The ACC currently has 12 teams eligible for bowls, including Notre Dame, and the league has tiered the bowl tie-ins for selection purposes.
|ACC BOWL TIE-INS|
|Top Bowls:||Orange||Russell Athletic||Citrus (Potential)|
|Tier 1:||Belk||Sun||TaxSlayer/Music City||Pinstripe|
|Tier 2:||Quick Lane||Bitcoin||Independence||Military|
Florida State will represent the ACC in the four-team college playoff, and Georgia Tech will be in the Orange Bowl.
The Citrus Bowl is listed as a potential bowl because if a Big Ten team is selected to play opposite Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl, an ACC team will get the Big Ten's spot in the Citrus Bowl. Michigan State is expected to be invited to the Orange Bowl, and if it happens, the ACC will get that Citrus Bowl spot.
Because of league rules, only Clemson, Louisville, and Duke (of the remaining teams) are eligible for a Citrus Bowl and Russell Athletic Bowl bid. Assuming two of those are filled, the remaining team (likely Duke) will join the pool of teams competing for a bowl bid from the "Tier I" bowls listed above.
In that tier, the bowls will meet up today and hold a drawing to determine order of selection. Those four bowls are expected to work together to fill their spots from these teams: Notre Dame, NC State, Boston College, and likely Duke (or Louisville/Clemson if something crazy happens). If one of them selects Notre Dame, that bowl can't pick Notre Dame going forward until the other three have selected the Irish, and that could play a role in their decision.
From what we're hearing, the likely scenario is the Wolfpack heading to the Belk Bowl, with Notre Dame going to the Music City, Duke to the Pinstripe, and Boston College headed to the Sun Bowl. Most bowl projections are shaping up this way as well.
That would leave the ACC's four remaining bowl-eligible teams, who all have 6-6 records (Miami, Virginia Tech, Pitt, and UNC), to fill the "Tier II" bowls.
According to a source, the school ADs will be notified at 5:15 today via conference call of their bowl bid.
NC State head coach Dave Doeren will hold a teleconference at 7:15 tonight to discuss the Wolfpack's bowl selection.
|ESPN (2)||Belk||South Carolina||12/30/14|