With the college football regular season all but over, it is time to focus on the silliest of seasons--The Coaching Derby and guessing match ups in the ever expanding list of bowl games. When A Jersey Guy first starting doing this 36 years ago at The Dallas Morning News, there were 13 bowl games and way too many qualified teams to fill the available slots.
Now we are at 40 bowl games--with more on the horizon next season, some truly strange names--Bad Boy Mowers Gaspararilla Bowl, Cheez-It Bowl and Redbox Bowl. TMG's Rankman will take a closer look at all of those bowl games in the next few weeks, after the official pairings are announced.
For now, we will stick with Boston College and the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Let's start by saying in terms of bowl eligibility, the ACC had a good year. With Wake Forest's 59-7 demolition of Duke on Saturday, the ACC has 10 bowl eligible teams and No. 11 could be added next week if Virginia Tech can beat in a made-for-bowl-eligibility scheduled game against Marshall.
First, let's look the ACC bowl arrangement. Atlantic Division champ Clemson, barring what would be a staggering upset by Pitt in the ACC championship game, looks like a lock as a Final Four CFB Playoff choice in one semifinal in the Orange Bowl.
After that, the ACC has a pecking order. The No. 2 ranked bowl this season would be the Camping World Bowl in Orlando on Dec. 28.
The next tier includes four bowl, each with equal picking status. They are the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 27, the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, NC on Dec. 29, either the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. on Dec.28 or the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Ten. on Dec. 28th and the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas on Dec. 31st.
Then there is a pecking order starting with: The Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md on Dec. 31, the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. on Dec. 27th, the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit on Dec. 26th, either the Gasparilla Bowl In St. Petersburg, Fla on Dec. 20th or the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec 26 and the Birmingham Bowl in Birmingham, Ala. on Dec. 22.
Right now, here's our guess as to where the ACC teams will do their post season bowling.
- Orange Bowl-Clemson
- Camping World--Syracuse
- Sun--Boston College
- Belk--NC State
- Music City--Miami
- Military--Georgia Tech or Virginia Tech (if it qualifies)
- Independence--Virginia or Georgia Tech
- Quick Lane--Duke
- Dallas or Gasparilla--Wake Forest or Virginia
- Birmingham--Wake Forest or Virginia Tech
Boston College's destination is linked to what the Camping World Bowl in Orlando does. If NC State winds up in Orlando, ,then Syracuse would probably go to the Sun Bowl and BC would most likely end up in Annapolis. But if the Camping World Bowl chooses Syracuse, NC State would not go to the Sun Bowl since they played there last season and bowls and schools do not like repeat trips to non-New Year's Day bowls in successive seasons. That would leave BC as the Sun Bowl's best option, and NC State could wind up in a more local friendly bowl such as the Belk Bowl in Charlotte.
BC coach Steve Addazio's immediate future will be decided in the next 24 hours. If the BC administration does not decide to make a coaching change now, it is likely that Addazio will be back next season since it is counter productive for recruiting to make a coaching change AFTER the bowl games and before the end of recruiting season without extenuating circumstances.
For Addazio, no news right now is good news.