Well, another football season is behind us. The regular season, anyway. There is a lot to decide yet regarding bowl games and such. But, alas, it is time for the final regular season Confidential Correspondents ACC football poll. For fun, let’s take a quick look at the Week 1 poll results:
Louisville, Memphis State and Cincinnati have been intwined in a triangle relationship for many decades and through multiple conferences. It’s a rivalry that hasn’t received the same noterity or exposure as Duke and North Carolina or Texas and Oklahoma but it is a rivalry that has brought out the vile from all three fan bases. It is also unique in that it envolves three teams.
The Louisville, Memphis State, and Cincinnati rivalries have spanned many decades and almost as many conferences. These rivalries, that are underappreciated nationally, hold a special place in the heart s of these three universities and fan bases. It is truly a love/hate relationship; we love to hate each other.
Jim Grobe stepped down today from his position as HC at Wake Forest.
I was able to listen to portions of the news conference live on the radio this afternoon (12/2) and it played out like an absolute lovefest. AD Ron Wellman spoke first, praising Grobe for his affection for his players and what he had done for the schools football program, most prominently the 2006 ACC title and subsequent Orange Bowl berth.
It’s been almost a month since the Confidential looked at the current Tar Heel basketball team and not a lot has changed-
We still have no idea who this team is, or what they’re capable of.
If Florida State, Ohio State, and Auburn all win, there will be a lot of debate as to which two teams should play in the National Championship game. If you read the Big 10 fans’ comments, there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth regarding the “system”–especially ESPN–being anti-Big 10 and pro-SEC. All one can say is… what goes around, comes around.
Here are the Confidential’s full bowl projections as of December 1, 2013 (subject to change…of course):
Update: We’ve gone hermano-a-hermano pitting acaffrey’s picks against mcaffrey’s picks for ultimate bragging rights.
|Bowl||Date||Location||Matchup||Prediction (acaffrey)||Prediction (mcaffrey)|
|BCS Title Game||Jan. 6||Pasadena, Calif.||BCS vs BCS||Florida State vs. Ohio State||Florida State vs. Ohio State|
|Orange||Jan. 3||Miami, Fla.||ACC/BCS vs BCS||Clemson vs. Alabama||UCF vs. Alabama|
|Sugar||Jan. 2||New Orleans, La.||SEC/BCS vs BCS||Auburn vs. UCF||Baylor vs. Auburn|
|Fiesta||Jan. 1||Glendale, Ariz.||Big 12/BCS vs BCS||Okla. State vs. N. Illinois||Oklahoma St. vs. N. Illinois|
|Rose||Jan. 1||Pasadena, Calif.||Big Ten/BCS vs Pac-12/BCS||Michigan State vs. Stanford||Michigan State vs. Stanford|