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Atlanta bowl in offing?

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Globe Staff / November 29, 2007

A clause in the Chick-fil-A Bowl contract, which requires it to take the loser of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game once every four years, could factor into where Boston College plays its bowl game if the Eagles lose to Virginia Tech Saturday.

Officials of the Chick-fil-A Bowl, which will be played in Atlanta Dec. 31, talked with BC officials Monday to gauge how much fan support the Eagles would bring to the bowl. Sources close to the Chick-fil-A Bowl say BC could be the choice if the Eagles play a competitive game against Virginia Tech. The presence of quarterback Matt Ryan, who has been in the Heisman Trophy race all season, works in the Eagles' favor, as does their win over Clemson, the other ACC candidate.

With a Southeastern Conference team, most likely Auburn, as the opponent, Chick-fil-A Bowl officials are not too worried about ticket sales. The other factor is exercising the option of taking the loser of the ACC title game with an attractive 10-win team, rather than in later years taking the chance of being saddled with a team that has lost four or even five times.

Game on the move?

The ACC championship game may not be long for Jacksonville, Fla. The conference has been accepting bids for months from potential new sites, and an announcement could come tomorrow.

There is growing sentiment that a rotation of Charlotte, N.C.; Jacksonville; Tampa; and Orlando, Fla., could be used, with Charlotte getting the game the next two years.

Ryan ACC's top player

Ryan was named the ACC Player of the Year. He received 50 of 71 first-place votes, well ahead of Virginia defensive lineman Chris Long (18). Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper, Maryland linebacker Erin Henderson, and Georgia Tech running back Tashard Choice each had one first-place vote . . . BC's Jeff Jagodzinski finished second to Virginia's Al Groh in ACC Coach of the Year balloting . . . The Eagles will practice this afternoon and then fly to Jacksonville tonight . . . BC cornerback DeJuan Tribble (knee) was in pads yesterday, but is considered doubtful for Saturday's game.

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