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2011 Bowl Projections: Navy Could Make Military Bowl If It Wins Out

The Navy Midshipmen kept their hopes of staying bowl-eligible alive on Saturday with their 42-14 victory against the Troy Trojans. At 3-6, Navy needs to win each of its remaining games to stay bowl-eligible. If it does so, it'll take part in the 2011 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, where it would face the No. 8 team from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington, D.C. is set to host the event on Dec. 28 at 4:30 Eastern; ESPN will have the national telecast.

At present, the ACC clubs most likely to be in consideration for the Military Bowl are the Miami Hurricanes, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, and N.C. State Wolfpack; each team stands at 5-4.

Miami has lost each of its last three bowl games. Wake Forest has not played in a bowl since 2008, when it defeated the Midshipmen, 29-19, in the EagleBank Bowl. Coincidentally, enough, the EagleBank Bowl has since become the Military Bowl, meaning the 2011 game could be a rematch of the inaugural affair. In 2010, the Wolfpack topped the West Virginia Mountaineers, 23-7, in the Champs Sports Bowl.

If Navy does not win out, a representative from Conference U.S.A. would replace it in the Military Bowl.

Check out the 2011 College Football Bowl Schedule at the SB Nation NCAA football hub.