The ACC’s bowl situation is coming into focus.
So is the saga out in Boise.
First, the word from the Idaho Statesman is that Ball State will make its decision as to whether or not to go to the Humanitarian Bowl for a meeting with Boise State today.
If the Cardinals say yes, then things are probably on hold until after the MAC title game on Friday. Ball State (12-0) meets Buffalo in that tussle.
If Ball State says no, then that spot will go to an ACC team —- quite possibly Maryland.
So that’s in a holding pattern until sometime today.
Now let’s look at the ACC’s situation.
The winner of Saturday’s Boston College-Virginia Tech game goes to the Orange Bowl.
There’s a press conference set for early this afternoon to announce Georgia Tech will stay in Atlanta and play in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Here’s the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s take.
Next up is the Gator Bowl. Nearly every outlet in South Carolina is reporting Clemson will go to the Gator Bowl to play Nebraska on New Year’s Day.
That leaves the Champs Sports Bowl, which seems headed toward picking Florida State —- though the Orlando Sentinel acknowledges it probably won’t go down until Sunday.
If that indeed happens, then the ACC title game loser will go to Nashville’s Music City Bowl because of its contractual obligations.
Next up is the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, which the Raleigh News & Observer deduces will probably select North Carolina.
So that leaves Maryland, Miami and Wake Forest to be divvied up at the bottom of this thing —- and somehow figuring out what will definitively happen becomes one of today’s priorities.
—- Patrick Stevens