ACC Bowls 2020-2025

Starting in 2020, it looks like the ACC has simplified the bowl process, at least from the fan perspective. Basically, there is no pecking order, hierarchy, or tiers.

After the New Year's Six picks the conference champ and any other at-large teams, the following bowls (listed in alphabetical order) will work together with the ACC to determine bids:
Belk Bowl vs. SEC (odd years) or Big Ten (even years)
Camping World Bowl vs. Big 12
Gator Bowl vs. SEC
Holiday Bowl vs. Pac-12
Military Bowl vs. American
Outback Bowl (only if the Big Ten is in the Orange Bowl) vs. SEC
Pinstripe Bowl vs. Big Ten
Sun Bowl vs. Pac-12
untitled Bowl game at Fenway Park vs. American

Finally, if there are any ACC bowl eligible teams left after that, one of the three bowls below (listed in alphabetical order) will get an ACC team:
Birmingham Bowl vs. SEC
First Responder Bowl vs. Group of 5
Gasparilla Bowl vs. SEC

This makes it a lot harder to predict which bowl any given team is going to, which will probably seriously cut out a lot of message board discussion. I think the safest bet is that you won't see a team in the same bowl in back to back seasons. This also looks like the "one-win" rule won't matter, or any rule about where the ACCCG loser might play.

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Hoping we can go the Holiday Bowl at some point

Yes,that's the Hokie Bird riding a camel. Why'd you ask?

Eh, the parade is nice, but it's busy as hell in San Diego that time of year, and Qualcomm Stadium is horrible...

Fun fact I learned at graduation this year, Qualcomm's CEO is a VT alum

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is that why he is into old stadiums?

Please tell me he is a big time donor to the Hokie Club!

Were the bowl payouts previously based on the tiers? If so, how will that be handled in the new system.

No everyone got equal cut except for expenses.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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All of the ACC teams throw their bowl revenue in the pool and split it evenly.

Now, the bowls that were in tier 2 had lower payouts, and that could affect them if the ACC doesn't have enough eligible teams, because they might be the first to get dropped from the ACC bids.

With the exception of the Belk Bowl and the Gator Bowl, that is a bunch of cold, out of the way toilet bowls. The Outback Bowl isn't terrible but that contingent on the Big 10. Man the ACC got screwed. The Music City Bowl would be better than most of these.

WTF happened to the Music City bowl? I was always hoping the Hokies would land there so I could make another trip back to Nashvegas. Plus it was against an SEC team and despite half the conference being in Tech's backyard, this seemed to be the only way to get an SEC to play us.

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Since the BCS era started. The bowl system has worked like this... The SEC and B1G get the best, warmest, highest paying bowls, closest to new years day. Period. The other 4 conferences fight for scraps and put lipsticks on pigs.. that is really the bottom line. those two conferences have far and away the best bowl package, and really always have. they sell the most tickets- bottom line. We are in a conference with ticket death programs- BC, GT, UVA, Wake, Duke, Cuse... they just don't sell bowl tickets.

Exactly. Bowls are in the business of making money. The B1G and SEC teams have the largest fanbases that will travel and make them the most money, so they get the best deals. The new bowl set-up for the ACC now allows the bowls to not get stuck with BC, Wake, or GT for multiple years in a row. It spreads out the misery of low-money bringing schools amongst all of the bowls.

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"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
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"11-0, bro"
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This is like no child left behind though. The top schools will now get sucked down to the lower performing level

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WTF happened to the Music City bowl?

The serious answer is that it shared the ACC and the Big Ten with the Gator Bowl. Over the last six years (2014-2019), each bowl got an ACC team three times, and got a Big Ten team three times.

The good news is that the Gator Bowl has already used their allotment of 3 ACC teams, so the ACC will be going to the Music City Bowl in 2019.

For those wondering:

Belk Bowl-Charlotte, NC
Camping World Bowl-Orlando, FL
Gator Bowl-Jacksonville, FL
Holiday Bowl-San Diego, CA
Military Bowl-Annapolis, MD
Outback Bowl -Tampa, FL
Pinstripe Bowl-NYC, NY
Sun Bowl-El Paso, TX
untitled Bowl game at Fenway Park-Boston, MA

Birmingham Bowl-Birmingham (duh), AL
First Responder Bowl-Dallas, TX
Gasparilla Bowl-St. Petersburg, FL

I don't know about you, but San Diego is a pretty nice location (as well as being named after a "whale's vagina"). Getting rid of Detroit was a step in the right direction. Now they just need to cut ties with the Sun Bowl located in scenic Devil's Anus El Paso. I think the players won't miss the free hair dryers.

"Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our heart with tolerance."
-Stan Lee

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

San Diego is great. I've been there twice for work and I love it. But yeah, El Paso and their bowl sucks. And Birmingham is a shit town for a shit bowl game. DC is right though. SEC and Big10 get the best and leave the rest of us fighting over the First Responder bowl.

We actually enjoyed the Sun Bowl itself. The game atmosphere was fun and the locals seemed into it. Had a great time post game on the street outside the stadium that had a bunch of bars on it, etc. Not terrible. Now, sitting there and seeing Kyle Fuller and James Gayle come out of the tunnel in sweatsuits, knowing that we were about to get our ass kicked by insufferable Jim Mora sucked..but not a bad time.

San Diego is a nice location but similar to the NC last year, it sucks for us to get to.

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San Diego, Florida?

Also, this pretty much guarantees that VT will likely never see the Pinstripe, Sun, or Boston bowl again. And its unlikely we'll ever get passed over enough to be in consideration for Birmingham, Dallas, or St Pete.

Its pretty much Belk, Camping World, Gator, Holiday, Outback and Military when none of them want us from here on out. Our fanbase travels, and we're one of the bigger names in the conference, so we'll always be toward the top of the pecking order. Pretty much screws over the middling to lower tier of football powers, who will always have to accept the bowls that don't want Clemson, FSU, Miami, and VT

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San Diego, Florida? Fixed it. Thanks for catching that.

I think the point you are making is key. We got that Sugar Bowl invite to play Michigan because of our fanbases reputation for travelling. We tend to be one of the more coveted ACC teams during bowl selection. More often than not, we will now get picked over a team with a slightly better record that doesn't have that reputation, as long as we keep it up.

"Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our heart with tolerance."
-Stan Lee

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

More chances to get into the Belk Bowl in "meh, not bad" years is fine by me.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

Literally LOLed and almost spit my drink at Devil's Anus.

Ironic part is it gets cold there in the winter.

I guess there's a cold day in hell from time to time, but always crappy regardless.

I thank the good lord everyday that Swofford gave Notre Dame the best Olympic sports conference to park their teams in, in exchange for an average of 5 games against ND and the Boston Bowl.

Well they just lowered how much I care about non-NY6 bowls even more. I at least wanted to aim at making a decent tier in the past. Now we'll just get matched up with a Cincinnatti every year regardless of how well we do

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At least all of the bowls are against Power 5 teams except the Military and Red Sox bowls.

Although that bottom group of three will probably be against G5 more often than not.

BRING BACK THE POULAN/WEED EATER BOWL!

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This is as close as you get:

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

Are.... are those 2 sabres?

Oh heeeeeell no

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Cutlass, lets not give loluva any indication that the sabre is a cool look

(add if applicable) /s

sabre, cutlass, needle, who gives a shit

its all lame

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They should be lawnmower blades given the sponsor.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

For the record - this was the bowl that started it all for us back in '93.

I see this and think about how much money I'll save not traveling to these bowl games (except Military Bowl which is super convenient)

I would love VT to get a spot in the Holiday Bowl every now and then. It's an easy 5 hour drive for me which I would do gladly to see them. It also gives us a chance to play ASU, which would make it easier to convince my wife to go