Louisville likely earned a BCS berth on Thursday night with a win over Rutgers to give the Cardinals a share of the Big East title. Barring a huge jump in the BCS rankings by either Boise State or Northern Illinois, Louisville should play in the Orange Bowl against the ACC champion.
That would No. 13 Florida State, who held off Georgia Tech 21-15 in the ACC championship game. The Seminoles got off to a fast start against the Yellow Jackets, but failed to score at all in the second half and needed a late-game interception to seal the game. Georgia Tech’s defense, which saw coordinator Al Groh get fired earlier this season, held FSU to 328 yards and forced three turnovers.
Tech’s defense, for what it’s worth, had been giving up 30 points a game this season heading into the ACC championship and had given up over 40 points six times this season.
It was one of Florida State’s more uninspiring performances, a theme for the Seminoles in games in which they’re favored, but FSU has won its first ACC title since 2005.
Georgia Tech, at 6-7, will receive a bowl waiver from the NCAA allowing them to play in a bowl game.