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ORANGE You Glad We’re Not Playing Alabama

As this college football season comes to a close, so does the Bowl Championship Series (thank goodness, bring on the playoffs). In the final season of BCS bowl games, the Clemson Tigers will make the trek down to Miami to play in the Discover Orange Bowl, their second trip in three years.  The Tigers are looking to prove the naysayer’s wrong with a win against the Ohio State Buckeyes on January 3, 2014. The theme of this year’s Orange Bowl is one of redemption.

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Complete Bowl Lineup

Bowl Location/Tickets Date/Time Network
Gildan New Mexico
Washington State vs. Colorado State
Albuquerque, N.M. Dec. 21
2 p.m.
Royal Purple Las Vegas
Fresno State vs. USC
Las Vegas Dec. 21
3:30 p.m.
Famous Idaho Potato
Buffalo vs. San Diego State
Boise, Idaho Dec. 21
5:30 p.m.
R+L Carriers New Orleans
Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
New Orleans Dec. 21
9 p.m.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg
East Carolina vs. Ohio
St. Petersburg, Fla. Dec. 23
2 p.m.
Sheraton Hawaii
Boise State vs. Oregon State
Honolulu Dec. 24
8 p.m.
Little Caesars Pizza
Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green
Detroit Dec. 26
6 p.m.
S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia
Utah State vs. Northern Illinois
San Diego Dec. 26
9:30 p.m.
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman
Marshall vs. Maryland
Annapolis, Md. Dec. 27
2:30 p.m.
Syracuse vs. Minnesota
Houston Dec. 27
6 p.m.
Fight Hunger
BYU vs. Washington
San Francisco Dec. 27
9:30 p.m.
New Era Pinstripe
Rutgers vs. Notre Dame
Bronx, N.Y. Dec. 28
Cincinnati vs. North Carolina
Charlotte, N.C. Dec. 28
3:20 p.m.
Russell Athletic
Miami vs. Louisville
Orlando, Fla. Dec. 28
6:45 p.m.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Michigan vs. Kansas State
Tempe, Ariz. Dec. 28
10:15 p.m.
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
Middle Tennessee vs. Navy
Fort Worth, Texas Dec. 30
11:45 a.m.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City
Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech
Nashville, Tenn. Dec. 30
3:15 p.m.
Valero Alamo
Oregon vs. Texas
San Antonio Dec. 30
6:45 p.m.
National University Holiday
Arizona State vs. Texas Tech
San Diego Dec. 30
10:15 p.m.
AdvoCare V100
Arizona vs. Boston College
Shreveport, La. Dec. 31
12:30 p.m.
Hyundai Sun
Virginia Tech vs. UCLA
El Paso, Texas Dec. 31
2 p.m.
AutoZone Liberty
Rice vs. Mississippi State
Memphis, Tenn. Dec. 31
4 p.m.
Duke vs. Texas A&M
Atlanta Dec. 31
8 p.m.
ESPN Gator
Nebraska vs. Georgia
Jacksonville, Fla. Jan. 1
Heart of Dallas
UNLV vs. North Texas
Dallas Jan. 1
Capital One
Wisconsin vs. South Carolina
Orlando, Fla. Jan. 1
1 p.m.
Iowa vs. LSU
Tampa, Fla. Jan. 1
1 p.m.
Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO
Stanford vs. Michigan State
Pasadena, Calif. Jan. 1
5 p.m.
Tostitos Fiesta
UCF vs. Baylor
Glendale, Ariz. Jan. 1
8:30 p.m.
Allstate Sugar
Oklahoma vs. Alabama
New Orleans Jan. 2
8:30 p.m.
Discover Orange
Clemson vs. Ohio State
Miami Jan. 3
AT&T Cotton
Oklahoma State vs. Missouri
Arlington, Texas Jan. 3
7:30 p.m.
BBVA Compass
Vanderbilt vs. Houston
Birmingham, Ala. Jan. 4
1 p.m.
Arkansas State vs. Ball State
Mobile, Ala. Jan. 5
9 p.m.
VIZIO BCS National Championship
Florida State vs. Auburn
Pasadena, Calif. Jan. 6
8:30 p.m.

Big 10: What Goes Around…

If Florida State, Ohio State, and Auburn all win, there will be a lot of debate as to which two teams should play in the National Championship game.  If you read the Big 10 fans’ comments, there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth regarding the “system”–especially ESPN–being anti-Big 10 and pro-SEC.  All one can say is… what goes around, comes around.

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Here are the Confidential’s full bowl projections as of December 1, 2013 (subject to change…of course):

Update: We’ve gone hermano-a-hermano pitting acaffrey’s picks against mcaffrey’s picks for ultimate bragging rights.

BCS Games
Bowl Date Location Matchup Prediction (acaffrey) Prediction (mcaffrey)
BCS Title Game Jan. 6 Pasadena, Calif. BCS vs BCS Florida State vs. Ohio State Florida State vs. Ohio State
Orange Jan. 3 Miami, Fla. ACC/BCS vs BCS Clemson vs. Alabama UCF vs. Alabama
Sugar Jan. 2 New Orleans, La. SEC/BCS vs BCS Auburn vs. UCF Baylor vs. Auburn
Fiesta Jan. 1 Glendale, Ariz. Big 12/BCS vs BCS Okla. State vs. N. Illinois Oklahoma St. vs. N. Illinois
Rose Jan. 1 Pasadena, Calif. Big Ten/BCS vs Pac-12/BCS Michigan State vs. Stanford Michigan State vs. Stanford
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More on the ACC Bowl Picture

Great article by MCaffrey regarding the bowl situation.  Here is some more info.

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ACC Bowl Projections: 11-teams

The Confidential has been saying for weeks now that the ACC had a great chance of getting 11 bowl-eligible teams and detailed the scenarios needed to make it happen. I’m very proud to report that the scenarios we projected occurred almost exactly to plan.

The good news is that, thanks to Syracuse’s win over Boston College to close out their regular season, the Orange are now 6-6 and are bowl eligible for the second consecutive year. Furthermore, the ACC can now boast that they have 11 teams that are eligible for post-season play. That’s a record for the Conference and matches the SEC’s best.

The bad news is that thanks to Clemson’s complete meltdown on National TV against their in-state rivals, the ACC is likely to only have 1 representative in the BCS. Granted that one representative will likely be Florida State in the National Championship Game, but losing out on a 2nd BCS team not only means lost revenue (approx. $18M) but also makes it more difficult to find bowl sites for the remaining 9 bowl eligible teams.

Worst of all, that means that there is a good chance that at least one bowl-eligible team from a Power Conference will not be invited to a bowl game this year. Currently Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina are all on the bubble. Read more…

ACC Bowl Picture: the Quest for 11 teams

Week 13 ended in the ACC and the bowl picture is one-step closer to being finalized. As this blog has been projecting for the past few weeks, the ACC is still on track to place 11 teams in post season play. Read more…

ACC Bowl Picture: A case for 11 teams (Part 2)

Last week, we looked at some of the scenarios that could play out to get 11 ACC teams in postseason play. And so far, the plan is coming to fruition.

With week 12 in the books, two more teams have clinched bowl eligibility bringing the total number of teams that will go bowling up to 8, with three more that are still fighting for the requisite six wins. Read more…

ACC Bowl Picture: A case for 11 teams

With 3 weeks remaining in the regular season, the ACC bowl picture is starting to take shape. Six teams have already secured their positions in post season (Florida State, Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech, Duke, and Georgia Tech).

Unfortunately for some, their hopes of post season play are gone (Virginia), while North Carolina St. and Wake Forest are not eliminated but have uphill challenges to get to eligibility.

For the rest of the conference however, there is still a lot of promise. In fact, depending on how things shake out down the stretch, the ACC could potentially send 11 teams Bowl Games.
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Clemson and FSU will set Reputation of ACC for 2013

I can hear the comments now from the four letter network’s talking heads: “The ACC loses more BCS conference match ups….”  The presumption is that the ACC is a weak football conference if they lose lopsided match ups like unranked Virginia Tech vs. #1 Alabama.  I’m not convinced.  Conferences should not be judged by the performance of middle or bottom tier teams.  Would an Illinois victory over Kentucky indicate that the Big 10 is a better conference than the SEC?  No way.

The biggest game this weekend for the ACC is Clemson vs. Georgia.  As a matter of fact, it is the only game that really matters on the national front.

A Clemson victory would likely catapult them into the Top 5, put them in the national title conversation, and set up a nationally relevant game against Florida State on October 18th.  Florida State, the other ranked ACC team, has it’s own responsibility for carrying the ACC flag.  The Noles need to win their games against inferior competition and continue their presence near the Top 10 for a majority of the season.

How many years has it been since an ACC football team has been in the national title conversation in November?  It’s up to you Clemson and Florida State to buck the trend.

Non-Conference Schedule

How many non-conference ranked opponents will be played by conferences this year?

ACC:  11

Big 12: 2

Big 10: 4

Pac 12:  8

SEC:  who cares

Winston Debut

As Florida State finishes up preparations for the Pittsburgh Panthers, most fans are eagerly anticipating the debut of freshman QB Jameis Winston.  Winston has generated a significant amount of hype since his MVP winning Elite 11 camp in 2011.  The hype reached epic proportions after Winston’s spring game performance highlighted by a 58 yd strike against All-ACC conference corner Lamarcus Joyner.

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