The Washington Times - September 27, 2009, 01:56AM

Without Navy in the mix this year, the Dec. 29 EagleBank Bowl at RFK Stadium could use a local team.

It’s just that none of the ACC locals/semi-locals are doing their part.


Virginia did have its first week all season without a loss. Of course, the Cavaliers didn’t play, which helped their cause.

Meanwhile, Maryland fell to 1-3 for the first time since 1997 after bumbling to a 34-13 loss to Rutgers. Which means Maryland needs a 5-3 ACC record, or it will be home for the holidays —- and off the EagleBank Bowl’s radar.

Anyway, here’s the full tie-in breakdown. As a reminder, the bowl gets the No. 8 pick from the ACC and either Army (if eligible) or a Conference USA East team (if Army is not eligible).

ACC No. 8

ACC teams with 2+ victories: 10
ACC teams with .500+ records: 10
Current projected teams on the board for the EagleBank Bowl: Boston College, Duke, Wake Forest


The Black Knights fell back to 2-2 after getting blasted on the road against Iowa State. Next up: A two-game homestand starting with a visit from Tulane. The road to six wins is a lot harder without a victory over the Green Wave.

2009 Opponent
Result 2008 Equivalent
at Eastern Michigan
W, 27-14
Eastern Michigan
W, 17-13
Duke L, 35-19
at Rice
L, 38-31
Ball State
W, 24-17
Akron L, 22-3
at Iowa State
L, 31-10
at Texas A&M
L, 21-17
at Tulane
W, 44-13
at Buffalo
L, 27-24
at Temple

Temple L, 35-7
at Rutgers
L, 30-3
at Air Force

Air Force
L, 16-7
VMI   New Hampshire
L, 28-10
at North Texas

Louisiana Tech
W, 14-3
vs. Navy

vs. Navy
L, 34-0

And then there’s Conference USA East, where there will probably be some options at season’s end:

Conference USA East teams with 2+ victories: 4 (Southern Mississippi, Marshall, Central Florida, East Carolina)
Conference USA East teams with .500+ records: 4

—- Patrick Stevens