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ACC has eight bowl tie-ins for the 2005 season

Posted Wednesday, November 30, 2005

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The Bowl Championship Series and 2005 Bowl Lineup

* The ACC has eight teams that are eligible for bowls following the 2005 season: Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
* The ACC began the 2005 season with six bowl tie-ins for the year. The league was able to secure two additional bowl tie-ins -- Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl and the Emerald Bowl. Both tie-ins were scheduled to begin in 2006.

The Bowl Championship Series

The BCS was established to determine the national champion for college football while maintaining and enhancing the bowl system that's nearly 100 years old. The BCS has quickly become a showcase for the sport, matching the best teams at the end of the season.

The BCS, which runs through the 2005 regular season and 2006 bowl season, consists of the Rose Bowl, Nokia Sugar Bowl, FedEx Orange Bowl and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Before the start of the 1998 season, those bowls joined with the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, Pacific-10 and Southeastern Conferences and the University of Notre Dame to form the BCS. Conference USA also signed on to the agreement.

For the first time in college football history the BCS has opened the bowl agreements more so than they have ever been, and in doing so have elevated the possibility of excitement in college football. But, at the same time, it's being done within the framework of the bowl system that has been an integral part of the tradition and success of college football. Look no further than last season's Fiesta Bowl matchup as an example of the BCS at its best.

There are two at-large positions in the BCS that are open to any Division I-A team. This allows any Division I-A school in the nation the opportunity to play in a BCS bowl game, should it qualify to play in the National Championship game or be selected by one of the bowls.

The BCS also notes the importance of traditional and regional considerations regarding team selection. Specifically, the four BCS Bowls will host the following conference champions in the years the national championship game is not played at their site. These consideration tie-ins include the ACC or Big East champion in the FedEx Orange Bowl, the SEC champion in the Nokia Sugar Bowl, the Big Ten and the Pac-10 champions in the Rose Bowl and the Big 12 champion in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Should a BCS Bowl's host champion be ranked number one or two in the final BCS standings, when such bowl is not hosting the national championship game, the number one- or two-ranked team shall move to the national championship game and the Bowl shall select a replacement team from the BCS pool of eligible teams. The pool will consist of any Division I-A team that is ranked among the Top 12 in the final BCS standings and has achieved at least nine wins during the regular season (excluding NCAA-exempted contests).

2005 Season Football Bowl Lineup
(All Times Eastern)

Date Bowl Time Site Conferences Network
Dec. 20 Wyndham New Orleans 8:00 p.m. New Orleans, La. Sun Belt vs. Conference-USA ESPN

Dec. 21 GMAC 8:00 p.m. Mobile, Ala. Conference-USA vs. Mid-American ESPN

Dec. 22 Pioneer PureVision 8:00 p.m. Las Vegas, Nev. Pac-10 vs. Mountain West ESPN

Dec. 22 Poinsettia 10:00 p.m. San Diego, Calif. Mountain West vs. at-large ESPN2

Dec. 23 Plains Capital Fort Worth 8:00 p.m. Fort Worth, Texas Big 12 vs. Conference-USA ESPN

Dec. 24 Sheraton Hawaii 8:30 p.m. Honolulu, Hawaii Western Athletic vs. Conference-USA ESPN

Dec. 26 Motor City 5:30 p.m. Detroit, Mich. Mid-American vs. Big Ten ESPN

Dec. 27 Champs Sports 5:00 p.m. Orlando, Fla. Big 12 vs. Atlantic Coast ESPN

Dec. 27 Insight 8:30 p.m. Tempe, Ariz. Pac-10 vs. Big East ESPN

Dec. 28 MPC Computers 4:30 p.m. Boise, Idaho Atlantic Coast vs. Western Athletic ESPN

Dec. 28 MasterCard Alamo 8:00 p.m. San Antonio, Texas Big Ten vs. Big 12 ESPN

Dec. 29 Emerald Bowl 4:30 p.m. San Francisco, Calif. Atlantic Coast * vs. Mountain West ESPN

Dec. 29 Pacific Life Holiday 8:00 p.m. San Diego, Calif. Pac-10 vs. Big 12 ESPN

Dec. 30 Gaylord Hotels Music City 12:00 p.m. Nashville, Tenn. Big Ten vs. Atlantic Coast* ESPN

Dec. 30 Vitalis Sun 3:00 p.m. El Paso, Texas Big Ten vs. Pac-10 CBS

Dec. 30 Independence Bowl 3:30 p.m. Shreveport, La. Southeastern vs. Big 12 ESPN

Dec. 30 Chick-fil-A Peach 7:30 p.m. Atlanta, Ga. Atlantic Coast vs. Southeastern ESPN

Dec. 31 Meineke Car Care 11:00 a.m. Charlotte, N.C. Atlantic Coast vs. Big East ESPN2

Dec. 31 AutoZone Liberty 1:00 p.m. Memphis, Tenn. Conference-USA vs. at-large ESPN

Dec. 31 Houston 2:30 p.m. Houston, Texas Big 12 vs. Southeastern ESPN2

Jan. 2 Outback 11:00 a.m. Tampa, Fla. Big Ten vs. Southeastern ESPN

Jan. 2 SBC Cotton 11:00 a.m. Dallas, Texas Big 12 vs. Southeastern FOX

Jan. 2 Toyota Gator 12:30 p.m. Jacksonville, Fla. Atlantic Coast vs. Big East NBC

Jan. 2 Capital One 1:00 p.m. Orlando, Fla. Southeastern vs. Big Ten ABC

* Indicates bowl tie-in was scheduled to begin in 2006, but was made available for the 2005 season

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