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Seminoles lead 11 ACC Teams and Notre Dame Headed to Bowls
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Defending national champion Florida State’s selection as the No. 3 seed in inaugural College Football Playoff highlighted a Sunday in which 11 of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 14 football members – along with Notre Dame – were chosen to participate in postseason bowl games.
The number of selections matches the total from 2013, when the ACC became the first-ever conference to place 11 teams in bowl games. The ACC also has a chance to match its 2013 achievement of having all 11 of its postseason teams finish with winning records – something that had not been accomplished since 1932 prior to last season.
Florida State (13-0), which defeated Orange Bowl-bound Georgia Tech 37-35 in Saturday night’s Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game to claim it third-straight league title, carries a 29-game winning streak into its Jan. 1 meeting with second-seeded Oregon (12-1) in the opening round for the College Football Playoff on New Year’s Day.
The Seminoles’ winning streak ties for the 12th longest in college football history.
A trio of ACC schools will continue the three longest current bowl streaks in the NCAA in Florida State (33 straight, first), Virginia Tech (22 straight, second) and Georgia Tech (18 straight, tied for third with Georgia).
Florida State and Oregon will meet for the first time in their Jan. 1 College Football Playoff meeting in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day (5 p.m. ET, ESPN). The Seminoles, who claimed their third national title with a 34-31 win over Auburn in Pasadena last January, will become the first ACC team to play in the Rose Bowl two consecutive seasons.
No. 12 Georgia Tech (10-3) faces No. 7 Mississippi State (10-2) in the Capital One Orange Bowl at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. Georgia Tech owns a 3-3 all-time record in the Orange Bowl, with its most recent appearance coming versus Iowa following the 2009 season. The Coastal Division champion Yellow Jackets are 4-0 all-time versus Mississippi State, with the most recent meeting resulting in a 42-31 Tech road win during the aforementioned 2009 season. The Yellow Jackets will be making their 43rd overall bowl appearance.
Joining Florida State and Georgia Tech from the ACC will be Boston College (New Era Pinstripe Bowl), Clemson (Russell Athletic Bowl), Duke (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Louisville (Belk Bowl), Miami (Duck Commander Independence Bowl), North Carolina (Quick Lane Bowl), NC State (Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl), Pitt (Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl) and Virginia Tech (Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman).
In addition, Notre Dame will play in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.
Boston College (7-5 this season) will carry a 13-10 all-time record into postseason bowl appearances when it plays in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 27 (4:30 p.m. ESPN). The game will mark the ACC’s first year of affiliation with the New York game, which originated in 2010.
Clemson’s appearance in the Russell Athletic Bowl is set for Monday, Dec. 29 (5:30 p.m., ESPN). The Tigers (9-3), ranked 17th nationally, have won two straight bowl games and will carry an 18-18 all-time postseason record into the contest.
Duke (9-3), which extends its school-record bowl game appearance streak to three consecutive years, will play in the Sun Bowl for the first time on Saturday, Dec. 27 (2 p.m., CBS). It will be the 11th bowl appearance for the Blue Devils, who are 3-7 all-time in postseason games.
Louisville (9-3), ranked 21st nationally, will make its first bowl appearance as an ACC member and its second trip to the Belk Bowl when it plays in the Charlotte, North Carolina, game on Tuesday, Dec. 30 (6:30 p.m., ESPN). The Cardinals own a 9-8-1 all-time record in bowl games, including wins each of the previous two years.
Miami (6-6) makes its first Duck Commander Independence Bowl appearance and its 38th bowl appearance overall on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 3:30 p.m. (ABC). The Hurricanes own a 19-18 all-time record in bowl game appearances.
North Carolina (6-6) makes its first visit to Detroit for the Quick Lane Bowl on Friday, Dec. 26, at 4:30 pm. (ESPN). The Tar Heels have won two of their last three bowl game appearances and stand 14-16 all-time in postseason games.
NC State (7-5) is set to meet UCF (9-3) in the St. Pete Bitcoin bowl on Friday, Dec. 26 (8 p.m. ESPN). The Wolfpack stands 14-12-1 all-time in bowl games and will be taking part in postseason play for the first time under second-year head coach Dave Doeren.
Pitt (6-6) has a noon date with Houston (9-3) on Friday, Jan. 2 in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at Fort Worth, Texas. The Panthers, who stand 13-17 all-time in bowl games, will be playing in their second bowl in as many years as an ACC member.
Virginia Tech (6-6) will take on Cincinnati (9-3) in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman at Annapolis, Maryland, on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. (ESPN). It will be the 27th overall game for the Hokies, who look to improve on a 10-17 postseason ledger.
Notre Dame (7-5) will make its 34th overall bowl appearance and fifth consecutive when it takes part in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 3 p.m. (ESPN).