It was barely a month ago that Boston College had hopes of playing for an Atlantic Coast Conference championship and setting itself up for one of the glitzier bowls.
But three straight losses to end the regular season changed the Eagles’ prospects dramatically.
For the fourth time in six seasons under coach Steve Addazio, the Eagles finished the regular season with seven wins — hitting their head on the ceiling between good and great in the ACC.
They will go bowling for the fifth time in six years. Where they end up is a question that won’t be answered until Sunday.
A lackluster season for the ACC as a whole makes bowl projections cloudy. The Eagles finished fourth in the Coastal Division (7-5, 4-4 ACC).
Representatives from the Camping World Bowl and the Sun Bowl were on hand Saturday to watch BC take a disappointing loss to Syracuse, 42-21.
The Camping World Bowl has the first pick of ACC teams after the College Football playoff and New Year’s Six bowls. As the only ranked team in the conference besides No. 2 Clemson, the Orange (9-3, 5-3), ranked 18th in the country, made a strong case for themselves to land in Orlando on Dec. 28.
But N.C. State (8-5, 5-3), which still has a makeup game left against East Carolina on Saturday, also is a consideration for the Camping World Bowl.
That decision will be the first domino.
A likely landing spot for the Eagles could be the Sun Bowl in El Paso, but if the Camping World Bowl finds N.C. State a more attractive draw in Orlando, then the Sun Bowl would have the option to take Syracuse.
In that scenario, the Eagles likely would land in the Military Bowl in Annapolis on New Year’s Eve.
No matter where they land, the bowl game will give the Eagles the opportunity to finish with eight wins for the first time since 2009.Julian Benbow can be reached at email@example.com.