunnel against Northeastern. But here we are in early December, and bowl season is just around the corner. VT fans are looking forward to heading to Atlanta to watch the Chick-fil-A Bowl. It will be interesting to see how the ACC performs across the board after a down year in the regular season.
Eight ACC teams received bowl bids, which is the exact number of bowl tie ins associated with the conference. For awhile it didnt look like the ACC would get to eight bowl eligible teams, but Miami upset Boston College on Thanksgiving night to win their sixth game. Here is a look at where the ACC teams are going bowling.
Some of those bowl committees are pretty excited. The others would probably just rather cancel their game this year.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl is easily the biggest winner of all the ACC bowl games. They get the hottest (and probably best) team in the ACC that will bring one of the best traveling fan bases in the country, and who is a very popular TV draw. And theyll also get the home-state Georgia Bulldogs, a big-time SEC team that sells out 92,000+ seat Sanford Stadium every weekend. The game is already sold out, the tenth sellout in a row for the bowl.
It doesnt get much better than that. Two big-time programs playing in a big city, at night, in a dome, in an unopposed time slot on national television. The Chick-fil-A Bowl wins every year, but their victory this year is a bit bigger.
The Emerald Bowl in San Francisco has to be extremely exited about the Florida State-UCLA matchup on December 27. The game will be televised by ESPN, and its the only bowl game of the day. The Emerald Bowl brass probably never dreamed about getting a team with the reputation of FSU, but they are no doubt very excited. And the Seminoles will be matched up against UCLA, who is fresh off an upset victory of Southern Cal.
Its true that Florida State and UCLA werent all that successful this year, but they are two big-name universities. This is as good a game as the Emerald Bowl will ever get.
The MPC Computers Bowl in Boise might never get a team with the reputation of the Miami Hurricanes again. The Canes obviously wont bring a lot of fans to the game, but no fan base from a major conference would bring anybody to Boise. But the fact that Miami is playing on the Blue Turf does draw some TV exposure for the bowl.
The poor, poor Orange Bowl. Ill be the first to admit that I like Wake Forest. I always have. I admire what they did this year, and Jim Grobe should be a finalist for National Coach of the Year at the very least. But Wake wont take many fans to South Florida. And despite Americans infatuation with the underdog, this isnt Wichita State or George Mason in the NCAA tournament. This is Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl, and theyre playing a Big East team, Louisville. TV ratings wont be through the roof.
The Gator Bowl gets to host the loser of the ACC Championship Game for the second consecutive season, and this time that loser is Georgia Tech, which doesnt exactly have the rabid traveling fan base that the Hokies possess. West Virginia will take a lot of fans, but probably not quite as many as usual because the Mountaineers "only" finished 10-2 this year, and they were in the Gator Bowl just two years ago. Now WVU coach Rich Rodriguez is headed to Alabama, throwing the situation info further doubt.
The Gator Bowl would have selected Clemson, but the new ACC one-loss rule prevented them from doing so. Clemson finished 5-3 in the ACC, while GT was 7-1, and conference rules state that a bowl game cant pick a lower ranked team when there is more than one game between the two schools in the conference standings.
The Meineke Car Care Bowl brings in the Boston College Eagles for the second time in three years. Luckily their opponent is Navy, and Midshipmen will fill some seats.
Best ACC Bowl Matchup
Maybe Im a bit biased, but I see the best ACC matchup as the Chick-fil-A Bowl between Virginia Tech and Georgia. Both teams have great defenses, but offenses that struggle at times. Georgia Tech starts a true freshman quarterback, while the Hokies have offensive line issues. The kicking game could be the deciding outcome in this game.
Worst ACC Bowl Matchup
As much as I like Wake Forest, I dont think they have the firepower to hang with Louisville. I think they can stay in the game for awhile, but theyll have to win a low scoring game to have a chance to win, and Louisville just doesnt play low scoring games.
Also, and I dont know
how good of a matchup this game will be, but Im just not interested in the
Champs Sports Bowl (Orlando, Maryland vs. Purdue) this year. Marylands string
of luck ran out in the last two weeks of the regular season, and Purdue is a Big
Ten team that doesnt play defense. To me, this one is kind of a yawner.
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