Where Will The Jackets Spend the Holidays?

Losing the Virginia game throws Tech's bowl prospects into the vast wilderness of the yet-to-be-determined. Tech has three games left, road games at Wake Forest and FSU, and the big game hosting Georgia. At 9-3, the Jackets could still make it to Jacksonville on New Year's Day. If they finish 6-6, they would stay home.

How about a Georgia Tech-Fresno State match-up in Boise's Humanitarian Bowl?

How about no bowl at all?

There are far more unanswered questions now after Saturday's crazy ACC results. Not going to a bowl game is, unfortunately, a real possibility, and that would be a blow to recruiting and to the development of next year's team (Tech would lose two precious weeks of practice time). It also leaves holiday plans in the air for the faithful of Ramblin' Wreck Nation.

But suddenly Wake Forest is formidable and trying to secure a bowl bid of their own. The Dawgs will be desperately trying to end a three game losing streak to Tech. And there's that make-up deal in Tallahassee.

In any event, fans of one or two schools in the ACC are going to be very disappointed. Maryland can clinch an Orange Bowl berth by beating N.C. State next Saturday. But if they lose and the Jackets win their last two conference games, there could be four teams with 5-3 records vying for bids to the Gator, Peach, Tangerine and Seattle bowls. If the Jackets finish 4-4 in the ACC, they might drop out of the ACC bowl slots all together. Then their best shot might be an at-large berth in the Silicon Valley Bowl in San Jose or the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise. Both those games would be against the number one or two WAC teams. Anyone for Tech versus Boise State?

The Jackets could still, of course, make it to the Gator Bowl, but they'll have to win out to even have a shot at that. And we know the Jackets won't want to return to the Peach Bowl a second year in a row. But the Jackets better win some games, because they could be about to enter the realm of the dregs in the college football bowl picture --or worse.


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