Duke, Clemson get first shots at ACC bowl eligibility against struggling Hokies

The Clemson Sports Blog

Rod McDowell runs after catching a 23-yard pass in the third quarter.

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Rod McDowell runs after catching a 23-yard pass in the third quarter.

Who has the initial opportunity to become the ACC's first bowl-eligible team?

Would you believe Duke?

Indeed, the upstart Blue Devils can punch their ticket to the post-season with a victory over struggling Virginia Tech at Blacksburg on Saturday.

Duke, which last played in a bowl game in the 1995 Hall of Fame Bowl against Wisconsin, stands 5-1 and, at 2-0 in the ACC, and is neck-and-neck with Miami (3-0) at the top of the Coastal Division.

The Blue Devils have wins over Florida International, North Carolina Central, Memphis, Wake Forest and Virginia. Their only loss came at the hands of nationally-ranked Stanford.

Like Duke, Clemson (5-1) has an opportunity to clinch bowl eligibility at the expense of Frank Beamer's Hokies, who will visit Death Valley for a noon game on Oct. 20.

Teams currently two wins away from post-season eligibility include Miami (4-2), Florida State (5-1) and N.C. State (4-2).

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columbiabill writes:

I don't like to talk about bowl eligibility for Clemson. If we have to talk about being bowl eligible, then we haven't arrived as a football team. Being bowl eligible is something that should be assumed every season and not even worrying about it. OK to talk about Duke because for them it is a big deal.

brookesdad729 writes:

in response to columbiabill:

I don't like to talk about bowl eligibility for Clemson. If we have to talk about being bowl eligible, then we haven't arrived as a football team. Being bowl eligible is something that should be assumed every season and not even worrying about it. OK to talk about Duke because for them it is a big deal.

I agree with you on that one columbiabill..bowl eligibility should be pretty much a given with us, although we know anything can happen. But winning at least six games especially the way the conference is now isn't much of a challenge. This has got to be the weakest I have ever seen the ACC. Duke 5-1? VT struggling? GaTech losing and firing their DC? Not what I expected that's for sure! I at least thought that VT, GT, Clem, FSU and NCSt would all be good this year. Clemson and FSU are fine but the rest still have to get their game up! Let's see what happens the second half of the season. Go Tigers!

brookesdad729 writes:

in response to sennmanthetigerfan:

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Sorry to offend you but that's what this is about "sharing your thoughts" whether you agree or disagree! Fortunately we're a family at Clemson; unfortunately family has to share in the joys and criticisms of life. In my family we can criticize each other but outsiders aren't allowed to without a fight! The fact that I'm a fan and a very devoted one gives me the right to gripe if I'd like to, and the fact that we're still paying for my wife's Clemson education gives me even more of a right cause they're in my pocket! Go Tigers!

MoncksTater writes:

Honestly ? I guess there are times in this world when people just need to be heard . Inane arguments are the worst kind .

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