Is the ACC shifting to a football conference? I don’t think so…
The Florida State Seminoles took down my Auburn Tigers in the BCS National Championship January 6, 34-31 after trailing 21-10 at the half. And, did you know, an Auburn fan saved a Florida State fan on the flight home by administering CPR when he was having a heart attack? War Eagle. Click here to read the story.
That outcome snapped a seven-game winning streak by the SEC in the national championship game. Florida started the run in 2006 and took another one in 2008; LSU took the 2007 crown; and from there on out it was all to the state of Alabama. The U of A took 2010, 2012, and 2013, and Auburn won in 2011 (by three, by the way).
All the fans not associated with the SEC were thrilled to see the reign come to an end. The conference didn’t even give others a chance in 2012 when No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 LSU went head-to-head in one of the most boring national title games in the history of the game.
But does that mean that the ACC is shifting to a dominant group on the gridiron? No way. Only three ACC teams finished in the final AP Top 25 rankings. The SEC had four in the top ten and three more rounding out the top 25.
Word is stirring of concern about the ACC on the hardcourt this year, as the only team remaining undefeated is newcomer Syracuse.
The ACC has really beaten itself up this year. Already Duke has two losses, and Maryland and Wake Forest have three. WFU should have four—you know which game I mean. N.C. State and UNC are just a few of the teams with four losses.
Only three ACC schools are in the AP Top 25 right now: Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Duke. Virginia is receiving votes, but the love stops there.
So, until the parity falls off this year and we really see who emerges as the top of the pack, it’s a toss up. Carolina better get its show on the road before that show is selling out in a different city.
For now, let’s let the early ACC jitters settle before jumping ship on the conference in basketball and turning to football. Come March, there will be at least one ACC team in the national top ten that’s played in Greensboro before.