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Leeman Bennett is a former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is the current chairman of the Chick-fil-A Bowl’s Team Selection Committee. He writes a weekly team selection blog to give fans an inside look into the Chick-fil-A Bowl’s team scouting and selection process.
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Oct. 17: This week's predictions & an early scouting trip...

We saw some interesting changes in predictions this week, but if there's one thing I know, it's that there's a lot of football left to be played, and at this point, anything is possible!

Media Outlet   ACC Pick   SEC Pick  
CBSSports.com  Florida State   Georgia  
CollegeFootballNews.com  Miami   Missouri  
ESPN (Schlabach)  Miami   Missouri  
ESPN (Edwards)   Miami   Georgia  
ESPN (ACC Blog)  Miami   n/a
ESPN (SEC Blog)   n/a Georgia  
SBNation  Virginia Tech   Georgia  
The Sporting News   Miami   Auburn  
USAToday.com   Virginia Tech   South Carolina  

It's still a little early for us to talk about specific teams, so I wanted to take this opportunity to give you a look inside the ACC vs. SEC rivalry in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. 

Did you know that we represent the longest-running match-up of these two conferences, dating back to 1992? The ACC and SEC have met in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in each of the last 21 years, and with Clemson's last-second win over LSU in last year's game, the ACC leads the series 11-10 over the SEC. 

The SEC holds a slight edge in total points scored (459-437), but the average score for each conference is incredibly close, at 21.8 (SEC) to 20.8 (ACC).  

Do you think the SEC will be able to tie the series at 11 wins apiece this year, in our last ACC vs. SEC matchup before the new College Football Playoff begins in 2014? Or will the ACC close the series with a 12-10 lead? 

This week, Chick-fil-A Bowl President & CEO Gary Stokan will be making the trip to Miami-UNC on Thursday and Florida State-Clemson on Saturday. Both games have big implications for us, so we'll be paying close attention.

I would love to see your comments here on which teams you think will make it to Atlanta for New Year's Eve. Let us know.


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Created by Brian in 10/18/2013 12:37:07 PM
Is Virginia Tech really a possibility? Do we want them opening AND closing the season in Atlanta?

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