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ACC Bowl Projections: 11-teams

The Confidential has been saying for weeks now that the ACC had a great chance of getting 11 bowl-eligible teams and detailed the scenarios needed to make it happen. I’m very proud to report that the scenarios we projected occurred almost exactly to plan.

The good news is that, thanks to Syracuse’s win over Boston College to close out their regular season, the Orange are now 6-6 and are bowl eligible for the second consecutive year. Furthermore, the ACC can now boast that they have 11 teams that are eligible for post-season play. That’s a record for the Conference and matches the SEC’s best.

The bad news is that thanks to Clemson’s complete meltdown on National TV against their in-state rivals, the ACC is likely to only have 1 representative in the BCS. Granted that one representative will likely be Florida State in the National Championship Game, but losing out on a 2nd BCS team not only means lost revenue (approx. $18M) but also makes it more difficult to find bowl sites for the remaining 9 bowl eligible teams.

Worst of all, that means that there is a good chance that at least one bowl-eligible team from a Power Conference will not be invited to a bowl game this year. Currently Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina are all on the bubble. Read more…

ACC Bowl Picture: the Quest for 11 teams

Week 13 ended in the ACC and the bowl picture is one-step closer to being finalized. As this blog has been projecting for the past few weeks, the ACC is still on track to place 11 teams in post season play. Read more…

ACC Bowl Picture: A case for 11 teams (Part 2)

Last week, we looked at some of the scenarios that could play out to get 11 ACC teams in postseason play. And so far, the plan is coming to fruition.

With week 12 in the books, two more teams have clinched bowl eligibility bringing the total number of teams that will go bowling up to 8, with three more that are still fighting for the requisite six wins. Read more…

ACC Bowl Picture: A case for 11 teams

With 3 weeks remaining in the regular season, the ACC bowl picture is starting to take shape. Six teams have already secured their positions in post season (Florida State, Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech, Duke, and Georgia Tech).

Unfortunately for some, their hopes of post season play are gone (Virginia), while North Carolina St. and Wake Forest are not eliminated but have uphill challenges to get to eligibility.

For the rest of the conference however, there is still a lot of promise. In fact, depending on how things shake out down the stretch, the ACC could potentially send 11 teams Bowl Games.
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Wolfpack Opener: Promise at the Point

NC State opened the 2013-14 basketball campaign Friday night with a 98-77 rout of Appalachian State.  The Pack had two 20-point scorers, TJ Warren with 27 and Desmond Lee with 24.

Warren also had 8 boards, while freshman Lennard Freeman added 6 in 19 minutes, hopefully earning more playing time next game.

But the takeaway from this game might be the play from the point.

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The ACC School Mount Rushmores: Pittsburgh FINAL

Well, there were not too many comments on the Pittsburgh Mount Rushmore, making it a challenge for the Confidential.  Ultimately, the Confidential is going with Mike Ditka.  People forget how good he was a Pitt–an All-American tight end that led the team in receiving for all three years.  From there, he solidified his name as a NFL player and coach.  While he has had some controversially dumb things to say, there is no question that he is the epitome of “toughness,” which is an attribute that is associated with Pittsburgh, in general.

Pop Warner had great success, but he had success in a lot of places.  And his replacement had even more success.  Johnny Majors had a great peak with a National Championship, but then departed for his alma mater.  Hugh Green was the real challenger to Ditka.  But Green’s college dominance is offset by notable lack of accomplishment on or off the field thereafter.  Great player, but falls slight short of being an icon.

The Final Pittsburgh Mount Rushmore:  Tony Dorsett, Dan Marino, Jock Southerland, and Mike Ditka.

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The ACC School Mount Rushmores: Pittsburgh

The Confidential has been having some fun with league-wide coaches Mount Rushmores.  Football and Basketball, plus polls for each of football and basketball to share your thoughts.  In fact, it was so sufficiently fun and controversial that we are going to do school-wide Mount Rushmores now.  And we will only put three people on the list, leaving you–our readers–to comment as to who should be the fourth.  We will not do polls anymore.  For today, let’s go with the school that is brand new to the ACC: Pittsburgh.

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Monday Poll: Who IS the ACC?

The Confidential was started shortly after the ACC announced plans to add Syracuse and Pittsburgh.  From day one, the Confidential approached the ACC as the then-current teams, plus Syracuse and Pittsburgh.  Our rankings reflected 14 teams.

Now, of course, Syracuse and Pitt are officially part of the ACC.  But then Maryland will soon be replaced by Louisville.  And whither Notre Dame, with its 5-game football schedule preventing full membership.

What is your opinion as to the simple question–as of today, who do YOU consider to be part of the ACC?

Thanks for sharing.


Signs of Conference Realignment

If my recent vacation in Wildwood Crest, NJ is any indicator, then the world of Conference Realignment may not be over yet. Read more…

ACC Quick Hitters–News of Recent Days

Other than baseball, not much going on in the world of the ACC.  At least not enough to get 200+ words out of it.  But lumping it all into one blog entry makes more sense than ignoring it.  So here it is:

Pitt has given AD Steve Pederson a 5-year-extension.  You may recall Pederson as the guy who voted against ESPN’s TV deal with the Big East, and then took Pittsburgh off to the ACC, screwing the Big East a second time.  You may also recall Pederson as the guy who seems to run through one football coach per offseason.  Somehow, the powers that be must think he is doing a good job overall though.

Good news for the Miami Hurricanes basketball team, as Donnavan Kirk is transferring back to Miami for his final season of eligibility under the graduate student transfer rule.  Unlike most graduate transfer, Kirk originally played for Miami.  So it is a return to South Beach (OK, Coral Gables).

UConn is not part of the ACC.  Yet.  But let’s give them props for academically qualifying for this year’s Big Dance.  Baby steps.

5-star LB Matthew Thomas plans to stick with his commitment to Florida State.  Good news for the ‘Noles and their fans.


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