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ACC Bowl Projections, Week of Oct 25: No Jinxes

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Now that we cannot possibly jinx the band's December vacation, let's take a look at where they and the rest of the ACC may be headed based on the results through Week 9 of the college football season.

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There are only so many ways one can say that Pitt has six wins and it's only October. Let's savor it by doing a way-too-early bowl projection roundup article. Notre Dame is eligible for the ACC's bowl tie-ins and is thus included here. I've included bowl payouts (source) as a metric of the prestige of the bowl, to remind us all of the inextricable link between commerce and nominally "amateur" athletics, and because the gift suites are probably better at the nicer bowls. Bowl payouts are not included for the playoff games and selection committee bowls because they are still to be determined. Speaking of playoffs: Pitt is considered "in the playoff hunt" by some of these projections! That's pretty dope!

Projections Used

College Football Playoff
December 31st/Miami or Arlington, TX

  • Clemson vs. Ohio State (CBS, SBN, SN)
  • Clemson vs. Michigan State (ESPN-1)
  • Clemson vs. Baylor (ESPN-2)
  • Clemson vs. Alabama (BR)

Fiesta Bowl
January 1st/Glendale, AZ

  • Notre Dame vs. Utah (CBS)
  • Notre Dame vs. Iowa (ESPN-2)
  • Notre Dame vs. Florida (ESPN-1)
  • Notre Dame vs. Houston (SBN)
  • Notre Dame vs. Memphis (SN)
  • Clemson vs. Houston (CI)

Peach Bowl
January 1st/Atlanta

  • Florida State vs. Notre Dame (CI)
  • Notre Dame vs. Michigan State (BR)

TaxSlayer Bowl
January 2nd/Jacksonville, FL/$2,750,000

  • UNC vs. Georgia (CBS)
  • UNC vs. Texas A&M (ESPN-1)
  • Duke vs. Texas A&M (SN)
  • Louisville vs. Mississippi State (ESPN-2)
  • Louisville vs. Georgia (BR)

Music City Bowl
December 30th/Nashville, TN/$2,750,000

  • UNC vs. Mississippi State (SBN)
  • NC State vs. Tennessee (CI)

Russell Athletic Bowl
December 29th/Orlando, FL/$2,275,000

  • Florida State vs. Oklahoma State (CBS, ESPN-2, SN)
  • Florida State vs. Oklahoma (ESPN-1, SBN)
  • Florida State vs. Texas Tech (BR)
  • UNC vs. Oklahoma State (CI)

Sun Bowl
December 26th/El Paso, TX/$2,150,000

  • Louisville vs. Washington State (CBS)
  • Louisville vs. California (SBN)
  • Louisville vs. Arizona State (CI)
  • North Carolina vs. California (ESPN-2)
  • Duke vs. California (BR)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Arizona State (SN)
  • Pittsburgh vs. Washington State (ESPN-1)

Pinstripe Bowl
December 26th/New York/$2,000,000

  • Duke vs. Nebraska (CBS)
  • Duke vs. Wisconsin (ESPN-1)
  • North Carolina vs. Minnesota (SN)
  • Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota (ESPN-2)
  • Pittsburgh vs. Nebraska (SBN, BR)
  • Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern (CI)

Belk Bowl
December 30th/Charlotte, NC/$1,700,000

  • NC State vs. Ole Miss (CBS)
  • NC State vs. Arkansas (ESPN-1)
  • Duke vs. Tennessee (ESPN-2)
  • Duke vs. Auburn (SBN)
  • Duke vs. Kentucky (CI)
  • UNC vs. Mississippi State (BR)
  • Pittsburgh vs. Auburn (SN)

Cure Bowl
December 19th/Orlando, FL/$1,350,000

  • Miami vs. Arkansas State (CBS)
  • Miami vs. UL-Lafayette (BR)

QuickLane Bowl
December 28th/Detroit/$1,200,000

  • Georgia Tech vs. Buffalo (CBS)
  • Georgia Tech vs. Illinois (BR)
  • Miami vs. Indiana (ESPN-2)
  • Miami vs. Illinois (ESPN-1, SN)
  • NC State vs. Central Michigan (SBN)

Independence Bowl
December 26th/Shreveport, LA/$1,200,000

  • Virginia Tech vs. Texas State (CBS)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Arizona (BR)
  • Georgia Tech vs. MTSU (ESPN-2)
  • Louisville vs. UTEP (ESPN-1)
  • Louisville vs. Louisiana Tech (SN)
  • Miami vs. Arkansas (CI)

Military Bowl
December 28th/Annapolis, MD/$1,000,000

  • NC State vs. Navy (ESPN-2, BR, SN)
  • Georgia Tech vs. Navy (ESPN-1, CI)
  • Boston College vs. Navy (SBN)
  • Pittsburgh vs. Navy (CBS)

St. Petersburg Bowl
December 26th/St. Petersburg, FL/$537,500

  • Georgia Tech vs. Western Kentucky (SN)
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