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  1. Konica Minolta Gator Bowl

    Heather Dinich

    Florida State (6-6) vs. West Virginia (9-3) Jan. 1, 1 p.m., (CBS) In the end, Gator Bowl president Rick Catlett got what he wanted, but will the product on the field match the off-field drama? Probably not. This is still a 6-6 Florida State team ...

    Blog | December 06, 2009
  2. Champs Sports Bowl

    Heather Dinich

    Champs Sports Bowl: Miami (9-3) vs. Wisconsin (9-3) Dec. 29, 8 p.m. (ESPN) The Canes get to stay in their home state, which they wanted, and they'll face a Wisconsin team that boasts the Big Ten's offensive player of the year in John Clay, who fi...

    Blog | December 06, 2009
  3. Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl

    Heather Dinich

    Clemson (8-5) vs. Kentucky (7-5) Dec. 27, 8:30 p.m., (ESPN) This is Clemson's consolation prize for finishing runner-up to Georgia Tech in the ACC championship game. Because the Gator Bowl didn't contractually have to select the loser of the ti...

    Blog | December 06, 2009
  4. Meineke Car Care Bowl

    Heather Dinich

    North Carolina (8-4) vs. Pitt (9-3) Dec. 26, 4:30 p.m., (ESPN) For the second straight season, the Tar Heels will head back to Charlotte to face one of the better teams in the Big East. Last year's 31-30 loss to West Virginia was one of the ACC...

    Blog | December 06, 2009
  5. Chick-fil-A Bowl

    Heather Dinich

    Chick-fil-A Bowl: Virginia Tech (9-3) vs. Tennessee (7-5) Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) Virginia Tech take by ACC blogger Heather Dinich: Virginia Tech is no stranger to the city of Atlanta, as this is the third time this season the Hokies will play ...

    Blog | December 06, 2009
  6. FedEx Orange Bowl

    Heather Dinich

    Georgia Tech (11-2) vs. Iowa (10-2) Jan 5., 8 p.m., (FOX) Georgia Tech has been an inspired team since its embarrassing 38-3 loss to LSU last year in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, and it enters the Orange Bowl determined not to suffer the same fate. In a...

    Blog | December 06, 2009
  7. Emerald Bowl

    Heather Dinich

    Emerald Bowl: Boston College (8-4) vs. USC (8-4) Dec. 26, 8 p.m. (ESPN) It's going to be a daunting trip out west for the Eagles, who have struggled on the road against better competition all season, and make no mistake, there is more separatio...

    Blog | December 06, 2009
  8. Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl: Boston College (9-4) vs. Vanderbi...

    Heather Dinich

    Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich The Eagles will try to pick themselves up after their ACC championship loss in what should be another defensive game. Both teams have a knack for interceptions, and Vanderbilt has the worst pass efficiency in the...

    Blog | December 07, 2008
  9. Papajohns.com Bowl: NC State (6-6) vs. Rutgers (7-5)

    Heather Dinich

    Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich Both of these teams made their turnarounds in the second half of the season. This is not the same Rutgers team that UNC beat in Piscataway on Sept. 11. This version of quarterback Mike Teel is much better. After lo...

    Blog | December 07, 2008
  10. Roady's Humanitarian Bowl: Maryland (7-5) vs. Nevada (7-5)

    Heather Dinich

    Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich It's hard to believe that just a few weeks ago Maryland had the Atlantic Division title at its fingertips. They let it slip away with back-to-back losses against Florida State and Boston College and will now trave...

    Blog | December 07, 2008
  11. Meineke Car Care Bowl: UNC (8-4) vs. West Virginia (8-4)

    Heather Dinich

    Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich North Carolina couldn't get much closer to home for the holidays, and it's exactly what executive director Will Webb was hoping for. The Tar Heels will face a West Virginia team that finished third in the Big East ...

    Blog | December 07, 2008
  12. EagleBank Bowl: Wake Forest (7-5) vs. Navy (8-4)

    Heather Dinich

    Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich There really wasn't any way to avoid a rematch between Wake Forest and Navy, and the Demon Deacons are determined not to lose twice to a team they should have beaten the first time around. This will be the first ti...

    Blog | December 07, 2008
  13. Chick-fil-A Bowl: Georgia Tech (9-3) vs. LSU (7-5)

    Heather Dinich

    Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich The bowl officials in Atlanta rewarded Georgia Tech for an outstanding season in Paul Johnson's first year as head coach. While they didn't play for the ACC title this season, the Yellow Jackets were arguably the h...

    Blog | December 07, 2008
  14. Emerald Bowl: Miami (7-5) vs. Cal (8-4)

    Heather Dinich

    Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich Miami is back in the postseason after missing it last year, a small but important step in getting the program back to where it needs to be. The Hurricanes have depended on young playmakers all season, and the defen...

    Blog | December 07, 2008
  15. Gator Bowl: Clemson (7-5) vs. Nebraska (8-4)

    Heather Dinich

    Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich This decision didn't sit well with some folks in Tallahassee, but Clemson's fan base travels well, and the Tigers finished the season with three straight wins, including a big one over rival South Carolina in the s...

    Blog | December 07, 2008
  16. Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State (8-4) vs. Wisconsin (7-5)

    Heather Dinich

    Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich Florida State will face a middle-of-the-pack Wisconsin team that was reflective of a bulk of the Big Ten -- average. The Badgers were expected to contend for the Big Ten title, but fell below the preseason expectat...

    Blog | December 07, 2008