On Monday, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its bowl game tie-ins for the upcoming 2013 season. With an expanded 14-game conference, there are eight in which the ACC teams would be sought, including the Orange Bowl, and a ninth which could become available depending upon other factors including having nine bowl-eligible teams.
The non-BCS games would all take place between December 27 and New Year’s Eve. They are:
Military Bowl, Dec. 27
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl*, Dec. 27
Russell Athletic Bowl, Dec. 28
Belk Bowl, Dec. 28
Music City Bowl, Dec. 30
AdvoCare V100 Bowl, Dec. 31
Hyundai Sun Bowl, Dec. 31
Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31
The 2014 Orange Bowl will occur on January 3. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is a conditional, non-primary ACC bowl and the conference will only appear there if the Pac-12 or BYU cannot appear, and if the conference has an extra bowl-eligible team.
It is too soon to shove Boston College into one of these games based upon the downward trend of the last few years, though becoming eligible at 6-6 is not out of the realm of possibility. The Orange Bowl in a rebuilding year would be a fantasy, Hitler will be ice fishing in Hell before BC gets voluntarily invited to the Chick-fil-A Bowl with how our fanbase travels, and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is unlikely to see an ACC opponent, but most of the others are distinct possibilities if the Eagles pick up four extra wins.
Now, don’t go booking your flight to El Paso on New Year’s Eve or get ready to Belk it up a few days after Christmas. There is much to be done in the short term, even though it remains an immediate goal of Steve Addazio and his team. It’s fun to think about this sort of thing but in the event that the Eagles can get into one of these games, it should be something that the fans and players truly appreciate, if only based on the last few years of disappointment.