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ACC Bowl Projections Roundup, Week of Nov. 6

Pitt is still one win shy of bowl eligibility with three games to play. Let’s take a quick look at who expects to bowl, where they may go, and who they may play.

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NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

I’ve got to distract myself, so here’s another bowl projection roundup. All of them still have Pitt going bowling to various places.

Current team statuses -

  • Bowl Eligible (>6 Wins): Clemson, Louisville, Wake Forest, Florida State, Virginia Tech, UNC
  • Potentially Bowl Eligible (<7 Losses): Syracuse, NC State, Boston College, Miami, Pitt, Georgia Tech, Duke
  • Must Win Out & Qualify on APR: Virginia

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. I’ve included “last Pitt visit” for additional selection context.

Projections Used

College Football Playoff
December 31st/Atlanta or Glendale, AZ
Last Pitt Visit: Never

  • Clemson vs. Alabama (CFN)
  • Clemson vs. Michigan (SBN, ESPN-1, SI, SN, USA)
  • Clemson vs. Ohio State (ESPN-2, FOX, Ath)
  • Clemson vs. Washington (CBS)

Orange Bowl
December 30th/Miami
Last Pitt Visit: Never

  • Louisville vs. Michigan (CFN)
  • Louisville vs. Penn State (SBN, ESPN-1)
  • Louisville vs. Wisconsin (ESPN-2, FOX, SI, SN, Ath, CBS, USA)

Citrus Bowl
December 31st/Orlando/$4,250,000
Last Pitt Visit: 1978

  • Florida State vs. Auburn (FOX, Ath)
  • Florida State vs. Tennessee (SBN, ESPN-1)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Auburn (CBS)
  • Virginia Tech vs. LSU (CFN)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Texas A&M (ESPN-2, USA)

TaxSlayer Bowl
December 31st/Jacksonville/$2,750,000
Last Pitt Visit: 1980

  • Miami vs. Florida (SBN, ESPN-1)
  • Miami vs. Tennessee (Ath)
  • North Carolina vs. Arkansas (FOX, SN)
  • North Carolina vs. Florida (USA)
  • North Carolina vs. LSU (ESPN-2)
  • North Carolina vs. Tennessee (CBS)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Florida (SI)
  • Wake Forest vs. Arkansas (CFN)

Music City Bowl
December 30th/Nashville/$2,750,000
Last Pitt Visit: Never

  • Miami vs. Kentucky (SN)

Russell Athletic Bowl
December 28th/Orlando/$2,275,000
Last Pitt Visit: 2001

  • Florida State vs. Oklahoma State (ESPN-2, SI, CBS)
  • Florida State vs. Texas (USA)
  • North Carolina vs. West Virginia (SBN, Ath, CFN)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State (ESPN-1, FOX, SN)

Sun Bowl
December 30th/El Paso, TX/$2,150,000
Last Pitt Visit: 2008

  • Florida State vs. Stanford (SN)
  • Florida State vs. UCLA (CFN)
  • Pitt vs. Stanford (FOX, SI, USA)
  • Wake Forest vs. Arizona State (SBN)
  • Wake Forest vs. Stanford (ESPN-1, ESPN-2, Ath)
  • Wake Forest vs. USC (CBS)

Pinstripe Bowl
December 28th/Bronx, NY/$2,000,000
Last Pitt Visit: Never

  • Georgia Tech vs. Iowa (SN)
  • Miami vs. Iowa (CFN)
  • Miami vs. Maryland (ESPN-2, FOX, SI)
  • NC State vs. Minnesota (USA)
  • Pitt vs. Maryland (SBN, Ath)
  • Pitt vs. Minnesota (ESPN-1)
  • Pitt vs. Northwestern (CBS)

Belk Bowl
December 29th/Charlotte/$1,700,000
Last Pitt Visit: 2009

  • Miami vs. Georgia (CBS)
  • Miami vs. Kentucky (USA)
  • North Carolina vs. LSU (ESPN-1)
  • North Carolina vs. Tennessee (SI)
  • Pitt vs. Arkansas (ESPN-2)
  • Pitt vs. Georgia (CFN)
  • Virginia Tech vs Arkansas (SBN)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Florida (Ath)
  • Wake Forest vs. South Carolina (FOX, SN)

Independence Bowl
December 26th/Shreveport, LA/$1,200,000
Last Pitt Visit: Never

  • Boston College vs. South Carolina (CFN)
  • Pitt vs. Western Kentucky (SN)
  • NC State vs. Kentucky (Ath, CBS)
  • Syracuse vs. Ole Miss (SBN)
  • Syracuse vs. Southern Miss (ESPN-2)
  • Wake Forest vs. Kentucky (SI)
  • Wake Forest vs. Mississippi (USA)

Quick Lane Bowl
December 26th/Detroit/$1,200,000
Last Pitt Visit: Never - the Quick Lane Bowl is not the Little Caesars Bowl

  • Boston College vs. Maryland (CBS)
  • NC State vs. Northwestern (ESPN-2)
  • NC State vs. Southern Miss (SI)
  • Syracuse vs. Indiana (Ath)
  • Syracuse vs. Maryland (SN)

Military Bowl
December 27th/Annapolis, MD/$1,000,000
Last Pitt Visit: 2015

  • Boston College vs. Memphis (SN)
  • Georgia Tech vs. Houston (SBN, CBS, CFN)
  • Georgia Tech vs. Temple (ESPN-1, FOX, Ath, USA)
  • Georgia Tech vs. USF (ESPN-2)

St. Petersburg Bowl
December 26th/St. Petersburg, FL/$537,500
Last Pitt Visit: Never

  • Boston College vs. Memphis (Ath)
  • Georgia Tech vs. USF (SI)

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