With Georgia Tech loss, ACC struggling for attention again

This was the scene at last year's ACC title game in Tampa.

This was the sad scene in Jacksonville at the 2007 ACC title game. Attendance was announced as 53,212.

The ACC wanted to be the SEC. It wanted the money, the clout, the conference championship game, the TV contracts and pollsters to give mid-level ACC teams the benefit of the doubt because, well, they were in the ACC.

But once again, the ACC looks like a souffle that keeps collapsing.

Georgia Tech lost to Georgia Saturday. Clemson lost to South Carolina. So both halves of next week’s ACC championship game in Tampa lost to mid-level SEC teams that are headed to third-tier bowl games. That’s not how a conference gets money or clout or a big TV contract or the benefit of the doubt.

Meanwhile, the SEC title game matches No. 1 Florida vs. No. 2 Alabama.

While Tech coach Paul Johnson tries to figure out how to motivate his players after Saturday’s lost to the Dogs, ACC commissioner John Swofford needs to figure out how to spin this almost annual disaster into a positive. Good luck with that.

The conference has never received the marquee Miami-Florida State match-up it was hoping for when it expanded and split into two strangely divided geographic divisions (Atlantic and Coastal). Here’s the ACC’s brief championship game history:

♦ 2005: The first game has been the high point. It was a good game (FSU beat Virginia Tech, 27-22), was well attended in Jacksonville (72,749) and TV ratings that exceeded the SEC and Big 12 title games.

♦ 2006: Tech and Wake Forest were the surprise finalists and played a dreadful, touchdown-less game (won by Wake, 9-6). That year, just as this year, the Jackets were coming off a season-ending loss to Georgia. Announced attendance on Jacksonville dropped 10,000 (62,850).

♦ 2007: Two teams from the distant north (Boston College and Virginia Tech) caused attendance to continue to plummet. The No. 5 Hokies won, 30-16,  so at least it gave the conference a highly ranked team going into the bowls. But then Virginia Tech was upset by Kansas in the Orange Bowl.

♦ 2008: The game was moved to Tampa. But it was the repeat matchup the ACC couldn’t afford. This time, B.C. and VaTech drew only 27,360 — which means half of the tickets distributed/sold weren’t even used. The Hokies won, 30-12. Not that anybody noticed.

♦ 2009: This week’s losses and the economy likely will hurt attendance. Regardless, the game would’ve garnered a lot more attention if Tech and Clemson were coming off victories.

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Sanford Drive

November 29th, 2009
2:24 pm

Why don’t they move the ACC Championship game to a more centrally located city? Tampa is kind of far for most teams.

Dave In Tampa

November 29th, 2009
2:25 pm

Tough place to have this game unless your school is in Florida. Clemson will bring some folks. Question is how many? Until they figure it out the ACC CG will never be on the same planet as the SEC CG. First prediction: GT 45 Clemson 24

30-24 We're just better than you.

November 29th, 2009
2:25 pm

The a-she-she “championship is weak, just like gtu.

Johnny Test

November 29th, 2009
2:27 pm

First they should move the game to Atlanta. That would improve attendance. If that doesn’t work then the ACC should drop football.

Johnny Test

November 29th, 2009
2:31 pm

The a-she-she… love it!

King just scored again… Bay Bay..woops

There is a new sheriff in town and his name is Coach Mark Richt.. glad it hurts so bad.. it is just the continuation of what has alays been…
60/39/5. How sweet it is…

reebok

November 29th, 2009
2:33 pm

This is embarrassing. The talent discrepancy between the SEC and ACC is ridiculous. Georgia simply lined up and pounded the ball at Tech last nite, and Tech is probably the best team in the ACC. And Georgia lost to Kentucky.

ctown dawg

November 29th, 2009
2:36 pm

Hey Schultz how is the crow tasting today did you have to stay up all night with paul crying, I told you this was going to happen 2 months ago and it did and please keep writing articles that slam Georgia, it just adds to the victory over your beloved yellow jackets.
ACC CHAMPS 2009

Dawggone-it

November 29th, 2009
2:37 pm

If you hold an ACC championship game and no one is there to see it, does it make a sound? But anyway, does anyone really care? Go to the Georgia Dome next week if you want to see the real deal regardless of what SEC teams play. The SEC championship outshines any league championship and BCS game without a doubt.

BugKiller

November 29th, 2009
2:37 pm

The ACC: Where Mediocrity Happens

The ACC: Where Our Division Leaders Lose to Mediocre SEC Teams

The ACC: Where Our Conference Champion Would Go 3-5 Against an SEC Schedule

The ACC: We Play Football?

The ACC: Just Wait Until Basketball Season Starts!

TECH

November 29th, 2009
2:40 pm

Johnny Test, Get a life, It’s just a football game…

stevesixty8

November 29th, 2009
2:40 pm

Moving the game to Atlanta seems improbable–they’re hosting the SEC game on the same day. Don’t see how a double-header could work. Still, moving to a more central location seems in order. Maybe Charlotte?

And, as long as we’re wishing and hoping, maybe some better teams to play in it.

Peadawg

November 29th, 2009
2:41 pm

UGA beat Ga Tech. South Carolina beat Clemson. We beat South Carolina. Does that mean UGA wins the ACC Championship and goes to the Orange bowl?

TECH SUCKS

November 29th, 2009
2:42 pm

UGA = ACC Champ…

8-1 vs Tiny Tech

Johnny Test

November 29th, 2009
2:42 pm

What a dose of STFU this win has been for the Nerds. M and Ramble on and Yellow Fuzz and Burdell and Stinger and TSJ and the rest of you creeps come out come out where ever you are. They are either hanging in their closets or outside taking thr GT license plate off their car.

Paul Johnson

November 29th, 2009
2:43 pm

I crap bigger than BugKiller.

ACC guy

November 29th, 2009
2:43 pm

The 2010 CG will be held in Charlotte, NC. I hope it stays there for good.

Shut up Tech

November 29th, 2009
2:44 pm

Can’t stand the ACC vs SEC debate!! Every year, ACC cream puffs slap fight each other and the least mediocre team (and fans) starts honking about how she can get in the ring with the SEC’s best. Please! Once we get done debating which conference is better, let’s debate on which is a better form of transportation: a Ferrari or a pare of skates.

Johnny Test

November 29th, 2009
2:44 pm

Tech… just returning the favor buddy. You can thank your nerdy friends for 365 days and night of being reminded who is #1 in GA.

Paul Johnson

November 29th, 2009
2:46 pm

Enter your comments here

Saint Simons

November 29th, 2009
2:52 pm

Mr Test, Thanks for excluding me in your comment. I would like to apologize for gloating all year about beating UGA last year and I hope
y’all won’t rub it in on all us GT fans. I promise I won’t do it again.

In Memory of UGA VII

November 29th, 2009
2:57 pm

All I have to say is to those few Tech fans whom have been making fun of the death of our beloved Mascot UGA VII, it is called “KARMA”!!!!!!! You whom are passing those disgraceful cartoons of UGA VII on a Thanksgiving Platter, you are classless and disgraceful to your own team!!!!

RTR Paul

November 29th, 2009
2:59 pm

Man the ACC is WEAK. Tech D made Georgia look powerful and that is hard to do, lol. Oh well, good luck with Clemson (as if anybody cares :) ).

CC

November 29th, 2009
3:00 pm

Hey TECH, if its just a football game, why are you on this blogging?? Seems like it might be a bit more than that to you and the hundreds of techmites who just put their sweatshirts back in a box. Maybe you guys will win the ACC, but does anybody really care? And if you do win the conference, will you put this year’s UGA score on the rings?

1970Dawg

November 29th, 2009
3:01 pm

I seem to remember one of you Techies saying that UGA couldn’t beat any team in the ACC and I’m still laughing about that one. Our O line and D line just manhandled the ACC’s best(?) and SC beat the other half of your championship game. I guess that means your championship game is for 5th place in the SEC East. You guys should stick to BB because the SEC rules FB and UGA owns GT

BugKiller

November 29th, 2009
3:02 pm

Of course you crap bigger than me, Paul Johnson!

You’re a big fat man!

David Basham

November 29th, 2009
3:03 pm

Obligatory Saint Simons post:

(( 30-24 )) hahahahahahahahahahahahah

Justafan

November 29th, 2009
3:05 pm

Falcons playing like GT last night and UGA last week. Kill the Coaches , fire the media and lets all go to Chicken bowl.

calvin

November 29th, 2009
3:05 pm

Tech is ranked no. 12 and Clemson is ranked no. 25,
so it’s two ranked teams in the ACC championship
game. Could have been better but that’s still
not so bad.

ty webb

November 29th, 2009
3:05 pm

Jeff,
Is that window still open?

Bobbie Dud

November 29th, 2009
3:06 pm

Guess Tech won’t change the name of the stadium after all!

Herschel Talker

November 29th, 2009
3:06 pm

Schultzie – when are you going to comment on CPJ’s inexplicable calls to pass?

Dawg Central

November 29th, 2009
3:09 pm

Boy….where are all the Tech fans today…….still in shock…..UGA’s ground game was awesome , right guys?? Hey, maybe Paul Johnson will change his triple option to UGA’s offense…..I told all of you Tech fans, that Offense sucks……it doesn’t work on the big boys. It works at Navy and Georgia Southern…..but this is big-boy football if u wanna play……and Paul Johnson is no where near a genius….hell, he was throwing bombs inside the 50 with 1:40 left in the game…LOL

calvin

November 29th, 2009
3:10 pm

Tech’s surprisingly high ranking today offers
some hope that Tech can finish in the top ten.
Try as they will, the AJC writers will have no
effect on whether that happens or not. Oh, I
forgot; Barnhart is an AP voter.

cmac

November 29th, 2009
3:12 pm

I am sure the mighty ACC could find a nice high school stadium to play their garbage game in!!! they might even fill it up!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! That conference is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO WEAK!!!

UGA has their worse season this decade, tech is #7(?) in the country, UGA just lost to Kentucky!, the game is at tech & UGA RUNS ALL OVER THEM!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Good luck to tech & the 12,000 people who will be on hand to watch the (laughter) acc championship game (laughter)!!!

This just in, UGA will face South Carolina in the ACC Championship game in hopes to create revenue for the conference & place a legitimate team in the orange Bowl!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

cmac

November 29th, 2009
3:15 pm

Hey – all those people who called Paul Johnson a genius — NICE LAST DRIVE!! trying getting a defense!

JTH

November 29th, 2009
3:17 pm

Think CPJ won’t jump at the Notre Dame job if offered now?

UGA-Georgia state and ACC Champions 2009.

Dawg Central

November 29th, 2009
3:18 pm

UGA has won 5 straight at Grant Field…wow…home away from home….lol

calvin

November 29th, 2009
3:19 pm

Wait till next year.

marseilles mutt

November 29th, 2009
3:19 pm

Geogia Fans! Whoa! We need to get a life, for we didn’t accomplish a darn thing except beat a mediocre Tech team that has even less defense than we do- and I wasn’t sure that even to be possible.

Rather than act like a bunch of teen age jerks, let’s concentrate on getting competitive within our own conference, where it counts.

As in UT, Kentucky, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, et al. Tech had their “15 miutes of fame”, and they stretched it into 365 days. You got to admire that only a mathematician or an engineer could do that.

Hopefully, UGA has bigger fish to fry. However, I still hope that they- Tech- win out. And in case you didn’t notice, giving the devil their due it was a darn good game. They are getting better and should only continue to improve.

Let’s mind our manners and don’t show our respective asses by wearing a red and black cellophane suit.

Having said that THWGT! Woof, woof, woof, etc and so on! IT feels SO GOOD!

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 29th, 2009
3:20 pm

CPJ’s boneheaded passing plays on the final drive need to be explained or go to ND.

I was at the game....

November 29th, 2009
3:21 pm

Tech proved what was already known…. The ACC and the Pac 10 are two birds of a feather. I am glad as this will eventually help the push for a play off system and I would imagine that once in place you will see the SEC Championship… Again. Thanks for being such good sports Tech fans. It was nice looking at your sorry faces as I made it back to my vehicle. You guys are about as violent as your passive ACC team. Good on ya!!!!

Metal Jacket

November 29th, 2009
3:23 pm

I’m glad UGA will keep Mark,Bobo and Willie.

Dawg Central

November 29th, 2009
3:23 pm

This is no fun without Tech fans on here….but I knew they would hide if they lost…….cowards!!!!!

BarrelOfRum

November 29th, 2009
3:24 pm

while i am all for supporting your team, people who come into these blogs and act like they have accomplished something themselves is preposterous. not a single person in this forum made any play last night. instead, you sat on your arse, probably ate a a pound of nachos, consumed an absurd amount of beer, got drunk, and somehow concluded that you personally achieved something. i guess uga fans have given up on achieving something on their own?

J dog

November 29th, 2009
3:24 pm

Maybe they could hold the ACC Championship game right before the SEC Championsip game, like an opening act. You know, like a free game for the fans before the heavyweight championship? The ACC could even claim a sellout.

calvin

November 29th, 2009
3:26 pm

Dawg Central wrote:
> UGA has won 5 straight at Grant Field…wow…home away from
> home….lol

Tech won in Athens (since I’ve been counting) in
1984, 1990, 1998, 2000, 2008; and won in Atlanta
only in 1985, and 1999.

So when Tech beats Georgia, it’s more likely to be
in Athens.

Pi$$onaJacket

November 29th, 2009
3:27 pm

30-24. Total Domination! TO HELL WITH TECH!

1970Dawg

November 29th, 2009
3:28 pm

Hey Calvin, you techies might not want to start crying “Wait til next year” GT will probably lose several juniors to the NFL this year and may be rebuilding next year like we were this year. You’d best hope not,
because when Gailey’s players start leaving, you guys are in TROUBLE (ie
when Nesbitt went down last night)

Dawg Central

November 29th, 2009
3:29 pm

mutt….u sound like an undercover Tech fan……I can spot those cowards a mile….don’t pose as a UGA fan

calvin

November 29th, 2009
3:30 pm

Oops. Tech also won in Atlanta in 1989. Still
more likely to win in Athens.