Bowl Notes: The Pinstripe Bowl

For all the criticism that is launched at ACC football, the conference once again has twelve teams participating in bowls.  For a list of the bowls, see here.  The New Era Pinstripe Bowl will take place in Yankee Stadium in New York City and features Boston College and Penn State.  Kickoff is at 4;30 p.m. on December 27 and the game will be televised on ESPN. Boston College is the favorite at -2.5 according to Alex Parsuk, MTS’ Pinstripe sports betting expert. Here are the Confidential’s notes for the Pinstripe Bowl.

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Chryst to Wisconsin? If So, What Will Pitt Do?

The rumors are that Paul Chryst of Pittsburgh will head back to Madison to coach the Wisconsin Badgers.  The deal cannot be sealed until mid-week, next week, as there are specific hiring protocols for the University of Wisconsin.  Still, there is no reason why Chryst would not go back to Wisconsin to coach at his alma mater and where he was offensive coordinator for several seasons.  The question is… what will Pitt do if/when he bolts?

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Syracuse Fans: History Repeats Itself

A team that required divine intervention to eke out a win, barely beat an FCS team, and required overtime to win its first game.  A team that ended the season on a five-game losing streak.  A team with questions surround its offensive coordinator.  A once-popular head coach with a sub .500 winning percentage.  A bowl season followed up by disappointment.  A terrible season.

No, this is not about the 2014 Syracuse Orange football team.  This is about the 2011 Syracuse Orange football team.  Consider…

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ACC Bowl Schedule: 2014-2015

Here are the bowl games featuring these ACC schools:

  • Quick Lane Bowl, December 26 in Detroit, Rutgers vs. North Carolina
  • Bitcoin Bowl, December 26 in St. Petersburg, NC State vs. Central Florida
  • Military Bowl, December 27 in Annapolis, Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech
  • Hyundai Sun Bowl, December 27 in El Paso, Arizona State vs. Duke
  • Duck Commander Independence Bowl, December 27 in Shreveport, Miami vs. South Carolina
  • New Era Pinstripe Bowl, December 27 in New York City, Boston College vs. Penn State
  • Russell Athletic Bowl, December 29 in Orlando, Oklahoma vs. Clemson
  • Franklin American Music City Bowl, December 30 in Nashville, Notre Dame vs. LSU
  • Belk Bowl, December 30 in Charlotte, Georgia vs. Louisville
  • Capital One Orange Bowl, December 31 in Miami, Georgia Tech vs. Mississippi State
  • Rose Bowl, January 1 in Pasadena, Oregon vs. Florida State
  • Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, January 2 in Fort Worth, Houston vs. Pittsburgh

So, you think you know college football? Especially ACC football?  Prove it by entering our bowl season fantasy football contest.

ACC Fantasy Football Bowl Contest: ENTRY PAGE!

It is time to enter!   The rules are after the page break.  As a quick reminder, just select a QB, RB, WR, Flex (QB/WR/RB/TE), School Defense, and Coach from one of the ACC schools (including Notre Dame) by the deadline of December 26, 2014, to enter.  Just enter it in a comment below.  Winner takes the $25 prize via PayPal.

As a reminder, here are the bowl games featuring these ACC schools:

  • Quick Lane Bowl, December 26 in Detroit, Rutgers vs. North Carolina
  • Bitcoin Bowl, December 26 in St. Petersburg, NC State vs. Central Florida
  • Military Bowl, December 27 in Annapolis, Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech
  • Hyundai Sun Bowl, December 27 in El Paso, Arizona State vs. Duke
  • Duck Commander Independence Bowl, December 27 in Shreveport, Miami vs. South Carolina
  • New Era Pinstripe Bowl, December 27 in New York City, Boston College vs. Penn State
  • Russell Athletic Bowl, December 29 in Orlando, Oklahoma vs. Clemson
  • Franklin American Music City Bowl, December 30 in Nashville, Notre Dame vs. LSU
  • Belk Bowl, December 30 in Charlotte, Georgia vs. Louisville
  • Capital One Orange Bowl, December 31 in Miami, Georgia Tech vs. Mississippi State
  • Rose Bowl, January 1 in Pasadena, Oregon vs. Florida State
  • Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, January 2 in Fort Worth, Houston vs. Pittsburgh (an old AFC Central battle?)

So, you think you know college football? Especially ACC football?  Prove it.

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Florida State and the Playoffs!

ACC football fans know the result, Florida State toppled Georgia Tech, 37-35, to win the ACC Championship Game and complete another undefeated thirteen game pre-bowl season.  As previously noted, Florida State–as the only undefeated team from a P5 conference–should be the #1 seed.  Sure, one could make the argument that if, say, Duke was 13-0, their uber-soft OOC schedule would make such a conclusion unjust.

But… so what?  This is not St. Joseph’s or Wichita State in hoops.  You play in a P5 conference, you run the gauntlet of a conference schedule, you deserve your #1 spot.  And it is up to the #2, #3, and #4 team to prove that it was undeserved on the field.

Instead we have quasi-anxiety over whether Florida State will even make the final four.  If you look around the Internet, you will find folks throwing that pasta at the wall.  Unreal.

Florida State is the only team in FBS that showed up every week for 13 weeks and did not leave as the loser even once.  If that is not worthy of a top four spot, then they might as well disband the committee.  The committee is there to settle difficult disputes, not create them.  Florida State must be in somewhere, leaving three spots–deciding which of several one-loss teams is hard enough.

If Florida State is left out of the playoff, there should be outrage.  This is not what the system was supposed to do.