The Atlantic Coast Conference champion will be the host for the 1989 Citrus Bowl football game Jan. 2.

The selection committee voted against invoking an exclusion clause with the ACC, a decision that could pave the way for 16th-ranked Clemson to defend its bowl championship earned with a victory over Penn State last Jan. 1.Clemson, 7-2, can clinch the ACC title Saturday with a victory at Maryland.

The Citrus Bowl selection committee announced it has targeted the Big Eight runner-up, UCLA, Syracuse and Miami as its leading contenders to face the ACC champion, executive director Chuck Rohe said.

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