‘Rivalry Week’ Bowl Projections: ACC

By Brandon Sudge -

The ACC looks to have another successful year in bowl bids, but that may be more difficult than in years past. The conference has a few good teams who will play in significant bowl games, including Clemson who is close to clinching a berth in the College Football Playoff.

However, other teams have either fallen out of eligibility or are right on the fringe of making their way into postseason play. Let’s take a look at which game each eligible team is projected to go to as well as who they may be matched up against.

Clemson Tigers (11-0)

ESPN (Mark Schlabach): CFB Playoff at Capital One Orange Bowl vs. Oklahoma

CBS (Jerry Palm): CFB Playoff at Capital One Orange Bowl vs. Oklahoma

Fox Sports (Stewart Mandel)- CFB Playoff at Capital One Orange Bowl vs. Oklahoma

Duke Blue Devils (6-5)

ESPN (Mark Schlabach): Belk Bowl vs. Arkansas

CBS (Jerry Palm): Independence Bowl vs. Washington

Fox Sports (Stewart Mandel): Independence Bowl vs. California

Florida State Seminoles (9-2)

ESPN (Mark Schlabach): Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl vs. Houston

CBS (Jerry Palm)- Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl vs. Notre Dame

Fox Sports (Stewart Mandel): Fiesta Bowl vs. Notre Dame

Louisville Cardinals (6-5)

ESPN (Mark Schlabach): Music City Bowl vs. Texas A&M

CBS (Jerry Palm): Hyundai Sun Bowl vs. UCLA

Fox Sports (Stewart Mandel): Hyundai Sun Bowl vs. Washington State

Miami Hurricanes (7-4)

ESPN (Mark Schlabach): Hyundai Sun Bowl vs. Utah

CBS (Jerry Palm): Military Bowl vs. Navy

Fox Sports (Stewart Mandel): Military Bowl vs. Navy

North Carolina Tar Heels (10-1)

ESPN (Mark Schlabach): Russell Athletic Bowl vs. TCU

CBS (Jerry Palm): Russell Athletic Bowl vs. TCU

Fox Sports (Stewart Mandel): Russell Athletic Bowl vs. TCU

NC State Wolfpack (7-4)

ESPN (Mark Schlabach): Military Bowl vs. Navy

CBS (Jerry Palm): Pinstripe Bowl vs. Cincinnati

Fox Sports (Stewart Mandel): TaxSlayer.com Bowl vs. LSU

Pittsburgh Panthers (8-3)

ESPN (Mark Schlabach): Pinstripe Bowl vs. Minnesota

CBS (Jerry Palm): TaxSlayer.com Bowl vs. Mississippi State

Fox Sports (Stewart Mandel): Pinstripe Bowl vs. Arizona

Virginia Tech Hokies (5-6)

*Virginia is playing for bowl eligibility this weekend vs. Virginia Tech.

ESPN (Mark Schlabach): Independence Bowl vs. Arizona State

CBS (Jerry Palm): Belk Bowl vs. Texas A&M

Fox Sports (Stewart Mandel): Belk Bowl vs. Ole Miss

The ACC definitely is weak in that they only have seven definite bowl eligible teams. However, those potential matchups could mean great games lie ahead. These projections are certainly subject to drastic change after rivalry week, but we can definitely get a good idea as we are just over a week until “Selection Sunday.”

There is a possibility that Virginia or Virginia Tech could reach a bowl game with seven losses, as there may not be enough six-win teams to fill the slots. The NCAA has said they’re currently unsure as to how they would select seven loss teams.

2015-16 Bowl Schedule

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