Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Virginia Tech joins Clemson, NC St., and Miami among ACC bowl eligible teams.

Virginia Tech joined North Carolina State, Clemson, and Miami as the only four ACC teams that are currently bowl eligible. Because of bye weeks for Boston College and Louisville, only Virginia and Wake Forest will have a chance to join them in Week 10.

Bowl projections (unless otherwise noted) are from Jerry Palm of CBS Sports, and Jason Kirk of SB*Nation.

Six or more wins (Bowl eligible)

ACC Atlantic

North Carolina State (6-2, conference 4-0)

Projected bowl and opponent

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

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

Clemson (7-1, conference 5-1)

Projected bowl and opponent

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

Kirk: 2018 Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama (Jan. 1, 2018, New Orleans, LA. CFP semifinal no.1 vs. no. 4)

These projections were made before the first CFP Committee Rankings were released on Tuesday.

ACC Costal 

Miami (FL.) (7-0, conference 5-0)

Projected bowl and opponent 

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

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

Palm still going with the "ICWYDT" pick of Mark Richt-coached Miami, and Richt's former employer, Georgia.

Virginia Tech (7-1, conference 3-1) 

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 Camping World Bowl vs. Iowa St. (Dec. 28)

Kirk: 2017 Orange Bowl vs. Notre Dame (Dec. 30)

Bowl featuring ACC school vs. independent school wth a business arrangement with ACC. This has got be the most mind-numbing projection of the week.

Five wins (Magic number: 1)

ACC Atlantic 

Boston College (5-4, conference 3-3)

Next three games 

Nov. 4 BYE

Nov. 11 vs. NC State

Nov. 18 vs. UConn

Nov. 25 @ Syracuse

UConn is the opponent that Boston College is most likely to get its sixth win.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 Pinstripe Bowl vs. Minnesota (Dec. 27, New York City, NY)

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

The Pinstripe Bowl would probably be the preferred bowl here, as it would be the bowl that BC supporters would be more likely to attend.

Wake Forest (5-3, conference 2-3)

Next four games

Nov. 4 @ Notre Dame

Nov. 11 @ Syracuse

Nov. 18 vs. NC State

Nov. 25 vs. Duke

Millions of college football fans hope that Wake can get it's sixth win over Notre Dame, presumably knocking the Fighting Irish out of the CFP semifinals.

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: 2017 Military Bowl vs. Navy (Dec. 28, Annapolis, MD.)

Kirk: 2017 Military Bowl vs. Navy

Rare agreement between Palm and Kirk here.

Louisville (5-4, conference 2-4) 

Next three games 

Nov. 4 BYE

Nov. 11 vs. Virginia

Nov. 18 vs. Syracuse

Nov. 25 @ Kentucky

There shouldn't be a problem for Louisville to get at least one win before the end of the season.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: 2017 Sun Bowl vs. Stanford (Dec. 29)

Kirk: 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl vs. South Carolina (Dec. 30)

Louisville vs. South Carolina would probably be the better matchup here.

ACC Costal 

Virginia (5-3, conference 2-2) 

Next four games

Nov. 4 vs. Georgia Tech

Nov. 11 @ Louisville

Nov. 18 @ Miami

Nov. 24 vs. Virginia Tech

In theory, Virginia should be able to chalk up the sixth win it needs for guaranteed bowl eligibility. In reality, all four the Cavilers' upcoming opponents will be strong challengers.

Projected bowl and opponent

Ken Bonagura, ESPN: 2017 Military Bowl vs. Houston

Palm and Kirk project Virginia being on the outside looking in this upcoming postseason. Bonagura's ESPN partner, David M. Hale, projects a Military Bowl with Navy vs. Virginia.

Four wins (Magic number: 2)

ACC Atlantic 

Syracuse (4-4, conference 2-2) 

Next four games 

Nov. 4 @ Florida State

Nov. 11 vs. Wake Forest

Nov. 18 @ Louisville

Nov. 25 vs. Boston College

Two wins in this stretch are feasible, but will have to be hard-fought.

Projected bowl and opponent

Palm: None

Kirk: 2017 Pinstripe Bowl vs. Nebraska (Dec. 27)

Pinstripe Bowl a logical postseason landing place for the Orange.

ACC Costal 

Georgia Tech (4-3, conference 3-2)

Next four games 

Nov. 4 @ Virginia

Nov. 11 vs. Virginia Tech

Nov. 18 @ Duke

Nov. 25 vs. Georgia

Virginia and Duke may be the best places for Georgia Tech to earn the necessary wins for bowl eligibility

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: 2017 Belk Bowl vs. Texas A&M (Dec. 29, Charlotte, NC)

Kirk: 2017 Belk Bowl vs. Vanderbilt

The Yellow Jackets apparently fated to be in the Belk Bowl

Pittsburgh (4-5, conference 2-3)

Next three games

Nov. 4 BYE

Nov. 9 vs. North Carolina

Nov. 18 @ Virginia Tech

Nov. 24 vs. Miami

We enter the territory of teams under .500. Two wins for Pitt are going to be hard to get here.

Projected bowl and opponent


Duke (4-5, conference 1-5)

Next three games 

Nov. 4 BYE

Nov. 11 @ Army

Nov. 18 vs. Georgia Tech

Nov. 25 @ Wake Forest

There's a possibility for two win in Duke's last three games, but it will have to pull off an upset or two to do it.

Projected bowl and opponent 

Palm: 2017 Independence Bowl vs. Florida Atlantic (Dec. 27, Shreveport, LA.)

Kirk: 2017 Independence Bowl vs. UAB

Consider: Neither Palm or Kirk projected currently 5-3 Virginia getting a bowl bid, but project 4-5 Duke getting one. Only logical explanation for this would have to be Duke getting the academic waiver.

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