The ACC has never had two teams make the BCS in the 13 years that
organization has been in existence. Considering the history and tradition of
some of the big name teams from this league, that is very disappointing. That
trend has got to end at some point. Could this year be the year?
Virginia Tech has won the ACC in four of the last seven seasons, and appeared
in one Sugar Bowl and three Orange Bowls. Florida State, Wake Forest and Georgia
Tech were the other ACC winners in the years Virginia Tech didn’t take the
The current rules for an at-large selection are as follows: a team must have
at least 9 wins, and be ranked in the top 14 in the BCS standings. Not a
lot of ACC teams have qualified for at-large status since expansion.
2004: Virginia Tech won the ACC, earning the league’s automatic BCS
berth. No other team in the conference won more than eight games, so the ACC
didn’t have any at-large qualifiers.
2005: Florida State upset Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game to
earn an Orange Bowl bid. The Hokies were 10-2, but had lost the ACC Championship
Game, so they weren’t an attractive option for an at-large bid. Miami was 9-2
and ranked #8 in the BCS, but there were only two at-large bids that year, and
#4 Ohio State and #5 Notre Dame got them.
2006: Wake Forest won the ACC Championship, which meant that the league
was really weak and nobody else was really worthy of an at-large berth. Virginia
Tech went 10-2 and was ranked in the top 14, and they were briefly discussed as
an at-large team for the Sugar Bowl, but they didn’t get the bid.
2007: Virginia Tech defeated Boston College for the ACC Championship. BC
was the only eligible ACC team for an at-large berth, which naturally the Eagles
would never receive because of their small traveling fan base.
2008: Virginia Tech won the ACC again, despite losing three conference
games during the regular season. No ACC team was eligible for an at-large berth.
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