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The ACC, which had 10 bowl-eligible teams last year, is struggling to fill its allotment of nine postseason berths. It isn’t a stretch for the conference to produce just seven bowl-bound teams - a scenario Beck hopes does not develop.

“I believe Conference USA is going to give us a very good regional team, so I do not see that being an issue [if Army doesn’t qualify],” Beck said. “As for the ACC, I still have faith they’ll come through with eight.”