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BC's bowl options

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  November 24, 2008 01:58 PM

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Here's a look at Boston College's bowl options heading into Saturday's game against Maryland.

If the Eagles . . .

Beat Maryland and win the Atlantic Coast Conference title the following week: They will play in the Orange Bowl in Miami as the ACC champion against the Big East champion, which right now looks like Cincinnati . Another possible opponent could be Utah, but that would be a long shot.

Beat Maryland and lose the conference title game: ACC rules state that the loser of the title game can drop no lower than fourth in the bowl pecking-order -- unless that team wants to go to another bowl game. This year the top of the ACC bowl order is the BCS (Orange Bowl), the Chick fil-A bowl, the Gator Bowl, the Champs Sports Bowl, and the Music City Bowl. The other rule is that three of those bowls -- the Gator, Champ Sports, and Music City bowls -- must select the ACC runner-up at least once in a four-year cycle. The Gator Bowl and Champs Bowl have met that requirement, while the Music City Bowl has not, which means that BC would be a likely choice for that game, probably against Vanderbilt. The Eagles would be eligible for the Gator or Chick fil-A bowl, but neither seems likely.

Lose to Maryland: The choices look like the Music City Bowl or the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco.

Although there are two weeks remaining, some scenarios are already in place for several ACC bowls.

  • The Chick fil-A Bowl wishlist would include Florida State vs. South Carolina in a Bobby Bowden/Steve Spurrier coaching matchup.

  • The Gator Bowl would like to see Florida St., Miami, or Georgia Tech against a Big 12 team (barring a Notre Dame upset of Southern Cal). It would settle for FSU or Miami vs. Nebraska in a heartbeat.

  • The Champs Sports Bowl wouldn't mind taking either Miami or North Carolina against a Big Ten team.

  • The Meineke Car Care Bowl wants a North Carolina-based team, which means the Tar Heels, Wake Forest, or North Carolina St. vs a Big East team (probably Rutgers).

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