With 12 weeks of the 2016 season done, here is who the ACC will be sending to each of their bowl game spots according to the Chop Chat staff.
With just one week left in the college football regular season, we now know one half of the matchup in the ACC championship game – as well as several teams who will have their season end after this coming weekend.
With losses by both Duke and Syracuse this past Saturday, those teams will officially be staying home. Boston College and N.C. State, meanwhile, must win this coming Saturday if they want to head to the postseason. If that’s the case, the ACC would be able to fill all 11 of their bowl tie-ins for 2016.
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Here’s a look at where the Chop Chat team thinks each of the eligible teams will be spending their postseason this December and January.
College Football Playoff
Clemson Tigers – With an ACC title game on their resume and one team ahead of them getting knocked out this coming weekend, the Tigers are sitting pretty.
Capital One Orange Bowl
Louisville Cardinals – An embarrassing loss last weekend to Houston means the men in red will be the conference’s rep in Miami Gardens.
Russell Athletic OR Citrus Bowl
Florida State Seminoles – There was an outside shot of heading back to South Florida for bowl season, but now it appears the ‘Noles will be starting and ending their 2016 campaign in Orlando.
Virginia Tech Hokies – Unless they can pull off the upset in the ACC title game (which they are in the lead for in the Coastal), the Hokies will be heading to Charlotte.
Pittsburgh Panthers – Upon further review, the league will want to keep teams close so more fans can get to games and the ACC can look like it cares about college football.
North Carolina Tar Heels – With Pitt taking the spot in The Bronx for the postseason, the men in baby blue are obligated for El Paso based on how the current rankings are.
Music City OR TaxSlayer Bowl
Miami Hurricanes – The ACC would love to have a name program in either one of these games…which Miami still technically is, I guess.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – Paul Johnson’s squad could up their stock with a win over Georgia this weekend, but I wouldn’t bet on it…so it’s off to Shreveport.
Quick Lane Bowl
Wake Forest Demon Deacons – After starting off 5-1, the Deacs are 1-4 in their last five games. Translation: they will take a bowl trip, even if it’s Detroit in December.
N.C. State Wolfpack – If the men from Raleigh can get past rival North Carolina this weekend, it’s going to be off to Maryland for the postseason.
St. Petersburg Bowl
Boston College Eagles – BC has a slightly easier game since they take on a slumping Wake Forest team, with a win meaning (most likely) a visit to Florida for the holiday season.