But Navy is the other team, and there’s a pesky no-rematch agreement for the Midshipmen – who beat Wake Forest earlier in the season.
Now, the EagleBank Bowl, which receives the No. 9 selection, can’t just twist some arms to get a choice in this whole thing. It would be nice if N.C. State could land in the Dec. 20 game, but the NCAA’s rule about not leaving out 7-5 teams for 6-6 teams in a set of conference tie-ins is keeping the Wolfpack away.
That would seem to indicate the EagleBank Bowl doesn’t have much of a choice, and will probably need Navy to waive its no-rematch agreement.
And the Mids might be amenable to doing just that.
“We are realistic enough to know that there are some dynamics that are playing into this situation,” athletic director Chet Gladchuk said in a telephone interview this evening. “There’s the NCAA’s interpretation in terms of who’s eligible and who’s not in the case of N.C. State. No. 2, there’s some guidelines that are going to dictate the pecking order. The no-rematch clause basically was something we carried forward from the past year when we didn’t want a rmatch with Air Force in the Poinsettia Bowl.
“We’d prefer to play a new opponent, but we won’t know until Sunday. The ACC makes that final determination. But I know that Navy’s going to show up to play. The other side of the equation is being determined by the bowl and the ACC. We’re just going to be patient and see how it works itself out. In the meantime, our intention is to fulfill our commitment and we’re going to do that enthusiastically in Washington.”
So there it is, something of a softening from Navy on the subject. And as a result, if you already have tickets to see Navy on Dec. 20, chances are you’ll see Wake Forest as well.