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Kendall's Articles:

Welcome to the first annual (we hope - if the Hoos aren’t bowling, we’re probably punting) HoosPlace Bowl Game Guide. You can read a stale summary of all the bowl games anywhere, so Kendall and I are aiming to make this a little fun and tie it into the holiday season.

First, we’re going to give you our picks on the College Football Playoff. Then we’ll rank and pick the New Year’s Six bowl games. Finally, we’ll cover the ACC bowl games. We’ll rank them, pick them, and rate the matchup based on our scientific scoring system that compares the quality of the matchup to a Christmas present. The better the matchup, the better the present.  


Currently Eligible (listed in predicted “pecking order”):

Clemson 11-1 (remaining schedule: vs Miami)

Miami 10-1 (remaining schedule: vs Clemson)

*Notre Dame 9-3 -- With their third loss, they’re out of the New Year’s Six and into the ACC bowl hierarchy.

Virginia Tech 9-3

Louisville 8-4

NC State 8-4

Wake Forest 7-5

Boston College 7-5

Virginia 6-6

Duke 6-6


Probably Eligible:

Florida State 5-6 (remaining schedule: vs ULM)


Potentially Eligible:

Georgia Tech 5-6 (possible waiver due to cancelled game)



Pittsburgh 5-7

Syracuse 4-8

North Carolina 3-9

College Football Playoff

Karl’s Picks: Clemson, Oklahoma, Auburn, Wisconsin


...according to Bill Connelly's advanced statistical profiles.


ACC rankings:

9) Clemson

11) Miami

24) Louisville

31) Wake Forest

33) Virginia Tech

44) NC State

56) Georgia Tech

65) Virginia

68) Florida State

72) Boston College

74) Duke

84) Pittsburgh

86) Syracuse

92) North Carolina


Rankings of our other opponents:

23) Boise State

51) Indiana

119) UConn


Most improved teams (so far) in the Power 5 (in terms of 2016 wins to 2017 wins):

Michigan State +5

Notre Dame +5

Virginia +4

Iowa State +4

Arizona +4

TCU +3

Purdue +2

Rutgers +2

Oregon +2

Georgia +2

South Carolina +2

Missouri +2

Mississippi State +2

Miami +1

Duke +1

Texas +1

Northwestern +1

Washington State +1