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At The Heights: If Eagles go bowling, it could be SF again

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  November 7, 2010 11:42 AM

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Two wins in succession. Two more still necessary and Boston College becomes bowl eligible. With 70 bowl spots available and less than 70 teams who project at reaching the 6 win minimum necessary, you can almost guarante that BC will be bowling again if the Eagles win two of their last three games.

But where will the Eagles wind up?

The ACC has commitments from 8 bowls, ranging from the Orange Bowl (for its champion) to a bowl game in Washington against the Conference USA No. 4 team.
If you project the numbers with BC included, the ACC should have 9 teams for 8 slots. BC will not make the ACC cut in that scenario since all the other teams either beat BC or are perceived as being better "bowl traveling'' schools than the Eagles.

Which leaves?
It's called the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and it is played in San Francisco, which is the bowl game BC played (and lost to USC) in last year. That bowl has commitments from the Pac-10 and the WAC. Both are likely to come up short, which will leave a spot for the ACC (which has an agreement to fill the slot if the Pac-10 and/or WAC can not fill it).

One problem. Or maybe two problems. The date is January 9th, well beyond the traditional holiday bowl season. It is on a Sunday NFL playoff. Starting time 9.m. Eastern.
Things could change, both good and bad. But right now, San Francisco looks probable and perhaps even likely if the Eagles do become bowl eligible.

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