Rivalry Day in the ACC
The Confidential acknowledges that Pitt/Miami have already squared off, but there is little argument that the game did not feature a rivalry at the same level as most of the games this week. Still, Miami’s win kept them alive in the battle to reach the ACC Championship game. But the main event is today’s slate of games. Let’s take a closer look.
Wake Forest/Vanderbilt and Maryland/NC State are games that are taking place today, without major implications.
Syracuse/Boston College features the last chance for the Orange to get to bowl eligibility. Syracuse is suffering through major injuries, but have to hope that Boston College is a little too stuffed with turkey to bring its “A” game. And perhaps forget to bring Andre Williams. Syracuse can win. Syracuse must win. Will they?
Duke/North Carolina is usually a featured hoops matchup, not a football feature. But Duke is 9-2 and looking to find itself in the ACC Championship Game. All that stands in their way is a win at suddenly-hot North Carolina. If Duke wins, bring on Florida State. If Duke loses, enter Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech plays rival Virginia, who is reeling and may even be playing for the future of coach Mike London. But that will not be easy for the Wahoos, unless Virginia Tech seems a Duke win and does not play well. The Hokies are certainly vulnerable this year.
In the SEC/ACC matchups, Georgia Tech squares off against bitter rival Georgia, as two evenly-matched 7-4 teams square off. And Clemson looks to end a skid against South Carolina. The Tigers are 10-1 this year and, although they might not be able to play in the ACC Championship Game, wins over Georgia and South Carolina would give them a huge boost for BCS-bowl purposes.
Finally, Florida/Florida State. Although this game may not end up close on the scoreboard, it is a very important game for the Seminoles. A dominating win over the Gators would put Florida State at 12-0 and continue their momentum towards a national championship game showdown. A close win over the Gators may cause some voters to question Florida State, especially after the way the Gators lost last week. It would be ironic if Florida’s best revenge this year was simply losing to a terrible team and then playing Florida State close. Naturally, a loss to Florida would be devastating.
What do you think–which game interests you most?