The Music City Bowl—Payout $1,600,000
Located in Nashville, Tennessee. Matches the ACC versus the SEC.
Projected Teams—Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky
The Liberty Bowl—Payout $1,700,000
Located in Memphis, Tennessee. Matches the SEC versus Conference USA Champion
Projected Teams—Mississippi versus Houston
The Sun Bowl—Payout $1,900,000
Located in El Paso, Texas. Matches the ACC versus the PAC 10.
Projected Teams—Clemson versus Washington
The Pinstripe Bowl—Payout $2,000,000
Located in New York City. Matches the Big East versus the Big 12 or Notre Dame.
Projected Teams—West Virginia versus Notre Dame
The only Bowl that has been around longer than the Sun Bowl is the Rose Bowl. The Sun, the Orange, and the Sugar all began in the 1934 season.
This is the first year of the new ACC-Sun contract and the conference will want to put its best foot forward. Nobody in this country travels like Clemson. They will be plucked above their finishing position in the league and given this prestigious responsibility of representing the ACC in El Paso because they will fill the hallowed stadium.
Washington, with Jake Locker, is the obvious choice as the opponent.
The Pinstripe is in its first year and will want media friendly names and a large crowd, as this is the first Bowl game in New York City since Nebraska defeated Miami in the 1962 Gotham Bowl.
Although the Irish will make a trip to the Big Apple to take on West Point during the season, they will be the hands down choice, even though they are listed as a back up team for the Big 12 in this Bowl.
West Virginia will be chosen for the same reason Clemson is going to El Paso. The Mountaineers travel, and they will provide the rocking crowd for the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium.
Two million clams for Morgantown will not hurt either.
It's a big responsibility for West Virginia, but they've shown before they can represent the Big East better than anyone else in the conference.
Georgia Tech is a fixture in the bowl season and should have an interesting trip to Nashville to carry the ACC banner against Joker Phillips's Wildcats of Kentucky.
Houston could end up in a BCS bowl behind the talent of quarterback Case Keenum. Ole Miss enjoys traveling to Memphis and will provide a solid road block for the Cougars. An interesting note concerning these two teams, the Rebels and Houston played every season from 1954 through 1970, but have not met since.