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Posted at 3:50 PM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Chick-fil-A Bowl will take loser of ACC title game

By Mark Giannotto

The Chick-fil-A bowl announced Thursday that it will take the loser of the ACC championship game as its ACC representative this year. Either No. 12 Virginia Tech or No. 20 Florida State will take on an Southeastern Conference team on New Year's Eve in Atlanta. The winner Saturday in Charlotte will get an automatic bid to the Orange Bowl.

Formerly known as the Peach Bowl, the Chick-fil-A bowl has the No. 5 choice among SEC teams. That would likely mean a team like South Carolina, Mississippi State or Florida would be available at that spot. The Chick-fil-A bowl will announce its SEC selection on Sunday.

The Hokies defeated Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A bowl last year, and have appeared in the game four times overall.

"Either team gives us a nationally ranked program and a great draw for TV," said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. "Whether we end up with the 'Noles or the Hokies, we're going to be hosting a top-25-ranked ACC team and a division winner with a great coach and an excellent fan base."

By Mark Giannotto  | December 2, 2010; 3:50 PM ET
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