ACC Bowls 2020

I started a topic last year when the new bowl cycle for 2020-2025 was announced. It didn't seem right to bump it back up right now.

To recap, starting in 2020, the ACC planned to simplify the bowl process, at least from the fan perspective. Basically, there is no pecking order, hierarchy, or tiers.

That by itself was going to seriously cut down on the amount of message board material, because we wouldn't be arguing about rankings and standings, etc.

And then the 'rona hit. All teams are bowl eligible. And now some of the bowls are starting to cancel.

The original slate of bowl games for the ACC was going to start with the New Year's Six. Rose and Sugar Bowls are the semi-finals, so the ACC does get a spot in the Orange Bowl.

After the New Year's Six picked their teams, the following bowls (listed in alphabetical order) would work together with the ACC to determine bids:
Cheez-It Bowl vs. Big 12 (formerly Camping World Bowl)
Duke's Mayo Bowl vs. SEC (odd years) or Big Ten (even years) (formerly Belk Bowl)
Fenway Bowl at Fenway Park vs. American (not sure if that's the official name yet)
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

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

But now we have some bowls deciding to skip this year.

Cheez-It Bowl vs. Big 12 (formerly Camping World Bowl)
Duke's Mayo Bowl vs. SEC (odd years) or Big Ten (even years) (formerly Belk Bowl)
Fenway Bowl at Fenway Park vs. American (not sure if that's the official name yet)
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

The Fenway Bowl has delayed their launch until next year, while the Holiday Bowl has taken a pass on 2020.

Now it looks like we'll have a lot of bowl season discussion for a hugely different reason.

Also, I assume Notre Dame is eligible for the ACC slot in the Orange Bowl, since they are a full member this year. I haven't heard anything about if they would be eligible for the B1G/SEC/ND side. Although, the bowl does have a provision that they can skip a team if it would cause a rematch, so that might be what prevents an ACC vs. ND bowl game.

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This is 4th bowl game canceled so far this year

Holiday's decision not to play is 1st domino

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It's like all of the COVID topics around here, all of the dominos were first.

But seriously...while the Holiday Bowl was the 4th game cancelled, it was the first bowl to cancel on its own, and not due to other factors.

The first bowl to be cancelled was the Redbox Bowl. But the cancellation was mostly due to not having a host site. The previous deal to play at the 49ers stadium ended last year, and the bowl was unable to find a new host due to the 'rona. (For reference, this bowl was launched as the San Francisco Bowl in 2002 and VT was the first team to win this bowl game.)

The next two bowls cancelled were the Bahamas and Hawaii Bowls, mainly due to travel restrictions and/or logistics.

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Going to miss the "Bad Boys Mowers" as bowl sponsor.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I assume it's the same entity and just a different sponsor name, but I hope Duke's Mayo kept the person responsible for the Belk Bowl Twitter account. That was quite entertaining.

That account is spunky as ever. Perhaps more, because mayo gives them much more material than Belk.

Since there are no requirements for a bowl game, I assume the games the ACC could play in if other teams aren't elligible is moot.

True, but the ACC changed up the "conditional" part. Those last three aren't "if the other conferences don't have enough". It's actually one ACC team will go to one of those three bowls.

In other words, we still have tiers, sort of.

Tier 1: NY6.
Tier 2: The main ACC contracted bowls.
Tier 3: Gasparilla OR First Responder OR Birmingham

The 2020 bowl schedule is out.

New Year's Six:
-Cotton: Wednesday, December 30 | 7:15 PM | ESPN
-Peach: Friday, January 1 | 12:30 PM | ESPN
-Rose: Friday, January 1 | 5 PM | ESPN (semi-final)
-Sugar: Friday, January 1 | 8:45 PM | ESPN (semi-final)
-Fiesta: Saturday, January 2 | 4 PM | ESPN
-Orange: Saturday, January 2 | 8 PM | ESPN (ACC guaranteed spot)

The G5 champ will go to Peach or Fiesta.

ACC bowls:
Military Bowl: Monday, Dec 28 | 2:30 PM | ESPN
Pinstripe Bowl: Tuesday, Dec 29 | 2 PM | ESPN
Cheez-It Bowl: Tuesday, Dec 29 | 5:30 PM | ESPN
Duke's Mayo Bowl: Wednesday, Dec 30 | 12 PM | ESPN
Sun Bowl: Thursday, Dec 31 | 2 PM | CBS
Gator Bowl: Saturday, Jan 2 | 12 PM | ESPN
Outback Bowl: Saturday, Jan 2 | 12:30 PM | ABC (only if Big Ten is in Orange Bowl)

And then, one of these three:
Birmingham Bowl: Friday, Jan 1 | 12 PM | ESPN2
First Responder Bowl: Saturday, Dec 26 | 3:30 PM | ABC
Gasparilla Bowl: Saturday, Dec 26 | 12 PM | ABC