Gator Bowl not a lock for FSU

Don't start planning that trip yet, Florida State fans.

Although it's possible the Noles could wind up facing West Virginia in the Gator Bowl for what will be Bobby Bowden's final game, it's far from a done deal.

The only surefire way at this point of FSU going to the Gator Bowl is if Clemson wins the ACC championship game AND Virginia Tech heads to the Chick-fil-A Bowl. If Clemson loses, though, the selection process could get a little tricky.

The ACC contends that with a Clemson loss on Saturday, Clemson, Miami and Boston College should be the Gator Bowl's lone choices. The Gator Bowl has no contractual obligation to select Clemson, but the ACC's one-loss rule states that it does have to choose from the remaining pool of teams within one loss of Clemson's 6-2 record. That would leave Miami and BC, which both finished at 5-3 in the ACC ahead of FSU at 4-4.

ACC officials and Gator Bowl president Rick Catlett seem to be at odds on how to interpret the ACC's one-loss rule. Discussions are ongoing as both sides try to sort out the contractual language and obligations. One thing that hasn't changed in all of this is that the ACC's championship game winner will go a long way in determining how this year's bowl selection process will unfold in the ACC.