ACC bowl picture still cloudy

So here's the deal:

Aside from the ACC's representative in the Discover Orange Bowl, there are two bowls that are still in question for the ACC: The Chick-fil-A Bowl and the Belk Bowl.

Teams in question: Florida State, NC State and Virginia.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl has little choice but to pick Auburn at this point, and if Clemson loses to Virginia Tech on Saturday, it won't be an attractive option to the Atlanta bowl, as Clemson will have faced Auburn three times in less than a year. Clemson is scheduled to face Auburn in the 2012 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic. Florida State would likely be the No. 2 option, but the Noles just played in this bowl game a year ago. If FSU goes to Atlanta, Clemson would fall to the Champs Sports Bowl. As of right now, nobody but the Chick-fil-A bowl officials appear to know which direction they're leaning.

As for the Belk Bowl, most of that decision depends on what West Virginia does. If West Virginia wins the Big East and plays in the Discover Orange Bowl, NC State is a no-brainer for the Belk Bowl. If the Mountaineers lose, though, Belk Bowl officials won't want a rematch of last year's bowl game and would likely instead choose Virginia vs. West Virginia. If UVa goes to Charlotte, NC State would likely wind up in Nashville.

So there you have it. This will all be answered on Sunday, and tune into the blog all Sunday evening and night for the latest on all of the matchups, but this weekend, you'll also be wanting to pay attention to the Big East race, as it will have a trickle-down effect on the ACC's bowl lineup.