CHARLOTTE NC - DECEMBER 04: Teammates Andre Smith #88 Tyrod Taylor #5 John Graves #91 and Davon Morgan #2 of the Virginia Tech Hokies celebrate after winning the ACC Championship 44-33 after their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 4 2010 in Charlotte North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

ACC Championship Game: Virginia Tech Beats Florida State 44-33, Earns Trip To Orange Bowl

With their high-scoring win over Florida State, the Virginia Tech Hokies have earned a trip to Miami on Jan 3. For more on the Hokies, check out Gobbler Country.

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BCS Bowl Projections: Virginia Tech Is Orange Bowl Bound After ACC Championship Win

The Virginia Tech Hokies entered Saturday unsure of their Bowl destination. But with their win over Florida State in the ACC Championship game, the Hokies have clinched a trip to the Orange Bowl in Miami, FL on Jan. 3.

Virginia Tech's opponent will not be decided until the Bowl game calendar is formally revealed tonight, but one can certainly speculate on the likely opponents,  based on where each BCS Bowl team is slated to play.

The National Championship Game will pit the Oregon Ducks against the Auburn Tigers. Due to Oregon's inclusion as a PAC-10 team in the BCS Championship, TCU will be heading out west to the Rose Bowl, where it will face the highest ranked team of the three Big Ten co-champions, which is Wisconsin.

The Sugar Bowl normally hosts the SEC winner, but with Auburn in the National Championship Game, the Bowl is likely to choose a different SEC team as a replacement. The Arkansas Razorbacks are the likeliest choice. For Arkansas' opponent, the Sugar Bowl will get the first choice between the three remaining at-large teams: Ohio State, Stanford, and Connecticut. With their large traveling fanbase, the Buckeyes will probably be selected.

The Orange Bowl is next on the list of at-large selections, and so Virginia Tech's opponent will likely be either the Stanford Cardinal or the Connecticut Huskies. Since UConn is under consideration to be the worst ever BCS team, Stanford is Virginia Tech's likeliest opponent, which would send Connecticut to the Fiesta Bowl against the Big 12 Champion Oklahoma Sooners.


ACC Championship Game: Virginia Tech Beats Florida State 44-33, Earns Trip To Orange Bowl

Both teams entered tonight's ACC Championship Game with the chance to appear in a BCS Bowl, but there was only one team who looked worthy of that honor. Actually, there's been only one ACC team worthy of that honor all year.

The Virginia Tech Hokies earned their 11th straight victory tonight, and did so in high-flying fashion. Undefeated in ACC action, Virginia Tech took the lead midway through the first quarter, and never gave it up. In a game that was never really in doubt, the Hokies managed to answer every one of the Florida State Seminoles' strikes.

Quarterback and ACC Player of the Year Tyrod Taylor led the way with 263 yards passing. Taylor threw for three touchdowns and ran for another. Taylor's favorite target was wide receiver Danny Coale, who reeled in six receptions for 143 yards and one long touchdown in which he beat his marker and found himself wide open.

Florida State put in a valiant effort in defeat. Running back Ty Jones earned an impressive three touchdowns on just six carries. Quarterback E.J. Manuel passed for 288 yards and a touchdown, but also tossed two interceptions, including one that was caught by Jeron Gouveia-Winslow and returned for the Hokies' first score of the night.

As a result of their ACC title win, the Hokies have earned a trip to Miami on Jan. 3. They don't yet know their opponent though. If Auburn and Oregon both finish undefeated and meet in the BCS Championship Game, the Orange Bowl is likely to have its choice between either the winner of the Big East or Stanford.


ACC Championship Game: Loser Of Title Game Will Get Bid In Chic-Fil-A Bowl

I can pretty much guarantee you that neither of the two teams that are playing for the ACC Championship Game on Saturday will be thinking about what happens if they lose. But one of those teams won't be able to make it to a BCS bowl, so we have to cover their contingency plan.

According to Mark Giannatto of the Washington Post's Hokies Journal, the team that loses the ACC Championship game will be selected to play against an SEC qualifier in the Chic-Fil-A Bowl.

Formerly known as the Peach Bowl, the Chick-fil-A bowl has the No. 5 choice among SEC teams. That would likely mean a team like South Carolina, Mississippi State or Florida would be available at that spot. The Chick-fil-A bowl will announce its SEC selection on Sunday.

Before it got taken over by a corporate sponsorship, the Peach Bowl was a pretty prestigious bowl to make it to. So even though its name now invokes Polynesian dipping sauce more so than it does football, this will be a good game for either team to make it to. But what does it say about the state of the ACC that the team that comes in second place has to play against the fifth choice from the SEC?


ACC Championship Game: Virginia Tech Takes On Florida State For A BCS Bowl Bid

Even though it won't involve the Maryland Terrapins, the ACC Title Game will still be played this weekend. The Florida St. Seminoles and the Virginia Tech Hokies for the ACC Title and a spot in a BCS Bowl game on Saturday at 7:45 pm. The game will be available on ESPN and

Because of the size of the ACC and the two teams divisional affiliations Florida St. and Virginia Tech haven't played this season. The Hokies are 10-2 after winning 10 straight games following their very disappointing start to the season. After they lost to Boise St. and James Madison, the Hokies have looked every bit the team that was ranked in the top ten during the preseason.

Florida St. managed to emerge from a pretty crowded ACC Atlantic Division to take this spot in the title game. They have had a very good season in their own right, going 7-3. They should have a pretty good amount of momentum as they are coming off a big win over their big in-state rival Florida.

We'll update this StoryStream with news and updates about the game as they become available.

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