ACC non-con football musings

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.

83 comments Add your comment

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 21st, 2009
8:49 am

The ACC will win all Non Conference Games with the exception of Miami-Olk.

I see GT beating UGAg the worst out of all of them. 56-18 Roddy Jones only rushes for 13.4 yards per carry this year.

GT Student

May 21st, 2009
9:07 am

There is a heading at the top of the page called “Tech”. Probably stands for “Write a blog about Tech, because there is enough stuff out there about everyone else.”

Oh and on the side of this page: “About Tech
A beat writer’s perspective on Georgia Tech sports.”

Two sentences in this post about Tech.

Yet another great blog, Dawg.

Saint Simons

May 21st, 2009
9:09 am

45-42!!!!!!!! hahahahahaahahahhahahhahahh

Reality Check GT

May 21st, 2009
9:23 am

Not an ACC fan. But I think they will do a little better this year. They are becoming better and better, top tier conference? Not yet. But who is to say they won’t be with teams like Miami, FSU, V tech, and maybe GT if they continue to improve under Johnson. I personally hope they go winless, but I am biased. They are not taken seriously because like the article says… They can’t win a big bowl, they had an awful bowl season last year actually. Aside from V tech beating Cincy. WOW Cincy in a BCS game! Other than that they had a dismal season.

GO DAWGS!!!

Hey Reality

May 21st, 2009
10:07 am

SEC was 7-5 vs ACC last year. Not that big of a gap my friend. As dominant as you think your Dawgs are they lost to an ACC school so what trash talk is there to be had from your angle? Is this STILL about the past? Too bad Joe Cox is now at the helm and Knowshow and Staffy left y’all…hahaha! Momass was amazing as well…you guys will miss him dearly. Good luck this year. I wouldn’t continue to pound my chest and boast about my team until november if i were you…might be a long year for your puppies starting with a blow out loss to OK State.

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 21st, 2009
10:18 am

ACC vs SEC was 6-6

The Tech Beat Writer Graduated from UGA

May 21st, 2009
10:32 am

And he agrees with the Dawg fans…..

Tech Sux!

To Reality

May 21st, 2009
10:34 am

Wake beats Ole Miss….Ole Miss beats the National Champs…

Hmmmmm…interesting….

m

May 21st, 2009
10:47 am

Why did you leave Tech-Miss St. and Tech-Vandy off your list. You and your sec fools always tell us how tough all these sec teams are and you leave them off your blog? Very telling.

hey reality…you really must be an sec fan since you can’t count…the might sec went 6-6 with the pitiful acc…how did that happen?

old gold engineer

May 21st, 2009
11:09 am

Doug, Striplin is the tennis player that advanced. I believe ACC football has improved significantly over the last couple of years due in large part to coaching upgrades. That’s a pretty stout OOC slate for the conference. Until VT erases the memory of their recent debacles versus LSU and USC, I don’t expect much from them. Miami is probably not quite ready for the likes of Oklahoma. I believe FSU is a little ahead of Miami but nowhere near their form of a few years ago.

Reality Check GT

May 21st, 2009
11:22 am

take it easy with the inferiority complex guys…

2008 Bowls…

Acc
Win WF over Navy. Wow Navy
Loss UNC to West VA
Win FSU over Wisconsin
Loss Miami to Cal
Loss NC State to powerhouse Rutgers
Win Maryland squeaks one out over Nevada
Loss Clemson to Nebraska
Win Va Tech over the studs from Cincy!

Sec
Win Vandy over Acc #2 BC. Yes Vandy over BC
Win LSU over GT. We all know what happened there
Loss SC to Iowa in a game they never should have been in.
Win UGA over Mich St
Win Ole Miss over Texas T
Win Kentucky over ECU
Loss Alabama to Utah. Embarrassing
Win BCSNC Fl over Oklahoma

Seems to me the numbers and caliber of opponents speaks for itself. Really… Is there still an argument?

Doug Roberson

May 21st, 2009
11:31 am

My apologies to Striplin, or Luna, as I believe she’s called. I was typing too fast this morning in a hurry to get the post up early.

For those who have asked why the blog isn’t updated everyday, I’ve tried to come up with some interesting topics that will engage you. Most of you have said repeatedly that you are only interested in football. Since football season won’t start again until August, I’ve tried to sprinkle some football in with topics from what has been a pretty interesting spring season for Tech. The Jackets still has several possibilities for national titles.

Recruiting is covered very well in another blog on the site.

You want to discuss something specific, or have a topic that you think folks will enjoy debating, email it to me and I’ll blog about it.

Sound good?

Huh?

May 21st, 2009
11:34 am

Whine, whine, whine. Cry, cry, cry. That’s all the Techies know how to do. Just be grateful Roberson is even talking about your little irrelevant football program. I can assure you that no one else is. Good day.

Phil McCrotch

May 21st, 2009
12:16 pm

“Just be grateful Roberson is even talking about your little irrelevant football program”

Yet as irrelevant as you say tech is you CONTINUE to come on these boards like a playground bully. And it’s not just once in a while, but EVERY BLOG!! Really, get a life. Your are embarrassing yourself little girl.

Phil McCrotch

May 21st, 2009
12:18 pm

and before the grammar nazi’s come out I will correct my typo. “You are” not “Your are”.

Phil McCrotch

May 21st, 2009
12:20 pm

pardon me. “You are” not “Your are”

Phil McCrotch

May 21st, 2009
12:22 pm

Didn’t think the first grammar apology posted. I’ll stop now.

TechDan

May 21st, 2009
12:29 pm

heheh. Huh? If Tech’s football team is irrelevant, then what does that say about your loser Dawgs?

Reality Check GT

May 21st, 2009
12:38 pm

what about the sorry A$$ bowl record guys. the ACC is garbage and if you can’t admit it you are dreaming. look at the numbers.

To Reality

May 21st, 2009
12:48 pm

We get it dude…you love the Dawgs and hate Tech. You hate the ACC and love the SEC. ACC sucks. Georgia is the greatest team in the world and Tech sucks. Did I cover everything? Can you leave now?

Reality Check GT

May 21st, 2009
12:49 pm

what about the sorry a$$ bowl record!!!???.. ACC blows and you are blind if you can’t see it.

To Huh

May 21st, 2009
12:49 pm

We understand you hate Tech and love Georgia. What more is there to say? Can you leave now as well or will you continue to obsess over us after the loss last november?

Reality Check GT

May 21st, 2009
12:49 pm

I didn’t write that second post.

gt_blume

May 21st, 2009
12:58 pm

Ramble on – How is UGA going to score 18? 6 FGs? 2 TDs and 2 safeties? At least pick a realistic score. 9 safeties? 3 TDs but no extra points? Math is suppossed to be our strong suit!

jacketbacker

May 21st, 2009
12:59 pm

NFL scouts don’t think the ACC is garbage!….any of you SEC retards catch the last few NFL dratfs??…..oh, by the way….45-42!!!!!!!!!!!!

THWG

BLAZER

May 21st, 2009
1:20 pm

GEEZ-THE 45-42 IS STILL A PAIN IN THEIR SIDE!! IRRELEVANT I GUESS!!

NOPE BECAUSE IT STILL FEELS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!

ShutUpMutt

May 21st, 2009
1:27 pm

Georgia Tech embarrassed the mutts in their own house and if you butt-sniffers had half of a brain, you’d put your foot back in your mouth until you prove you can back up those pre-season polls.

ShutUpMutt

May 21st, 2009
1:31 pm

gt_blume,

LOL

BLAZER

May 21st, 2009
1:31 pm

GT BLUME-1TD ONE FG ANOTHER TD AND TWO POINT CONVERSION

18 STILL WOULDN’T COVER THE 56 RAMBLE ONE SAYS WE WILL GET

56-18 WOULD BE GREAT!! 45-42 WAS!!

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 21st, 2009
1:47 pm

gt_blume, my crystal ball doesn’t show me how, just the score board at the end.

I was worried last year, I knew we won but the score wasn’t clear. It wasn’t till the end of the game when I realized how fast the UGAgers turned the scoreboard off when it all made sense.

I figured our 3rd string defense will give up a late TD and 2pt. conversion.

Hey Doug thanks for the thoughts.

It's DAWG Roberson Biaaaaatch!

May 21st, 2009
1:53 pm

Go Dawgs! That’s where I graduated from Fools!

HAHAHA!

old gold engineer

May 21st, 2009
2:04 pm

Doug, I appreciate your efforts. Regarding topic ideas, would you inquire about any explanation for Amanda McDowell’s slide in the tennis rankings this year. How do you go from NCAA champion to unseeded?

Huh?

May 21st, 2009
2:27 pm

Its real easy to talk a big game about backing up preseason polls when your pile of crap football team is NEVER in one. The Techies are always running their big mouths from the cheap seats. What a terribly pathetic sight.

Baba O'Riley

May 21st, 2009
2:37 pm

Terribly pathetic sight is that you are on the Tech boards AGAIN. 31-3 at half and all the fans wearing black Wal-Mart sweatshirts with head in hands was also pathetic. Any truth to the rumor that Cops is filming in Athens this week?

Huh?

May 21st, 2009
2:43 pm

“Terribly pathetic sight is that you are on the Tech boards AGAIN.”

This blog is about ACC football and the first 3 posts are about UGA. Go figure eh Techie? The day that Techies can discuss their own football team without bringing up UGA in every other sentence is the day that you will never hear from me again. Good luck with that pal.

Techies, did Vandy all of the sudden become relevant when they got a fluke win against us a couple of years ago? The answer is no. They are still Vandy. They didn’t prance around like a bunch of idiots claiming they were god’s gift to football. They didn’t give out rings and put “24-22″ on them. They didn’t post “24-22″ all over the internet. They didn’t claim to own UGA football because of this one victory. They didn’t do any of these things because they aren’t pathetically desperate for respect and recognition like yourselves. Imagine that Techies, even freakin’ Vandy has higher standards than you clowns. If Georgia Tech football is so relevant, why are you always crying like little girls because the hometown paper doesn’t write enough about your team? If Georgia Tech is so relevant, what is with all those empty seats I see during all those many noon games on Raycom Sports? It just doesn’t add up. Good day.

obvious

May 21st, 2009
2:44 pm

to Huh? – I guess you never learned to read.. CURRENT PRESEASON POLL:

http://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=898567

Huh?

May 21st, 2009
2:51 pm

I obviously was not talking about CURRENT PRESEASON POLLS since Georgia Tech has done absolutely jack squat to “back up” that ranking yet. Since you’re so smart I’ve got a little homework lesson for you. Go find the last time Georgia Tech was a) ranked in a preseason poll and b) met or exceeded that ranking at the end of the season. Here’s a hint: You’re going to have to go way way way back to find it because it almost NEVER freaking happens. Yet here the Techies are running their big fat mouths about backing up preseason polls. Simply unbelievable.

obvious

May 21st, 2009
2:53 pm

as my name states – a) now b) last year

man you are stupid

Alabama Jack

May 21st, 2009
2:56 pm

dawg fans suck

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 21st, 2009
2:59 pm

That’s only one poll, oops

http://cfn.scout.com/2/834169.html

…is that another poll?

Huh?

May 21st, 2009
3:07 pm

Georgia Tech was not ranked in a preseason poll last year Captain Illiterate. What part of “ranked in a preseason poll” is so difficult to understand Mr. Obvious? Yes, Georgia Tech had absurdly low expectations last year (nothing new about that) and exceeded them. That hardly gives you license to run your mouths about backing up preseason polls. First you have to actually be in one and then meet that expectation or exceed it in the same season. Again I ask when was the last time Georgia Tech did this? Most of us probably weren’t even born.

obvious

May 21st, 2009
3:10 pm

yeah.. unlike you.. i can read… i’m as dumb as you because im sitting here trying to explain this to you, a brick wall

here is 2008, rankings:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/football/ncaa/specials/preview/2008/08/05/rankings0811/

there we are RANKED at #80.. we finished much higher.. in case you didn’t know

GT GRAD

May 21st, 2009
3:11 pm

One very biased ACC fan’s opinion:

GT Football and ACC Football is on the rise…….recognition from the media and many of the very biased “sports reporters” will be slow to catch up with reality.

I will admit the ACC has not had any solid Top 10 teams in the past few years. Regardless of this fact, the ACC has still been the #1 or #2 conference in college football (based on top to bottom rankings – including all teams in the various conferences) for the past 3 years. Hopefully, the ACC can maintain the quality (top to bottom) and have 2 teams earn spots in the Top 10; this way the media bias will not matter any longer because the ACC dominance will be to obvious to ignore!

The ACC compares favorably against all of the other conferences based on the out of conference strength of schedules, actual head-to-head results, NFL draft history, coaching and power rankings (top-to-bottom). The ACC is lacking in BCS bowl victories, overall bowl record past two years (6-12 bowl record the past 2 years), Top 10 teams and media bias (all ACC teams are consistently ranked lower than they deserve due to the strong media bias). For the record, the ACC also had a 25-16 bowl record from 2001-2006 (better than any other conference for this period) & the ACC has the second best all-time bowl record of all conferences (0.525 winning percentage). SEC all-time is #1 with a 0.534 winning percentage. Times are changing……..with a little more success on the football field, maybe the ACC teams will benefit from a positive media bias for the next 10-15 years!

I sure hope GT becomes a perennial Top 10 team!

Big Bee

May 21st, 2009
3:14 pm

HUH, what do you mean, whine, whine, whine? All you have done is whine since the numbers 45-42 were posted. You just cannot get over it can you crybaby?

Doug Roberson

May 21st, 2009
3:28 pm

Old Gold: McDowell became an unseeded player because of two reasons: her dual meet record this season wasn’t very good. she lost 10 of her first 12 matches, or 9 of 11, something like that. She and her coach said he was pressing. Because of her poor start, she was dropped to play 2 and 3 singles. She started winning again, but because she was playing and beating opponents who weren’t ranked as high as when she was playing 1s, her ranking began to slide.

techies are garbage

May 21st, 2009
3:39 pm

All you nerds do is hang your hat on the score from last year. Tell me the other scores from the past 7 years ……….. oh i guess you just wanted to erase those from your memories!!! ACC STANDS FOR ALMOST a COLLEGE CONFRENCE!!!! Dont brag cause your OCS has Miss State and Vandy. Play Bama, Florida, LSU.. o wait you did and got your rearends thumped up and down northside drive!!! Why dont you nerds tell me the score to that game? O well Paul Johnson likes lil boys!!!
PEACE IM OUT GO DAWGS!!

Ga Heel

May 21st, 2009
3:44 pm

Hey Tech..28-7

Hey Huh?

May 21st, 2009
3:50 pm

Sad sad life you lead. You spend the majority of your time trolling Tech’s(the team you hate) Blog ….think about that…you hate a college so much you devote all of your time to hating them and apparently reading about them and what their fans are saying….kind of obsessive don’t you think?…. I’ll give it to ya there are other tech fans on here about as bright and clever as you (m and saint simons) but i still must say you take the cake my friend. i gotta know why you come to the tech blog every day? help me understand? do you want us to know just how much you like georgia? do you want us to know just how much you hate tech…cause i promise at this point we get it lil’ buddy… we understand you don’t like us and that you think the SEC and georgia are the best things since sliced bread…. should we give you a medal? a cookie? what do you want us to do here buddy? should we cry when you rip on tech? shgould we bow down to your tough interet guy blogger skills…know who else is tough on a blog…my freakin grandma .. we all understand you love your dawgs and hate tech…there’s not much more to say is there?….no one is going to agree with you here so unless you love arguing what’s the point? are you bored with your life? WE GET IT! YOU LOVE THE DAWGS! Go tell your fellow UGA bloggers all about it….ON THE UGA BLOG

Baba O'Riley

May 21st, 2009
3:54 pm

There goes another Dawg fan that pretends to be a fan of another team. What a shame. UGA didn’t beat Tech last year so they have to pretend to be a team that beat Tech. We’ve had a fake LSU and UNC fan now. Whaer’s the “UVa fan”?

Baba O'Riley

May 21st, 2009
3:55 pm