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How ACC Teams Stack Up in Bowl Bids During the Beamer Bowl Era

by Chris Coleman, TechSideline.com

Virginia Tech is one of the top teams in the nation when it comes to getting to the postseason. The Hokies have been to 13 consecutive bowl games, winning six of them. They have also been to four BCS bowls and played for the national championship in 1999. They trail just Florida State, Florida and Michigan when it comes to consecutive bowl games.

That obviously makes Tech one of the top teams in the ACC with regards to going bowling. Letís take a look at the rest of the conference to see how other teams have fared in bowl games since 1993.

Bowl Games Since 1993
Team Bowls Consecutive Wins BCS Bowls

Virginia Tech

13 13 6 4

Florida State

13 13 8 11

Virginia

11 4 5 0

Miami

11 8 7 6

Clemson

10 1 4 0

Boston College

9 7 8 0

Georgia Tech

9 9 5 0

UNC

8 0 5 0

NC State

8 1 5 0

Maryland

3 0 2 1

Wake Forest

2 0 2 0

Duke

1 0 0 0

Throughout the past 13 years, the top teams have obviously been Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech. But the rest of the ACC has held up pretty well also, including in-state rival Virginia.

The Cavaliers have been to 11 bowl games in the past 13 years, including four in a row. One of the years they didnít go to a bowl game, 1997, they finished 7-4 and in third place in the ACC. UVA has been very consistent over the past 13 years, but they havenít been able to get over that hump and make a BCS game. Al Groh has taken them to four bowl games in five seasons, and won three of them.

Miami would be right up there with Florida State, but probation cost them an Alliance Bowl berth in 1995 (the Orange would have taken the Canes over VT in 1995, even though Tech beat Miami and had a better record; when Miami went on probation, the Orange passed on VT and the Sugar took the Hokies with the last pick). Probation also hurt Miami's recruiting, so they didnít make a bowl game in 1997 either. But in every other season from 1993 through 2005, they have been to a bowl game, including six BCS games.

Georgia Tech has set a very impressive mark over the past nine years. The Yellow Jackets have been to nine consecutive bowl games and look to make in 10 in 2006. They have not been to a BCS bowl during that streak, but that is still outstanding, especially considering they are limited in recruiting because of the schoolís stringent academic requirements. Only Michigan, Florida State, Florida and Virginia Tech have longer consecutive bowl streaks than the Yellow Jackets, and Georgia is tied with the Jackets at nine and counting.

Letís not overlook Boston College either. The Eagles have been to nine bowl games since 1993, including seven in a row under Tom OíBrien. More impressively, they lost just one of those nine games. OíBrien has done an excellent job at BC, and itís somewhat surprising that a bigger school hasnít come after him.

Clemson has also been to 10 bowls over the past 13 seasons. They did not go to a bowl in 2004, even though they went 6-5. They decided to decline any bowl bid they might receive because of a brawl in their season-ending game against South Carolina.

Chip & Dip Platter with Bowl - Virginia TechBesides Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech, the only other ACC team that has been to a BCS game since 1993 is Maryland. The Terps won the ACC in 2001 and went to the Orange Bowl, where they were crushed by Florida, 56-23. Ralph Friedgen took them to bowl games from 2001-2003, but those three trips were the only postseason appearances Maryland has made since 1993.

The two major schools in North Carolina, UNC and NC State, have been even over the last 13 years. Each school has appeared in eight bowl games in that span, winning five of them.

At the bottom of the barrel in the ACC are Duke and Wake Forest. Wake Forest has been to just two bowl games since 1993, while Duke has been to only one. The Blue Devils finished the 1994 regular season at 8-3. They lost the final two games of the season by one point each to UNC and NC State, so they were extremely close to a very special 10-1 season. They went on to the Hall of Fame Bowl where they lost to Wisconsin.

The Hokies are in elite company with their 13 year bowl streak. Michigan is the king of bowls, making 31 consecutive postseason appearances. Florida State has been to a bowl game 24 straight years. The Florida Gators have made 15 consecutive trips to bowl games. Besides those three elite programs, no other school in the nation has a longer bowl streak than Virginia Tech.

All four of those programs are projected to continue their bowl streaks in 2006.

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   TechSideline.com Updates From the Past Week

Top CB Eyeing July Decision

June 29, 2006
One of the top cornerbacks in the east narrowed his list of schools to five earlier this month. Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech were the fortunate programs to make the cut and all five are anxiously awaiting a decision from Andrews (High Point, N.C.) star Marcus Gilchrist.
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4-Star Guard Talks Recruiting
June 29, 2006
Monsignor Bonner (Drexel Hill, PA) star guard Jeff Jones has made unofficial visits in recent weeks to Charlotte, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, respectively. The 6-4 standout hopes to make more trips in the near future as he aims to narrow his list of schools by the end of August.
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Halifax Receiver Standing Out
June 28, 2006
6-0 Ĺ, 182-pound wide receiver Patrick Terry impressed during last weekendís 7-on-7 camp at the University of Virginia. But, as Halifax High School (South Boston, VA) offensive coordinator Stan Hodgin will tell you, he was already on the recruiting radar before his performance and currently boasts two official scholarship offers.
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Questions for the 2006 Football Season
June 28, 2006
I used to work for a guy who would help me and other employees focus on the important issues by asking the question, "What keeps you up at night?" In other words, what's the most important thing you worry about, and what's the most important question to answer? With that spirit in mind, I looked up and down the VT football depth chart and asked a pertinent question about almost every position on the team. I don't have the answers, mind you; the 2006 football season has the answers.
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Q&A with DE Mike Gee
June 27, 2006
Rivals.comís #11 weakside defensive end and Scout.comís #27 defensive end prospect in the 2006 recruiting class, Dwight Morrow (Englewood, N.J.) product Mike Gee is another extremely talented defensive line recruit for Virginia Tech. Techsideline.com caught up with Gee, who measured in recently at 6-2, 248 pounds, for a Q&A session to discuss his high school career, his game and if he will be at Virginia Tech this fall.
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Back When the Place Wasn't Packed
June 26, 2006
One of the many things that Virginia Tech is known for, thanks to ESPN, is its tremendous fan support in football. Hokie fans have turned Lane Stadium into one of the toughest places to play in the country, and Techís record at home, especially on Thursday nights, speaks for itself. But it hasnít always been that way. Virginia Tech used to have to beg people to come to football and basketball games, and fan support was one of the schoolís biggest problems.
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Drager Aiming for August Decision
June 26, 2006
Thomas Jefferson (Jefferson, PA) standout tight end/defensive end prospect Chris Drager added scholarship offers from Maryland and Pittsburgh to his list this past week, giving him a total of seven official Division 1A scholarship offers. Techsideline.com caught up with Drager yesterday for comments on his most recent offer (Pitt), his offer from Virginia Tech and to find out when he plans on making a commitment.
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VT in on Top Defensive Prospect
June 23, 2006
St. Johnís College High School (Washington, D.C.) boasts one of the top defenders on the East coast in DE/LB Tony Tucker. Tucker, a two-way starter at defensive end and tight end for head coach Joe Patterson, racked up 65 tackles including 17 tackles-for-loss and 12 sacks as a junior last season. He is a very good tight end as well, but it is his defense that has earned him over 20 Division 1A scholarship offers.
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The Latest on Greg Nosal
June 23, 2006
6-7, 255-pound Kellam (Virginia Beach, VA) standout Greg Nosal has been lifting weights with his football team as well as playing AAU basketball this summer. Recruiting has not been on the forefront of his mind, although he still wants to make a decision this summer. We caught up with Greg to discuss the rest of his summer plans and when a decision could take place.
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Released by Maryland, Could Alaeze be VT-bound?
June 23, 2006
Back in 2005, the most highly-touted recruit on Virginia Tech's board was Melvin Alaeze, a defensive end from Randallstown High School in Maryland. The Hokies had a legit chance to sign the blue-chip prospect, but he eventually signed a letter of intent to play for the Maryland Terrapins, instead. But unlike most prospects, the Melvin Alaeze story was just beginning.
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