For all of the Georgia Tech fans who can’t understand why the ACC doesn’t get more respect nationally, I’m going to boil it down to two numbers for you: 2 and 10.
That is the ACC’s overall record in BCS bowl games, going back to 1998. When the Jackets got hammered physically by Iowa Tuesday night and lost, 24-14, in the Orange Bowl, it continued a conference-wide trend, the kind of trend that has hurt the ACC’s credibility.
Consider the rundown of ACC/BCS bowl results:♦ 1998: LOST: Florida State loses to Tennessee (SEC) in the national title game (Fiesta), 23-16. ♦ 1999: WON: Florida State defeats Virginia Tech (Big East) in the national title game (Sugar), 46-29. ♦ 2000: LOST: Florida State loses to Oklahoma (Big 12) in the national title game (Orange), 13-2. ♦ 2001: LOST: Maryland loses to Florida (SEC) in the Orange Bowl, 56-23. ♦ 2002: LOST: Florida State loses to Georgia (SEC) in the Sugar Bowl, 26-13. ♦ 2003: LOST: Florida State loses to Miami (Big East) in the Orange Bowl, 16-14. ♦ 2004: LOST: Virginia Tech loses to Auburn (SEC) in the Orange Bowl, 16-13. ♦ 2005: LOST: Florida State loses to Penn State (Big Ten) in the Orange Bowl, 26-23 (3 OT). ♦ 2006: LOST: Wake Forest loses to Louisville (Big East) in the Orange Bowl, 24-13. ♦ 2007: LOST: Virginia Tech loses to Kansas (Big 12) in the Orange Bowl 24-21. ♦ 2008: WON: Virginia Tech defeats Cincinnati (Big East) in the Orange Bowl, 20-7. ♦ 2009: LOST: Georgia Tech loses to Iowa (Big Ten) in the Orange Bowl, 24-14.
This is how the ACC’s 2-10 record and .167 winning percentage in BCS bowls compare to other conferences in BCS games. I’ve ranked the conferences by wins, rather than appearances (some of which are automatic) and winning percentage (because it doesn’t seem right to rank the 2-1 Mountain West up high).Conference Rec. (Pct.)
Here’s the ACC break down: Virginia Tech 1-2, Florida State 1-5, Georgia Tech 0-1, Maryland 0-1 and Wake Forest 0-1.
Here’s the SEC breakdown: LSU 4-0, Florida 5-1, Georgia 2-1, Auburn 1-0, Tennessee 1-1 and Alabama 0-2.
There are indications the ACC is getting stronger. Certainly, the Jackets’ rise the last two seasons –their two bowl games notwithstanding — helps the conference. Similar boosts by Miami and Florida State also would help. But until the conference wins major bowl games, the perception of the ACC will not equal that of other conferences, and that affects human polls, which feed into the BCS standings. Because 2-10 isn’t going to get it done.