It's never too early to start thinking about bowl games. Here's a look at the bowl tie-ins for the ACC for the 2016 football season.
Check out to see where Louisville could end up bowling this season.
First of all, the Louisville football team is hoping it will be playing in the Dec. 3 Dr Pepper ACC Championship game in Charlotte. The game is slated for 8 p.m. and would crown the ACC champion.
The national semifinals this season are the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31 with the national championship game set for Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla.
Those are the hopes and dreams of the Cardinals and all of CardNation.
But there's plenty of other good opportunities in the ACC pecking order for U of L.
Just as a note before we start looking bowls that at Notre Dame is eligible for any ACC bowl tie-in as long as it’s within one game of the team eligible for the slot, except for the Orange Bowl.
The ACC will get a team in the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 in Miami and it's the ACC champion if that team is not in the College Football Playoff. The ACC would play a team from the Big Ten or SEC or Notre Dame.
There's also potential for an ACC team to be selected as an at-large team into the Goodyear Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2 in Arlington, Tx.
The next bowl for an ACC team would be the Russell Athletic Bowl against a Big 12 team on Dec. 28 in Orlando, Fla.
The first tier bowls are next for the ACC teams to fill out:
Belk Bowl on Dec. 29 in Charlotte, Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 30 in El Paso, Tx., the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 28 in Yankee Stadium or either the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 in Nashville or the TaxSlayer Bowl on Dec. 31 in Jacksonville.
It's one or the other - along with Big Ten - with the Music City or TaxSlayer. Louisville played in the Music City Bowl last year, so it's likely the Music City will take a Big Ten team and the TaxSlayer an ACC team this season.
The second tier bowls are next for the ACC:
The Camping World Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit and the St. Petersburg Bowl are all on Dec. 26, while the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md., is on Dec. 27.
If the ACC and Big Ten play each other in the Orange Bowl then a spot in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Dec. 31 in Orlando, Fla., will also open up to an ACC team.
So, as you can see there's plenty of opportunities to go bowling.