The Wolfpack had a very good season this year in the ACC, but linebacker Peyton Wilson has not decided whether or not he'll play against a very good Wildcats team in the Pop-Tarts Bowl. NC State's only two ACC losses were to Louisville and Duke early in the season.
Clemson is not used to an 8-win season, but that's what they had this season and they started the season with a loss at Duke on Labor Day Weekend. Kentucky closed out the regular season with a 38-31 win over in-state rival Louisville on the road and is playing well before the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.
This is a matchup that almost everyone envisioned would be in the College Football Playoff on New Year's Day, but the Bulldogs were upset in the SEC Championship game by Alabama and the Seminoles won the ACC Championship over Louisville, but by now, you know what happened on Dec. 4. It's going to be interesting seeing how much both teams are invested in the Orange Bowl, a bowl that they both thought they were not going to be at.