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ACC Bowl Projections Roundup, Week of Sept. 24

General consensus emerges about which four teams are expected to stay home in December, and you will not be surprised by who they are.

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It’s early enough in the season that no one in the ACC is as of yet out of the running for a bowl game of some sort, and most projections are steady with nine or ten of the conference (plus Notre Dame) playing the extra game. With that in mind, there’s not right much controversy as to which ACC teams will and won’t be going bowling, with a clear line between the haves and have-nots of the conference. Out of eight projections:

School Record Projected In
Clemson 4-0 8
Duke 4-0 8
Virginia Tech 4-0 8
Notre Dame 3-1 8
Louisville 3-1 8
NC State 3-1 8
Florida State 0-2 8
Wake Forest 4-0 7
Georgia Tech 2-1 7
Miami (FL) 2-0 7
Virginia 3-1 5
Syracuse 2-2 1
North Carolina 1-3 1
Pitt 1-3 1
Boston College 1-3 0


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 (Rose or Sugar Bowl)
January 1st, 2018/Pasadena, CA or New Orleans/Playoff Revenue Pool
Last Pitt Visit: Never

  • Clemson vs. Oklahoma (SN, SBN, ESPN-2, OS, USA)
  • Clemson vs. Penn State (SI)
  • Clemson vs. USC (ESPN-1, CBS)

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

  • Louisville vs. Ohio State (CBS)
  • Miami vs. Ohio State (SN, USA)
  • Miami vs. Penn State (ESPN-1)
  • Miami vs. Wisconsin (OS)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Ohio State (SI)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Penn State (SBN, ESPN-2)

Citrus Bowl
January 1st, 2018/Orlando/$8,883,996
Last Pitt Visit: 1978

  • Florida State vs. Auburn (USA)
  • Miami vs. Auburn (ESPN-2)
  • Miami vs. Florida (CBS)
  • Notre Dame vs. Florida (SI, SBN, OS)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Auburn (SN, ESPN-1)

Camping World Bowl
December 28th/Orlando/$5,600,000
Last Pitt Visit: 2001

  • Florida State vs. Texas (SBN)
  • Georgia Tech vs. West Virginia (ESPN-2)
  • Louisville vs. Oklahoma State (SN)
  • NC State vs. Texas Tech (ESPN-1)
  • NC State vs. West Virginia (SI)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Kansas State (CBS, USA)
  • Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State (OS)

Music City Bowl
December 29th/Nashville/$5,575,000
Last Pitt Visit: Never

  • Florida State vs. Vanderbilt (SI)
  • Louisville vs. Florida (ESPN-1)
  • Louisville vs. LSU (USA)

Belk Bowl
December 29th/Charlotte/$4,560,060
Last Pitt Visit: 2009

  • Duke vs. Kentucky (SI)
  • Duke vs. Tennessee (USA)
  • Florida State vs. Kentucky (ESPN-2)
  • Florida State vs. LSU (ESPN-1)
  • Georgia Tech vs. South Carolina (SBN)
  • NC State vs. Texas A&M (OS)
  • NC State vs. Tennessee (CBS)
  • Wake Forest vs. South Carolina (SN)

Pinstripe Bowl
December 27th/Bronx, NY/$4,100,000
Last Pitt Visit: 2016

  • Duke vs. Indiana (OS)
  • Miami vs. Minnesota (SBN)
  • NC State vs. Minnesota (USA)
  • Notre Dame vs. Indiana (ESPN-1)
  • Notre Dame vs. Iowa (CBS)
  • Notre Dame vs. Maryland (SN)
  • Notre Dame vs. Minnesota (ESPN-2)
  • Syracuse vs. Maryland (SI)

TaxSlayer Bowl
December 30th/Jacksonville/$3,383,760
Last Pitt Visit: 1980

  • Florida State vs. Mississippi State (CBS)
  • Florida State vs. Tennessee (OS)
  • Louisville vs. Mississippi State (SBN)
  • NC State vs. Tennessee (ESPN-2)

Sun Bowl
December 29th/El Paso, TX/$3,220,744
Last Pitt Visit: 2008

  • Duke vs. Colorado (CBS)
  • Duke vs. Stanford (ESPN-1)
  • Florida State vs. Utah (SN)
  • Louisville vs. Colorado (ESPN-2)
  • Louisville vs. Oregon (OS)
  • Louisville vs. Washington State (SI)
  • NC State vs. Utah (SBN)
  • Notre Dame vs. UCLA (USA)

Military Bowl
December 28th/Annapolis, MD/$2,200,000
Last Pitt Visit: 2015

  • Duke vs. Navy (ESPN-2)
  • Georgia Tech vs. Navy (SI, ESPN-1, CBS, USA)
  • NC State vs. Navy (SN)
  • Virginia vs. Navy (SBN, OS)

Independence Bowl
December 27th/Shreveport, LA/$1,466,200
Last Pitt Visit: Never

  • Georgia Tech vs. BYU (SN)
  • Pitt vs. Kentucky (CBS)
  • Wake Forest vs. South Carolina (ESPN-2, USA)
  • Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M (SI, ESPN-1)
  • Wake Forest vs. Vanderbilt (SBN)

Quick Lane Bowl
December 26th/Detroit/$1,450,000
Last Pitt Visit: Never - the Quick Lane Bowl is not the Little Caesars Bowl

  • Duke vs. Indiana (SN)
  • Duke vs. Western Michigan (SBN)
  • North Carolina vs. Maryland (ESPN-1)
  • Virginia vs. Indiana (SI)
  • Virginia vs. Purdue (ESPN-2)
  • Wake Forest vs. Ohio (OS)

Camellia Bowl
December 16th/Montgomery, AL/$200,000
Last Pitt Visit: Never

  • Virginia vs. Central Michigan (SN)

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