When Pitt moved to the ACC, it was expected that one of the perks would be an increased lineup of bowl games. On Monday, the conference announced their slate of game affiliations for 2013. Here are the bowls the conference is affiliated with this season:
Orange Bowl (January 3rd at 8:00 p.m.) - ESPN
Chick-Fil-A Bowl (Peach Bowl) (December 31st at 8:00 p.m.) - ESPN
Sun Bowl (December 31st at 2:00 p.m.) - CBS
AdvoCare V100 Bowl (December 31st at 12:30 p.m.) - ESPN
Music City Bowl (December 30th at 3:15 p.m.) - ESPN
Belk Bowl (December 28th at 3:20 p.m.) - ESPN
Russell Athletic Bowl (December 28th at 6:45 p.m.) - ESPN
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (December 27th at 9:30 p.m.) - ESPN / This is a conditional game
Military Bowl (December 27th at 2:30 p.m.) - ESPN
Holy bowl games, Batman. A few thoughts here.
First, if Pitt gets to bowl eligibility with six wins, it looks like it'd be pretty hard to miss out on going to a bowl game. The league would have to be all sorts of mediocre for that to happen. And keep in mind that if an ACC team lands in the National Championship game, the conference would have up to ten bowls available.
Next, all the games are played between December 27th through the 31st, with the exception of the Orange. If you're in to watching games of other conference teams, you'll be able to do so in a fairly small window.
Lastly, these games will feature some solid opponents. The Orange Bowl is the big one, of course and will have the first pick of BCS opponents after the conference champions (or replacements if those champions are in the National Championship game). But there are plenty of other good opponents, too. The Chick-Fil-A, Music City, and AdvoCare V100 games will all be against SEC opponents, assuming they are bowl eligible. The Sun Bowl and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl could also both feature Pac-12 opponents.
All in all, the lineup offers plenty of solid opportunities for even middle-of-the-road teams ... in other words, Pitt should fit right in.
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