Posted by Chip Patterson
UPDATE: In an unforeseen development, it appears as though Virginia Tech will get a bid to play in the Sugar Bowl - the first time the ACC has sent two teams to the BCS. The Hokies' jump to the BCS changes the following bowl scenarios.
Clemson - Orange
Virginia Tech - Sugar
Virginia - Chick Fil-A
Florida State - Champs
Georgia Tech - Sun
NC State - Belk
Wake Forest - Music City
North Carolina - Independence
With Clemson's 38-10 victory over Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game, the Tigers not only won their first conference title in 20 years, but they earned their first trip back to the Orange Bowl since winning the National Championship in 1981. With Dabo Swinney taking his Clemson talents to South Beach, sources tell CBSSports.com the rest of the conference's postseason bids have been set.
The Tigers' opponent in the Orange Bowl will likely be West Virginia, expected to win the three-team Big East tiebreaker with the highest BCS ranking. Sources tell CBSSports.com that Virginia Tech will accept an offer to play in the Chick-Fil-A (likely against Auburn) as a result of their second-place finish in the ACC Championship. The Champs Sports Bowl will then select Florida State to play against Notre Dame.
The Sun Bowl, as they've made clear publicly, will choose Georgia Tech with the fourth selection. Then, sources say, the Belk Bowl will select NC State with the fifth-overall choice. Barring an unexpected BCS standings shakeup, sources tell CBSSports.com that the Wolfpack will play Louisville in the Charlotte.
The Music City Bowl will then select the Virginia to play in Nashville and the Independence Bowl will select Wake Forest, sources tell CBSSports.com. The Military Bowl will take North Carolina with the conference's final selection of bowl-eligible teams.
These reports match Jerry Palm's updated bowl projections, as well as the recent updates from CBSSports.com's Rapid Reporters.
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Sources: ACC bowl picture set
Posted on: December 4, 2011 6:00 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2011 6:48 pm
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