The ACC started a new bowl cycle last year, although COVID royally screwed everything up. So I'm a little out of practice with how all of this is set up.
In short, the ACC got rid of tiers, hierarchies, and pecking orders. That really takes the wind out of any fan discussion and debate. This also means that rule that a bowl can only pick a team within 1 win of the best team available doesn't apply anymore. I think this also means that the folks doing bowl projections at ESPN are talking out of their ass even more than usual.
Since the CFP semi-finals are in the Orange and Cotton Bowls, the ACC champ will be displaced to either the Peach or Fiesta Bowls. We also don't have to worry about the SEC/Big Ten/Notre Dame deal for the Orange Bowl this year.
Military Bowl - Mon., Dec. 27, 2021 / 2:30 p.m. / ESPN / vs. AAC
Holiday Bowl - Tues., Dec. 28, 2021 / 8 p.m. / FOX / vs. Pac-12
-San Diego, CA
Fenway Bowl - Wed., Dec. 29, 2021 / 11 a.m. / ESPN / vs. AAC
Pinstripe Bowl - Wed., Dec. 29, 2021 / 2:15 p.m. / ESPN / vs. Big Ten
Cheez-It Bowl - Wed., Dec. 29, 2021 / 5:45 p.m. / ESPN / vs. Big 12
-Orlando, FL (formerly Camping World Bowl)
Duke's Mayo Bowl - Thurs., Dec. 30, 2021 / 11:30 a.m. / ESPN / vs. SEC
-Charlotte, NC (formerly Belk Bowl)
Gator Bowl - Fri., Dec. 31, 2021 / 11 a.m. / ESPN / vs. SEC
Sun Bowl - Fri., Dec. 31, 2021 / 12:30 p.m. / CBS / vs. Pac-12
-El Paso, TX
If there are still enough bowl eligible teams, one of the following bowls will get an ACC team:
Gasparilla Bowl - Thurs., Dec. 23, 2021 / 7 p.m. / ESPN / vs. SEC or AAC
Birmingham Bowl - Tues., Dec. 28, 2021 / Noon / ESPN / vs. SEC or AAC
First Responder Bowl - Tues., Dec. 28, 2021 / 3:15 p.m. / ESPN / vs. SEC or AAC
Bowl eligible teams (updated with week 13 results)
-Wake Forest 10-2
-NC State 9-3
-Boston College 6-6
And these teams can be bowl eligible with a win:
-VT 5-6 (vs. uva)
-Syracuse 5-6 (vs. Pitt)
-FSU 5-6 (vs. 5-6 Florida)
UPDATE: Only VT won to get bowl eligible.
For reference, Notre Dame is 10-1. That could put them in range of a NY6 bowl, keeping them out of the ACC bowl pot. I honestly don't know if it's better to have them involved (pulling in a bigger pool of money but splitting it more ways) or not involved (smaller pool but fewer splits).