ACC Football Daily Links — ACC Parity Hurts Florida State, Conference’s Playoff Chances

Monday through Friday each week, we compile the best links on ACC football from around the web.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Continued Parity Will Mean Playoff Disappointment for ACC (Daily Press)

Barring presidential veto — they wouldn’t dare, would they? — college football has its decades-overdue playoff. Four teams, selected by committee. Semifinals at bowls, championship game to highest bidder. Will Virginia Tech, Virginia and their ACC colleagues be credible contenders for the playoff? Or will the current bigfoot conferences — SEC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten — bogart the bids…

College Football Playoffs Are Coming… Will Titles Come for FSU Too? (Orlando Sentinel)

When news was announced out of Chicago on Wednesday night that a four-team college football playoff was just mere steps away from becoming a reality, the lineups were getting ready to be exchanged to start the night’s Marlins-Red Sox game. Let’s just say, while Boston is far from a college football town — and no, I’m not completely overlooking you Boston College…

FSU and the ACC: A Partnership That Has Seen Its Ups and Downs (Florida Times-Union)

Florida State will enter its third decade competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference this fall. Despite recent rumblings of joining the Big 12 (and rumors last year involving the SEC, which FSU could have joined in 1990), university officials say the school’s first 20 years in the ACC have been both productive and successful…

Sizing Up the ACC: Where Does Clemson’s Young O-Line Rank? (Orange and White)

They don’t make the 40-yard dash down the sidelines or juke a defender out of his shoes on the bubble screen or even throw the Hail Mary pass for the score, but without them – the ever-unheralded offensive line – those plays fail before getting off the ground. Measuring the strength of an offensive line isn’t easy – nor anywhere close to an exact science…

New Coach, Expectations For GT Specialists (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has gone from one extreme to another — from no special teams coach to one dedicated entirely to that phase of the game. No other position group or meetings to worry about. Why? Well, for starters, two field goals were blocked last season, including one that was returned for a touchdown…

Wilkins Is A Cavalier (Streaking the Lawn)

It seems that the run of commitments that we thought would happen is underway in Charlottesville. Virginia landed their 3rd commitment in 9 days Thursday when Defensive Tackle Donta’ Wilkins made the call. Wilkins, who plays at Potomac High School in Dumfries, chose the Cavaliers over offers from Miami, Penn State and North Carolina, and others…

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6 thoughts on “ACC Football Daily Links — ACC Parity Hurts Florida State, Conference’s Playoff Chances

  1. Interesting discussions about ACC football parity. I looked over the standings of the past ten years and they seem to have a point (for utterly ridiculous parity, look at the conference standings from 2008).

    It seems to me that parity is another strong reason why the ACC should stick to an eight-game conference football schedule and not move to nine games. If the league has enough parity now that teams can rarely avoid two losses, it will be even less likely with a nine-game schedule. All of that hurts the conference’s chance to have a representative in a four-team playoff, and that hurts the perception of the league.

    This parity thing also points to another reason why an eight-team or 16-team playoff would be so much better.

    As for the ACC’s overall reputation, another part of the equation to a better one is simple: win more out-of-conference games (including and especially bowl games).

    • Yeah. At first, I was all about the nine-game conference schedule. But now, it’s looking to be more trouble than it’s worth, if you have more than 10 teams in your league. Interestingly, even with parity, VPI and FSU were still the most consistently successful (BCS rankings-wise) over the past 14 years. The issue is more in the middle: it basically resembles the current state of the entire Big East. In the middle, no one’s terrible, but no one’s really sustaining success, either.

  2. This is off-topic from this post, but I wanted to get your perspective on BC.. I heard that Boston College hasn’t been as thrilled about playing fewer northeast schools in the ACC, and I was wondering if you thought there would be any chance they’d consider moving to the Big 10, if the Big 10 added Notre Dame and either UConnn or Rutgers. I’ve often wondered if the Big 10 would use BC and/or Pitt as part of a package to entice Notre Dame into the conference. Just wanted to know what you thought of it, keep up the good work here.

    • Thanks, Derek! I believe Boston College would prefer to stay part of an ACC with SU and Pitt (and preferably Notre Dame, too), due to the league’s academic standing and traditional rivalry with Syracuse. The problem, unfortunately, is that they may not have a say in that, should FSU and Clemson jump to the Big 12. If the doomsday scenario hits (I think it’s unlikely), BC would be near the top of the B1G’s list, along with ND, Rutgers & UConn (rumored, anyway). Personally, I’ve never thought Notre Dame was all that interested in the Big Ten, since it would eliminate the cache of the Irish brand (private, independent school in a region full of land-grant, B1G universities). But I’ve been proven wrong before, so who really knows.

      • Thanks for your perspective. I don’t think the Notre Dame-Big 10 rumors are going to go away, because the Big 10 will always want Notre Dame, even if the interest isn’t always returned (and frankly, the ACC makes as much sense for Notre Dame as the Big 10). I’ve always thought that, whenever the Big 10 expands again, a northeast school would be in the mix (Rutgers, UConn, or BC), and, if you are BC, it would be enticing if you got to play the Northeast’s most popular school for football, Penn State. As for Notre Dame, they are going to get squeezed over the next couple of years when the ACC goes to nine conference games, and the Big East add more conference games as well, because it’s more a risk to use a non-conference game on Notre Dame. But this business of predicting what will happen in conference realignment is so difficult because it’s based on supposition.

        • Right. Hopefully the playoff format gives way to sanity and the conference shifting can stop. Though something tells me, if teams see that they stand a better chance as the second-place team in the SEC/Big 12 than the first-place team in the ACC, they’ll jump. I don’t agree with that logic, and actually think the B1G and Pac-12 are much closer to the ACC than they are to the SEC/Big 12 in terms of BCS success (and have the research to back up that claim). But I get that perception comes from the ACC’s inability to win bowl games.

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