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NC State's bowl game hasn't been officially announced yet, but it's pretty clear that the selection has likely already been determined. Bowl projectors across the country aren't all in agreement on every bowl game, but the Holiday Bowl seems to be the general consensus for the Wolfpack this December.

In fact, out of the eight projections we identified released following the conclusion of games on Saturday, seven had NC State in the Holiday Bowl. The lone outlier? Stewart Mandel of The Athletic, which had the Wolfpack in the Duke's Mayo Bowl (a Tier 2 bowl game) last week. So he might not have a solid grasp on how things work in the ACC, but I digress.

So why exactly is NC State projected by many to go to the Holiday Bowl, exactly? Well, it all comes down to the selection process. Unlike past years, the bowls have some flexibility to build out the best possible matchups and it appears the Pack drew the short straw.

After some talks that the Pack would head to the Cheez-It Bowl against a Big 12 opponent, the rug was pulled out when the bowl in Orlando decided to hitch its ride to Clemson. That left only two Tier 1 bowls left for State, and given the fact that it's competed in the Gator Bowl in two out of the last three years, it will likely be sent out west to hang out with Ron Burgundy.

That short straw isn't so bad when it comes to the payout. That's because the Holiday Bowl happens to be the largest purse of any Tier 1 bowl game in the ACC, with a $6,532,700 payout for the teams involved.

For those wondering, the Holiday Bowl is scheduled for a 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) kickoff from Petco Park in San Diego, California. And if you're looking to travel, the drive will take you about a day and a half while a round-trip flight will likely run you anywhere from $700 to $2,000 depending on your airline of choice.

Luckily for Wolfpack fans, it will also be broadcast on FOX for the first time in the history of the bowl. It has been on ESPN and FS1 since 1986, so the 2021 bowl will be the first nationally broadcasted game. Here's a look at the full projections for those who don't believe me when it comes to the fact that NC State is likely being shipped out west.

247Sports (Brad Crawford): San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl - NC State vs. UCLA

CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl - NC State vs. UCLA

ESPN (Kyle Bonagura): San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl - NC State vs. UCLA

ESPN (Mark Schlabach): San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl - NC State vs. UCLA

Action Network (Brett McMurphy): San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl - NC State vs. UCLA

The Athletic

(Stewart Mandel): Cheez-It Bowl - NC State vs. Iowa State

College Football News: San Diego County Credit Union 

Holiday Bowl - NC State vs. UCLA

Athlon Sports: San Diego County Credit Union 

Holiday Bowl - NC State vs. Arizona State

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Source : https://247sports.com/college/north-carolina-state/Article/NC-State-bowl-projections-Holiday-Bowl-Wolfpack-2021-football-San-Diego-177360088/

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