Virginia Tech and Clemson BOTH Heading for BCS Bowls!
The bowl matchups are complete and BOTH Virginia Tech and Clemson are heading for BCS games this year. The collective wisdom was that the ACC Championship was for the right to play in the Orange Bowl as the ACC’s sole BCS representative. Nobody expected the loser, in this case Virginia Tech, to sneak in the backdoor and snare the at-large bid to the Sugar Bowl. But that is exactly what happened–meaning a larger payout to the ACC.
Here are all the bowl matchups:
ORANGE BOWL, January 4, 2012
Clemson (10-3) vs. West Virginia (9-3) in a matchup of two excellent traveling fan bases who consider themselves overdue for a BCS appearance.
SUGAR BOWL, January 3, 2012
Virginia Tech (11-2) vs. Michigan (10-2). Only Clemson could beat the Hokies. Can the Hokies stop Denard Robinson?
CHICK-FIL-A Bowl, December 31, 2011
Virginia (8-4) vs. Auburn (7-5)
SUN BOWL, December 31, 2011
Georgia Tech (8-4) vs. Utah (7-5)
MUSIC CITY BOWL, December 30, 2011
Wake Forest (6-6) vs. Mississippi State (6-6)
CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL, December 29, 2011
Florida State (8-4) vs. Notre Dame (8-4)
BELK BOWL, December 27, 2011
North Carolina St. (7-5) vs. Louisville (7-5)
INDEPENDENCE BOWL, December 26, 2011
North Carolina (7-5) vs. Missouri (7-5)
- With the Virginia Tech selection to the Sugar Bowl, the ACC was unable to fill all of its bowl slots. The Military Bowl will now feature Toledo and Air Force.
- Miami was bowl-eligible, but self-imposed a bowl ban due to possible NCAA rules violations.
- Future members Syracuse and Pittsburgh battled for a bowl spot, with Pitt winning and earning the right to play in the BBVA Compass Bowl against SMU on January 7, 2012.