|Jimbo Fisher will be without his defensive coordinator as the Seminoles head to the Rose Bowl. (US Presswire)|
Six ACC teams will be headed to bowl games over the next month, after bowl lineups were finalized Sunday night.
ACC champion No. 13 Florida State (11-2) is the conference's lone representative in the BCS games. The Seminoles will face MAC champion No. 16 Northern Illinois (12-1) in the Discover Orange Bowl in Miami on Jan. 1. Florida State will be playing without defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, who was introduced as Kentucky's head coach earlier Sunday. Northern Illinois will be missing former head coach Dave Doeren, introduced as the new coach at NC State on Sunday. Offensive line coach and run-game coordinator Rod Carey was named the new coach and will make his head coaching debut in the game.
The appointment capped a whirlwind few hours for Northern Illinois, which surprised many by earning a BCS berth. “We found out when we watched the announcement on TV,” Carey said.
There was heated debate on the ESPN bowl selection special over whether NIU deserved the slot, but Carey didn't seem phased by the negative reaction. “Every kid in this conference plays with a chip on shoulder,” he said. “They were told they weren't good enough by the Big Ten and other conferences.”
“You don't get in this game unless you're a good football team,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. “They've earned the right to be here.”
Here are the other bowls involving ACC teams:
No. 14 Clemson (10-2) vs. No. 9 LSU (10-2), Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31, Atlanta, GA -- It's the fifth straight bowl appearance for Clemson and a rematch of the 1996 game, won by LSU.
Duke (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (9-3), Belk Bowl, Dec. 27, Charlotte, NC -- This will be the first bowl appearance by the Blue Devils since the 1995 Hall of Fame Bowl and Duke's first bowl appearance in the state of North Carolina since the 1942 Rose Bowl was moved to Durham, NC after large public gatherings were banned on the West Coast out of fear of Japanese attack during World War II.
Virginia Tech (6-6) vs. Rutgers (9-3), Russell Athletic Bowl, Dec. 28, Orlando, FL -- The Hokies extended the nation's third-longest bowl streak to 20. It's the first game between the teams since the Hokies left the Big East in 2003.
Georgia Tech (6-7) vs. USC (7-5), Sun Bowl, Dec. 31, El Paso, TX -- The Yellow Jackets will play in their 16th straight bowl game, the fifth-longest streak in the nation. Georgia Tech received a special waiver from the NCAA to appear in the game despite finishing with a losing record.
NC State (7-5) vs. Vanderbilt (8-4), Music City Bowl, Dec.31, Nashville, TN -- Despite introducing Doeren as its new coach, NC State will play the bowl game under interim coach Dana Bible, the former offensive coordinator under Tom O'Brien. It will be the first game between the two teams in 66 years.
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