On Monday, the ACC announces dates, networks and game times for its very #goacc lineup of 2013 bowl games. In an effort to make the average college football fan forget all about ACC football by the new year, all eight of the non-BCS bowl slots will be played between December 27-31. Only the conference's BCS bowl slot, the Discover Orange Bowl, will be post-January 1.
Let's break these down one by one.
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 2:30 p.m. ESPN
The ACC bowl season kicks off with the ACC's number seven selection after the BCS in the Military Bowl. The 2013 installment of the game will feature an ACC team opposite the Big 12. Last year, the conference didn't place a team in the Military Bowl with the bowl featuring Bowling Green opposite San Jose State. The Spartans won 29-20.
Those Boston College football Wounded Warrior Project uniforms will look really sweet when the Eagles are playing in this game.
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (conditional) Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 9:30 p.m. ESPN
The conference has a conditional bowl agreement with the San Francisco-based Kraft Fight Hunger! Bowl, a bowl destination Boston College fans are quite familiar with. If either the Pac-12 or BYU are not able to fulfill its commitment to the bowl game and there is an eighth ACC team eligible after the BCS, the ACC will play in this game. Boston College was the last ACC team to play in this bowl, falling to Nevada 20-13 in 2011.
The ACC kicks off bowl season with a day-night college football doubleheader played in a couple of baseball stadiums because #goacc.
Belk Bowl Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 3:20 p.m. ESPN
The Belk Bowl will have the fourth selection of an ACC team after the BCS. This is the first of TWO ACC bowl games against the American Athletic Conference because the only thing better than one bowl game against the Conference Formerly Known As The Big East is TWO bowl games against the Conference Formerly Known As The Big East.
Russell Athletic Bowl Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 6:45 p.m. ESPN
The Russell Athletic née Tangerine Bowl will have the second selection of ACC teams after the BCS. The opponent will be the first pick from the American Athletic Conference after the BCS. The second straight day-night ACC doubleheader; this time featuring infinitely more acronym confusion. #goaac #goacc
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 3:15 p.m. ESPN
The Music City Bowl will have the fifth selection of an ACC team and will be televised by ESPN. The opponent will be a team from the ESS-EEE-CEE. Vanderbilt ended N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien's head coaching career with a 38-24 win in last year's edition of this game.
AdvoCare V100 Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 12:30 p.m. ESPN
The Independence Bowl will have the sixth selection of an ACC team and will feature another SEC team. The only thing worse than a December 31 bowl game in Shreveport, Louisiana opposite an SEC opponent is a December 26 bowl game in Shreveport, Louisiana opposite a Mountain West opponent. Progress.
Hyundai Sun Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 2 p.m. CBS
The Sun Bowl will have the third selection of ACC teams after the BCS and will be played on New Year's Eve afternoon with a 2 p.m. kickoff. The opponent will be the fourth selection from the Pac-12 after the BCS. Georgia Tech topped USC 21-7 in last year's Sun Bowl.
Chick-fil-A Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 8 p.m. ESPN
Honestly, don't worry about this one.
Discover Orange Bowl Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 8 p.m. ESPN
The ACC Champ will play in the Orange Bowl if it's not in the BCS National Championship Game in the Rose Bowl which, c'mon. Mercifully, the Orange Bowl has the first selection of teams which qualify for the BCS after the five conference champs and/or their replacements have been placed.
Don't all go booking those Washington D.C. hotel rooms for the weekend of December 27 at once.