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College football: Don't expect much from the ACC this bowl season

There are few certainties in bowl season. But here are two. The SEC wins the Big Bowl. And the Atlantic Coast Conference will stink. In the last five years, the ACC is 14-28 in bowl games.
by Berry Tramel Published: December 25, 2012
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The ACC's best win was Virginia over Penn State, back on Sept. 8, and Virginia won only twice more the rest of the season.

And the ACC will be hard-pressed to help its reputation this bowl season.

Its BCS matchup is Florida State-Northern Illinois in the Orange. Talk about no-win. Outside of Clemson-LSU in the Chick-fil-A, the ACC has a variety of games that are more slowdown than showdown.

Duke-Cincinnati. Virginia Tech-Rutgers. North Carolina State-Vanderbilt. Only Georgia Tech, which takes a 6-7 record into the Sun Bowl against Southern Cal, could join Clemson in making a postseason statement.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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