Clemson and FSU will set Reputation of ACC for 2013
I can hear the comments now from the four letter network’s talking heads: “The ACC loses more BCS conference match ups….” The presumption is that the ACC is a weak football conference if they lose lopsided match ups like unranked Virginia Tech vs. #1 Alabama. I’m not convinced. Conferences should not be judged by the performance of middle or bottom tier teams. Would an Illinois victory over Kentucky indicate that the Big 10 is a better conference than the SEC? No way.
The biggest game this weekend for the ACC is Clemson vs. Georgia. As a matter of fact, it is the only game that really matters on the national front.
A Clemson victory would likely catapult them into the Top 5, put them in the national title conversation, and set up a nationally relevant game against Florida State on October 18th. Florida State, the other ranked ACC team, has it’s own responsibility for carrying the ACC flag. The Noles need to win their games against inferior competition and continue their presence near the Top 10 for a majority of the season.
How many years has it been since an ACC football team has been in the national title conversation in November? It’s up to you Clemson and Florida State to buck the trend.
How many non-conference ranked opponents will be played by conferences this year?
Big 12: 2
Big 10: 4
Pac 12: 8
SEC: who cares
As Florida State finishes up preparations for the Pittsburgh Panthers, most fans are eagerly anticipating the debut of freshman QB Jameis Winston. Winston has generated a significant amount of hype since his MVP winning Elite 11 camp in 2011. The hype reached epic proportions after Winston’s spring game performance highlighted by a 58 yd strike against All-ACC conference corner Lamarcus Joyner.
The ACC will be perceived as weak as long as there are only 2 teams that can beat quality OOC opponents. There needs to be about 3 or 4 such teams in each division. I’m fine with one team going undefeated, but the others can’t go winless OOC. You are right in calling VT vs Bama a “lopsided matchup”. Personally, I see no value in scheduling that game (VT shouldn’t have agreed to it, IMO). Now it is what it is.