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Bowl Projections: Maryland Could Play In Meineke Car Care Bowl Or Music City Bowl

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There are nine possible Bowl game destinations for ACC football schools, and its important to note that the Bowl representatives themselves have the final say in what teams will come to play in their stadiums.

The Bowl games that are affiliated with the ACC are as follows:

  1. Orange Bowl
  2. Chick-fil-A Bowl (Atlanta, GA) vs. SEC
  3. Champs Sports Bowl (Orlando, FL) vs. Big East
  4. Hyundai Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX) vs. Pac-10
  5. Meineke Car Care Bowl (Charlotte, NC) vs. Big East
  6. Music City Bowl (Nashville, TN) vs. SEC
  7. Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA) vs. Mountain West
  8. Military Bowl (Washington, D.C.) vs. Army/C-USA
  9. Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (San Francisco, CA) vs. Pac-10/WAC if Pac-10/WAC can't fulfill obligations

For the Maryland Terrapins, the Orange Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl and Champs Sports Bowl can be all but ruled out. The Orange Bowl will get the winner of the ACC Championship Game, of which Virginia Tech is a favorite by a wide margin. The Chick-fil-A Bowl and Champ Sports Bowl gets the next two choices from the ACC, and Florida State and N.C. State seem like the likeliest candidates.

With six other Bowl eligible teams in the ACC, the Hyundai Sun Bowl will next get to pick between Maryland, Miami, Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina.

According to Testudo Times, the probably destination for the Terrapins is a bit farther down the chain.

Sense says that Maryland's probably going to drop down to the Independence or Military Bowls, and I'd be delighted if they were able to get the Music City Bowl. ESPN's Mark Schlabach thinks they'll land in Charlotte against Syracuse, which I'd take in a second; his counterpart, Andrea Adelson (same link), thinks they'll be in the Sun Bowl against, of all teams, Toledo. CBS says the Music City Bowl against Mississippi State. I wouldn't trust any of those three for a second, but there you have them.

The Music City Bowl will be held December 30 at 6:00 PM while the Meineke Car Care Bowl will be held at 12:00 PM on New Year's Eve.