Like we have been saying and repeating all day, operation six wins is still in effect. The chance of winning at least two of our official three games left on the schedule is very high. Later this week expect for Louisiana Monroe to be added back on the schedule, to receive their pay day. The ACC has many bowl tie ins, and this will be FSU’s first year since 2011 that they will not make a major, prestigious bowl. But any bowl game is better than no bowl game. If you miss a bowl game, you miss out on extra time to develop players, prestige, and a better recruiting outlook. So let us take a look below, to see the bowl outlook for FSU.
ACC Bowl Tie ins
#1 College Football Playoff. ACC Champion (or best available team if champ in College Football Playoff) goes to Capital One Orange Bowl. The ACC plays the highest ranked non-champion team among the Big Ten (at least three years), SEC (at least three years), and Notre Dame (no more than twice). If it is the Big Ten, the ACC will take Big Ten’s spot in the Citrus Bowl.
#2 The Citrus Bowl only if Big Ten is selected for the Orange Bowl
#3 The Camping World Bowl versus Big 12
Tier #1 (selections made with schools, bowls, and conference office)
- The Music City Bowl or the TaxSlayer Bowl versus SEC. From 2014-19, the Music City and Taxslayer will each get ACC team three times. TaxSlayer has ACC priority this year, if both bowls desire ACC team, after Music City used ACC in 2014 and 2015.
- The Belk Bowl versus SEC
- The Hyundai Sun versus Pac-12 #5
- The New Era Pinstripe Bowl versus Big Ten
Tier #2 (selections still shared, order in place in case of insufficient number of bowl-eligible teams)
- #7 The Military Bowl versus American
- #8 The Independence Bowl versus SEC #9
- #9 The Quick Lane Bowl versus Big Ten #8
The Gasparilla Bowl if either the American or C-USA cannot fill their slots
The Birmingham Bowl if either the American or SEC cannot fill their slots.
The three bowls that I think will take a 7-5 or 6-6 FSU
#1. The Sun Bowl (El PAso, TX)
#2. New Era Pin Stripe Bowl (New York City, NY)
#3. The Music City Bowl (Nashville, TN)
As seen in the above section there is an order that the bowl games pick from, and usually goes by the conference standings. Although sometimes when a prestigious team like FSU is up for a lower bowl, some of the bowls higher in the pick’em will go ahead and take FSU. While a team like Boston College might be higher in the conference standings than FSU, a better bowl game would rather have FSU, as they can make more money.
In 2009, a 7-6 FSU team made it to the Gator Bowl, and had no business there. But with the prestige of FSU, and Bobby Bowden’s last game The Gator Bowl jumped order. So don’t be surprised if a better bowl game picks the 7-5 or 6-6 Seminoles.