After a scenario that resulted in a 5-3 Boston College team relegated to the last bowl bid, the MPC Computers Bowl in Boise, the ACC moved to prevent BC from reliving that scenario ever again.
ESPN.com is reporting that under the new ACC rules, the ACC runner up can no longer fall below the 5th bowl in the selection order. In addition, in order for a bowl to "skip" the team slotted to them and pick a team with a lesser conference record, if and only if, the teams are no more then 1 game below them in the conference standings.
The ACC is also expected to announce the following bowl selection order: #1 BCS, #2 Peach, #3 Gator, #4 Champs Sports, #5 Music City, #6 Meinke, #7 Emerald, #8 MPC Computers.
While this rule does offer some protection, I would still expect teams such as Boston College to end up in the lowest ranked bowl they are eligible for under the new rules.