Local Colleges Bowl Outlook
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By Jason Feller
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Any comments? email me at jason.feller@wpni.com

Here is a projection of where the local college football teams could wind up playing come bowl season.

Record: 5-5.

Resume: Home win against Virginia, road win against North Carolina

Bowl Possibilities: Champs Sports Bowl, Dec. 27; MPC Computers Bowl, Dec. 28; Meineke Car Care Bowl, Dec. 31

Why They Will Play in a Bowl: They traditionally play well against North Carolina State and have played well on the road.

Why They Will Be at Home for the Holidays: Even if they do become bowl eligible with a win against North Carolina State, they still might be left out because the ACC could have more eligible teams than bowl allotments.

Record: 6-4.

Resume: No bad losses, win over rival Air Force.

Bowl Destination: Poinsettia Bowl, Dec. 22

Record: 6-4.

Resume: Handed Florida State its first loss, beat Georgia Tech.

Bowl Possibilities: Champs Sports Bowl, Dec. 27; MPC Computers Bowl, Dec. 28; Meineke Car Care Bowl, Dec. 31

Why They Will Play in a Bowl: They are already bowl eligible and could bolster their resume by beating Miami.

Why They Will Be at Home for the Holidays: Two potential blowout losses to Virginia Tech and/or Miami could sour bowl representatives on the Cavaliers and they could be overlooked in favor of other ACC schools.

Record: 9-1.

Resume: Won at West Virginia, defeated Boston College.

Bowl Possibilities: Rose Bowl, Jan. 4; Orange Bowl, Jan. 3; Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2; Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 2; Gator Bowl, Jan. 2; Champs Sports Bowl, Dec. 27, 2005; MPC Computers Bowl, Dec. 28, 2005; Meineke Car Care Bowl, Dec. 31

Why They Will Play in a Bowl: They are already guaranteed at least an 9-2 mark and are ranked in the top 10.

Why They Will Be at Home for the Holidays: Simple answer: they won't. Even if they lose, the Hokies have done enough to get a bowl bid. If they win out, they will win the ACC's automatic berth in the BCS.


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