This bowl game has nothing to do with the playoff. With the playoff coming, bowl games are now even more irrelevant then they were in the past. How does this change anything from a conference standpoint? If the playoff ends up being the highest ranked conference champions as it looks like it will be, being in the ACC and being undefeated will still guarantee you a spot in the playoffs. I just don't understand all the sky is falling talk.
Side note: The ACC needs to be in serious discussions with Notre Dame right now as it is clear that they are going to have to join a conference. They can either join the conference they have figured they would join (the ACC) or be forced to join the Big 12 or Big 10.