Boston College Eagles football fans should clear their schedules at around 5:30pm on Sunday night, as the ACC bowl selection show will make clear where the team is headed.
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The broadcast will be available online at theACC.com.
The Eagles have made bowl games in consecutive seasons under Steve Addazio; last season, they were sent to Shreveport to face the Arizona Wildcats in the former AdvoCare V100 Bowl. This season, Arizona could even make the playoff, but Boston College figured to have a new opponent and a new venue, anyway.
Boston College is one of 11 bowl-eligible ACC teams that will learn its fate on Sunday evening, and some figure that the Eagles could be headed to nearby New York City to play a Big Ten opponent in the Pinstripe Bowl. Others have been less giving to the Eagles, slotting them in destinations such as Annapolis for the Military Bowl (AAC tie-in) and Detroit for the Quick Lane Bowl (Big Ten tie-in).
If in the Pinstripe Bowl, a possible opponent mentioned repeatedly in the media has been Penn State, a team the Eagles have not faced since 2004 but with whom Boston College has a relatively extensive history. If sent to Detroit, the Eagles could face an opponent such as the Illinois Fighting Illini, a program they have never seen on the field.
If one considers the media rumblings, then Boston College seems to be a decent bet to go to the Bronx, though there is still a segment that expects Detroit. As for the rest of the teams in the conference, the shuffle could be underway depending on who wins the ACC title game on Saturday between Florida State and Georgia Tech.
Should the Seminoles win, they will be in the College Football Playoff and free up a bowl tie-in within the conference. If the Seminoles lose, they will almost certainly drop back into the pool somewhere, and it could be an unpleasant ACC bowl selection show for one conference team that just barely made it.
For weeks, ever since Boston College became bowl eligible, we have wondered where they might end up. It will not be much longer now before fans know where to book their hotel rooms.