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Week 13 ACC Bowl Projections: Gator Still Likely Destination for Hokies


The holidays mean it's time for two things in my house: Bowl games and Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas. (via


Depending on the results of this weekend's games it looks like Virginia Tech is on its way to either the Gator Bowl or the Peach Bowl. There is still an outside shot the Hokies can get an at-large spot in the BCS, but it would require Boise State losing a dreadful New Mexico State team. That's not going to happen, so I'm not even going to entertain the thought of spending the New Year's at the Pink Taco.

I think our scenarios are pretty simple. If Georgia Tech wins the ACCCG, we will go to the Gator Bowl and probably face the Couch Burners. If Clemson wins the ACCCG, I think we'll go to the Peach Bowl and play either Tennessee or Georgia (personally if that plays out I think it'll be Tennessee.

The Peach Bowl got exactly what it needed last week. LSU won to clinch a spot in the Citrus Bowl and Georgia won to get to 7-5, which would justify a selection by the Peach. Leeman Bennett and company cherish the idea of renewing the Clemson-Georgia rivalry under the Jawja Dome roof and if Georgia Tech takes care of business their dream will come to fruition.

The Peach will take Georgia if the Bulldogs aren't selected for the Outback Bowl, which gets first crack at the SEC East. Right now it looks like the Outback is going to take Tennessee, leaving Georgia for the Peach Bowl along with Kentucky, South Carolina, Arkansas and Auburn.

It would become muddied if Clemson upsets the Jackets. Should that happen, I think the Peach would take either Virginia Tech or Miami.

However, I don't think Clemson will beat Georgia Tech and I don't think Pittsburgh will beat Cincinnati. So here's how I think the bowls will shake out. The ACC teams don't change from last time.

ACC Bowl Projections
Bowl City Date ACC Opp
Orange Miami Jan. 5 Georgia Tech Penn St.
Peach Atlanta Dec. 31 Clemson Georgia
Gator Jacksonville Jan. 1 Virginia Tech West Virginia
Tangerine Orlando Dec. 29 Miami Northwestern
Music City Nashville Dec. 27 North Carolina South Carolina
Car Charlotte Dec. 26 Florida State Pittsburgh
Nut San Francisco Dec. 26 Boston College Stanford