The Washington Times - September 28, 2008, 07:35AM

Earlier this month, EagleBank Bowl organizers said it was tough to watch Navy play ACC teams this season, since the game has a stake in how both the Midshipmen and the ACC’s teams fare.

But to be perfectly honest, the first-year game to be played at RFK Stadium on Dec. 20 needs Navy to get six wins in any way that it can.


The Mids are halfway there after stunning Wake Forest yesterday. And with six of its last seven against teams it beat last season (including a few scuffling squads), Navy looks like a much better bet to go bowling than it did just two weeks ago.

2008 Opponent Result 2007 Equivalent 
Towson W, 41-13 
Delaware L, 59-52
at Ball State L, 35-23
Ball State L, 34-31 (OT)
at Duke L, 41-31
Duke W, 46-43
Rutgers W, 23-21
at Rutgers L, 41-24
at Wake Forest W, 24-17
Wake Forest L, 44-24
at Air Force
Air Force W, 31-20
at Pittsburgh W, 48-45 (2OT)
Southern Methodist 

at North Texas W, 74-62
at Temple W, 30-19
vs. Notre Dame
at Notre Dame W, 46-44 (3OT)
at Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois W, 35-24
vs. Army
vs. Army W, 38-3

As for the ACC, the possibility of semi-local Virginia making it to D.C. can all but officially be eliminated after yesterday’s humbling 31-3 loss at Duke. Yes, Duke is better —- and would be a distinct EagleBank Bowl candidate right now. But the Cavaliers are also struggling mightily and simply don’t have five more wins on the horizon. If Virginia somehow gets to 4-8, it will be a near-miracle.

Anyway, here’s the ACC’s rundown after five weeks of the regular season:

ACC teams with 3+ wins: 9
ACC teams at .500 or better: 10
Current projected team to the EagleBank Bowl: Miami, Boston College or Duke

—- Patrick Stevens