Clemson’s victory in the ACC championship makes it a near-certainty that Georgia Tech will go to El Paso, Texas, for the Sun Bowl Dec. 31.
Virginia Tech, the title-game loser, will go to the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The ACC bowl games are contractually obligated to select the team either with the best conference record or a team within one win of that team. The Hokies went 7-1 in the ACC and no other available team fared better than 5-3. That would slot Florida State for the Champs Sports Bowl. The Seminoles, the only other ranked ACC team, would undoubtedly be a popular choice for the Orlando-based game. Georgia Tech has been the stated preference of the Sun Bowl if available.
Tech’s opponent appears to be Utah, which finished 7-5 overall and 4-5 in the conference in its first season in the Pac-12. The Jackets and Utes played previously in the 2005 Emerald Bowl in San Francisco, a 38-10 Tech loss that began its current six-game losing streak in bowl games. Washington is reportedly