This what the ACC Coastal Division looks like:
Virginia Tech 3-0 Georgia Tech 3-1 Miami 2-1 North Carolina 2-1 Virginia 0-3 Duke 0-3
This is what the SEC East Division looks like:
South Carolina 2-2 Florida 2-3 Georgia 2-3 Vanderbilt 1-2 Kentucky 1-3 Tennessee 0-3
Both teams have had embarrassing non-conference losses (Tech to Kansas; Georgia to Colorado). Both have had embarrassing moments within their conference (the Jackets gave up six touchdowns to North Carolina State; the Bulldogs started 0-3 in the SEC for the first time in 17 years).
But both are alive in their respective divisions. So we pose the question to you: Who is more likely to win their division and make it to a conference title game, which is the gateway to a BCS bowl game: The Jackets or the Bulldogs?
Tech, the defending ACC champion, is a 3-1 in the ACC but it’s about to hit the toughest part of the schedule: at Clemson, at Virginia Tech and home against Miami (before a likely win over Duke). The Bulldogs are only 2-3 in the SEC after a two-game winning streak and in most seasons would be dead in the East, but, as the standings illustrate, this isn’t like most seasons. Their remaining conference schedule: at Kentucky, Florida and at Auburn.
The Jackets control their own destiny. The Bulldogs still need help (by virtue of losing tiebreakers with South Carolina).
The thing that makes this tricky is, we can’t possibly know what to expect from either team right now. This was Tech coach Paul Johnson Tuesday when I asked him if he felt more certain about his team a year ago at this time than now.
“I think we knew what the strengths of our team were a year ago,” he said. “You had some constants. You knew by this time that No. 8 [wide receiver Demaryius Thomas] was going to make plays. You also knew for the most part that you might have to win in a shootout. This year, I don’t know. The game could be 14-7 or it could be 42-40. It’s not like we’re dominant in any one area. But that’s probably more normal than the other way.”
So who is more likely to win its division: The Jackets or Dogs?
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