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NC State to the Orange Bowl? Don’t rule it out

NC State doesn’t play Miami this season, but I think there is a chance the Wolfpack could still make the scene at raucous Hard Rock Stadium.

Dec. 30 – in the Orange Bowl!

Yes, this is a longshot. Yes, NC State must win impressively against both Wake Forest and UNC. Most importantly, the CFP Selection Committee must select BOTH Clemson and Miami.

Most of the bowl projections I have seen place the loser of the ACC Championship game in the Orange Bowl. Odds are that is what will happen.

But the Orange will have a slot open for the highest ranked ACC team remaining should the CFP Selection Committee take the top two ACC teams. After the dramatic turn of events this weekend, two ACC teams in the CFP looks possible.

To recap, the CFP Selection Committee’s No.1 team, Georgia, lost badly at Auburn, 40-17.

The Bulldogs’ resume building win at No. 3 Notre Dame was diminished when No. 7 Miami routed the Irish, 41-8.

Second-ranked Alabama needed some last-minute game mismanagement by Mississippi State to score a 31-24 win in the final seconds of regulation at Starkville. Fourth-ranked Clemson, alone among the CFP’s Top 4 as a double-digit winner, still had to overcome some critical mistakes to dispatch Florida State, 31-14.

It would appear there will be two openings in the CFP Top Four rankings this week. One will certainly go to No. 5 Oklahoma, which crushed No. 6 TCU. The other should go to No. 7 Miami or No. 8 Wisconsin.

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit picks the Canes. In fact, Herbstreit ranks Miami second. CBS’ Jerry Palm puts Wisconsin in with Alabama, Oklahoma, and Clemson ahead of Miami. We shall see what the committee does Tuesday night.

Wisconsin must still play Michigan and then would, it appears, play Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game. Should the Badgers lose either of those, that could open the door for Clemson and Miami to both make the CFP, assuming the two…

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