It's time for the ACC to defend its crown, in more ways than one.
Last season, the conference earned a record nine bowl wins, culminating with Clemson claiming the national championship. This time around, the ACC has more teams in bowl games (10) than any other Power 5 conference, headlined by the No. 1 Tigers vying for another title.
Volume is nice, and the ACC has a chance to bask in further glory ... but not all bowl matchups are created equal. Consider this a viewers' guide to the conference's bowl slate, ranked by watchability.
10. Quick Lane Bowl: Duke-Northern Illinois
To David Cutcliffe's credit, Duke was mired in a six-game losing streak, but overcame double-digit deficits to beat Georgia Tech and Wake Forest to get to six wins to cap the regular season. Plus, we saw shades of good Daniel Jones in those games. He ran for 91 and had three total TDs vs. the Yellow Jackets and threw for a season-high 346 against the Demon Deacons.
But come for the defense, with Duke ranking 22nd in in FBS (335.4 ypg) and 12th vs. the pass at 174.8, and boast linebacker Joe Giles-Harris, who is in the top 20 in the nation with 117 tackles.
Not to be outdone, the 10-win Huskies have a Ted Hendricks Award finalist in defensive end Sutton Smith, the country's lead in sacks (14) and tackles for loss (28 1/2).
9. Military Bowl: Virginia-Navy
The Cavaliers are back in a bowl game for the first time since 2011, and their opponent will have a familiar look.
Bronco Mendenhall's crew, which gave up 220 yards to Georgia Tech and its option-based attack, will see it all over again in this one.
The Midshipmen rank second in FBS at 347.5 ypg, but they've looked far more pedestrian in losing five of their last six. That included being limited to 277 yards or less five times, including a paltry 136 vs. Tulane.
It all sets itself up for a strong sendoff for Micah Kiser and Quin Blanding, who rank fifth (134) and 13th (121) in FBS in total tackles.
8. Independence Bowl: Florida State-Southern Miss
So the Seminoles got to a 36th straight bowl game after rescheduling their Hurricane Irma-postponed matchup with Louisiana Monroe ... and they'll have to go into it without their coach as Jimbo Fisher bolted for Texas A&M.
How will the Seminoles respond, and will the players even get up for this one? A four-win Sun Belt team wasn't going to give us much indication, but Southern Miss is no slouch, winning eight games.
Freshman RB Cam Akers is on the cusp of a 1,000-yard season -- he's 70 yards away -- but will the Seminoles' best player, safety Derwin James even play? He's been non-committal, and considering he's expected to be a top-of-the-first-round pick in the NFL draft, who could blame him for sitting this one out.
All credit to Florida State for keeping it streak alive, but his is a letdown for a team that went into September with CFP dreams.
7. Pinstripe Bowl: Boston College-Iowa
The Eagles were a revelation on offense from mid-October on, totaling three games of 500 yards or more, and AJ Dillon was a big reason why.
The ACC Rookie of the Year, Dillon ran for 1,432 yards, including 1,099 over Boston College's 5-1 closing stretch and he'll present a major challenge for Iowa, which is 38th against the rush, allowing 142.1 yards per game and had its trouble with premier backs.
Penn State's Saquon Barkley burned the Hawkeyes for 211 rushing yards and Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor got to them for 157 yards.
Also, tune in for the collegiate finale of All-American end Harold Landry, who had a down year as he was double-teamed often and dealt with an ankle injury, missing the last four games of the regular season.
6. Belk Bowl: Wake Forest-Texas A&M
This is where the college football universe wishes the Seminoles could have landed, if only for the circus that would have surrounded Texas A&M playing the team their new coach spurned.
But can the Demon Deacons, who fell to Florida State 26-19 in Winston-Salem on Sept. 30, can spoil the finale for Fisher's new team, even if he won't coach them?
QB John Wolford has put together an up-and-down, but impressive nonetheless final season at Wake. He fueled an offense that put up 64 points in Syracuse, beat then-No. 19 NC State and from Oct. 28-Nov. 4, Wolford had no less than 390 yards of offense.
The Aggies are one of the nation's worst teams in pass efficiency defense (93rd and 137.4), and Wolford has been one of FBS' most efficient QBs (10th at 157.5).
5. Sun Bowl: Arizona State-No. 24 NC State
Tennessee came calling and Dave Doeren has himself a new five-year deal to remain in Raleigh that will pay a reported $3 million per yer.
He's celebrating with a trip to El Paso against a Sun Devils team in the midst of a strange coaching change that is expected to culminate with former NFL coach/ESPN analyst Herm Edwards taking over.
Coaching news aside, this one feels like an opportunity for Ryan Finley and the Woflpack offense to put on a show against a 109th-ranked Arizona State D (447.0).
This one is about building momentum, with Finley, first-team All-ACC RB Nyheim Hines and WR Kelvin Harmon all potentially back for 2018.
Also, it's a long-standing tradition that the Sun Bowl gifts a Helen of Troy Hair Dryer, so they'll all enjoy that.
4. Camping World Bowl: No. 19 Oklahoma State-No. 22 Virginia Tech
In terms of QB matchups, Orlando could have done a lot worse than the Cowboys' Davey O'Brien finalist Mason Rudolph -- the nation's leader in yards with 4,553 -- and the Hokies' Josh Jackson.
Granted, Jackson faded after posting four games of 300 or more total yards in his first six starts, but he's also going to be facing an Oklahoma State defense that's been shaky against the pass, even by Big 12 standards.
The Cowboys gave up 268.5 per game, 120th in FBS, with only four Power 5 squads ranking worse. Plus, it was far worse against Top 25 teams, which burned them to the tune of 413 yards per game compared to 239.6 vs. unranked opponents.
Virginia Tech's Lunch Pail defense has been stout, sitting 12th in FBS in total D at 305.3. But the reality is, it won't be able to lock down one of the game's most explosive offenses.
This has shootout written all over it, making it must-see TV.
3. TaxSlayer Bowl: Louisville-No. 23 Mississippi State
Mississippi State lostsome star power with the injury to Bulldogs QB Nick Fitzgerald, and this ranking says a lot about what Lamar Jackson has accomplished as it is the likely sendoff for one of the most explosive players in ACC history.
Lamar Jackson, last season's Heisman Trophy winner -- and a likely finalist this time around too -- is on pace for an even better year than in 2016. He's averaging an FBS-best 411 yards of offense per game, which is 18 more years that in '16, and he needs just 54 passing yards to surpass last season's total.
Already the first player in NCAA history with back-to-back years of at least 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 rushing, he'll be challenged in padding his stats against the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State, which is 10th in total defense (302), has been stout vs the rush (24th) and even better vs. the pass (13th), and it just so happens Jackon's improvement have some through the air. His completion percentage is up to 60.4 from 56.2 and he's thrown three less interceptions.
Jackson has already said he'll play despite the likelihood that he's NFL-bound, giving the Florida native a chance to put a bowl on his career back in the Sunshine State.
2. Orange Bowl: No. 6 Wisconsin-No. 10 Miami
Losers of their respective championship games, Wisconsin and Miami will pick up the pieces of their shattered CFP dreams together and provide a contrast of styles.
The Hurricanes are defined by the bling of the Turnover Chain, leading the nation in turnovers; the Badgers are about wining in the trenches with a the nation's best defense and running game.
More than approaches, Miami is going to be at home in Hard Rock Stadium, where they were 7-0 this season and racked up their most impressive wins (over No. 13 Virginia Tech and No. 3 Miami).
But don't expect the Badgers to be worried. In an opponents' house they're 5-0, claiming those games by an average of 25.6 points.
Of note, Wisconsin lost a combined four turnovers in true road games and the Hurricanes have averaged four in each of their wins since Oct. 21.
1. Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Clemson-No. 4 Alabama
One more time, with feelings.
Those feelings as the teams that faced off for the last two national championships may be about the fact that the Crimson Tide got into the playoff despite not winning their own division. But this figures to be the most compelling game of the bowl season.
The Tigers have found their footing offensively, with QB Kelly Bryant throwing for 230-plus yards in his last three games (his first such streak of the season) and the Christian Wilkins/Dexter Lawrence-led defense has allowed no fewer than 229 yards over the last four games.
Alabama's defense figures to get that much healthier, with Nick Saban returning seven players who missed a combined 37 starts.
This feels like it should be for a national title, with the winner going on to meet the winner of Oklahoma-Georgia in Atlanta. But if Clemson is going to take the next step in supplanting the Crimson Tide as the sport's next dynasty, its fitting that the Tigers have to go to them if they're to become the first back-to-back champs in the CFP era.