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2017 ACC bowl game projections
Photo courtesy of Wake Forest Athletic Communications
By
Senior Writer
Sunday, December 3, 2017

Because Notre Dame lost to Stanford in its season finale, the Irish have effectively fallen out of contention for one of the New Year’s Six Bowls, a fallout that will likely impact the ACC bowl selection.

A part of Notre Dame’s agreement with the ACC is that it would be allowed to take a spot in one of the ACC’s bowls if it were left out of one of the bowls sponsored by the College Football Playoff.

With Notre Dame taking one of the ACC’s bids, competition for some of the middle-tier  bowls is likely to be dependent on whether or not the ACC is given the Citrus Bowl.

If the Orange Bowl were to select a Big 10 opponent to face the automatic bid of an ACC team, then the conference would be given the Big 10’s spot in the Citrus Bowl.

Below are two projected scenarios for the ACC bowl selections. The first will assume that the conference is awarded the Citrus Bowl and the second will assume that the Big 10 was not chosen for the Orange Bowl.

Scenario One:

College Football Playoff: Clemson

Orange Bowl: Miami

Citrus Bowl: Notre Dame

Camping World Bowl: Virginia Tech

Gator Bowl: NC State

Belk Bowl: Wake Forest

Pinstripe Bowl: Boston College

Sun Bowl: Louisville

Military Bowl: Virginia 

Independence Bowl: Florida State

Quick Lane Bowl: Duke

Scenario Two:

College Football Playoff: Clemson

Orange Bowl: Miami

Citrus Bowl: N/A

Camping World Bowl: Notre Dame

Gator Bowl: Virginia Tech

Belk Bowl: Wake Forest

Pinstripe Bowl: NC State

Sun Bowl: Louisville

Military Bowl: Virginia 

Independence Bowl: Florida State

Quick Lane Bowl: Duke

Gasparilla Bowl: Boston College

All signs are pointing toward the Deacs playing in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte on Dec. 29.

The only possible reason that this may not happen is if the Belk Bowl decides to take the Wolfpack instead, which could only happen

if NC State fails to receive a bid from the Gator Bowl, formally known as the Tax Slayer Bowl in Jacksonville.

All schools will officially know their fate on Sunday, Dec. 3.