Reviewing Signing Day 2013: How Did The ACC Do?
Well, another signing day has come and gone for college football. Your question, naturally, is how did the ACC do? Actually, your real question is how YOUR team did. But you’ll have to settle for this broad analysis for now.
Our friends over at ESPN have taken the time to rank the recruiting classes. The ACC did quite well. Future partial member Notre Dame was deemed to have the #4 class. Florida State cracked the top 10 at #9. Clemson was not far behind at #13. We’ll have to see whether the Confidential correspondents agree with that order. Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and Miami finished from #19 through #21.
So that is 5 of the top 21 teams being current ACC, with Notre Dame being a 6th team. By comparison, the Big 10 had two teams in the top 21, with Ohio State and Michigan in the top 6. Nebraska and Penn State at least finished at #24. The Pac-12 had 3, with UCLA, USC, and Washington all slotting between #12 and #18. The Big XII had two, with Texas and Oklahoma finishing #15 and #16. The rest of the top 21 was SEC… meaning 8 of the top 21 teams were SEC.
All 14 SEC teams finished in the top 38, which is simply amazing. Indeed, where the ACC struggles is with the second tier. Only Virginia cracked the top 40. See this:
SEC 10 in top 25 14 in top 40
ACC 5 in top 25 (+ ND) 6 in top 40 (+ ND)
Pac-12 3 in top 25 7 in top 25
Big 10 4 in top 25 6 in top 25 (+ Rutgers)
Big XII 2 in top 25 5 in top 25
Really, none of this is surprising. The biggest problem with the ACC is that the lower-echelon teams are not given enough credit–fairly or unfairly. But the ACC has absolutely nothing to be ashamed of at the top. It is as strong as anyone–it just needs to win more BCS games and get more titles to prove it.