Today, in awesome

That would be your ACC, ladies and gentlemen, which is on the verge of helping to make an Orange Bowl for the ages.

By contract, some ACC team has to play in the Orange Bowl. Also by contract, that berth would go to the next highest-ranked ACC team after Clemson, assuming the Tigers once again make it to the playoff.

With Clemson as the ACC’s only currently ranked team, that decision would kick back to the Orange Bowl board of directors. It is believed that would be the first time in the CFP’s six-year history that a New Year’s Six bowl could be picking an unranked team.

Never mind the rarity of the situation, what would the Orange Bowl and ACC do about some school’s (or schools’) feelings perhaps getting hurt?

“It’s a great question,” said Eric Poms, Orange Bowl CEO. “We are hopeful, obviously, with [three] weekends of football still to go there is a path for some team from the ACC to get back in there.”

“Please, Gawd!” is a helluva plan of action, Eric.



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16 responses to “Today, in awesome

  1. stoopnagle

    Va Tech has improved a lot as the year has progressed. As much as I’d like UVA to win the Coastal, I don’t see them ending the Hokies’ streak. All of that to say I think VT sneaked into the top 25.


  2. 81Dog

    Sounds like GTU is still in the running!

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  3. Given that we’re highly likely to end up in Miami if we lose to LSU, this is something to keep an eye on.

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  4. Hogbody Spradlin

    On what do we blame that? Obviously the immediate cause is: the ACC sucks big ones.
    But more long term root causes? Is it because the playoffs take 4 top teams off the board before the bowls get their picks? Is it because the Orange Bowl went under contract back when the ACC had a few relevant teams?


  5. illinidawg

    GO HOKIES!!!


  6. Mick Jagger

    If that happens, we’ll have another chance to pay down to the competition……


  7. Macallanlover

    Shame the conference, and OB Committee, cannot work a deal with the Domers to count their mini-ACC membership as a one time exception to the rule. Embarrassing on so many levels.


  8. BuffaloSpringfield

    Truly Embarrassing…….. Clemson in a one horse race. They should be in the SEC East. Bowl games are not for the faint of heart due to fatalistic contracts written in a bygone era. 6 win teams in a bowl game and every kid gets a trophy.


  9. Bourbon&HotSauce

    This was clear enough Year 1, when TCU dropped 3 spots after a 55-3 win because the final rankings were about to come out and the committee wanted to make room for Ohio State (who, to be fair, had won by an even larger margin that week and went on to win the whole thing).

    I think they made the right call that year, but it was totally an eye test call (and a big brand name didn’t hurt either, I’m sure). There’s just no way a team winning by 52 would ever drop that hard in a week when the rankings didn’t “count.”


  10. CB

    This is exactly why I would always be against an automatic berth for CCG winners. Imagine Clemson has a few key injuries in the SCe game, and somehow gets upset in the ACC title. That would put a potentially unranked team in the playoff field. Any set up that could allow that would be a joke.


  11. WHB209

    Down Island Way: Are we invited to your house for the Orange Bowl, is that what your post said? Sounds like it to me and I and 200 of my very close friends are ready, only if UGA gets cheated out of the SEC Champ, win.