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2018 ACC Bowl Primer

Posted on October 30, 2018, in Football by Karl Hess.

It's a brave new world for UVA football fans. For the first time since a four season stretch from 2002-2005, the Hoos will be bowling in consecutive seasons. 

Fresh off of a rivalry win over UNC, UVA finds itself 6-2 overall and atop the ACC Coastal division with a 4-1 conference record. Ranked in both the AP and Coaches polls, the Hoos also find themselves ranked 25th in the first College Football Playoff rankings of 2018. Controlling their own destiny in the ACC, all options are on the table in the ACC's slate of bowl games.

With the bowl landscape changing every year, here's what's on the menu for the ACC this season.

College Football Playoff

A top four finish in the CFP rankings earns you a trip to the College Football Playoff. Only Clemson has a legit shot here.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl or Playstation Fiesta Bowl

If the ACC champ isn't part of the College Football Playoff, it will play in either the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl or Playstation Fiesta Bowl. A second ACC team, in theory, could land at this level too as an at large pick as part of the New Year's Six. Think Clemson if someone other than the Tigers won the ACC.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is played Sunday, December 29 at noon on ESPN at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.

The Playstation Fiesta Bowl is played Tuesday, January 1 at 1 PM on ESPN at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ.

Here's the most recent ACC (including Notre Dame) appearance in these bowls.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

2015: Houston 38 - Florida State 24

Playstation Fiesta Bowl

2016: Clemson 31 - Ohio State 0

Camping World Bowl

After the College Football Playoff and New Year's Six fields are set, the Camping World Bowl gets first pick among remaining ACC teams.

The Camping World Bowl is played Friday, December 28 at 5:15 PM on ESPN at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL.

The ACC representative will play an opponent from the Big 12. The bowl gets the second pick of Big 12 teams not participating in the College Football Playoff or New Year's Six bowls.

Here's the most recent ACC (including Notre Dame) appearance in the bowl.

2017: Oklahoma State 30 - Virginia Tech 21

Tier One Bowls

All Tier One ACC bowls share equal selection status. This is where the politics and jockeying will happen. 

Belk Bowl

The ACC rep squares off against an opponent from the SEC. The Belk Bowl is among the tier of SEC bowl games where the conference is allowed to work with the schools and bowl itself to determine the SEC representative among remaining bowl eligible conference teams.

The Belk Bowl is played Saturday, December 29 at 12:30 PM on ABC at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.

Here's the most recent ACC (including Notre Dame) appearance in the bowl.

2017: Wake Forest 55 - Texas A&M 52

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl or TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

The ACC, B1G, and the two bowl games have a partnership where over a six year period each conference will provide a team to the bowl game three times. So, in essence, three ACC teams will play in the Music City Bowl and three ACC teams will play in the Gator Bowl over those six years. The opponent will always be from the SEC. 

The agreement runs through the 2019 bowl season. The ACC has used two of its spots in each of the bowls to date.

These bowls are in the tier of SEC bowls in which the bowls, conference, and schools work together to determine the conference representative among remaining bowl eligible SEC teams.

The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl is played on Friday, December 28 at 1:30 PM on ESPN at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN.

The TaxSlayer Gator Bowl is played on Monday, December 31 at 7:30 PM on ESPN at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, FL.

Here are the most recent ACC appearances in each of the bowls.

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

2015: Louisville 27 - Texas A&M 21

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

2017: Mississippi State 31 - Louisville 27

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

The ACC representative in the Pinstripe Bowl will play a school from the B1G. The bowl's goal is to have eight different B1G teams play in the bowl with a minimum of six different B1G teams per the conference's agreement with the bowl. B1G teams will also not go to the same bowl in consecutive years unless it's the College Football Playoff or Rose Bowl.

The bowls in the B1G portfolio request a team from the conference. The conference then approves or rejects the request based on conference selection parameters and bowl agreements.

The New Era Pinstripe Bowl is played on Thursday, December 27 at 5:15 PM on ESPN at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, NY.

Here's the most recent ACC (including Notre Dame) appearance in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

2017: Iowa 27 - Boston College 20

Hyundai Sun Bowl

The ACC rep plays against a PAC 12 opponent in the Sun Bowl. The bowl picks fourth among PAC 12 schools after the College Football Playoff, New Year's Six, and Rose Bowl (when not a CFP semifinal) matchups are determined.

The Hyundai Sun Bowl is played on Monday, December 31 at 2:00 PM on CBS at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, TX.

Here's the most recent ACC (including Notre Dame) appearance in the Hyundai Sun Bowl.

2017: NC State 52 - Arizona State 31

Additional Bowls

Formerly known as Tier Two Bowls, this group of games have a defined selection order: Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman, Walk-On's Independence Bowl, Quick Lane Bowl, Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl or SERVPRO First Responder Bowl.

Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman

The Military Bowl gets first pick of remaining bowl eligible ACC teams after Tier One bowl game assignments are completed. In the game, the ACC rep will play a team from the American Conference. The AAC works with its members and portfolio of bowl games to slot teams in order to create the most attractive matchups.

The Military Bowl is played on Monday, December 31 at noon on ESPN at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, MD.

Here's the most recent ACC (including Notre Dame) appearance in the Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman.

2017: Navy 49 - Virginia 7

Walk-On's Independence Bowl

The Independence Bowl selects its ACC team after the Military Bowl picks. The ACC team is matched against a team from the SEC.

After the College Football Playoff, New Year's Six, Citrus Bowl, SEC Pool of Six (Outback, Gator, Music City, Texas, Belk, and Liberty), and Birmingham Bowls are all slotted, the Independence Bowl gets next pick of any remaining bowl eligible SEC teams.

If no SEC team is eligible at that point in the selection process, the AAC and Conference USA get the opportunity to fill the slot opposite the ACC team. Likewise, if there is no eligible ACC team, the AAC and CUSA can fill that slot too.

The Walk-On's Independence Bowl is played on Thursday, December 27 at 1:30 PM on ESPN at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, LA.

Here's the most recent ACC (including Notre Dame) appearance in the Independence Bowl.

2017: Florida State 42 - Southern Miss 13

Quick Lane Bowl

Next up in the pecking order is the Quick Lane Bowl versus a team from B1G (if available) or MAC (if necessary).

The bowls in the B1G portfolio request a team from the conference. The conference then approves or rejects the request based on conference selection parameters and bowl agreements.

The Quick Lane Bowl is played on Wednesday, December 26 at 5:15 PM on ESPN at Ford Field in Detroit, MI.

Here's the most recent ACC (including Notre Dame) appearance in the Quick Lane Bowl.

2017: Duke 36 - Northern Illinois 14

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

If there are more bowl eligible teams in the ACC, the Gasparilla Bowl gets next pick. If not, CUSA takes the ACC's spot. The opponent will be from the AAC where the conference works with the bowl and eligible teams to set up the most attractive matchup possible.

The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl is played on Thursday, December 20 at 8 PM on ESPN in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL.

Here's the most recent ACC (including Notre Dame) appearance in the Gasparilla Bowl.

2014: NC State 34 - UCF 27

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

The former Heart of Dallas Bowl features an ACC/CUSA vs B1G matchup. The bowl game gets last dibs on eligible ACC bowl teams or can pick a Conference USA team if the ACC cannot fill the slot. The opponent would come from the B1G who, as mentioned prior, exerts a great deal of influence over its bowl slottings once the elite bowl games make their picks.

The First Responder Bowl is played on Wednesday, December 26 at 1:30 PM on ESPN at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX.

An ACC team has yet to make an appearance in this bowl.

Secondary Bowl

Birmingham Bowl

The Birmingham Bowl is technically an AAC vs SEC bowl game. However, if one conference cannot provide a member, an ACC team is next in line to fill the slot if there are any remaining bowl eligible ACC teams.

The Birmingham Bowl is played on Saturday, December 22 at noon on ESPN at Legion Field in Birmingham, AL.

Here's the most recent ACC (including Notre Dame) appearance in the Birmingham Bowl.

2013: Ole Miss 38 - Pitt 17

Coming soon will be weekly ACC bowl projections to include the College Football Playoff, New Year's Six, and all ACC affiliated bowl games with projected or actual bowl eligible ACC teams. Projections will be made by Kendall, MaizeAndBlueWahoo, and myself.

 

 

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