Eight ACC Teams Head to Bowls

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GREENSBORO, N.C. ?For the third straight year, the Atlantic Coast Conference will have eight of its schools participating in post-season bowls with its 2007 champion?Virginia Tech--heading to the FedEx Orange Bowl in Miami to play Kansas of the Big 12 Conference on Jan. 3 in an 8 pm contest that will be nationally-televised by FOX.

Joining the Hokies, ranked third in the final BCS Standings, in participating in post-season bowls this year will be 15th-ranked Clemson (Chick-fil-A), 20th-ranked Virginia (Konica Gator Bowl), 14th ranked Boston College (Champs Sports), Florida State (Gaylord Hotels Music City), Wake Forest (Meineke Car Care), Maryland (Emerald Bowl) and Georgia Tech (Roady?s Humanitarian Bowl).

The only other Conference in the nation to have had eight bowls teams in each of the past three seasons is the Big 12.

Virginia Tech (11-2 Overall; 7-1 ACC) will be making its second appearance in the FedEx Orange Bowl. The Hokies will also be making their 15th consecutive appearance in a post-season bowl game.

Clemson (9-3 Overall; 5-3 ACC) will be making its eighth appearance in the last nine years in a post-season bowl game. This will be their ninth visit to the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta where they will meet 24th-ranked Auburn in a 7:30 pm game on Dec. 31 which will be nationally-televised by ESPN. They will meet Auburn of the Southeastern Conference.

Virginia (9-3 Overall; 6-2 ACC) will be making its second appearance in the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl but their first to the Jacksonville bowl game since 1991. The Cavaliers have earned a bowl berth in five of the last six years. UVa will face Texas Tech of the Big 12 Conference in a 12 noon game on January 1 that will be nationally-televised by CBS.

Boston College (10-3 Overall, 6-2 ACC) will be making their first visit to the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando. BC, which will face Michigan State of the Big Ten, holds the NCAA mark for longest current consecutive bowl victory streak with seven and this will be the Eagles? ninth straight bowl trip. The Champs Sports Bowl will be played on Dec. 28 at 5 pm. It will be nationally televised by ESPN.

Florida State (7-5 Overall; 4-4 ACC), which holds the NCAA record for most consecutive bowls wins in bowl games, is taking its initial trip to the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl. The Seminoles won 11 straight bowl games from 1985 through 1996. This appearance for the Seminoles will be their 26th straight bowl trip. FSU will be meeting Kentucky in a 4 pm contest that will be nationally-televised by ESPN.

Wake Forest?s (8-4 Overall; 5-3 ACC)) appearance in this year?s Meineke Car Care Bowl will be the Demon Deacons first in the Charlotte-based bowl game and it will mark the first time the Deacons have been to back-to-back bowl contests in school history. Wake will be meeting Connecticut of the Big East Conference on Dec. 29 in a 1 pm contest that will be nationally -televised by ESPN.

Maryland (6-6 Overall; 3-5 ACC) is making its first trip to the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco. The Terrapins have been to five bowl games in the last seven years and will be making their 22nd appearance overall. The Terrapins will be playing Oregon State of the PAC-10 Conference on Dec. 28 in an 8:30 pm contest that will be nationally televised by ESPN.

Georgia Tech (7-5 Overall, 4-4 ACC) completes the ACC?s bowl lineup as the Yellow Jackets traveling to Roady?s Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho. Tech will be making its 11th straight bowl trip, facing Fresno State of the Western Athletic Conference in a 2 pm contest on Dec. 31 that will be televised nationally by ESPN2.

ACC Bowl Games			        ACC Team			Opponent
FedEx Orange Bowl			Virginia Tech			Kansas
Chick-fil-A Bowl			Clemson			        Auburn
Konica Minolta Gator Bowl		Virginia			Texas Tech		
Champs Sports Bowl			Boston College			Michigan State
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl	        Florida State		        Kentucky
Meineke Car Care Bowl			Wake Forest			Connecticut
Emerald Bowl				Maryland			Oregon State
Roady?s Humanitarian Bowl		Georgia Tech			Fresno State

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