OK, things are getting straightened out a bit.
The goal here is to avoid Wake Forest and Boston College in the EagleBank Bowl. BC can do a lot to help that situation with a win over Maryland this weekend. The Eagles hold the tiebreaker over Florida State, so if both teams have 5-3 conference records, Boston College will advance to the ACC championship game. The winner of the championship game goes to the Orange Bowl, obviously. But the loser of the championship game can fall no lower than the Music City Bowl according to ACC rules. So with a win, BC will take themselves out of the running for Washington.
Wake Forest might be a problem. They’re sitting at 4-4 right now, and they will probably be one of several teams with that record. They’re a small school that doesn’t have the same traveling reputation of the others in the conference. If Charlotte doesn’t take them– and they won’t if UNC or NC State are available– then they could slide pretty far down the list.
Then again, only 8 teams qualify, then all this is moot. Clemson, Virginia, and NC State all have a shot at becoming bowl eligible this weekend, but none of them have a cakewalk. Clemson has to beat South Carolina, Virginia has to beat Virginia Tech, and NC State would need to beat Miami. If none of them win, we’ll face an at-large team. If more than one wins, that would give the EagleBank Bowl an alternative to Wake. If only one of them wins… We’ll see. I’m still holding out hope for Virginia.
Anyway, on to today’s poll question. Reef Points says that the term “Middies” is inappropriate, and that “Mids” should be used instead. Most of Navy’s regular broadcasters seem to have learned this, but given the noobishness of the broadcast team for tonight’s game I expect to hear “Middies” quite a bit. The poll question for this week is: do you care?