Bowl Eligibility Watch
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Well, the 2016 regular season is over for the ACC. The only conference game left that could impact the College Football Playoff/bowl game landscape is the ACC Championship Game between Clemson and Virginia Tech.
As for the rest of the conference, eleven teams have the six or more wins needed to become bowl eligible. None of the three remaining schools had a 5-7 record that could have allowed them to go to a bowl with a Academic Progress Rate (APR) waiver.
Here's the rundown of which ACC teams are bowl eligible. and where they're projected to go. Projections are via Jason Kirk of SB*Nation.
Bowl Eligible Teams (Six or more wins)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Fiesta Bowl vs. Washington (College Football Playoff game. Dec. 31, 2016, Glendale, Az.)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Orange Bowl vs. Michigan (New Year's Six bowl. Dec. 30, 2016, Miami, Fl.)
Virginia Tech (9-3)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Citrus Bowl vs. LSU (Dec. 31, Orlando, Fl.)
Florida State (9-3)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl vs. West Virginia (Dec. 28, Orlando, Fl.)
North Carolina (8-4)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Belk Bowl vs. Kentucky (Dec. 29, 2016, Charlotte, NC)
Projected Bowl: 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Tennessee (Dec. 31, Jacksonville, Fl.)
Projected Bowl 2016 Sun Bowl vs. Stanford (Dec. 30, El Paso, Tx.)
Nothing says ACC vs. Pac-12 like a bowl game played in Texas.
Georgia Tech (8-4)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Pinstripe Bowl vs. Maryland (Dec. 28, New York City, NY)
North Carolina State (6-6)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Independence Bowl vs. Vanderbilt (Dec. 26. Shreveportt, La.)
Wake Forest (6-6)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Military Bowl vs. Houston (Dec. 27, Annapolis, Md.)
The irony here is that Houston would be playing on the homefield of Navy (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), the team that first derailed the Cougars' season.
Boston College (6-6)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Quick Lane Bowl vs. Northwestern (Dec. 26 Detroit, Mi.)
BC vs. Northwestern will possibly be the closest thing to a "Nerd Bowl" this season.