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ACC Bowl Projections, Week of Nov. 29: I Hope You Like Surprises

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In the final round of bowl game projections, I am completely lying to you when I say that it is finally clear where Pitt is headed.

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Despite there only being one remaining conference game, there's little consensus about where most of the bowl-eligible ACC teams are winding up. We know Clemson gets a playoff berth with a win; Notre Dame and Florida State are probably headed to New Year's Six bowls; and for some reason, everyone's pretty sure that UNC has a date with Oklahoma State in Orlando. But the nine projections I looked at have Pitt in four different bowls (TaxSlayer, Music City, Sun, and Pinstripe) with opponents ranging from 5-7 Minnesota to 9-3 Georgia.

The ACC avoids the confusion of five-win teams going bowling, as there are no five win teams. These are the final bowl projections, unless I can get away with writing a post labelled "BOWL PROJECTIONS POST-ANNOUNCEMENT" and just have the bowl schedule.

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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.

Who's Eligible:

  • Clemson (12-0)
  • UNC (11-1)
  • FSU (10-2)
  • Miami (8-4)
  • Pittsburgh (8-4)
  • Louisville (7-5)
  • Duke (7-5)
  • NC State (7-5)
  • Virginia Tech (6-6)

Projections Used

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

  • Clemson vs. Oklahoma (SN, SI, SBN, CBS, ESPN-1, ESPN-2)
  • Clemson vs. Michigan State (CI, Ath, FOX)

Fiesta Bowl
January 1st/Glendale, AZ

  • Notre Dame vs. Iowa (SN, SI, ESPN-2)
  • Notre Dame vs. Houston (SBN, Ath, ESPN-1)
  • Notre Dame vs. Ohio State (FOX)

Peach Bowl
January 1st/Atlanta

  • Florida State vs. Houston (SN, SI, FOX, ESPN-2)
  • Florida State vs. Iowa (SBN, Ath, ESPN-1)
  • Florida State vs. Notre Dame (CBS)
  • North Carolina vs. Notre Dame (CI)

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

  • Louisville vs. Texas A&M (ESPN-1)
  • Miami vs. LSU (Ath)
  • Miami vs. Mississippi State (CBS)
  • Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee (SN)

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

  • Louisville vs. Arkansas (CI)
  • Louisville vs. Texas A&M (FOX)
  • Miami vs. Mississippi State (SN)
  • Pittsburgh vs. Arkansas (SI)
  • Pittsburgh vs. Georgia (SBN)

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

  • Florida State vs. TCU (CI)
  • North Carolina vs Oklahoma State (SN, SBN, Ath, FOX, CBS, ESPN-1, ESPN-2)
  • North Carolina vs. TCU (SI)

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

  • Duke vs. UCLA (SN)
  • Louisville vs. UCLA (Ath, CBS, ESPN-2)
  • Miami vs. Washington State (SBN)
  • Miami vs. Utah (ESPN-1)
  • NC State vs. Utah (SI)
  • Pittsburgh vs. UCLA (CI)
  • Pittsburgh vs. Utah (FOX)

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

  • Louisville vs. Nebraska (SN)
  • Louisville vs. Indiana (SBN)
  • Miami vs. Minnesota (SI)
  • Miami vs. Indiana (CI, FOX)
  • Pittsburgh vs. Indiana (Ath, ESPN-1, ESPN-2)
  • Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota (CBS)

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

  • Duke vs. Mississippi State (SI)
  • Duke vs. LSU (CBS)
  • Miami vs. Mississippi State (SN)
  • NC State vs. Auburn (CI)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Mississippi State (Ath, FOX, ESPN-1, ESPN-2)

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

  • Duke vs. Nebraska (SBN)

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

  • Duke vs. LSU (CI)
  • Duke vs. Illinois (Ath)
  • Duke vs. Tulsa (ESPN-1)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky (SN)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Illinois (SI)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Arizona (CBS)
  • NC State vs. Washington (FOX)
  • NC State vs. Kentucky (ESPN-2)

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

  • Duke vs. Navy (FOX, ESPN-2)
  • Louisville vs. Navy (SI)
  • NC State vs. Navy (SN, SBN, Ath, CBS, ESPN-1)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Navy (CI)
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