In an ideal scenario, the University of Miami would be able to play Florida State in the ACC title game and accept an Orange Bowl bid if its wins but self-impose a bowl ban if it loses.
But the ACC will not allow that.
The conference said last week that UM or any team that is considering self-imposing a bowl ban must make its intentions clear before the ACC title game. The ACC said its championship is considered a postseason game and a team cannot self-impose a bowl ban after it plays in that game.
Miami, which is considering self-imposing a bowl ban, could clinch the ACC’s Coastal Division title as early as Nov. 17 if the Hurricanes win at Virginia on Nov. 10 and Duke loses at Georgia Tech on Nov. 17. UM plays at Duke on Nov. 24.
Meanwhile, the NCAA has offered clarity regarding transfer rules for players whose teams are banned from a bowl game --- something that could potentially affect UM in 2013.
For information about that, plus what UM officials are saying privately about a bowl ban, and other tidbits about the NCAA investigation, please click on my Florida Sports Buzz blog.