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ACC to break even in bowl games?

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

According to Stewart Mandel's bowl predictions on SI.com, the ACC will go 5-5 this postseason, including a Virginia Tech loss to Cincinnati. Regis Philbin, though, has the ACC at 7-3 with a win over Cincinnati. The outsiders' view on the league obviously depends upon who you ask.

The next round of ACC predictions here will come on Christmas Eve, but I'd say the guy who covers college football for a living is pretty close.

What would a 5-5 bowl record -- including a loss in the Orange Bowl -- mean to the conference?

Nothing.

The respect-o-meter would barely waver. It's an average finish. The real question is just how meaningful a win over Cincinnati would really be to the conference, and unfortunately, it's not exactly the heralded opponent the league needs to get a legitimate boost.

Still, if the ACC can pull off a winning bowl record this season, capped by a convincing win over Cincinnati, the conference would certainly deserve some respect.