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The ACC had its ups and downs this season, with some tough losses against other conferences. Most notably, Virginia Tech lost to Boise State and FCS James Madison. North Carolina struggled with suspensions and injuries all season.
That being said, having nine teams in bowl games and going just under .500 is about what people expected from the ACC.
Virginia Tech, the ACC Champions, were pummeled by Stanford in the Orange Bowl 40-12. Stanford was just a tougher team, with its only loss versus Oregon. Virginia Tech entered the game on an 11-game winning streak.
Boston College lost to a ranked Nevada team, who was favored by nine. Nevada was just the better team, getting help from its punt team with a punt return for touchdown.
Florida State beat South Carolina 26-17. Both teams came in as divisional champions in their conferences with losses in the championship games.
Notre Dame upset Miami (FL). Notre Dame had a first year head coach while Miami (FL) had Jacory Harris. Harris was shutdown throwing three interceptions before being pulled. Notre Dame was playing without starting quarterback, Crist, who went down for the season.
South Florida upset Clemson in the Meineke Car Care Bowl 31-26. Clemson lost three of its final five games. South Florida won four of its final six. Clemson was favored by five.
North Carolina beat Tennessee in their own backyard in the Music City Bowl in double overtime. North Carolina was riddled with injuries and suspensions all season, but came out on top with a 23-yard field goal.
Maryland beat East Carolina 51-20. East Carolina had no answers for Maryland's offense. The Terrapins used big plays to beat the Pirates, including a 61-yard and 91-yard run. They also had a 45-yard pass for a touchdown early in the game.
North Carolina State beat West Virginia, co-champions of the Big East. UConn got the automatic BCS bid, leaving West Virginia to face the Wolfpack. NC State had a tough passing attack, ranked 19th in the country.
Georgia Tech lost to Air Force 14-7. Air Force had a tough offense, including the second-ranked rushing offense in the country. Georgia Tech also had a prolific offense with the top-ranked rushing offense in the country.