Which ACC team will go where? Who knows?

Saturday was another odd day for the ACC.

Virginia Tech will play Florida State for the conference championship in Charlotte.

The winner will play in the Orange Bowl. The loser will play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

After that, which ACC team will go where?

Seven teams are clumped together with 5-3 or 4-4 conference records.

If you’re the Champs Sports Bowl, which of the remaining ACC teams would you select:

  • Clemson, which travels well (bowl parlance for its fans will arrive by the thousands and spend lots more), but got drilled by South Carolina on Saturday?
  • Miami, which is close geographically but doesn’t travel well and just fired its head coach?
  • Maryland, which had a great season but has no sex appeal?
  • N.C. State, which had a good season but couldn’t win its most important game against the Terrapins and lost a chance to play for the conference title?
  • North Carolina, whose season has been surprisingly solid, but is also tainted by NCAA scandal?
  • Boston College? Seriously?
  • Tech, which has the reputation, deserved or not, of not traveling well?

And there are many bowls behind them that must figure out the best matchup that will generate TV ratings and make tourism boards happy.

It won’t be an easy task.

By its exciting loss to Georgia, the Yellow Jackets may have played their way out of the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. and into the Music City Bowl in Nashville.

What would you do?

The order, after the Chick-fil-A Bowl:

Bowl………………………………………….My guess

Champs Sports Bowl…………………Maryland (the chic pick in the ACC)

Sun Bowl…………………………………..Clemson (only because it travels)

Meineke Car Bowl…………………….N.C. State (they have to have a Carolina-based team and the Tar Heels have played in this way too many times)

Music City Bowl………………………..North Carolina (I flip-flopped between Tech and the Tar Heels here)

Independence Bowl…………………..Miami (fire your coach and it’s a hard sell)

Military Bowl…………………………….Georgia Tech

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl…………..Boston College (sorry Eagles, you’re going to San Fran again)

64 comments Add your comment


November 29th, 2010
3:14 pm


November 29th, 2010
3:25 pm

Agree that GT, BC and Miami will be the bottom three – due to factors not related to what happens on the football field.

Nesbitt's swan song

November 29th, 2010
3:29 pm

If slipping to San Francisco means Nesbitt gets another game, I don’t mind it. He deserves another shot at a bowl victory.


November 29th, 2010
3:36 pm

If I were the Music City Bowl, it would be Tennessee and Georgia Tech. GREAT rivalry, auto sellout. Would be great enthusiasm for that game.


November 29th, 2010
3:47 pm

Wow, you have to feel for these bowls stuck with these ACC dwarfs. Let’s see, seems GT would be a perfect fit for San Fran-sissy, Clempson fans won’t travel to El Paso their worn out pickp trucks and motorhomes can’t make it out and back, NC State’s sputtering team needs to play in the Meineke Car bowl and hope for a tuneup, will N Carolina have enough players left who are eligible pending NCAA probation, Miami will have less than 100 wherever they go, and for goodness sakes don’t you know there is some real trading going on to take BC!!!

Chris, there is no GREAT rivalry between GT and UT. If the Music City is a sellout it will be due strictly to the UT folks buying tickets, GT can’t sell out that mini-stadium with a mere 50,000 seats nor its allotment of tickets for the Georgia game. Think about it, what bowl game wants a school which returns a significant portion of its allotment of tickets for its in-state rivalry game? Hint – there won’t be a line forming outside Fish Fry’s office.


November 29th, 2010
3:54 pm

Hey captain, if you don’t like GT, why patrol this blog?


November 29th, 2010
4:10 pm

how’s Tennile?…Techies smart enough to make $, but stingy, very smart at coming up with excuses of why they don’t travel(Citrus in ‘91 showed given enough incentive, they will go).


November 29th, 2010
4:14 pm

Congratulations, Captain…your team, with all of its talent, huge fanbase, high-priced coaching staff, and massive budget managed to win 6 games.

They should make a movie about your triumphs.


November 29th, 2010
4:19 pm

Told y’all we couldn’t stop Tech.

I said 43-41 3OT. Pretty close, huh?

Why does cfn/scout.com have UGA playing FSu in the chick fil a bowl?

They are not considering UGA and I am not so sure that FSU doesn’t wax VT.


November 29th, 2010
4:26 pm

congrats to our 3 all-ACC players……


November 29th, 2010
4:27 pm

Tennesee and Georgia Tech USED to be a great rivalry. After all, Tennessee is the record holder for best prank against GT. They stole the Ramblin Reck and painted in Volunteer Orange. I’d love to see the matchup, but I doubt GT has really played its way into anything better than what Doug has written here.

Valiant effort, but we must beat the dawgs when we can. That’s two years running that, in my opinion, we really should’ve won the game. Maybe last year moreso than this year, but does it matter? Just have to get it done. I’m already looking forward to next season.

By the way, I will be at the bowl if it’s anywhere on the East Coast.


November 29th, 2010
4:39 pm

GT/UT is a natural dispite what the Captain Marval thinks. He simply doesn’t know that Tech has played Tennessee more than UGA has . The records are Tenn has played UGA 39 times Lost 21 won 16. Tech has played Tennesee 43 times won 17 and lost 24.


November 29th, 2010
4:44 pm

Wouldn’t mind Shreveport-can stop off and do some great fishing! The Music City bowl would be alright. I can’t make DC of SF. If I had to take one of these, I would want the boys to go to SF!


November 29th, 2010
4:47 pm

something doesn’t add up there, Hal?


November 29th, 2010
5:04 pm

Can’t travel too much because my lower level employees, (i.e. Gerogia Grads) can’t be left unsupervised.


November 29th, 2010
5:13 pm

No matter the bowl game, have to beat the losing streak of 5 in a row. Johnson has lost 2 straight with Tech, so it would be nice to go somewhere and Finish the season with a winning record, period. Shreveport is OK, Nashville is better, but San Fran would be best, even if the game is Jan 9, I’d go and do it, just because its San Fran. Nashville is a great city too, can’t say that I would pay money to visit Shreveport.

college football

November 29th, 2010
5:20 pm

you whining blowflys…”beat yourselves”,…as long as your beat is all that matters!!!!


November 29th, 2010
5:26 pm

by any chance the bowl committee’s are readying this, I doubt it, please put GT in San Francisco, the Jan. 9th game, so Nesbitt can have a chance to play, he deserves it

bruce mac

November 29th, 2010
5:34 pm

A bowl by any other name is still a loss when it comes to Tech.


November 29th, 2010
5:39 pm

anyone that would like GT (Nesbitt) in the Jan 9th San Francisco bowl can email the chairman: gcavalli@kraftbowl.org, would be great to see Nesbitt play in it


November 29th, 2010
5:40 pm

Hope Clemson goes to S-port….dogs will bark all year if Tech goes there.

ps….ACC champ game almost a sellout in Charlotte. Hope the weather is football weather!

Mighty SEC?

November 29th, 2010
6:18 pm

The West is pretty damned deep, but the East? Last I heard, 6-6 was a huge disappointment. Unless you’re Gomer Gailey or Ray Goof I guess. Maybe Cheat Doodley Jr too.
Tech may head for the DC bowl against ECU or Southern Miss.
Mutts to Liberty against Central Florida.

Only in Mutt nation is it lame to be intelligent. I thought that mentality died out in High School? Well, since most of their fans never graduated, I guess it makes sense.


November 29th, 2010
6:19 pm

DawginLex…I must confess, I’ve enjoyed the new you! I didn’t think that the Dawgs could stop Tech…I didn’t think that we could stop the Dawgs! Great game…congrats! Blessings to you and yours!

The Obama Bowl

November 29th, 2010
6:41 pm

If GT plays in DC, maybe Obama will come out to kiss the cheerleaders. No, second thought, he cannot do that because he got Bi-ch slapped by Chell. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHA

GT deserves to play in the most CRIMED INFESTED C ITY IN THE WORLD ………..just like Ethel Avenue, near the Flats. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

UGA? We will be doing some fine dining either at the Four Flames on Poplar or the Rondevous for ribs baby !!!

The face of CPJ when that Blair kid CHOKED is simpy priceless. I do not get it ………… the numebr 1 rushing team in the entire universe tries to throw the ball to win, when they were getting 12 – 15 yds per run. He is dumber than a sack of hammers. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHHAHA

This is why that Stephon Truitt kid in Social Circle said a big fat I PASS on GT.


November 29th, 2010
6:44 pm

Dude, no one at Clemson is going to a Sun Bowl. Trust me.

GT again in San Francisco???

November 29th, 2010
6:45 pm

GT has gone to San Fran once in the last 10 or 12 years for the joke Emerald City Bowl and to go again, causes me to worry about GT men. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHA

We are off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of OZ. Only GT would be attracted to stuff like that. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

Maybe you all can play the YMCA of downtown Sanf Francisco. Only fitting that would be for GT.


November 29th, 2010
6:45 pm

I am all for a matchup with GT and UT. Great traditional match-up, Dodd played at UT and coached at GT. Some of the best games by either team were in this old rivalry.

Let me help you ACC kids with bowl predictions

November 29th, 2010
6:54 pm

ACC Champ gets a Orange Bowl bid because of their irrevocable contract with the hapless ACC.

ALL of the other ACC teams get no invitations. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

Look at the lousy SEC teams that are going to the NC game and the Sugar Bowl and the Cap One and the Cotton and the Outback, The CHic Fil A and the Gator and lesser bowls like for UGA and UT.

ACC??? Beyond their sad lil champ, they get nothing. Nothing because they have no brand recognition beyond a Raleigh or a Clemson or a College Park,Md or Atlanta.


November 29th, 2010
6:59 pm

Mighty SEC? at 6:18

I tend to agree. Most of the UGA fans on the AJC blogs are not UGA grads but high schoolers who are still in school. They are Bulldogs in name only. That is why you do not get intelligent debate on the issues facing both mediocre programs.

Tech cannot recruit – per Scout an national average of 34.8 on their recruiting classes for the past 5 years.

Georgia cannot coach; I guess that is the problem. They have a national recruiting average of 10.2 for the past 5 years and only managed a 6-6 record for 2010.

For GT fans the issue is not beating UGA, the issue is poor recruiting.

For UGA fans the issue is not beating GT but the inability to win with top 10 recruiting classes. Is that coaching?

With TCU joining the Big East as the 9th member maybe UGA should apply to be the 10th member of the Big East. They should be able to win 10 games against that group. But I am not sure they would ever beat TCU.

Blue Pants

November 29th, 2010
7:01 pm

Personally, I want the Jackets to play in San Francisco. That will give Nesbitt the most possible amount of time to ready for one more game. Plus, that game will be the only college game on that day following the NFL playoffs which couldn’t hurt with recruiting. But for the benefit of the Institute, I want the kids to go where they will get the best gift packs & have the best chance to WIN. Plus, the one with the best possible payout would help.

Blue Pants

November 29th, 2010
7:10 pm

Collegeballfan, {even though it sickens me to say it} UGA would beat TCU more times than not. The coaching is very questionable. But the talent, is still some the best in the country year after year. Plus, I’d be willing to bet TCU is behind Texas Tech and A&M with recruits.

Blue Pants

November 29th, 2010
7:14 pm

As far as GT recruiting, it isn’t bad considering the limited choices for majors.

GT Rich

November 29th, 2010
7:17 pm

If GT goes to San Fran, does that mean 10+ more days of practice, or is there a total limit to the number of bowl practices regardless of the actual game date? In my opinion, GT could use the extra time to get more reps for Tevin, the young O-line and Ant Allen’s future replacement, as well as more reps for Groh’s 3-4.


November 29th, 2010
7:34 pm


Doug Roberson

November 29th, 2010
9:33 pm

There’s a limit. 15 I believe.


November 30th, 2010
12:51 am

@ Adder…
There used to be Ties… 17-24-2

UGAG is gitting the ncaa death penalty, he he ha ha

November 30th, 2010
8:36 am

Fire Mark’s Rectum NOW!

Dave from GT

November 30th, 2010
9:50 am

Only thing left to do is to win the BBall game next week !!! and wait till next year !

I bought a poster with all UGA’s on it …….. that’s right I thru VIII. I put an X thru each of I thru VII and a target on VIII !!!! Hung it on the wall for dart practice !!!

THWG !!!


November 30th, 2010
10:23 am

RE: attendance figures at GT bowl games.

“Here are official attendance figures from past ACC title games:

2005 Jacksonville, Virginia Tech-Florida State: 72,749

2006 Jacksonville, Georgia Tech-Wake Forest: 62,850

2007 Jacksonville, Virginia Tech-Boston College: 53,212

2008 Tampa, Virginia Tech-Boston College: 53,927

2009 Tampa, Georgia Tech-Clemson: 57,227″

so the first year of the acc championship there were 72K tickets sold.

during the next four years, 2 games involved GT and 2 did not.

ACC championship games with GT: 62K and 57K fans

ACC championship games without GT (after inaugural game): 53K and 53K fans.

as a side note, both of the lowest selling games involved VT.


November 30th, 2010
11:09 am

Man,Nashville would be a fool not to choose the Jackets and Tennessee what a Classic! These teams go way back! I,m broke and still would not miss that one! “Sell out for sure”

Jacket Attack

November 30th, 2010
1:29 pm

I would think since the bowls are more about making money that Nashville would place either Tech or UNC against Tenn. Was there not something about North Carolina and Tenn droping one or another from there schedules. I also would think Tech and Tenn would sale out the house fast.


November 30th, 2010
1:57 pm

There is so much criticism about Tech about not selling out their seats. But, when I do catch a UGA game their are plenty of opens seats. So, please explain that to me?!


November 30th, 2010
1:59 pm

I think it would just be better if Tech denied the bowl game, and not go. But, I do understand that money is involved and that seems to talk more anything. I would love to see Nesbitt play in the bowl game, but I don’t know if his arm will be healed in time. I think had Nesbitt not gotten hurt we could’ve taken the VT, Miami, and UGA game.


November 30th, 2010
3:16 pm

Boise State is slated for the San Fran game….does Tech want to play them?

Hate it but it looks like S-port


November 30th, 2010
4:46 pm


The only reason why the first ACC Championship had such a high number was becuase of FSU playing in Jacksonville. I expect another huge turnout by the Garnet & Gold.


November 30th, 2010
5:41 pm

i agree that the first year’s numbers are a bit skewed, which is why i didn’t use them in my comparison of how GT does in the acc championship regarding numbers of fans versus other teams.

paul steele

November 30th, 2010
5:42 pm

Hey, I’d like to see Ga Tech vs Navy in the bowl, and see if either team can stop the triple option… whats wrong with that pick????


November 30th, 2010
10:31 pm

Nashville vs UT or San Fran would both be good.
Does anyone think our D could stop any team after a month of practice? Doug, can you tell us a comparison of the defense this year from last year.

Reuben Houston

November 30th, 2010
11:56 pm

Mac and Cheese Bowl……

Reality Stinks

December 1st, 2010
10:40 am


I just love all the hope we go to this crap bowl or that crap bowl, when earlier this year you brainless fans thought you were going to another BCS bowl

You will go to a BCS bowl one day, but now that FSU is getting better, Miami is going to finally hire a better coach, and VT is in your league

A BCS bowl might happen again for you in another 44 years