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A Navy Win Today Could Throw A Wrench In Bowl Selection Process

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The AAC Championship game has big implications for the Eagles

NCAA Football: Navy at Southern Methodist Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Tomorrow Boston College should find out where they are heading for their upcoming bowl game. But there is a major game today that could throw a major wrench into the process, and basically grind the bowl selection to a halt.

If Navy defeats Temple today in the AAC Conference Championship game, that means they are still in the running for the Group of 5 representative slot in the New Years Six bowls. However, this is the big issue, they still have to defeat Army next week to stay in that slot, and the bowls technically have to wait for that result before the cascade of selections can begin.

How does this effect Boston College? Well, if Navy was to win today, they are slotted to go to the Cotton Bowl, but they have to win their game next week as well. The Cotton Bowl will need to know if it’s Navy or WMU who went undefeated during the season, but had a lower strength of schedule. The lower ranked of the two will be put in a lower ranked bowl (most likely Heart of Texas).

But the wait is what could effect the bowl selection. If the committees decide to hold off, that means BC might not know their destination/opponent until NEXT SATURDAY. That is crazy. But Brett McMurphy says there is a contingency plan that might save us from the chaos:

“The solution is based on several factors, most notably that South Alabama and Louisiana-Lafayette each win Saturday to become bowl-eligible and Clemson and Washington win the ACC and Pac-12 titles, respectively.

If all that happens, the tentative plan would be as follows:

Navy is the highest-ranked Group of 5 champion

Navy goes to the Cotton Bowl, Western Michigan plays North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, and Army plays a Big 12 team, most likely Baylor, in the Armed Forces Bowl.

Western Michigan is the highest-ranked Group of 5 champion

Western Michigan goes to the Cotton Bowl, Army plays North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, and Navy plays a Big 12 team, most likely Baylor, in the Armed Forces Bowl.”

This is very confusing, but worth watching as it may effect the timing of Boston College’s post season plans.