(An outsiders musings about goings on at Boston College, aka The Heights)
So give Boston College credit. The Eagles did what they had to do when they had to do it, which was beat a bad UConn team and a slumping Wake Forest team which had already clinched a bowl berth.
The final move came on Saturday in North Carolina where the Eagles posted a come-from-behind 17-14 win over Wake and elevated their record to 6-6, which means bowl eligible.
If you want to nitpick and say four of BC's wins came against UMass, UConn, Buffalo and Wagner, go ahead. It doesn't matter. BC has enough wins to qualify for a bowl game.
If you want to say that in their six victories, only FCS opponent Wagner (6-5) had a winning record and that three of their wins against UConn, UMass and Buffalo were against opponents who were a combined 7-29, go ahead. It doesn't matter. Only the 6 wins matter.
If you want to say BC was 2-6 in the ACC this season and 2-14 the past two seasons, go ahead. It doesn't matter. BC has enough wins to qualify for a bowl game.
If you want to say that BC coach Steve Addazio doesn't deserve another season because the Eagles were still a bad team, go ahead. It doesn't matter. He will be be back next season, well aware that the clock on his future will again start ticking if the Eagles stumble at the start.
If you want to say BC will have a a new athletic director, next season, go ahead. That observation is probably correct. In fact, sources at BC say the search for a new AD to replace Brad Bates is ongoing and it could be completed by the end of this calendar year, although that may be a stretch.
If you want some names, both long shots and feasible, put former BC football coach Tom O'Brien and current VCU athletic director (and former Eagle) Ed McLaughlin and Army athletic director Boo Corrigan in the "candidate'' pile to consider.
But the bit of business that BC fans want to know right now is where will the Eagles go bowling next month.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]
After checking with sources throughout the ACC and in the bowl business, here's a calculated guess as to what will happen with ACC teams in the bowl derby.
But first, let's look at the ACC bowl set up. The league has arrangements with as many as 12 bowls, which works out fine, since BC's win over Wake gave the ACC 11 bowl eligible teams.
After the Final Four playoffs, the ACC has 4 different groups of bowl games.
The College Football Playoffs (four teams)
Barring an upset, Clemson looks like it will get a spot for the ACC in the Final Four semifinals.
Here are the ACC bowls and projections
GROUP 1--Final Four
GROUP 2--Florida bowls
Russell Athletic( Orlando)--Virginia Tech
GROUP 3--all have equal selection status
Belk (Charlotte)--North Carolina
Sun (El Paso)--Pittsburgh
Pinstripe (New York)--Georgia Tech
GROUP 4--Best of rest
Military (Annapolis)--Boston College
Independence (Shreveport)--Wake Forest
Quick Lane (Detroit)--North Carolina State
At 6-6, Boston College fills into the second and third tier group of bowls. It will not be any Florida bowl. Of the Group 3 bowls, the Belk Bowl wants a North Carolina team, the Sun Bowl, televised by CBS, wants a team with both victories and television appeal, which this season appears to be Pitt, with 8 wins this season, including ones against Penn State and Clemson.
If that happens, BC could slide into the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium for the second time in three years against a Big Ten team--maybe Maryland. But with 8 wins, including a victory over BC, Georgia Tech which also has 8 wins after its win over Georgia on Saturday, might be a more attractive fit.
That would leave Boston College in the Military Bowl in Annapolis, which could set up a Steve Addaziio festival with BC against his old team Temple.
The other choices for BC are less attractive for both the bowls and the Eagles.
But as Addazio and everyone at BC will be quick to tell you, it doesn't matter where the Eagles play their next game. The most important plus from Saturday was that there will be a next game...this season.[/membership]