ACC Bowl Projections 2017-18

Where will your favorite ACC team be spending the best week of the year?  We’ve reviewed four of our favorite publications and their bowl projections, organized by school, follow.  After the projections, we’ll offer some analysis.

Boston College

  • Athlon Sports – Home for the Holidays
  • Sporting News – Home for the Holidays
  • Phil Steele – Pinstripe Bowl vs. Minnnesota
  • Street & Smith’s – Home for the holidays

Clemson

  • Athlon Sports – Orange Bowl vs. Penn State
  • Sporting News – Orange Bowl vs. LSU
  • Phil Steele – Orange Bowl vs. Wisconsin
  • Street & Smith’s – Orange Bowl vs. LSU

Duke

  • Athlon Sports – Home for the Holidays
  • Sporting News – Home for the Holidays
  • Phil Steele – Home for the Holidays
  • Street & Smith’s – Home for the Holidays

Florida State

  • Athlon Sports – Rose Bowl vs. Ohio State (CFP Playoff) 
  • Sporting  News – Rose Bowl  vs.  USC (CFP Playoff)
  • Phil Steele – Rose Bowl vs. Ohio State (CFP Playoff)  
  • Street & Smith’s – Rose Bowl vs. Ohio State (CFP Playoff)  

Georgia Tech

  • Athlon Sports – Military Bowl vs. Navy
  • Sporting News – Pinstripe Bowl vs.  Maryland
  • Phil Steele – Military Bowl vs. Navy
  • Street & Smith’s – Pinstripe Bowl vs. Maryland

Louisville

  • Athlon Sports –  Belk Bowl vs. Florida
  • Sporting News – Camping World Bowl vs. Oklahoma State
  • Phil Steele – TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Notre Dame
  • Street & Smith’s – Camping World Bowl vs.Oklahoma State

Miami

  • Athlon Sports – Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl vs. Georgia
  • Sporting News – Sun Bowl vs. Colorado
  • Phil Steele – Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl vs. Florida
  • Street & Smith’s – Sun Bowl vs. Colorado 

North Carolina

  • Athlon Sports – Pinstripe Bowl vs. Nebraska 
  • Sporting  News – QuickLane Bowl vs. Minnesota
  • Phil Steele – Belk Bowl vs. Georgia
  • Street & Smith’s – QuickLane Bowl vs. Minnesota

NC State

  • Athlon Sports – Sun Bowl vs. UCLA
  • Sporting News – Military Bowl vs. Navy
  • Phil Steele – Sun Bowl vs. Washington State
  • Street & Smith’s – Military Bowl vs. Navy

Pittsburgh

  • Athlon Sports – Independence Bowl vs. Texas A&M 
  • Sporting News – Independence Bowl vs. BYU
  • Phil Steele – Camping World Bowl vs. West Virginia
  • Street & Smith’s – Independence Bowl vs. Bowl vs. BYU   

Syracuse

  • Athlon Sports – Home for the Holidays
  • Sporting News – Home for the Holidays
  • Phil Steele – Home for the Holidays
  • Street & Smith’s – Home for the Holidays

Virginia

  • Athlon Sports – Home for the Holidays
  • Sporting News – Home for the Holidays
  • Phil Steele – Home for the Holidays
  • Street & Smith’s –Home for the holidays

Virginia Tech

  • Athlon Sports – TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Mississippi State
  • Sporting News – Music City Bowl vs. Texas A&M
  • Phil Steele – Music City Bowl vs. Kentucky
  • Street & Smith’s –Music City Bowl vs. Texas A&M 

Wake Forest

  • Athlon Sports – QuickLane vs. Michigan State
  • Sporting News – Home for the Holidays
  • Phil Steele – Home for the Holidays
  • Street & Smith’s – Home for the Holidays 

Consensus – Florida State will be in the College Football Playoff.  All of the writers project the Seminoles to the Rose Bowl, facing either USC or Ohio State.  According to all four, Clemson will be in the Orange Bowl, playing LSU, Wisconsin or Penn State.  They also agree that Duke, Virginia and Syracuse will be home for the holidays.  Three-of-four writers project Wake Forest and Boston College to miss a bowl, Virginia Tech playing in Nashville, and Pittsburgh traveling to Shreveport.  Miami (FL) had the least agreement, with bowl destination projections ranging from Atlanta, to Orlando to El Paso.

Tough Schedules – There’s been a lot of buzz around the ACC as coaches in the conference have said it is better than the SEC.  They’ll have the chance to prove it several times during the season, with nine face-offs versus the SEC.  Teams from the ACC also face four Big 10 teams, three Big 12 schools plus Group of 5 power Boise State.

  • Florida State is picked to win the conference, and play in the College Football Playoff in spite of a schedule that includes Alabama and Clemson, the two teams that played in the National Championship Game last season, along with games against Heisman Trophy Winner Lamar Jackson, and traditional powers Florida and Miami (FL).
  • Clemson plays two SEC teams in non-conference play, faces Florida State and travels to Louisville and Virginia Tech.
  • NC State plays at Florida State and Louisville and hosts Clemson and Notre Dame, plus opens against South Carolina from the SEC.
  • Pitt faces Penn State and Oklahoma State in non-conference play.
  • Syracuse  may have the toughest road schedule in college football, with games at LSU, at Miami (FL), at Florida State and at Louisville, plus they host Clemson.  Which makes the next topic very surprising.

Our crazy bowl projection – Syracuse will make it to a bowl game!  Despite having a brutal schedule, we love what Dino Babers  is doing, and the Orange are our surprise team from the ACC, we think they’ll get to six wins.

During the season, we cover bowl projections from a variety of sources every week. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or subscribe to receive them!

 

 

 

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