Throughout the duration of the BCS era, the ACC has never placed two teams in BCS bowls. The ACC's partnership with the Discover Orange Bowl guarantees the conference one bid, which is reserved for the ACC champion, but as far as the Sugar Bowl or Fiesta Bowl? It's a long shot for the ACC. This year, because of the selection process, the Fiesta Bowl would be the ACC's best hope, but earlier on today's BCS Journey chat, ESPN's BCS expert Brad Edwards and my colleague, ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach, both said they thought it was unlikely the Fiesta Bowl would choose an ACC team.
So how does the ACC get two teams into BCS bowls? Here are the league's two best options:
A) Have the ACC champion play in the national title game, therefore bumping up the next-best team to the Orange Bowl.
B) Have the ACC champion play in the Orange Bowl AND have another top-five team.
Bottom line: This is asking a lot of the ACC. The ACC's chances of having two teams in BCS bowls wasn't good to begin with, but it took an even bigger dive with Georgia Tech's loss. The ACC needs Florida State, Virginia Tech, somebody -- anybody -- to be right there with Clemson. The ACC needs an LSU/Bama, or Oklahoma/Oklahoma State combination -- you know, kind of like it had going with Georgia Tech.
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