One of the many positive byproducts of Boston College's 27-17 win over Florida State Saturday night was that it enhanced the Eagles' bowl possibilities.
With seven victories already in the bank, BC leapfrogged the Congressional Bowl in Washington and the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, ID. The Eagles would have passed on the Congressional Bowl regardless because the Dec. 20th game is at the end of exam week.
So with two games remaining in the regular season, the most likely bowl possibilities for the Eagles are:
Orange Bowl: If they are the ACC champions.
Music City Bowl: If they win both remaining regular season games but lose the ACC title game.
Emerald Bowl: If they split or lose their two remaining regular season games against Wake Forest and Maryland.
Although the ACC has bowl arrangements for nine of its teams, a few bowls seem unlikely for the Eagles:
Gator Bowl: Officials are focusing on inviting Notre Dame. Why would they want a rematch of a regular season game in which BC spanked the Irish, 17-0? They are more likely to try to add Miami or Florida State.
Chick-fil-A Bowl: This bowl passed on a Matt Ryan-led team last season. It could take BC coming off a loss in the championship game with four losses, but it is more likely to take a team from the ACC Coastal Division such as North Carolina, Miami, or Virginia Tech.
Champs Sports Bowl: The Eagles went there last season.
Meineke Car Care Bowl: BC has played in that bowl twice in the last four seasons.
Which leaves the most likely destinations as the . . .
Music City Bowl: BC's last appearance was in 2001, when they knocked off Georgia.
. . . and the . . .
Emerald Bowl: BC's last appearance was in 2003, when they defeated Colorado State.
Both would work. The Emerald Bowl is Dec. 27th and the Music City Bowl is New Year's Eve afternoon against either a Pac-10 or Southeastern Conference opponent.