Tuesday, October 27, 2009

ACC's National Hopes Done Before They Even Got Started?

The ACC has not had a participant in the BCS Championship Game since 2000 when a one loss Florida State team was defeated by Oklahoma. This season there is some chatter about the ACC having a chance to return to that game if some (actually, alot of) chips fall their way.

I wrote a piece over at the Bleacher Report where I am featured columnist for ACC Football and SEC Football discussing the ACC's BCS Title aspirations. Below is excerpt with a link to the full article.

The ACC, long a basketball-first conference, has not sniffed the BCS Championship game since 2000, when Florida State faced Oklahoma. Outside of Virginia Tech's win last year in the Orange Bowl, the ACC was 1-9 in BCS bowls, with the lone win coming 10 years ago.

Those 10 appearances were the minimum number of bids, as the champion getting a bid each year. Contrast that with the SEC's 17 BCS bowl appearances, and the Big 10—who leads all conferences with 19.

The ACC's best chance in 2009 is the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, currently 7-1 and ranked No. 11 in the most recent BCS standings. But history is not on the Yellow Jackets' side either ,as no team has made it to the BCS Championship game after being ranked lower than eighth with six weeks or less remaining.

It will be hard for the Jackets to make up ground, as they have largely finished the strength of the schedule. Only games against Vanderbilt, Duke, Wake Forest, and Georgia remain. Meanwhile, GT's neighbors in the standings all have a season-making game left. Oregon has a game with No. 4 USC, LSU plays Alabama, Iowa and Penn State have Ohio State remaining, and TCU faces Utah.

To add insult to injury, the Atlanta Journal Constitution thinks Georgia Tech can make it to the BCS Championship game in 12 easy steps—all they need are teams like Texas, Boise State, Cincinnati, Iowa, USC, Oregon, and TCU to lose.

And of course, Georgia Tech needs to win out and finish with a 12-win season—something they have never had.
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