Much has been made of the ACC’s inability to win big bowl games, i.e. BCS, of late. Only Virginia Tech has cracked that nut, and it came last year against a Cincinnati team that, while good, wasn’t particularly memorable.
This poor showing has also been a point of discussion in regard to the ACC’s overall strength as a conference. SEC’ers point to national championships won. Big 12′ers point to the same, as well as appearances in the big game, as well as appearances in other BCS games. The Pac-10 hangs its hat on USC, and that’s about all it has to offer. The Big 10, well, that’s a long, slow, dull story.
So, I thought it’d be fun to take a look at some of this season’s non-conference games.
9/3: South Carolina vs. N.C. State. Tom O’Brien has the Wolfpack on the rise. Is this the year that Stephen Garcia finally figures out Spurrier’s offense?
9/5: Maryland at California. This game was a stunner last year, with Maryland thumping the Bears (back to the USC thing above).
Alabama vs. Virginia Tech. Whoa Nellie. This game will show which team is for real this year.
9/12: North Carolina at Connecticut. Don’t laugh. UConn had about a half-dozen players drafted by NFL teams in April.
9/19: Duke at Kansas. This game is on here only because it’ll be a good measuring stick for Dookies to see how much farther they need to go to become a middle-of-the-road team.
Florida State at BYU. Are the ‘Noles back? This game will show if their defense is, at least.
Nebraska at Virginia Tech. The Hokies’ ambitious scheduling continues.
9/26: South Florida at Florida State. How sad is it that this game is no longer a gimme for Bowden?
10/3: Oklahoma at Miami. The Sooners don’t have the best reputation in big games on the road.
10/24: Boston College at Notre Dame. BC is in a rebuilding year, while Notre Dame is allegedly loaded this year.
11/28: Florida State at Florida. Speed bump on the Gators’ road to another title, or a National Lampoon Vacation-like “Road block” sign.
Georgia at Georgia Tech. I’ll let yall make the comments about this one.
In other news, Gomez, McDowell and Spratlin all won in tennis yesterday, while Deck lost his first game of the year in baseball.