If this past weekend’s nonconference games were any indication of what’s to come in the bowl games, the ACC might be better off having its own Backyard Brawl this year. With only seven bowl eligible teams, the ACC needs a winning record to earn some respectability at the national level.
UNC’s loss likely ruined its chance at a better bowl game, while Miami became a more attractive pick with its nine-win season and could wind up in the Gator Bowl. At this point, there are still a lot of options on the table, depending upon who wins the ACC championship game.
Whichever team loses will be on a two-game losing streak heading into bowl season, and could fall as low as the Music City Bowl in the selection process. It’s a toss-up as to who will wind up in the Orange Bowl, but one thing is for sure -- Georgia Tech’s defense isn’t as good as South Carolina’s, so the Tigers should have more success offensively in the title game. That being said, I have no idea who's going to win that game.
Here are the latest bowl projections for the ACC:
FedEx Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. BCS at large
Chick-fil-A Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. SEC
Gator Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Big East or Notre Dame
Champs Sports Bowl: Miami vs. Big Ten
Music City Bowl: North Carolina vs. SEC
Meineke Car Care Bowl: Florida State vs. Big East
Emerald Bowl: Boston College vs. Pac-10