The ACC has been viewed as one of the weak sisters in the BCS for the past few years because it has yet to place more than one team in any of the five games in one year. Nor has it had a team in the national championship game.
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said on Tuesday at the Pigskin Preview in Macon that there are two ways the league can improve its image:
1. The media can recognize that while the league may not have had a top-rated team, it has had depth. He points to the fact that five teams will likely be in the various preseason top 25 polls: Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, and FSU, with Clemson perhaps breaking in. That’s more than any other conference will have.
“We’ve had good depth in the league but no marquee teams,” he said. “Some leagues have had marquee teams but no depth.”
He wouldn’t say which leagues those were, but USC in the Pac-10, Texas and Oklahoma in the Big 12 come to mind.
There is other evidence, including the fact that 31 players were selected in the NFL draft in April. It was third among the conferences.
2. “Eventually we’ve got to get a team in the national championship game,” he said. This could be the year for that. The ACC’s Coastal Division could be the toughest of any in any conference. The Yellow Jackets, Hurricanes, Tar Heels and the Hokies will be in the top 25. Tech has to play two of those teams — Virginia Tech and North Carolina — on the road. Flipping to the Atlantic, Tech has to go to Clemson as well. If it can run the table, it should have enough BCS points accumulated to make it to the title game.