BC needs help to climb higher in ACC bowl picture

(An outsiders view of what is happening at Boston College, AKA The Heights)_

markblaudschun

Boston College will probably need to beat Syracuse in its regular season finale on Saturday afternoon at The Dome AND also have Florida State lose against Florida to gain an invitation to The Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, which seems to be the high end of the bowl chart for the Eagles.

The Atlantic Coast Conference has agreements with as many as 11 bowl games this season and, if everything works out, the ACC could place as many as 10 teams in bowl games.

The ACC bowl structure is multi-tiered. BC, which will finish 7-5 with a win and 6-6 with a loss, is not considered a contender for any of the Florida ACC bowls. The best guess for the Eagles is one of four bowl slots: Pinstripe Bowl, Dec. 27, Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. Dec. 27, Sun Bowl in El Paso, Tx. Dec 28, Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md. Dec. 28.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]

The Military Bowl looks like a long shot since most projections have Virginia slotted to face Navy in that game. And yes, I know, BC easily beat Virginia earlier this season, but second tier bowls are about filling seats and Virginia is expected to bring more fans than BC. A Virginia upset of Wake Forest could move Virginia above the Military Bowl level, which could open a spot for the Eagles.

The Sun Bowl could be a possibility for the Eagles, but they must contend with Louisville (Yes, another BC win), but the Cardinals have defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and are considered a better TV value than BC for the nationally televised CBS game against a team from the Pac-12.

Louisville also is considered a strong attraction for the Pinstripe Bowl against a Big Ten team--best guess is that it will be Iowa.

The other wild card is Florida State, which needs to beat Florida on Saturday and then win its make up game against Louisiana-Monroe next week to become bowl eligible. If that happens, FSU is also considered a better attraction for all of the minor bowls because FSU is seldom available for those games.

Cutting to the chase, it would be helpful for BC's cause to get to New York if both Louisville and FSU LOST their games on Saturday--Louisville finishes against Kentucky. If that happened, the ACC would have one less bowl eligible team and BC, especially with a win, would move up in the bowl charts.

Until all the games are completed, in almost any scenario being involved in any of the four bowls is a possibility. There appears to be little chance that the Eagles will be shipped to Detroit for a second consecutive appearance in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Projecting winners, here's an early guess as to where the ACC teams will be slotted in their bowl games.

College Football Playoffs--Clemson

Orange Bowl--Miami

Camping World Bowl (Orlando)--Virginia Tech

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (Orlando)--NC State

TaxSlayer Bowl (Jacksonville)--FSU

Sun Bowl (El Paso)--Louisville

Belk Bowl (Charlotte)--Wake Forest

Pinstripe Bowl--Boston College

Military Bowl--Virginia

Independence Bowl--Duke

Quick Lane Bowl--open[/membership]

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