NC State’s Doeren says the Wolfpack deserves to be in an elite bowl game
N.C. State is going back to the Gator Bowl, Wake Forest is going to Birmingham, Ala. and Duke is headed to Louisiana.
The ACC bowl order was finalized on Sunday with the Wolfpack (9-3) headed to Jacksonville, Fla. to face Texas A&M (8-4) in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl on Dec. 31 (7:30 p.m.).
The Demon Deacons (6-6), who closed the regular season with wins at N.C. State and Duke, will face Memphis (8-5) in the Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 22.
The Blue Devils (7-5), in their sixth bowl trip in seven years, will go to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. and face Temple (8-4) on Dec. 27.
N.C. State won a school-record 11 games in 2002 and finished that season with a win in the Gator Bowl over Notre Dame. N.C. State can hit double-digit wins for only the second time in school history with its return visit to Jacksonville.
This will be the first time N.C. State plays Texas A&M but Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher spent the previous eight seasons at Florida State and faced the Wolfpack annually. Fisher has a 5-3 record against the Wolfpack.
Clemson (13-0) won its fourth straight ACC title on Saturday and was picked for the College Football Playoff on Sunday. The second-ranked Tigers will face No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0) in the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas on Dec. 29.
No. 20 Syracuse (9-3) was the ACC’s top choice after the CFP process and the Orange will face West Virginia (8-3) in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Fla. on Dec. 28.
In the ACC’s other Tier I games:
▪ Virginia (7-5) will face South Carolina (7-5) in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte on Dec. 29
▪ Pittsburgh (7-6) will face Stanford (8-4) in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas on Dec. 31.
▪ Miami (7-5) will face Wisconsin (7-5) in the Pinstripe Bowl in New York on Dec. 27.
In the ACC’s other Tier II games:
▪ Virginia Tech (6-6) will face Cincinnati (10-2) in the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md. on Dec. 31.
▪ Boston College (7-5) will face Boise State (10-3) in the First Responders Bowl in Dallas on Dec. 26.
▪ Georgia Tech (7-5), in coach Paul Johnson’s final game with the Yellow Jackets, will face Minnesota (6-6) in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26.