Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...
Even though your University of Miami Hurricanes voluntarily declared themselves ineligible for post-season play and thereby skipped playing in the ACC Championship Game and any potential bowl game that would have resulted from their season's accomplishments, several other ACC teams will be active and busy during the 2012 college bowl season.
So we thought we would take a look at which teams will be representing the Atlantic Coast Conference and who is playing who and where and when during the post-season. Now I know what you are thinking: "Why do 'Canes fans care about these other teams and their silly bowl games?" Well, that is why am here: To help you understand why these games are important to UM fans.
As everyone knows the ACC as a whole is still struggling to regain it's National footing and earn some much needed respect among the major college football conferences. What happens in these games will greatly affect the perception and viability of the ACC, and that will certainly impact Miami.
Six Atlantic Coast Conference Football teams are bowl bound this holiday season, led by ACC Champion Florida State and fellow top-15 team Clemson.
The post-season action gets under way on the evening on Thursday, December 27 when Duke makes its first postseason appearance since 1994 against Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.
Virginia Tech takes the field on December 28 against Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando. The Hokies are making their 20th consecutive bowl-appearance - the third longest active streak among FBS teams.
This New Year's Eve will be a busy one for ACC teams with three bowl games on tap. NC State kicks things off at noon against Vanderbilt in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville.
Georgia Tech makes its 16th-straight bowl appearance (tied for fourth-longest active streak nationally) versus Southern Cal in the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
No. 14 Clemson wraps up the day with No. 8 LSU in the Chick-fil-A bowl in Atlanta.
No. 12 Florida State, which leads the nation with 31 consecutive bowl appearances, is set for the Discover Orange Bowl on the evening of January 1. The Seminoles battle No. 15 Northern Illinois, which is riding a 12-game winning streak.
Miami Hurricane fans, as well as other ACC college football fans, can follow the ACC competition throughout the 2012-13 bowl season on:
Web site: www.TheACC.com.
Sure, like most Miami fans, I will also be paying attention to the ACC teams in the bowl games. But most likely, I'll probably be thinking something like this:
Since we've nowhere to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…