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Bowl Predictions, Oct. 26

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With the football season more-or-less two-thirds over, the bowl picture is starting to shape up.

I've believed since the start of the season that UNC would win eight games and go to the Peach Bowl, which would love to have the Heels in Atlanta for New Year's Eve. I see no reason to change that prediction now.

I forsee a Virginia Tech win over Maryland in the ACC Championship Game, which would put the Hokies in the Orange Bowl. And while after watching Duke self-destruct against Miami I never thought the Devils could get six wins, I wasn't figuring on Vanderbilt being one of them. Problem is, Duke could be the ACC's 10th bowl-eligible team, with only nine bowl tie-ins. The ninth bowl is the Eagle Bank/Congressional Bowl, which gives an automatic bid to Navy, which has already lost to Duke. So the Devils need Miami to flame out, which could end up sliding them into Boise.

As for East Carolina, the Pirates should win Conference USA's weaker division, only to be slaughtered by Tulsa in the title game. With the two Texas bowls snapping up Houston and Rice, look for the Pirates to head down to Mobile for the GMAC Bowl at the late date of Jan. 6.

Anyway, here's how I see it shaking down (Tulsa plays UCF tonight):

ACC

Orange Bowl -- Virginia Tech
Peach Bowl -- North Carolina
Gator Bowl -- Florida State
Champs Bowl -- Maryland
Music City Bowl -- Georgia Tech
Meineke (Charlotte) Bowl -- Virginia
Emerald Bowl -- Boston College
Humanitarian Bowl -- Wake Forest
Eagle (Congressional) Bowl -- Miami
Bowl-eligible ... but where? Duke

Conference USA

Liberty Bowl -- Tulsa
GMAC Bowl -- East Carolina
Texas Bowl -- Rice
Armed Forces Bowl -- Houston
New Orleans Bowl -- Memphis
St. Petersburg Bowl -- UTEP

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my man

i'm no english professor but we need t clean up your writing skills just a tad. but I dont understand why you keep asking the paper to put you as anonymous when, by now, you should know it will register as anonymous. makes me wonder if you're not doing it on purpose. i dunno. just thinkning out loud.

Hi

UNC needs to win all there remains games before thinking about bowl games.
They needs on focus in class room&studys&going to practices every day..

Just put me as anonymous in newspaper ok thanks
Wilmington,NC

i agree w/you people about

i agree w/you people about everything in newspaper,
don;t start any rumors yet..UNC needs to win all there rem
games now...UNC needs to be in spot light every week on ESPN Tv&butch davis&his staff coachs thats what iam, talking about..

Tj yates needs get back in game soon&h Nicks needs to, take brandon tates place&take ball down the field i can remember all plays names.
This 2 weeks off the coachs needs put the players in(hot tub)let jets get on the bones..

Please just put anonymous ok thanks
wilmington,NC.

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Luke has worked for The N&O since 2000. He covered the Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL before becoming a sports columnist in August 2008. A native of Evanston, Ill., he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He can be reached at (919) 829-8947, @LukeDeCock on Twitter or luke.decock@newsobserver.com.
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