The Washington Times - September 14, 2008, 09:01AM

Time for a new weekly feature – Tracking the Tie-Ins

Unlike well-established bowls that have the luxury of selecting the second or third choice from a major conference, the new EagleBank Bowl has the No. 9 selection from the ACC, as well as Navy, set to play in the Dec. 20 game at RFK Stadium.

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Now, it’s obviously waaaay too early to come up with a realistic projection for who will come out of the ACC. But it is worth paying attention to whether the league can come up with nine bowl-eligible teams.

As for Navy, this feature will match up the Mids’ schedule and results this year to last season’s, with identical opponents paired together and the other foes matched up in as comparable a manner as possible.

ACC

Teams with at least two victories: 8
Teams at .500 or better: 10
Projected EagleBank Bowl participant:Boston College or Duke

Bottom line for the ACC tie-in: So far, so good.

NAVY

2008 OpponentResult 2007 Equivalent 
Result
TowsonW, 41-13 
DelawareL, 59-52
at Ball StateL, 35-23
Ball StateL, 34-31 (OT)
at DukeL, 41-31
DukeW, 46-43
Rutgers
at RutgersL, 41-24
at Wake Forest
Wake ForestL, 44-24
at Air Force
Air ForceW, 31-20
Pittsburgh
at PittsburghW, 48-45 (2OT)
Southern Methodist 

at North TexasW, 74-62
Temple
at TempleW, 30-19
vs. Notre Dame
at Notre DameW, 46-44 (3OT)
at Northern Illinois
Northern IllinoisW, 35-24
vs. Army
vs. ArmyW, 38-3

As for the Midshipmen, their run to six wins took a slight hit yesterday with a loss at Duke. The setback flipped one of last year’s wins into the loss column, and at the least made it much more difficult for Navy to manage another 8-4 regular season.

There’s still plenty of time to go, but without a win in the next two weeks the Mids will be 1-4 and probably stuck in a fight for bowl eligibility deep into the season.

And neither they nor the EagleBank Bowl need that.

Patrick Stevens