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ACC Week 1 bowl projections: Florida State makes its playoff statement

Let’s get this straight right off the bat: One week in, bowl projections are just guesswork. We ranked the teams, we looked at where each had traveled for recent bowls, and we looked at geography of each bowl destination. This is what we came up with, but of course, it will change a lot before our final submission in December.

And yes, we bumped Florida State up into the playoff after its remarkable second-half performance against Ole Miss. Clemson (or Louisville) could certainly make a push, too, but those decisions will be made on the field in the coming weeks.

College Football Playoff semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Florida State Seminoles

Capital One Orange Bowl (New Year’s Six): Clemson Tigers

Russell Athletic Bowl: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

TaxSlayer Bowl: Miami Hurricanes

Belk Bowl: North Carolina Tar Heels

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Louisville Cardinals

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Pittsburgh Panthers

Quick Lane Bowl: NC State Wolfpack

Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman: Duke Blue Devils

Camping World Independence Bowl: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

St. Petersburg Bowl: Virginia Tech Hokies

Birmingham Bowl: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Of note on selections: After the playoff matchups are set and the Orange Bowl makes its selection, the Russell Athletic Bowl gets first pick of teams and can select any team within one win of the best remaining record. After that, the pool of Pinstripe Bowl, Sun Bowl, Belk Bowl and either the TaxSlayer or Music City Bowl make their choices. The final selections are made from the remaining pool, with the Birmingham Bowl only employing an ACC team in the event it cannot fill its slots with its primary affiliations.

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