tBBC Conference Cavalcade: ACC

Written August 9th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

As we get closer and closer to kickoff, we’ll be looking across the nation at other (read “inferior”) conferences. This way, you’ll have just enough information to argue with that guy in accounting. Today we take a look at the Atlantic Coast Conference- nope, FSU and Clemson haven’t left yet.

Where does the conference fall in the national rankings. How likely are they to have a team in the Title game?

It’s not that the ACC hasn’t been able to compete on a national stage over the years or the fact that they don’t get ranked teams. They haven’t been able to finish at the end of the season. The only BCS National Champion they’ve produced is Florida State in 2000 as they beat a then Big East Virginia Tech. As a conference, the ACC is 2-13 overall in BCS bowls they have participated in and 1-2 in the Title game. They double dipped in the BCS last year and everyone knows how both of those turned out.

Currently they have three ranked teams in the pre-season coaches’ poll in #7 Florida State, #14 Clemson and #20 Virginia Tech.  The PAC12 has the team that will play for a national title this year against whoever the SEC puts in it. But if the stars don’t align, the ACC has an outside shot of having the best chance to get there. The B1G will beat itself up and our Buckeyes will play the spoilers. Clemson and/or FSU have a real chance of playing for it all, but then don’t really have a realistic shot of winning it once they get there, but that’s why they play the game. It could possibly be the ACC’s last opportunity before the new playoff format hits.

Who’s the best team in the conference? Who will play for in the conference title game (if there is one)?

Clemson has the best talent in the conference with several players returning on the defense that didn’t show up for their bowl game against WVU last season-  They are a team on a mission and the offensive firepower to do it. The conference race will take care of itself more or less as FSU plays at VTU late in the season, Clemson will play at FSU, and VTU has to go to Death Valley. It could boil down to the home team winning out and there not being a clear-cut champion and either Clemson or FSU will play VTU in the ACC Championship game.

I am of the belief that Clemson will hold pat on the road at FSU and finish the season undefeated and take on the Hokies. This isn’t a surprise as Virginia Tech has played in five of the seven conference title games winning three of them and losing last years’ to Clemson.

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