Monday, November 6, 2017

Clemson among five ACC bowl-eligible teams.


 Week 10 of the 2017 college football season has been completed, and time is running out for ACC teams wanting to earn eligibility to a postseason. Clemson, North Carolina State, Miami (FL.), Virginia Tech, and Virginia are the only conference teams with at least six wins, the number required to be considered bowl eligible.



Three teams, Boston College, Wake Forest, and Louisville are at 5-4 and need one more win for bowl eligibility. Four others, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, and Duke, need two wins for bowl eligibility.

Florida State needs to win all three of its remaining games if it wants to continue a streak of bowl game participation that goes back to 1981.

Six or more wins (bowl eligible)


ACC Atlantic


Clemson (8-1, conference 6-1)

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2018 Rose Bowl Game vs. Oklahoma (College Football Playoff semifinal no. 2 vs. no. 3. Jan 1, 2018, Pasadena, CA.)

Kirk: 2018 Rose Bowl vs. Notre Dame

Clemson looks to be back in the CFP picture following Week 10.

North Carolina State (6-3, conference 4-1)

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 Camping World Bowl vs. Iowa State (Dec. 28, Orlando, FL.)

Kirk: 2018 TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Kentucky (Dec. 30, Jacksonville, FL.)

Palm had NC State in the TaxSlayer Bowl last week facing Mississippi State. Kirk had the Wolfpack facing Utah in the 2017 Sun Bowl.

ACC Costal


Miami (FL.) (8-0, conference 6-0)

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm 2017 Orange Bowl vs. Georgia (Dec. 30, Miami, FL.)

Kirk: 2017 Rose Bowl vs. Indiana

Palm's dreaded "Mark Richt vs. Georgia" scenario isn't quite dead yet. If Miami manages to win the ACC title, them things could get much, much worse.

Virginia Tech (7-2, conference 3-2)

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 Peach Bowl vs. Central Florida (Jan. 1, 2018, Atlanta, GA.)

Kirk: 2017 Camping World Bowl vs. Texas (Dec. 28, Orlando, FL.)

Virginia Tech might have to beat all three of its upcoming opponents (Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Virginia) for Kirk's projection to come true.

Virginia (6-3, conference 2-3) 

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 Sun Bowl vs. UCLA (Dec. 29, El Paso, TX.)
Kirk: 2017 Sun Bowl vs. Utah

Palm and Kirk project the same bowl for the Cavilers.

Five wins (Magic number: 1)


ACC Atlantic 


Boston College (5-4, conference 3-3) 

Next three games 

Nov. 11 vs. NC State
Nov. 18 vs. UConn
Nov. 25 @ Syracuse

UConn would be the obvious game to predict a sixth win for Boston College

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 Pinstripe Bowl vs. Michigan (Dec. 27, New York City, NY)
Kirk: 2017 Military Bowl vs. Navy (Dec. 28, Annapolis, MD.)

Facing Michigan in Yankee Stadium would be the more high-profile game for BC.

Wake Forest (5-4, conference 2-3) 

Next three games 

Nov. 11 @ Syracuse
Nov. 18 vs. NC State
Nov. 25 vs. Duke

While a win over Syracuse or Duke would give Wake the needed sixth win, a win over NC State might be a more quality win.

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: 2017 Belk Bowl vs. Tennessee (Dec. 29, Charlotte, NC)

Kirk: 2017 Quick Lane Bowl vs. Eastern Michigan (Dec. 26, Detroit, MI.)

The Belk Bowl against a lackluster Tennessee would be a more ideal bowl for Demon Deacon supporters.

Louisville (5-4, conference 2-4) 

Next three games

Nov. 11 vs. Virginia
Nov. 18 vs. Syracuse
Nov. 25 @ Kentucky

Virginia and Kentucky are already bowl eligible. A win over either team would be a quality win.

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Mississippi State (Dec. 30, Jacksonville, FL.)

Kirk: 2017 Belk Bowl vs. Marshall

ACC/SEC bowl  is always more preferable than ACC/Group of five bowl.

ACC Coastal


None

Four wins (Magic number: 2)


ACC Atlantic 


Syracuse (4-5, conference 2-3)

Next three games

Nov. 11 vs. Wake Forest
Nov. 18 @ Louisville
Nov. 25 vs. Boston College

Syracuse Wins over Wake Forest or Boston College sound easier than they probably will be.

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: None

Kirk 2017 Pinstripe Bowl vs. Iowa

If Syracuse vs. Iowa isn't the least appealing ACC-affiliated bowl game, it's real close.

ACC Costal 


Georgia Tech (4-4, conference 3-3)

Next three games

Nov. 11 vs. Virginia Tech
Nov. 18 @ Duke
Nov. 25 vs. Georgia

A win over rival UGA could have CFP ramifications.

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: None

Kirk: 2017 Independence Bowl vs. Middle Tennessee State

Palm projects two Georgia-based FBS schools going to bowl games this postseason. Georgia Tech isn't one of them.

Pittsburgh (4-5, conference 2-3)

Next three games 

Nov. 9 vs. North Carolina
Nov. 18 @ Virginia Tech
Nov. 24 vs. Miami

Looking at this final three-game stretch for Pitt, the chances for the Panthers going to a bowl this season look pretty slim at the moment.

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: None

Kirk: None

Not really much more to say about this.

Duke (4-5, conference 1-5)

Next three games 

Nov. 11 @ Army
Nov. 18 vs. Georgia Tech
Nov. 25 @ Wake Forest

There's not a single place of Duke's remaining schedule that could be called an east win.

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: 2017 Military Bowl vs. Navy

Kirk: None

Three wins (Magic number:3)


ACC Atlantic


Florida State (3-5, conference 3-4)

Next three games 

Nov. 11 @ Clemson

Nov. 18 vs. Delaware St.

Nov. 25 @ Florida

FSU needs to win all three of these games to become bowl eligible. May be the toughest job in the ACC at the moment.

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: None

Kirk: 2017 Heart of Dallas Bowl vs.UCLA

Kirk's working model has FSU rescheduling and winning the Louisiana-Monroe game that was canceled earlier this season due to hurricane Irma.






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