Tracking the EagleBank Bowl tie-ins

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Here’s the weekly look-in at the tie-ins for the Dec. 20 EagleBank Bowl at RFK Stadium.

Navy did not inch closer to bowl eligibility, falling at home to Pittsburgh to drop to 4-3 on the season. However, the schedule remains favorable for the Midshipmen, and the EagleBank Bowl could have its big draw locked up within the next few weeks.

A look at Navy’s season to date compared to how its 8-4 record of a year ago was achieved:

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
RutgersW, 23-21
at RutgersL, 41-24
at Wake ForestW, 24-17
Wake ForestL, 44-24
at Air ForceW, 33-27
Air ForceW, 31-20
PittsburghL, 42-21
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

Navy is slated to face the No. 9 selection out of the ACC. With all of the conference’s ranked teams losing yesterday, and with all but three already owning at least two losses, it’s officially completely safe to say there will be only representative from the conference in the BCS.

With that established, it means there’s a better chance a ninth ACC team will be available for D.C.’s new bowl. But three teams in the league need to get to 7-5 to become bowl eligible (Clemson, Florida State and Georgia Tech), so it might still be difficult for the ACC to send nine teams to the postseason.

That said, things still look decent for that possibility. And here’s the breakdown after eight weeks of the regular season:

ACC teams with 4+ wins: 9
ACC teams at .500 or better: 10
Current projected team to the EagleBank Bowl: Duke, Miami or Virginia

Patrick Stevens

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