Midseason bowl projections are the football version of basketball’s bracketology.

They’re never wrong, because they change every week. And they have absolutely no bearing on the matchups until the selections actually are made. But they are fun to talk about, especially since there are so many floating around the Internet.

Each with their own variations.

Depending on which you prefer, your favorite team will be spending its postseason anywhere from New York to San Diego, along with numerous other points in between.

There is at least one thing on which ESPN, CBS, USAToday, Athlon and others agree. They all have the same 10 ACC teams in their bowl lineups.

That’s something of a leap of faith considering only 5 of those teams – Clemson, Wake Forest, Syracuse, North Carolina and NC State – are already bowl eligible with 5 weeks remaining in the regular season.

As for the rest, there’s work to do. Some more than others.

Here’s a look at what they have left, what they need to do and what their chances are of reaching the elusive 6-win threshold:

Not quite Sharpie

Outside of the top 5, Duke, Pittsburgh and Florida State are in the best shape of the 10 projected ACC bowl teams.

The surprising Blue Devils need only 1 more win and will play lowly Boston College and Virginia Tech in the next 2 weeks. With 4 wins apiece, the Panthers and Seminoles also are in good shape, though both are going to have to pick up their games.

The reigning ACC champion Panthers have lost 2 of their past 3 with both defeats coming at the hands of lesser opponents. With Kedon Slovis and the passing game in a season-long funk, coach Pat Narduzzi’s team likely will only go as far as ACC-leading rusher Israel Abanikanda can take it.

Pitt can take a major step in the right direction Saturday by knocking off Coastal Division leader and 21st-ranked UNC in Chapel Hill. Beyond that, there are winnable opportunities remaining at home against No. 16 Syracuse and Duke and on the road against bottom-feeding Virginia and struggling Miami.

The Seminoles’ prospects are even brighter.

Even though it has been a full month since Florida State last won, its schedule eases considerably now that it has finished running the gauntlet of Atlantic Division front-runners Wake Forest, NC State and Clemson in consecutive weeks.

Other than Saturday’s home game against Georgia Tech, in which the Seminoles are a 24.5-point favorite, they’ll play at Miami and Syracuse before finishing at home against nonconference opponents Louisiana and Florida.

Cautiously optimistic

Like Pitt and FSU, Louisville also checks in at 4-3. Its outlook, even after 2 straight wins to at least get into the postseason conversation, is far more tenuous.

One reason for that is the health of banged-up quarterback Malik Cunningham. The star senior missed a recent game against Virginia with concussion symptoms and was sidelined several times by hard hits during last week’s win against Pittsburgh.

Coach Scott Satterfield’s Cardinals also have to negotiate by far the most challenging remaining schedule of any ACC team. Four of their final 5 opponents are ranked with the other having been in the polls as recently as 2 weeks ago.

With road games at No. 10 Wake Forest, No. 5 Clemson and traditional rival and No. 19 Kentucky coming up, the Cardinals’ bowl chances likely are to hinge on their home games against crippled NC State, which is ranked 24th, and nonconference foe James Madison.

In the danger zone

Miami might have been the preseason favorite to win the Coastal Division. But at 3-4, the Hurricanes are in jeopardy of getting shut out of the postseason. Especially with quarterback Tyler Van Dyke sidelined for at least the next several weeks with a shoulder injury.

They can only afford 2 more losses to avoid spending the holidays at home this year.

At least it’s warm in South Florida during late December.

Considering the way the Hurricanes have looked recently, especially in last weekend’s 8-turnover debacle against Duke, it doesn’t really matter who they have left to play. Every game is eminently losable.

A remaining schedule that includes a rivalry game against FSU, a road trip to Clemson’s Death Valley and a season-ending home game against Pitt – to go along with Virginia and Georgia Tech on the road – have the odds clearly stacked against Mario Cristobal’s team.

So you’re saying there’s a chance

Mathematically, yes. Realistically, it will take an extreme Hail Mary for either Georgia Tech or Virginia to reach the 6-win mark.

They’re both still only halfway to bowl eligibility at 3-4 and they feature the 2 lowest-scoring offenses in the ACC. Whatever hopes they have will hinge on their upcoming matchups against Miami.

The Cavaliers will be the 1st to try to take advantage of the Hurricanes’ woes Saturday before finishing up with consecutive home games against UNC, Pitt, Coastal Carolina and on the road against Virginia Tech.

The Yellow Jackets, who will play without starting quarterback Jeff Sims against FSU on Saturday, have their date with Miami at home Nov. 12, surrounded by games against Virginia Tech, UNC and reigning national champion Georgia – all on the road.

Good luck.

Wait until next year

Needing to win out in order to qualify for the postseason, the only bowling Virginia Tech and Boston College will be doing this year is at their local alley with 10 pins and a 15-pound ball.