College football bowl projections 2012: 7 ACC teams slated for the postseason

Joel Auerbach

Seven ACC teams are slated for bowl games this postseason in SB Nation's most recent college football projections. Florida State leads the charge, and appears headed to the Orange Bowl as the conference champion.

After 10 weeks of the college football season, seven Atlantic Coast Conference teams appear in the most recent bowl projections released by SB Nation's Jason Kirk.

Not surprisingly, Kirk has Florida State projected to the Orange Bowl, where they will represent the ACC as the conference champion. At 8-1 and 5-1 league play, the Seminoles only need to win their remaining two conference games at Virginia Tech and Maryland to win the Atlantic Division outright. They would then be heavily favored in the ACC Championship Game. Should Florida State advance to the Orange Bowl, Kirk has the Seminoles projected for a very interesting matchup with Boise State.

Of the rest of Kirk's projections, the most interesting appears to be a potential high-scoring affair between Clemson and Texas A&M in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. The two teams are each ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring offense. At 6-3, we also know Duke will be making their first bowl appearance since 1995, and as things stand, Kirk has them playing in this year's Independence Bowl.

Rounding out the rest of the ACC's teams in this week's college football bowl projections are Miami to the Sun Bowl, N.C. State to the Russell Athletic Bowl, Virginia Tech to the Belk Bowl and Maryland to the Music City Bowl.

At 2-6, local school Boston College would need to win out to become bowl eligible.

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