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A (Pitt-centric) look at where teams in the ACC will go bowling.

There are a TON of bowl projections out there and each of them has Pitt somewhere else! Now, I know that the bowl committees and our own leadership (yes, even Swofford) uses logic in their decisions and that means that you can predict to a certain extent where each team will go. Since I'm just handicapping one league and not our opponents, I think I can focus my attention better than your average large-scale bowl projection and work through this. I don't claim to be perfect, but I can at least narrow everyone down to a few landing spots and tell you WHY- which is more than most projections do.
Here's my logic and our constraints:
  1. We cannot know for sure until after Saturday's ACC championship game. I AM GOING TO ASSUME FLORIDA STATE BEATS GEORGIA TECH. This is dangerous because FSU is only a 3.5 point favorite (and I kind of expected to see GT favored). GT is probably the best team FSU has played this year. I don't think it's for sure at all that FSU wins, but that is what we must assume. It actually doesn't make much difference, though!
  2. Any bowl will take Notre Dame as soon as they can (but they can't first- more on that soon).
  3. Bowls will take local teams unless a rematch occurs (a rematch may not occur).
  4. Selection order does not necessarily mean by record, but in some cases a record must trump selection order- a team may not be chosen ahead of a team with two more victories (all 7-5 teams must be chosen after all 9-3 teams, but a 6-6 team could be chosen ahead of a 7-5 team). Note that THIS RULE MAY NO LONGER APPLY. I can't find it out for sure. It doesn't matter a ton, though, as I think it would just start to matter with the final tier of bowls and Notre Dame.
ACC Records + Notre Dame:
FSU 12-0 Georgia Tech 10-2 Clemson 9-3 Duke 9-3 Louisville 9-3 NC State 7-5 Boston College 7-5 Notre Dame 7-5 Miami 6-6 North Carolina 6-6 Pitt 6-6 Virginia Tech 6-6 
There are 10 ACC Bowl slots and 12 ACC eligible teams (because Notre Dame counts for ACC Bowl purposes). Since Florida State is going to the playoff, there are effectively 11 ACC teams competing for 10 spots. HOWEVER, since not every conference has enough bowl eligible teams, almost certainly every ACC team is going to a bowl game. This includes Pitt!
So here we go.
  1. Playoff spot- Florida State. WHAT IF FLORIDA STATE LOSES?! We don't have much to worry about. They will almost certainly go to an At-Large Bowl- let's guess the Peach Bowl. This does not take away an ACC slot! The Peach Bowl is closest to FSU and they've had a good enough season to guarantee one. Even if the committee is ridiculous.
  2. Next selection is the Orange Bowl- this is the first ACC selection, but it is tied in to the highest ranked non playoff ACC team by contract. Georgia Tech will be here regardless of if they win or lose to Florida State.
HYPOTHETICALLY, an ACC team could garner an At-Large spot if FSU makes the playoff, but it is unlikely that the rankings will allow this to happen. I've heard maybe Clemson can work their way into one if Michigan State plays Georgia Tech, but I am unsure.
  1. The second ACC selection is the Russell Athletic Bowl. The eligible teams are Duke, Clemson, and Louisville. Clemson is the closest and has the largest fanbase, so let's put them here. They were in the Orange Bowl last year, so this isn't a 2 year in a row thing. They'll be here. If the 2 win rule isn't in effect Notre Dame can be here, but I'm gonna assume it is.
  2. Here's where it gets REALLY tricky. There's four bowls "Tier 1" that share equal status for picking here, so the league helps place teams. IT GETS WEIRDER. Nashville (Music City Bowl) and the Gator Bowl split a pick! Over the next 6 years, for 3 of them Nashville gets the ACC and for 3 of them the Gator Bowl gets the ACC.
After Notre Dame, the other eligible teams for this tier are Louisville, Duke, and then NC State and Boston College. As 9-3 teams, Louisville and Duke will be picked here. Due to the lottery, though, THIS PART IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PICK ACCURATELY. Each bowl will make a pitch and likely be randomly selected for the right to have one of these teams- (read: Notre Dame)! So while by rule a team with 2 more wins couldn't be selected before a team with 2 less (Louisville and Duke over Notre Dame, NC State, and Boston College), SINCE THEY ALL HAVE EQUAL STATUS THIS IS OKAY NOW. Thus, this part is a lottery for Notre Dame and then a discussion over which team should go where. Fun fact: These bowls cannot host Notre Dame consecutively MOVING FORWARD, but Notre Dame could be in the Pinstripe Bowl again THIS year.
  1. Belk Bowl (Charlotte): Notre Dame. If Notre Dame is unavailable, Duke makes the most sense, followed by NC State.
  2. Music City/Gator Bowl (Nashville/Jacksonville): Notre Dame. If Notre Dame is unavailable, the bowls decide if they want a Big Ten or ACC team this year. If Nashville, Louisville makes the most sense logically. If Gator Bowl, Duke makes the most sense.
  3. Pinstripe Bowl (New York): Notre Dame. If Notre Dame is unavailable, Boston College makes the most sense, followed by Duke (New York likes Duke).
  4. Sun Bowl (El Paso): Notre Dame. If Notre Dame is unavailable, the Sun Bowl tends to pick brand-name teams, so I would guess Louisville makes the most sense. Duke might be the next choice.
Here is the skinny from all of this: Notre Dame, Louisville, and Duke MUST be off the board here. All 3 will be gone. Then, one of either Boston College or NC State is chosen next. Since BC is probably going to the Pinstripe Bowl (UNLESS Notre Dame is won), NC State likely moves down... where they are a pretty good fit for Detroit or Annapolis.
The ACC selects teams for this next tier. It includes the Military Bowl (Annapolis), Independence (Shreveport), Quick Lane (Detroit), and Bitcoin (St. Petersburg). Since the ACC picks these, the rules that a team won't go to the same bowl two years in a row, geography is important, and even creating a good matchup are going to be in full force. For these FOUR bowls, there are FIVE teams:
Boston College or NC State North Carolina Miami Virginia Tech Pitt 
Pitt will not be in Detroit because we were just there last year. Otherwise, this list is wide open and anyone can go anywhere.
Put Miami in St. Petersburg (easy). The Independence Bowl plays an SEC team, which makes it a pretty good matchup for UNC or Virginia Tech. I would guess VT, NC State, or BC would play a Big Ten team, so one of them goes to Detroit. This means we're down to the Military Bowl as a possible landing spot for Pitt. NC State, Virginia Tech and Boston College also make sense here, but let's call this a LIKELY landing destination: Military Bowl vs. American #1 selection. This is tricky, because there can be up to 3 co-champions for the American and I'm not sure if there's a rule where their champion MUST be selected first There's probably 4 American teams that can go here if not, and still 3 teams if so. We likely face either Memphis, UCF, East Carolina, or Cincinnati. If Cincy is selected, Miami may not compete in the bowl game; if East Carolina is selected, Virginia Tech may not compete. Geographically, East Carolina is most likely but they can't be selected if the American forces a champion to be picked first.
If we don't go to the Military Bowl or one of those other bowl games, though, which is also likely to happen... we go to a bowl game tied to a conference that does not have enough bowl eligible teams or has too many teams in the playoff or At Large games.
That makes the choices:
Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, Texas) Cactus Bowl (Tempe, Arizona) New Orleans Bowl (New Orleans, stupid.)
TECHNICALLY the Quick Lane Bowl would have another slot, but we would not play an ACC team in a bowl game. It is also possible that the Cactus Bowl would NOT be open and the Heart of Dallas bowl is open instead. Not real likely, but possible.
THERE ARE MORE BOWL ELIGIBLE TEAMS THAN AVAILABLE BOWLS. However, as a P5 team, we would be chosen before the G5 eligible teams would be picked. Not by rule, but by common sense. So for us Pitt fans, it's one of those 4 bowls.
FINALLY, PROJECTIONS:
Playoff/Peach: Florida State
Orange Bowl: Georgia Tech
Russell: Clemson
Pinstripe: Boston College
Belk: Duke
Sun: Louisville
Music City/Gator: Notre Dame
Military: NC State
Bitcoin: Miami
QuickLane: Virginia Tech
Independence: North Carolina
Fort Worth: Pitt
Just keep in mind that with teams 4-7 it's a crapshoot, but I think those teams have the best odds of landing in each spot... with the note, again, that Notre Dame is the first choice for all 4.
Edit: What if the ACC gets a team in the Citrus Bowl?
This scenario happens if Michigan State is selected to the Orange Bowl to play Georgia Tech. Due to recent CFP rankings, this appears very likely. Assuming a Florida State victory against GT, this is what would most likely occur:
Playoff: Florida State
Orange: Georgia Tech
Citrus: Clemson
Russell: Louisville
Pinstripe: Boston College
Belk: NC State
Sun: Notre Dame
Music City/Gator: Duke
Military: Virginia Tech
Bitcoin: Miami
QuickLane: North Carolina
Independence: Pitt
Keep in mind, as always, that it's sort of a crapshoot for Pinstripe-Gator and that Notre Dame will be the first selection for all of those bowls. VT will not be in the Military Bowl if East Carolina is selected for the American. Pitt will be in the QuickLane bowl if the ACC feels there is a compelling matchup with a Big Ten team, even though they were just in Detroit last year.
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What bowl are you going to play in? No one knows for sure, but I think I've worked out some pretty good guesses for us.

First, allow me to apologize for not being around as often as I would've liked. The Buttpilgrim has been pretty busy with professional concerns, but things are looking very much up and I'm able to finally turn my attention back to my favorite community. We're like a family of ACCelence, guys and girls.
There are a TON of bowl projections out there and each of them has Pitt somewhere else! Now, I know that the bowl committees and our own leadership (yes, even Swofford) uses logic in their decisions and that means that you can predict to a certain extent where each team will go. Since I'm just handicapping one league and not our opponents, I think I can focus my attention better than your average large-scale bowl projection and work through this. I don't claim to be perfect, but I can at least narrow everyone down to a few landing spots and tell you WHY- which is more than most projections do.
Here's my logic and our constraints:
  1. We cannot know for sure until after Saturday's ACC championship game. I AM GOING TO ASSUME FLORIDA STATE BEATS GEORGIA TECH. This is dangerous because FSU is only a 3.5 point favorite (and I kind of expected to see GT favored). GT is probably the best team FSU has played this year. I don't think it's for sure at all that FSU wins, but that is what we must assume. It actually doesn't make much difference, though!
  2. Any bowl will take Notre Dame as soon as they can (but they can't first- more on that soon).
  3. Bowls will take local teams unless a rematch occurs (a rematch may not occur).
  4. Selection order does not necessarily mean by record, but in some cases a record must trump selection order- a team may not be chosen ahead of a team with two more victories (all 7-5 teams must be chosen after all 9-3 teams, but a 6-6 team could be chosen ahead of a 7-5 team). Note that THIS RULE MAY NO LONGER APPLY. I can't find it out for sure. It doesn't matter a ton, though, as I think it would just start to matter with the final tier of bowls and Notre Dame.
ACC Records + Notre Dame:
  1. FSU 12-0
  2. Georgia Tech 10-2
  3. Clemson 9-3
  4. Duke 9-3
  5. Louisville 9-3
  6. NC State 7-5
  7. Boston College 7-5
  8. Notre Dame 7-5
  9. Miami 6-6
  10. North Carolina 6-6
  11. Pitt 6-6
  12. Virginia Tech 6-6
There are 10 ACC Bowl slots and 12 ACC eligible teams (because Notre Dame counts for ACC Bowl purposes). Since Florida State is going to the playoff, there are effectively 11 ACC teams competing for 10 spots. HOWEVER, since not every conference has enough bowl eligible teams, almost certainly every ACC team is going to a bowl game. This includes Pitt!
So here we go.
  1. Playoff spot- Florida State. WHAT IF FLORIDA STATE LOSES?! We don't have much to worry about. They will almost certainly go to an At-Large Bowl- let's guess the Peach Bowl. This does not take away an ACC slot! The Peach Bowl is closest to FSU and they've had a good enough season to guarantee one. Even if the committee is ridiculous.
  2. Next selection is the Orange Bowl- this is the first ACC selection, but it is tied in to the highest ranked non playoff ACC team by contract. Georgia Tech will be here regardless of if they win or lose to Florida State.
HYPOTHETICALLY, an ACC team could garner an At-Large spot if FSU makes the playoff, but it is unlikely that the rankings will allow this to happen. I've heard maybe Clemson can work their way into one if Michigan State plays Georgia Tech, but I am unsure.
  1. The second ACC selection is the Russell Athletic Bowl. The eligible teams are Duke, Clemson, and Louisville. Clemson is the closest and has the largest fanbase, so let's put them here. They were in the Orange Bowl last year, so this isn't a 2 year in a row thing. They'll be here. If the 2 win rule isn't in effect Notre Dame can be here, but I'm gonna assume it is.
  2. Here's where it gets REALLY tricky. There's four bowls "Tier 1" that share equal status for picking here, so the league helps place teams. IT GETS WEIRDER. Nashville (Music City Bowl) and the Gator Bowl split a pick! Over the next 6 years, for 3 of them Nashville gets the ACC and for 3 of them the Gator Bowl gets the ACC.
After Notre Dame, the other eligible teams for this tier are Louisville, Duke, and then NC State and Boston College. As 9-3 teams, Louisville and Duke will be picked here. Due to the lottery, though, THIS PART IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PICK ACCURATELY. Each bowl will make a pitch and likely be randomly selected for the right to have one of these teams- (read: Notre Dame)! So while by rule a team with 2 more wins couldn't be selected before a team with 2 less (Louisville and Duke over Notre Dame, NC State, and Boston College), SINCE THEY ALL HAVE EQUAL STATUS THIS IS OKAY NOW. Thus, this part is a lottery for Notre Dame and then a discussion over which team should go where. Fun fact: These bowls cannot host Notre Dame consecutively MOVING FORWARD, but Notre Dame could be in the Pinstripe Bowl again THIS year.
  1. Belk Bowl (Charlotte): Notre Dame. If Notre Dame is unavailable, Duke makes the most sense, followed by NC State.
  2. Music City/Gator Bowl (Nashville/Jacksonville): Notre Dame. If Notre Dame is unavailable, the bowls decide if they want a Big Ten or ACC team this year. If Nashville, Louisville makes the most sense logically. If Gator Bowl, Duke makes the most sense.
  3. Pinstripe Bowl (New York): Notre Dame. If Notre Dame is unavailable, Boston College makes the most sense, followed by Duke (New York likes Duke).
  4. Sun Bowl (El Paso): Notre Dame. If Notre Dame is unavailable, the Sun Bowl tends to pick brand-name teams, so I would guess Louisville makes the most sense. Duke might be the next choice.
Here is the skinny from all of this: Notre Dame, Louisville, and Duke MUST be off the board here. All 3 will be gone. Then, one of either Boston College or NC State is chosen next. Since BC is probably going to the Pinstripe Bowl (UNLESS Notre Dame is won), NC State likely moves down... where they are a pretty good fit for Detroit or Annapolis.
  1. The ACC selects teams for this next tier. It includes the Military Bowl (Annapolis), Independence (Shreveport), Quick Lane (Detroit), and Bitcoin (St. Petersburg). Since the ACC picks these, the rules that a team won't go to the same bowl two years in a row, geography is important, and even creating a good matchup are going to be in full force. For these FOUR bowls, there are FIVE teams:
  2. Boston College or NC State
  3. North Carolina
  4. Miami
  5. Virginia Tech
  6. Pitt
Pitt will not be in Detroit because we were just there last year. Otherwise, this list is wide open and anyone can go anywhere.
Put Miami in St. Petersburg (easy). The Independence Bowl plays an SEC team, which makes it a pretty good matchup for UNC or Virginia Tech. I would guess VT, NC State, or BC would play a Big Ten team, so one of them goes to Detroit. This means we're down to the Military Bowl as a possible landing spot for Pitt. NC State, Virginia Tech and Boston College also make sense here, but let's call this a LIKELY landing destination: Military Bowl vs. American #1 selection. This is tricky, because there can be up to 3 co-champions for the American and I'm not sure if there's a rule where their champion MUST be selected first There's probably 4 American teams that can go here if not, and still 3 teams if so. We likely face either Memphis, UCF, East Carolina, or Cincinnati. If Cincy is selected, Miami may not compete in the bowl game; if East Carolina is selected, Virginia Tech may not compete. Geographically, East Carolina is most likely but they can't be selected if the American forces a champion to be picked first.
If we don't go to the Military Bowl or one of those other bowl games, though, which is also likely to happen... we go to a bowl game tied to a conference that does not have enough bowl eligible teams or has too many teams in the playoff or At Large games.
That makes the choices:
Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, Texas) Cactus Bowl (Tempe, Arizona) New Orleans Bowl (New Orleans, stupid.)
TECHNICALLY the Quick Lane Bowl would have another slot, but we would not play an ACC team in a bowl game. It is also possible that the Cactus Bowl would NOT be open and the Heart of Dallas bowl is open instead. Not real likely, but possible.
THERE ARE MORE BOWL ELIGIBLE TEAMS THAN AVAILABLE BOWLS. However, as a P5 team, we would be chosen before the G5 eligible teams would be picked. Not by rule, but by common sense. So for us Pitt fans, it's one of those 4 bowls.
FINALLY, PROJECTIONS:
Playoff/Peach: Florida State
Orange Bowl: Georgia Tech
Russell: Clemson
Pinstripe: Boston College
Belk: Duke
Sun: Louisville
Music City/Gator: Notre Dame
Military: NC State
Bitcoin: Miami
QuickLane: Virginia Tech
Independence: North Carolina
Fort Worth: Pitt
Just keep in mind that with teams 4-7 it's a crapshoot, but I think those teams have the best odds of landing in each spot... with the note, again, that Notre Dame is the first choice for all 4.
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Bitcoin Bowl 2014: NC State vs. UCF live stream, TV start time & latest odds

The Bitcoin Bowl 2014 live stream and televised game arrives from St. Petersburg as NC State battles UCF on Friday night. While neither the Wolfpack nor the Knights are ranked, both teams will look for one final win for pride’s sake to close out their college football season. It will be a grand stage for UCF in particular as they look to gain some notoriety against an ACC opponent. The latest live streaming and TV 2014 Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl arrives courtesy of ESPN networks.
According to ESPN.com in their Dec. 27 report, this is the first time these schools will have met since back in September of 2010 when Russell Wilson was the quarterback for NC State. The Wolfpack won that game 28-21 on the road. Tonight, UCF sports the better record at 9-3, although they no longer have quarterback Blake Bortles, who also stars in the NFL now. However, the Knights own the nation’s third best total defense allowing just 282.8 yards per game. Defensive back Jacoby Glenn has seven interceptions for his season, tying him at third for that stat in college football stats.
For the Wolfpack, this is a bit of redemption for them after a 3-9 season in 2013. They finished this season at 7-5, winning three of their last four games. They’ll look to Shadrach Thornton on the ground for the rushing attack as he has led the team with 811 yards on 147 carries this season. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett will try to guide the team to victory with his nearly-60% pass completion rating. He’s also the team’s second-best rusher with nearly 500 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. It should be interesting to see how effective NC State is in terms of their offense as they go against one of the nation’s best defenses.
Odds makers have the Central Florida Knights listed as 2 1/2-point favorites to win tonight’s matchup against the North Carolina State Wolfpack. The oveunder points total has been set at 49 points for the game. There are no major injuries or absences being reported as of this writing for tonight’s game, which will be played inside the dome at Tropicana Field, which should eliminate weather concerns if any pop up.
Friday night’s Bitcoin Bowl 2014 live stream and televised game is available through ESPN. The game can be seen on hi-definition television through ESPN on cable or satellite services around the country. In addition, those with access to the WatchESPN live stream network can log in and watch the game live online, starting at 8 p.m. EST. Viewers should check for any local restrictions or blackouts from their TV service provider that may block access to the online stream.
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