ACC Reviews Bowl Order

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fter Boston College finished 9-3 in its first season in the ACC last season and ended up playing Boise State in the MPC Computers Bowl in not-so-balmy Boise, the ACC spent the offseason reviewing how its teams would be selected for future bowl games.

The league is expected to announce a new bowl order Tuesday during its annual ACC Kickoff news conferences at Sawgrass Resort & Beach Club here. According to bowl game officials familiar with the order, the lineup will go something like this: ACC champion to the Bowl Championship Series, No. 2 selection to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, No. 3 to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, No. 4 to the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, No. 5 to the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl in Nashville, No. 6 to the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., No. 7 to the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco and No. 8 to the MPC Computers Bowl.

Under the new agreement, the ACC championship game loser can’t fall below the Music City Bowl, and a bowl game can bypass a team for another team with a lesser record only if the teams are within one game of each other in the ACC standings.

So if the new agreement were in place last season, for instance, the Music City and Meineke Car Care bowls couldn’t have selected Virginia and N.C. State, which both finished with 3-5 ACC marks, over Boston College and Georgia Tech, which were both 5-3 in league play.

“Unfortunately, we were the guinea pigs that had to suffer going to a bowl that people didn’t think we deserved to go to,” Boston College guard Josh Beekman said. “Fortunately, the ACC is changing things so it won’t happen again.”

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13 Responses to ACC Reviews Bowl Order

  1. tmb81 07/24/2006 at 4:00 PM #

    From a fan friendly standpoint, it always seemed like the Peach Bowl was a better location than the Gator. Good to see that moved to number 2.

    Two other tweaks are needed:

    The Charlotte bowl should be #4 if the Champ sports continues to have the pre-Christmas date. Sure the Orlando bowl is fun for the family, but if the kids are still in school it is difficult to sell tickets to families. I would give this a nod over the #5 Music City because of location and date.

    Also, the ACC Championship loser should not have to go to the Gator bowl (assuming the championship game is always to be played in Jacksonville). For example, Va Tech fans made back to back trips to Jacksonville in the post season in 2005.

  2. Delete-Me 07/24/2006 at 4:56 PM #

    Sure last years arrangements were not fair, but this is about making money. Someone has to get screwed in the whole scheme of things.

    Bowls don’t care about your record; they just care about your school selling tickets.

  3. packpigskinfan23 07/24/2006 at 5:15 PM #

    well…. if they stick with this plan, it should work out in the end.

    that is the only thing I hate about Bowl Selection time, and NCAA Tourny time…. Someone always gets screwed. And we all have to hear about it for a full year.

  4. joe 07/24/2006 at 6:16 PM #

    The Champs bowl is now after Christmas.

  5. StateFans 07/24/2006 at 6:49 PM #

    ^ And has significantly raised their payout. The Champs Bowl has a great chance of evolving into a great and desirable bowl destination.

  6. Mr O 07/25/2006 at 8:34 AM #

    The champs bowl is on weekday still?

    Until the date is changed it won’t ever be a desireable bowl for fans to attend. A bowl in DC makes more sense for ACC schools.

  7. RAWFS 07/25/2006 at 8:47 AM #

    True enogh, Mr. O, but I know that a couple days before Christmas was all bit impossible for a lot of families to travel for a football game.

  8. BJD95 07/25/2006 at 10:59 AM #

    I would still push the Champs Bowl down to #6 on the list. Personally, I’d rather do Charlotte or Nashville.

    Otherwise, good moves all around. Makes sense that Peach picks before gator, since every school would rather go to the Peach anyway.

  9. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 07/25/2006 at 11:15 AM #

    I didn’t even know there where bowl games outside of the BCS. This is interesting stuff.

    We need a tournament now! WTF cares about going to the Emerald Bowl or any bowl below the Gator on that list.

    Remember old bowl signs that used to be on the original scoreboard? I think there was a Liberty, a Peach, a bluebonnet and maybe a tangerine.

  10. RAWFS 07/25/2006 at 2:06 PM #

    Bowl signs are on the East Upper Deck, tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc.

    Take a look at it here:

  11. Sam92 07/25/2006 at 2:33 PM #

    i think the real story here is the Peach Bowl jumping over the Gator Bowl — long overdue

  12. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 07/25/2006 at 3:06 PM #

    thanks for the link rawfs, great picture of carter stadium but i’m thinking of the old signs that looked like a liberty bell and a peach. i can’t remember what the bluebonnet one looked like but the signs i’m thinking of are from the Holtz/Bo years.

  13. Cardiff Giant 07/26/2006 at 9:41 AM #

    I recall the sad day when the Holes beat Texas in the Bluebonnet Bowl in 1980. The bowl was on the awful “MIZZLOU” network.

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