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The simple answer to the question above is, no. The ACC football bowl lineup includes tie-in and secondary bowl games. Thus, it doesn’t mean that out of 15 teams (Notre Dame is included) that 12 will get a bowl. But, if the conference performs as it has in the past, as in 2018 with 11 teams earning a bid, then 12 spots might be just about right.
Ideally, a conference wants, at a minimum, that type of bowl availability to conference teams ratio. This is especially true if your teams are performing at the threshold of .500 or better on a consistent basis. Did we mention that the carrot being dangled (as in payout) isn’t something teams will turn their nose up at? That infusion of cash is truly a difference maker in FBS football.
The overall schedule of bowls begins a bit later than usual due to a regular season extension from 14 to 15 weeks. The first bowl will be on Friday, December 20 and for a non-conference matchup. As for the ACC, the first game is three days later on Monday, December 23. The last bowl (other than the national championship, of course) comes on Thursday, January 2.
On the flip side of the coin the College Football Playoff (CFP) Semifinals will move from New Year’s Eve to Saturday, December 28 which, by the way, was announced in 2016. The CFP National Championship will remain on Monday, January 13.
ACC Football Bowl Lineup
- Monday, December 23
- Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl 2:30pm ET ESPN
- Thursday, December 26
- Walk-On’s Independence Bowl 4:00pm ET ESPN
- Quick Lane Bowl 8:00pm ET ESPN
- Friday, December 27
- Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman 12:00pm ET ESPN
- New Era Pinstripe Bowl 3:20pm ET ESPN
- Saturday, December 28
- Camping World Bowl 12:00pm ET ABC
- Monday, December 30
- SERVPRO First Responder Bowl 12:30pm ET ESPN
- Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl 4:00pm ET ESPN
- Capital One Orange Bowl 8:00pm ET ESPN
- Tuesday, December 31
- Belk Bowl 12:00pm ET ESPN
- Thursday, January 2
- Birmingham Bowl 3:00pm ET ESPN
- TaxSlayer Gator Bowl 7:00pm ET ESPN
The New Year’s Six slate begins with the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at 12:00pm ET on Saturday, December 28. This year’s CFP Semifinals will be played at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and PlayStation Fiesta Bowl with times to be announced based upon matchups. The start times will be at 4:00pm and 8:00pm ET. All three games will be on ESPN.
The CFP National Championship will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Coverage begins on ESPN at 8:00pm ET.