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NC State bowl projections: Camping World, Sun appear to be most likely destinations for Wolfpack

Welp, so much for those Orange Bowl dreams.

NCAA Football: North Carolina State at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Whatever shot NC State had at landing in the Orange Bowl went up in smoke with the Wolfpack’s loss to Wake Forest on Saturday, but the team is still in position to land a pretty good bowl game, especially if it takes care of business against UNC next weekend.

Here are the scenarios from Joe Giglio, who is about as well-connected with the ACC’s bowl affiliates as anybody.

With a win next week, NC State appears headed somewhere in Florida, with the Camping World Bowl in Orlando the apparent frontrunner. In the event that the Citrus Bowl does not pick an ACC school this year (it’s one of the games obligated to take an ACC team three times in every six-year period) and Virginia Tech isn’t in the Orange Bowl, State would end up in the Gator Bowl. Which is by no means a terrible outcome.

The bad news comes with a loss—but let us not even consider this impossibility—where State could slide into the Sun Bowl. The Sun Bowl, for whatever reason, is regarded as a “Tier I” game for the league, but that’s not a road trip anybody’s going to be looking forward to, if it comes to that. Let’s just handle the Tar Heels and make sure it doesn’t.