The Meineke Car Care Bowl is holding its first team selection committee meeting tonight (Monday).
One of the teams likely to get mentioned is Duke. The Blue Devils (3-1) haven't played in a bowl since the Hall of Fame Bowl on Jan. 2, 1995, but are halfway to the number of wins they need to get bowl eligible.
"I think Duke would be intriguing," said bowl executive director Will Webb. "I think their fans would show up. They're on our radar."
In Charlotte, the Meineke Bowl has a growing track record of success filling the stands of the Carolina Panthers' home stadium with local draws. Duke doesn't have as many football fans in North Carolina as UNC or N.C. State, but might be able to draw a huge percentage of its local supporters after a long bowl drought.
That's if the Blue Devils can win at least three more games, of course. But after breaking a 25-game ACC losing streak, the idea that first-year coach David Cutcliffe even has Duke on the bowl radar is an accomplishment.