ACC Bowl Schedule, Early Lines & Picks

    ACC bowl schedule, early lines and picks. The conference's slate is headlined by Clemson's berth in the College Football Playoff.

    December 9, 2015

    The ACC bowl schedule for 2015-16 features nine games, but if the Clemson Tigers can beat Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff semifinal, there will be a 10th. Two years ago, it was Florida State’s time to bring home the national championship for the ACC. Now, it is up to Coach Dabo Swinney and the Tigers, who are led by quarterback and Heisman finalist Deshaun Watson. Awaiting in the semifinal are the Oklahoma Sooners and versatile signal-caller Baker Mayfield.

    The complete ACC bowl schedule and early picks for each game are listed below.

    2015-16 ACC Football Bowl Schedule & Early Picks

    Capital One Orange Bowl

    College Football Playoff Semifinal
    Thursday, December 31, 4:00 pm ET, ESPN
    Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
    Playoff vs. Playoff
    Clemson vs. Oklahoma

    Sure, the Tigers pasted the Sooners last year 40-6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl, but these are two very different teams. That isn’t to say that Clemson isn’t capable of that again. All season long, the Tigers have had to answer critics, and they have done that by turning in the only undefeated season in FBS. Now, they face a Sooners squad that is explosive on both sides of the ball. It could be a classic showdown between quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Baker Mayfield. 

    Early Pick: Oklahoma 41, Clemson 30
    Early Line: Oklahoma -3.5

    Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

    Thursday, December 31, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN
    Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA 
    Florida State vs. Houston

    An angry Dalvin Cook, who was left off of the invite list to the Heisman Trophy ceremony, might spell trouble for the Cougars. The Seminoles have more talent, but Houston is no push over. Can Houston, and coach Tom Herman with his new mighty contract, pull off the upset and score one for the little guys?    

    Early Pick: Florida State 26, Houston 20
    Early Line: Florida State -7

    Hyundai Sun Bowl

    Saturday, December 26, 2:00 pm ET, CBS
    Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX 
    Miami vs. Washington State

    For Miami, this is a chance to end the season on a high note going into the Mark Richt era, and some of the Hurricanes will be trying to impress the new man in charge. Washington State, on the other hand, can cap off a fantastic season under Mike Leach with its ninth win.

    Early Pick: Washington State 41, Miami 34
    Early Line:  Washington State -2.5

    New Era Pinstripe Bowl

    Saturday, December 26, 3:30 pm, ABC
    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY 
    Duke vs. Indiana

    A football game played between two perennial basketball schools in a Major League Baseball stadium. That is what you are getting here. The Hoosiers have looked good down the stretch, while the Blue Devils have plummeted.

    Early Pick: Indiana 37, Duke 30
    Early Line: Indiana -2 

    Camping World Independence Bowl

    Saturday, December 26, 5:35 pm ET, ESPN
    Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA 
    Virginia Tech vs. Tulsa

    Talk about being up against a team full of emotion. The Hokies will be amped to send out long-time coach Frank Beamer out on a winning note, and will take out that aggression on the Golden Hurricane. In any other lower bowl game, Tulsa would have a chance. Not in Beamer’s last game. 

    Early Pick: Virginia Tech 40, Tulsa 23
    Early Line:  Virginia Tech -13.5 

    Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman

    Monday, December 28, 2:30 pm, ESPN
    Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD
    Pitt vs. Navy

    The Panthers defense is solid, and with a month to prepare for the running attack of Navy, will be as prepared as a team can be. Don’t expect Midshipmen QB Keenan Reynolds and his teammates to go out quietly, though. Especially with a home crowd waiting for them in Annapolis.

    Early Pick: Navy 24, Pitt 20
    Early Line: Navy -4.

    Russell Athletic Bowl

    Tuesday, December 29, 5:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL 
    North Carolina vs. Baylor

    The Tar Heels were oh so close to beating Clemson and shaking up the College Football Playoff picture before falling, and if that tells you anything, it’s that this team is talented. UNC QB Marquise Williams is a star, and the defense, in the first year under Gene Chizik, is solid. Who will they face at QB for Baylor? No one knows yet, but it’s Baylor, so they should be able to put up points. 

    Early Pick: Baylor 52, North Carolina 45
    Early Line: Baylor -3

    Belk Bowl

    Wednesday, December 30, 3:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC 
    NC State vs. Mississippi State

    Wolfpack QB Jacoby Brissett and Bulldogs QB Dak Prescott will battle it out in their final college football games before attempting to make the NFL jump. Prescott has been the better of the two throughout their careers, and will go out with a big bang.

    Early Pick: Mississippi State 47, NC State 37
    Early Line: Mississippi State -6.5

    Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

    Wednesday, December 30, 7:00 pm ET, ESPN
    LP Field, Nashville, TN 
    Louisville vs. Texas A&M

    These two teams are headed in opposite directions. Texas A&M started hot, but cooled off to end the season, while Louisville has won five of its last six to become bowl eligible. 

    Early Pick: Louisville 24, Texas A&M 21
    Early Line: Texas A&M -2.5 

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