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ACC announces 2013 bowl-tie-ins


With the start of the 2013 regular nearly four months away, the ACC has announced where its membership will (potentially) be spending the 2013 postseason.

In a press release, the conference confirmed it will have eight tie-ins for this year’s bowl season as well as one conditional contract.  The eight bowls are the Military, Russell Athletic, Belk, Music City, AdvoCare V100, Sun, Chick-fil-A and Orange.

This will likely be the last year the ACC’s bowl lineup looks like this as all of their contracts are up following the 2013 season.  It’s already being reported that the ACC could land contracts with the Pinstripe Bowl and Gator Bowl beginning in 2014.

The 2013 ACC champion, if it is not in the BCS title game played in the Rose Bowl Stadium, will play in the Orange Bowl.  The Orange Bowl has the first selection of teams which qualified for the BCS after the five conference champions and/or their replacements, have been placed.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl would then have the next choice of ACC teams, followed by the Russell Athletic, Sun, Belk, Music City, AdvoCare V100 and Military bowls.

Additionally, the ACC has a conditional tie-in with the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.  That agreement is contingent on either the Pac-12 or BYU not being able to fulfill its commitment to the bowl game, and the ACC having an available, bowl-eligible team.

Below are the dates and times for each ACC bowl tie-in, including three New Year’s Eve games.  With the exception of the Sun Bowl, all of these postseason games will be televised by ESPN.

Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, 2:30 p.m.

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (conditional)
Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, 9:30 p.m.

Russell Athletic Bowl
Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, 6:45 p.m.

Belk Bowl
Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, 3:20 p.m.

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, 3:15 p.m.

AdvoCare V100 Bowl
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

Hyundai Sun Bowl
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, 2 p.m.

Chick-fil-A Bowl
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, 8 p.m.

Discover Orange Bowl
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, 8 p.m.

SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12 all have 5 teams in coaches top 25 poll

Johnny Jefferson, Micah Awe
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With multiple teams in the coach spill top 10 losing this week, there was bound to be some shaking up the rankings this week. The coaches poll still has Ohio State on top, followed by TCU, Michigan State and Baylor. Florida had the biggest jump in the rankings while Georgia had the biggest drop The coaches poll also welcomes some new additions this week.

The Florida Gators, fresh off a stomping of previous No. 3 Ole Miss (down to No. 13) moved up 11 spots in this week’s coaches poll. Florida is one of five SEC teams in this week’s coaches poll. The Big Ten has five as well. So does the Pac-12.

No. 23 Iowa, No. 24 Boise State and No. 25 Memphis make their debuts in the coaches poll this week, giving us our first glimpse on the national perception in the Group of Five race. I may have Boise State down a few pegs, but the coaches, or those who actually submit the votes, have the Broncos on top of the Group of Five pack. Memphis is right there as well, but not Toledo.

Here is this week’s coaches poll:

  1. Ohio State ( first place votes)
  2. TCU
  3. Michigan State
  4. Baylor
  5. LSU
  6. Clemson
  7. Utah
  8. Florida State
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Alabama
  11. Texas A&M
  12. Florida
  13. Ole Miss
  14. Northwestern
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Georgia
  17. USC
  18. Stanford
  19. Oklahoma State
  20. UCLA
  21. Michigan
  22. California
  23. Iowa
  24. Boise State
  25. Memphis

Brian Kelly defends decisions on two-point conversion attempts

Brian Kelly

Notre Dame fell two points shy of tying a road game at Clemson Saturday night, partly because the decision to go for two-point conversion on one early fourth-quarter touchdown backfired on the Irish. Down 12 points early in the fourth quarter, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly chose to go for two-points to cut the Clemson lead to 10 points, meaning Notre Dame would need a touchdown, extra point and a field goal to tie. The two-point conversion attempt failed, and the Irish trailed by 12, 21-9.

Had the Irish gone for the easier and more likely extra point, Notre Dame would have been down 11 points. That is still a bit of an uphill battle that would require a two-point conversion later on anyway, but it also meant Notre Dame had to score two touchdowns instead of a touchdown and a field goal for a shot at tying the game. Making things worse, Notre Dame burned a timeout after the touchdown before deciding which two-point conversion play to run.

Notre Dame’s execution of a late two-point conversion with the game on the line with under 10 seconds to play also came into question as the Irish looked to give freshman quarterback DeShone Kizer the call on a run-pass option. This was stuffed by Clemson as Kizer held on to the football. Kelly, after the game, defended his quarterback’s decision to try and run for the two points.

“We had fair numbers,” Kelly said. “He’s reading it at the line of scrimmage, if the numbers were fair, they were in zone coverage. It was the right call. He made the right call.”

Sometimes a player can make the right decision and still come up short. Perhaps that is exactly what happened in the rain at Clemson Saturday night. Kizer made the best possible decision in the heat of the moment, but Clemson came out on top with solid work up front on the line of scrimmage. Of course, as it turned out late in the game, Notre Dame would have only needed an extra point to tie Clemson in the final seconds after the Tigers tacked on a field goal to set up a seven-point deficit with an Irish extra point earlier. The Irish were forced to go for two because they chased the points earlier in the quarter. Hindsight might be 20/20, but Kelly is not looking back on that decision.

Kelly is hardly the only coach to make some questionable decisions under pressure this season, or this weekend. He is, however, another example of a coach being paid millions to put his program in the best position making some questionable calls that have come back to bite him. Maybe Notre Dame would have won in overtime. The Irish certainly had the momentum in their hands. Or maybe Clemson wins anyway. Who knows?