(An outsiders look at what’s going on at Boston College, aka The Heights)

Back in 2012, many Atlantic Coast Conference coaches felt the league made a deal with the devil when it contracted to put five ACC schools on Notre Dame’s schedule each season.

In exchange, Notre Dame received a guarantee from the ACC that, in seasons it did not make playoff-bowl set up, the Irish would be treated as an “ACC” team in the conference’s bowl arrangement.

The schools most affected fell in the six-or-seven victory range, who almost certainly get bumped if Notre Dame was “available.”  Many ACC coaches felt the league gave up too much to ND which, as an independent, was looking for a parachute bowl game in the seasons the Irish weren’t top-10 caliber. With the majority of the bowls locking up their spots to conference teams, ND officials wanted a guaranteed bowl slot for the Irish, both good and bad.

Which brings us to this season.

Boston College finished its regular season on Saturday with a solid 42-14 victory over Syracuse, which elevated the Eagles’ record to 7-5. For the fourth time in five seasons, BC is bowl eligible, although the Eagles have never won more than seven games in Coach Steve Addazio’s five seasons at The Heights.

Notre Dame finished with a 38-20 loss to Stanford, which dropped the Irish to 9-3 and put them on the fringes for a spot in one of the six college football playoff bowls.

How does this affect BC? Let’s take a look:

The ACC will have 10 bowl slots open for 10 potential bowl eligible teams–not including Notre Dame.

With the completion of this weekend’s games, this is my guess at the playoff bowls AND the ACC bowls.

College Football Playoff Semifinals

Sugar: Clemson-Miami winner vs. Wisconsin

Rose: Auburn vs.  Oklahoma

Selection Committee Bowl Games

Fiesta: USC-Stanford winner vs. Wisconsin-Ohio State loser

Cotton: Penn State vs. Notre Dame

Peach: Auburn-Georgia loser vs. UCF-Memphis State winner

Orange: Clemson-Miami loser vs. Alabama

ACC Bowl Games

Orange: Clemson-Miami loser vs. Alabama

Camping World Bowl, Orlando: Virginia Tech

Citrus Bowl, Orlando: Spot only available if Big 10 team is in the Orange Bowl, which wouldn’t happen if Alabama is in the Orange Bowl.

Tax Slayer Bowl, Jacksonville: Florida State

Belk Bowl, Charlotte: North Carolina State

Sun Bowl, El Paso: Louisville

Pinstripe Bowl, NYC: Boston College

Military Bowl, Annapolis: Virginia

Independence Bowl, Shreveport: Wake Forest

Quick Lane Bowl, Detroit: Duke The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.