Monday, November 21, 2016

NC State and Boston College look to join nine ACC teams that are bowl eligible.

Bowl Eligibility Watch

Clemson vs. Wake Forest, Nov. 19, 2016. Image via

The ACC has nine teams that are bowl eligible going into the last week of the regular college football season. Two more teams, North Carolina State and Boston College,  have a chance for a sixth win this week, though they will have face teams with winning records to do so.

Here's the rundown of where the bowl eligible and eligibility-seeking ACC teams stand. Bowl projections are via Jason Kirk of SB*Nation.

Bowl Eligible Teams

Clemson (10-1)
Bowl Projection: 2016 Fiesta Bowl vs. Michigan (College Football Playoff. Dec. 31, Glendale, Az.)

Louisville (9-2) 
Bowl Projection: 2016 Orange Bowl vs. Penn State (New Year's Six Bowl. Dec. 30, Miami, Fl.)

Virginia Tech (8-3)
Bowl Projection: 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl vs. LSU (Dec. 31, Jacksonville, Fl.)

North Carolina (8-3)
Bowl Projection: 2016 Citrus Bowl vs. Florida (Dec. 31, Orlando, Fl.)

Florida State (8-3)
Bowl Projection: 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl West Virginia (Dec. 28, Orlando, Fl.)

Miami (7-4) 
Bowl Projection: 2016 Belk Bowl vs. South Carolina (Dec. 29, Charlotte. NC)

Pittsburgh (7-4)
Bowl Projection: 2016 Sun Bowl vs. Stanford (Dec. 30, Tuscon, Az.)

Georgia Tech (7-4)
Bowl Projection: 2016 Pinstripe Bowl vs. *Maryland (Dec. 28, New York City, NY)

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson coached Navy before setting up shop in Atlanta. One has to wonder if the Big Ten regrets inviting Maryland into the conference instead of the US Naval Academy.

Wake Forest (6-5)
Bowl Projection: 2016 Military Bowl vs. South Florida (Dec. 27, Annapolis, Md.)

It's Now or Never (Five wins, one win needed for bowl eligibility)

North Carolina State (5-6)
Week 13: @ UNC (Nov. 25)

NC State is 2-5 against ACC teams this season. Only one of those conference wins was against a team with a winning record (Wake Forest). North Carolina has been strong this season, so getting the Wolfpack getting its needed sixth win may be asking a little too much.

Boston College (5-6)
Week 13 @ Wake Forest (Nov. 26)

Boston College's only conference win came against NC State on Oct. 29. Wake Forest's three conference wins came against teams with losing records (Duke, Syracuse, Virginia). BC's chances of winning here might actually be better than NC State beating UNC.

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