Discover Orange Bowl, Jan. 3: Clemson
Allstate Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2: Florida State
Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31: Miami
Russell Athletic Bowl, Dec. 28: Georgia Tech
Hyundai Sun Bowl, Dec. 31: Virginia Tech
Belk Bowl, Dec. 28: North Carolina
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Dec. 30: Wake Forest
Advocare V100 Bowl, Dec. 31: NC State
Military Bowl, Dec. 27: Maryland
It is actually hard to argue with the projection at the moment because of some intangible parameters that exist in the middle of the ACC bowl line-up. First, State went to Nashville last year so we are not going to be a fit for a repeat trip. Second – ignore the extreme baby blue bias of the Charlotte region for a moment and just focus on the fact that – related to the Belk Bowl, UNC-CH is still expected to be better than us this year and the Wolfpack has been to Charlotte more recently than the Heels.
With those two parameters in place, NC State kind of has to be able to clearly be projected to be good enough to earn a Sun Bowl bid to merit jumping up the projections. And, with Brandon Mitchell sidelined until at least early October it is hard to make that projection yet. If the Wolfpack manages to win at Wake Forest and at home against Syracuse in early October then you can expect to see a real chance for a move in the projected bowl assignments. Until then…nothing matters anyway.