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While the ACC has asked for the team to remain anonymous until 8:30 tonight, word has already begun to spread that the Hokies will officially head to Orlando to participate in the Russell Athletics Bowl. The Hokies opponent will be 9-3 Rutgers from The Big East. The Scarlet Knights ended their regular season with a home loss to Louisville, which cost them a spot in a BCS bowl.
Overall, Rutgers is a good opponent. They’re lackluster offensively (96th in points for with 22.4 ppg) but they’re stout defensively (4th in scoring defense). This game will be a tremendous challenge for the Hokies who have been inept at times this season on the offensive side of the ball.
With Tech’s selection done, the rest of the ACC bowl picture is clearing up.
Florida State will head to the Orange Bowl and likely play Northern Illinois out of the MAC. No, that’s not a typo mainly because the BCS is forced to take a non-BCS conference team if a non-BCS team finishes in the top 16. Northern Illinois finished the year 12-1 and will travel to Miami to face the Seminoles. The good news is that Northern Illinois is the least talented team the Noles could face in this game. The bad news is the Huskies are a good team and could easily beat Florida State if the Seminoles don't take this one seriously.
Clemson will face LSU in the Chick-fil-a Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia. This is one of the better confirmed bowl matchups so far.
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Georgia Tech will head out to El Paso, Texas to play Southern Cal in the Sun Bowl. The Yellow Jackets are bowling thanks to an NCAA bowl waiver. While controversial, you can’t penalize Georgia Tech for playing in the conference championship game because the top two teams in the Coastal were ineligible.
NC State will head to Nashville to play in the Music City Bowl versus the hometown Vanderbilt Commodores.
Lastly, Duke will play in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte versus the Cincinnati Bearcats. This is Duke’s first bowl trip since 1994.
After looking over these matchups, I can admit that I may watch one or two of these games, not including the Virginia Tech one (obviously). With two permeire programs on NCAA suspension, the bowl lineup this year has not gone in the ACC’s favor, just a year removed from placing two teams in the BCS.
Feel free to chime in with any thoughts below.
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