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Boston College Headed For A Bowl

Nov. 29, 1999

AP Sports Writer

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- With an 8-3 record Boston College is going to a bowl game this year.

The only question now is, which one?

The No. 25 Eagles expected to hear Monday that they would be invited to the Dec. 31 Bowl in Tucson, Ariz. But there's still a chance they will go to the New Year's Day Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Gator gets second choice of the Big East -- the top team in the conference, No. 2 Virginia Tech, will play for the national championship in the Sugar Bowl. The Gator is expected to pick No. 23 Miami, but the Hurricanes still have a game Saturday against Temple and no announcement will come before then.

``I've been here so many years where you were just begging for a situation like this,'' offensive lineman Butch Palaza said. ``Now that it's here, we'll take it.''

Coach Tom O'Brien said he wasn't worried about waiting another week to find out who he'll play, either way he'll have almost a month to prepare. But he wanted BC fans to have as much time as possible to make travel plans.

As for his players, he will let them go home and spend Christmas with their families before they have to report to the bowl site on Dec. 26.

The Eagles finished the season with victories over Syracuse, West Virginia and Notre Dame before losing 38-14 to Virginia Tech on Friday -- an outcome considered respectable in light of the Hokies' high ranking.

``This has been two years in the making,'' O'Brien said. ``It hasn't happened overnight.''

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