Pack's Bowl Destination Decided Today

After Florida State's 27-22 upset of Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game, the conference bowl picture certainly didn't get any clearer, especially for the NC State Wolfpack.

NC State (6-5, 3-5) is likely headed to the Meineke Car Care Bowl or the MPC Computers Bowl, but there is an unlikely scenario which could put the Wolfpack in the Music City Bowl or the Emerald Bowl.

It is believed that with Virginia Tech's loss in the title game, the Hokies and Miami Hurricanes will be invited to the Gator and Peach Bowls respectively.

Selecting next among ACC-affiliated bowls would be the Champs Sports Bowl, who will likely be choosing between Clemson and Boston College because Georgia Tech played in Orlando last season.

This selection could determine NC State's destination. Should Champs Sports officials select Clemson, as most are projecting at this point, NC State would be invited to the Meineke Car Care Bowl to play South Florida on December 31st.

However, if Boston College is invited to Orlando, Clemson will play in Charlotte and NC State is probably headed to the MPC Computers Bowl where they would face Boise State on their home turf.

It probably won't happen, but under this scenario MPC Computers officials could pass on NC State for Georgia Tech, sending the Wolfpack to either the Music City Bowl or Emerald Bowl. But, Georgia Tech played in the bowl two years ago and are unlikely to be invited back this season.

Most analysts are projecting NC State to the Meineke Car Care Bowl because they feel Clemson is headed to Orlando, and Meineke Car Care officials have openly stated their top two teams are NC State and Clemson.

The reason Clemson is projected to the Champs Sports Bowl over Boston College is because of ticket sales, which will be even more important this year due to the fact the representative from the Big XII, Colorado or Kansas, is not expected to buy many tickets. However, the ACC could step in and push Champs Sports officials to select BC, an 8-3 team that finished in a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division.

A Meineke Car Care Bowl matching NC State against South Florida would allow Wolfpack fans to stay in-state and watch the Pack play a Big East opponent. The Golden Bulls earned their first-ever postseason appearance after finishing with a 6-5 record.

Should NC State head to Boise, Idaho for the MPC Computers Bowl, the Wolfpack would have the tough task of facing Boise State in a bowl game on their home field. The Broncos, who already accepted an invitation to play in the game, finished the regular season 9-3 and have a 31-game home winning streak.

Bowl invitations will be extended this afternoon.


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