Bracketology/Bowls Expert

Possible fallout from Canes' self-imposed bowl ban

Miami declared itself ineligible for the postseason today for the second consecutive year, and that has interesting ramifications throughout the league.

First, congratulations Georgia Tech! You just clinched the ACC Coastal title. You are one win away from playing in the Orange Bowl.

Second, oh crap Georgia Tech -- you have games left with Georgia and Florida State. You have a very good chance of finishing 6-7 and not going to any bowl at all.

The Yellow Jackets and Miami become ineligible, leaving my bowl projections with only 67 eligible teams.

Fortunately for Georgia Tech, they get to be a fill in team at 6-7. The NCAA's new method for dealing with a shortage of eligible teams gives the Jackets a chance to go bowling, so they would play in the Sun Bowl, which is the floor in the ACC pecking order for the conference title game loser.

However, if there are enough eligible teams otherwise, Georgia Tech is out. There are no more "waivers" for teams that finish 6-7 after losing a conference title game, like UCLA received last year.

Finally, in my projection, this is also good for Wake Forest -- the Demon Deacons now find themselves in a bowl with a projected 5-7 record. Teams with 5-7 records are the last category for fill-in teams, and they get selected in APR order. Among teams with potential 5-7 records, Wake is second in APR behind Rice, which is already in my bowl projections.

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