Ranking all of the ACC games

Summertime, and the choosin’s easy.

Actually, it wasn’t.

Last week, Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman ranked the games in the Big 12 this season, from 1 on down.

So, since there’s nothing new under the sun, I thought it’d be fun to rank this year’s ACC games, from one on down.

The criteria was fairly simple: which games would be the most exciting, and have something important riding on them, for the division, the conference, the school’s psyche, the conference’s rep, etc.

You’ll notice the top 10, heck the top 20, are a bit top heavy with games featuring the ACC’s big five: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

It’s also no coincidence that three of those teams: Both Techs and the Heels, are expected to compete for the ACC championship this season.

Don’t give up reading after the first 20. The bottom 10 are also ranked. Couple of Duke games in there. 

So, without further adieu, my pick for the game of the year in the ACC is:

Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech Saturday, October 17. It may be heresy to not put Georgia Tech vs. Georgia here, but this game will likely decide the Coastal Division rep in the championship game. I guess the question for Tech fans, beat the Tar Heels and have a chance to play for a conference title and a spot in a BCS game, or beat your rival? And, for this exercise, there aren’t any co-No. 1s.


 The rest of the top 10:


Georgia at Georgia Tech Saturday, November 28. No explanation needed.

Alabama vs. Virginia Tech (Ga. Dome) Saturday, September 5. Is it fair to have the Hokies or Jackets dominate the top six? Who cares? These games are going to rock.

Nebraska at Virginia Tech Saturday, September 19.  Huskers vs. Hokies. Always about alliteration.

Georgia Tech at Florida State Saturday, October 10. Division implications a plenty.

Florida State at Florida Saturday, November 28. The nation’s last hope for UF to get tripped up before the SEC title game.

North Carolina at Virginia Tech, ESPN Thursday, October 29. Coastal ramifications. Blacksburg will be rocking.

Georgia Tech at Miami, ESPN Thursday, September 17. See next comment.

North Carolina at Georgia Tech Saturday, September 26. Another in a brutal start for the Jackets.

Maryland at California Saturday, September 5. A barometer game for the ACC. If the Terps win, and the Hokies beat ‘Bama, the ACC suddenly looks really good.

 The top 10 honorable mentions, or 11-20, however you prefer:

Florida State at BYU Saturday, September 19. Lots o’ points. Lots of em.

Miami at Virginia Tech Saturday, September 26

Florida State at North Carolina, ESPN Thursday, October 22

Miami at Florida State, ESPN Monday, September 7. Kind of sad this game is all the way down here, but…

Clemson at Georgia Tech, ESPN Thursday, September 10

Pittsburgh at NC State Saturday, September 26. Benchmark game for the ‘Pack.

Oklahoma at Miami Saturday, October 3. Why is this one so low? Cuz it’ll likely be a blowout.

Boston College at Notre Dame Saturday, October 24

TCU at Virginia Saturday, September 12. TCU is Top-25 worthy this year. Another benchmark game for the ACC. Let’s hope the Cavs do a bit better than last year’s butt-whipping by USC.

Clemson at South Carolina Saturday, November 28. 

 The rest, well the rest except for the 10 worst, which are at the bottom. I tried to put the top and the bottom of the list in order. The middle, well, I did my best:

TCU at Clemson Saturday, September 26

Miami at North Carolina Saturday, November 14

Florida State at Wake Forest Saturday, November 14. It’s no secret the Noles have lots of troubles with Wake.

South Carolina at NC State, ESPN Thursday, September 3

Baylor at Wake Forest Saturday, September 5

South Florida at Florida State Saturday, September 26

Clemson at Miami Saturday, October 24

East Carolina at North Carolina Saturday, September 19. Watch out Tar Heels. Trap game.

Florida State at Clemson Saturday, November 7

North Carolina at Connecticut Saturday, September 12

Miami at South Florida Saturday, November 28

Coastal Carolina at Clemson Saturday, October 31

North Carolina at NC State Saturday, November 28

Virginia Tech at East Carolina, ESPN Thursday, November 5

Stanford at Wake Forest Saturday, September 12

Boston College at Clemson Saturday, September 19

Wake Forest at Navy Saturday, October 24

Duke at Kansas Saturday, September 19

Wake Forest at Boston College Saturday, September 26

NC State at Boston College Saturday, October 17

Wake Forest at Georgia Tech Saturday, November 7

Wake Forest at Clemson Saturday, October 17

Rutgers at Maryland Saturday, September 26

Florida State at Boston College Saturday, October 3

Georgia Tech at Vanderbilt Saturday, October 31

NC State at Virginia Tech Saturday, November 21

Clemson at Maryland Saturday, October 3

Miami at Wake Forest Saturday, October 31

Georgia Tech at Mississippi State Saturday, October 3. If this were most any other SEC team, this game would have been in the top 20. Same goes for Vanderbilt matchup.

Virginia at North Carolina Saturday, October 3

Virginia Tech at Virginia Saturday, November 28

NC State at Wake Forest Saturday, October 3

Boston College at Virginia Tech Saturday, October 10

Maryland at Wake Forest Saturday, October 10

Virginia at Maryland Saturday, October 17

North Carolina at Boston College Saturday, November 21

Miami at Central Florida Saturday, October 17

Maryland at Duke Saturday, October 24

Georgia Tech at Virginia Saturday, October 24

Central Michigan at Boston College Saturday, October 31

NC State at Florida State Saturday, October 31

Virginia at Clemson Saturday, November 21

Maryland at Florida State Saturday, November 21

Duke at North Carolina Saturday, November 7

Maryland at NC State Saturday, November 7

Virginia at Miami Saturday, November 7

Boston College at Virginia Saturday, November 14

Clemson at NC State Saturday, November 14

Virginia Tech at Maryland Saturday, November 14

Duke at NC State Saturday, October 10

Boston College at Maryland Saturday, November 28

Wake Forest at Duke Saturday, November 28

Virginia Tech at Duke Saturday, October 3

Georgia Southern at North Carolina Saturday, October 10

James Madison at Maryland Saturday, September 12

Gardner-Webb at NC State Saturday, September 19

Georgia Tech at Duke Saturday, November 14

Virginia at Southern Miss Saturday, September 19

Elon at Wake Forest Saturday, September 19

Duke at Virginia Saturday, October 31

Richmond at Duke Saturday, September 5. This could be embarrassing for the Dookies.

Jacksonville State at Georgia Tech Saturday, September 5

Duke at Miami Saturday, November 21

The Citadel at North Carolina Saturday, September 5

William & Mary at Virginia Saturday, September 5

Jacksonville State at Florida State Saturday, September 12

The worst of the worst:


Duke at Army Saturday, September 12

Murray State at NC State Saturday, September 12

Middle Tennessee at Maryland Saturday, September 19

Northeastern at Boston College Saturday, September 5

Marshall at Virginia Tech Saturday, September 12

Florida A&M at Miami Saturday, October 10

Kent State at Boston College Saturday, September 12

Indiana at Virginia Saturday, October 10

Middle Tennessee at Clemson Saturday, September 5

And, the worst game in the ACC this year will be:

North Carolina Central at Duke Saturday, September 26. Central is an independent that is returning a whole bunch of starters. But really, scheduling North Carolina Central? Why?


125 comments Add your comment


June 7th, 2009
10:31 pm

Interesting to take the time to think about EVERY game that an ACC team will play this season. I hope you get paid by the hour.


June 7th, 2009
11:27 pm

Interesting picks, and I agree with most of them, and the ones I don’t agree with are really only by the smallest of margins.

Sugar HillDawg

June 8th, 2009
7:31 am

This guy just lost ALL credibility when he said that Tech was in the running for the conference championship. I stopped reading after that.

ACC Football=SEC Basketball

June 8th, 2009
8:15 am

Typical neck dawg fan. Where is Huh?

Don't Tase Me Bro

June 8th, 2009
8:19 am

Why doesn’t the ACC just play all of their games on Thursday night?

And as far as the worst game of the year, with no doubt it will be the ACC championship game. If FSU or Miami isn’t in the game, they will be lucky to draw 10k.


June 8th, 2009
8:20 am

Go read a UGA post. Dawg. thwg

Go Gators

June 8th, 2009
8:46 am

Huh is changing the grease in the deep fryer at his job, it’s Monday that have to use new grease for the fries. He is head fry guy.


June 8th, 2009
9:12 am

GT/UNC game will be the toughest and most important game. VT is a close 2nd.

The schedule is brutal, but thats life in the ACC. We need more SEC cupcakes like UGAg and Vandy.

old gold engineer

June 8th, 2009
9:18 am

Wow, Doug, quite an undertaking. Considering Middle Tennessee beat Maryland last year, I don’t think I would have listed that game in the bottom 10. I think it’s also interesting that you list UNC in the ACC’s big five but not Clemson.

Doug Roberson

June 8th, 2009
9:25 am

Old Gold, no I’m not quite sold on Clemson this year. New coach (well slightly new), unsettled QB situation, and I’m not sold that Spiller is an every-down running back. He gives you one big play, and then a whole bunch of nothing plays.


June 8th, 2009
9:26 am

None of these games are important. Only game that is important is the National Championship. That’s where my Dawgs will be while y’all are playing on the smurf turf. That’s right…mark it down.

2009 National Champs – Georgia Bulldogs


June 8th, 2009
9:39 am

Huh is right none of these games are important.I think its funny that gt-jacksonville st. game is not on worst of the worst list,but hey gt thinks they will win the acc.Hell they think they are going to beat Duke man now thats really funny.

Not Disappointed

June 8th, 2009
9:42 am

Just ready for college Football to begin! Enough said, “Ramblin Wreck!”


June 8th, 2009
9:50 am

Be careful tekies I could be the one delivering your pissa.NO TIP REQUIRED. Thats true and funny hahahahahahahahah! saint simons told me how to do it. you know how big his mouth is he can eat more pissa than anybody.

Doug Roberson

June 8th, 2009
9:56 am

Jacksonville State is actually supposed to be pretty good this year, which is why I didn’t include them in the list of worst. Same for Elon, William and Mary and some of the other I-AA teams.


June 8th, 2009
9:59 am

2009 National Champs – Georgia Bulldogs

Deal with it Jackets!


June 8th, 2009
10:13 am

This is a football blog Huh?

not equestrian!!!

go and make mommy happy and clean your room like a good boy.


June 8th, 2009
10:29 am

Ok Ramble – Let me rephrase that so even you can understand…

Joe Cox will lead the Georgia Bulldogs Football Team to a…

2009 National Championship

While’st you Techies rot in the Smurf Turf Bowl.


June 8th, 2009
10:32 am

Doug I think you are underrating ga.south.to.


June 8th, 2009
10:47 am



June 8th, 2009
10:51 am

Exactly the response I suspected.

I hate Tech.


June 8th, 2009
11:00 am

Georgia will beat Tech by 40


June 8th, 2009
11:02 am

So does this mean after OSU beats you by 20 points, you will mercifully disappear and unfortunately reappear under another stupid handle?

Umm, Yes.

Hey I don’t have any love for UGAg either. You just made me spit coffee all over my computer screen.


June 8th, 2009
11:04 am

Again, stay on topic Huh? we don’t have an equestrian team.


June 8th, 2009
11:14 am

UGA is the greatest school in the country….

You Techies are just jealous.

Have you ever even been to Athens?


June 8th, 2009
11:23 am

Huh?: The ACC isn’t going to the Humanitarian Bowl anymore. Get your facts straight.

I’d put GT-UNC ahead of GT-FSU, for the criteria you stated. Not that GT-FSU will be a good game, but GT would win the ACCC, even if they lose in Tally, if they sweep the ACCC. It’s possible that both GT and VT will lose an ACCC game and GT wins the head-to-head, which is where GT-UNC comes into play. Methinks GT-VT will be easier than GT-FSU.

As long as we’re including nonconf games, the bottom of the list should consist of all of the I-AA games. Period.

BS Patrol

June 8th, 2009
11:31 am

The doggies just can’t stand the fact that Tech will be a contender & ga won’t even contend for their division!



June 8th, 2009
11:33 am



June 8th, 2009
11:46 am

Vtech plays bama and nebraska? Now that’s a good out of conference schedule. Who does tech play? Nobody besides uga. Real tough huh Ramble?

BS Patrol

June 8th, 2009
11:55 am

Attn. All Techies! We are all jealous of ga.

Angelina Jolie is also jealous of Rosie O’Donnel.


June 8th, 2009
12:00 pm

You’re right SlimG…3 SEC teams…they sux.


June 8th, 2009
12:15 pm



June 8th, 2009
12:20 pm

You are jealous of Georgia. We win 10 games and win New Year’s Day bowl games in down years. You win 9 games and get punk slapped by 5 touchdowns in your bowl games in up years. If you are not jealous you certainly should be, unless you think 9 games and a Chicken Bowl appearance is all Georgia Tech can ever hope for. If so that is fine by me. More laughs for me.


June 8th, 2009
12:38 pm

And Paul McCartney is jealous of Sanjaya


June 8th, 2009
12:50 pm

You Techies are jealous of our women, our bars in athens, our music, and all of our sports teams. I didn’t go to Georgia but that doesn’t stop me from being the biggest Dawg fan on the planet. I happen to know many Techies who tell me all the time they wish they had what we had.

You will also be jealous when we:


Jaded Jacket

June 8th, 2009
1:00 pm

I like Huh?. He’s another amusing Jethro from UGA. His moronic comments are always good for a laugh or two. But then I start to pity his lack of intelligence and I feel sorry for him in the end. Poor man.


June 8th, 2009
1:14 pm

Hey Jaded….what’s it like to lose 7 outta the last 8 games to the superior Dawgs?!


June 8th, 2009
1:31 pm

UGA is picked to finish 4th in there division of the SEC. That equals a very sad bowl if they do only lose 4 games. I pick them to lose 7 and not even go to a bowl this year. Face it UGA fans, your day has come and gone. Best you can wish for is 8 wins. So, HUH lets see, will you wear a GT tee shirt and run through UGA campus screeming how great GT is if you don’t win 8 games this year…. Willing to bet something….You won’t bet for real, you know Joe Cox sux on , well what was his last name..

Rusty Squidbillie

June 8th, 2009
1:54 pm

I’m a’bettin’ my 1980 championship six-pack that my doggies wins more than 4 games this year!

BS Patrol

June 8th, 2009
1:58 pm

Huh? thinks the only things in life are Wal-Mart & ga football.

Trade School Junkie

June 8th, 2009
2:08 pm

The most important ACC games:

1. USC at NCSt: First game of the year, and the outcome will start the SEC vs ACC smack talk going. In 2008, USC struggled until the 4th Qtr, and Star NCSt QB Wilson left the game in 1st Qtr. I think odds favor a NCSt win in Raleigh.

2. Bama vs VT: This is the most important game for the ACC in 2009. If VT wins, it will be THE BENCHMARK by which ALL SEC vs ACC match-ups will be compared for the rest of 2009. If VT wins, it would make ACC 2-0 vs. SEC to start the 2009 season. If NCSt & VT win, ACC will probably run the table vs. SEC in 2009.

3. GT at UVA: GT will be coming off back-to-back games: at FSU, and home vs. VT. Will GT be healthy enough and have enough left in the tank after FSU & VT to win in Charlottesville, where GT has not won since 1990? It’ll be a real test with those 3 games, all in a row, but I think GT will win the ACC.

4. Nebraska at VT: VT won last year on the road in Bo Peilini’s first year. If VT manages to beat both Bama and Nebraska, the ACC can claim to have beaten both SEC and Big 12 in head-to-head competition.

5. GA at GT: GT proves 2008 was no fluke, and rolls up 600 yards of total offense. GT wins 56-18.

Other noteworthy non-ACC games:

1. GA vs OKSt: SEC vs Big 12, conference match-ups the fans want to see. The winning conference has bragging rights until bowl season. Mutts get smoked badly in Stillwater. Any thought of this dawgs team winning ion Stillwater this year is plain delusional. Zac Robinson: mutts will remeber this name for a long time.

2. USC vs GA: If GA loses this one, right after OKSt loss, then the 2009 season is officially over. With still facing Ark, LSU, Tenn, FL, Ky, Auburn, and GT, a 7-5 season is looking likely.

Jaded Jacket

June 8th, 2009
2:26 pm

Huh?, can we call you Jethro instead? You are the stereotype of a typical UGA fan. UGA Jethros are narrow minded, dim-witted fools with vacant eyes that cast blank stares of bewilderment. UGA Jethros are often mistaken for products of inbreeding and are always gentically inferior. I’ll keep you in my prayers, Huh?. You poor fella :-(

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June 8th, 2009
3:15 pm

Rusty, your 1980s six pack is almost thirty years old. Tech has won a NC more recently than you guys. Also, look at your schedule. If you still had the same team as last year I would say you had a chance, but with Joe Cox and company 5 wins would be pretty good. Name 6 teams on your schedule you think you will win… 5-7 this year mark my words.

North Ave Dude

June 8th, 2009
3:27 pm

If the Wolfpack and Hokies win to start the season, then the ACC is going to OWN the SEC this year.


June 8th, 2009
3:51 pm

Let’s see Ramble, bottom feeders do sux. Try and schedule some real competition so the lower tier bowl teams want be such a shooker. Yeah, LSU was bad last year, really bad. But hey, Gardner Webb and Jax State make you guys look real good. Should pad your ranking until late in the season. Then we all know the consequences.


June 8th, 2009
3:53 pm

Huh?, you nailed it…. we are jealous of uga. The bars, women and 10 wins seasons make us green with envy! Bars, music and women?! How in the hell does ANY of that win championships?! We could ONLY wish we had ALL of that and ONLY one national championship to show for all those years of competition! Why can’t we have a mascot that looks like it didn’t see the break lights of the car in front of it?! A mascot that eats it’s own turds?! Why can’t our team underachieve year after year….ESPECIALLY with a preseason #1 ranking?! I assure you, you DO NOT have any Tech friends that wish they had what you mutts have! Ours is a program that is on the way up with a gimmick offense and a tradition rich history and a brighter future on the near horizon! The pups had their chance and they blew it! You got pushed aside in your own stadium and it’s OUR turn to represent Georgia! If you’re gonna run with the big dogs, you’ve GOT to stop pissin’ like puppies! GO TECH!!!


June 8th, 2009
3:54 pm

As much as I don’t like UGAg, I wouldn’t call them a bottom feeder SlimG.

I’d call them a lot of other things, but not bottom feeders.


June 8th, 2009
3:58 pm

Other games to watch:

1. Navy vs Ohio State: CPJ’s Navy Option offense against Tressel and the Buckeyes. Why important? CPJ & GA Southern (Triple Option) beat Tressel & Youngstown State for the Division 1-AA championship several years ago.

2. LSU vs Washington: PAC-10 vs SEC.
3. UCLA vs Tenn: Pac-10 vs SEC
4. GA at Ark: Petrino is a better coach than Richt
5. Tenn at Florida: Monte Kiffin’s Tampa-2 defense vs. Urban’s offense.
6. Tx AM vs. Ark: Big 12 vs SEC
7. Bama vs. Ole Miss: for the SEC-West crown
8. GA at Tenn: GA neets Tenn’s Tampa-2 defense. Tenn wins with 4 INTs.
9. Navy at SMU: the Triple Option offense vs. the Run & Shoot offense. Navy wins.
10. USC vs ND: One more Trojan beatdown before Weis finally gets canned.
11. GA vs FL: Moving vans arrive at Martinez’s house.
12. Navy vs. ND: Navy makes it two in a row. ND calls Urban Meter.


June 8th, 2009
3:59 pm

how bout bottom sniffers?