OK, it’s not so much a big day here. Georgia Tech plays Kansas. The Jackets should beat Kansas. They should’ve beaten Kansas a year ago. But I digress.
Look around the league. Clemson plays host to Auburn, which was ranked No. 1 in the land at the end of last season. Florida State plays host to Oklahoma, ranked No. 1 at the start of this season. Miami plays host to Ohio State, which has often been ranked No. 1 in both football and tattoos. Those are major tests for a league that hasn’t passed many major tests in a while.
I’d offer expert predictions on all three, but my expert predictions haven’t exactly been exact. I had Georgia winning its first two, as opposed to losing. I had the Falcons winning in Chicago, as opposed to getting whomped. I figure the Braves are a lock to make the playoffs and Derek Lowe goes out and yields six runs while recording seven outs. Yikes.
Also in the news, ACC-wise: My buddy — I hope he won’t mind me referring to him as such – Pete Thamel of the New York Times reports that the league is in negotiations with Syracuse and Pittsburgh, two Big East pillars. And a buddy who works in Kansas — who knew I was Mr. Popularity, huh? — just told me the latest rumor in Lawrence is that the ACC wants not just Texas but Kansas, too. So today’s game at the Flats could be a preview of the 2012 ACC title tilt!
OK, enough. Here’s the one prediction I will venture. Tech beats KU. And I’m never wrong. Except when I am.
And with that, the floor is again open for questions, comments and thoughts on conference expansion. (Southern Cal to the Colonial? Makes sense to me!) Join me for today’s color and pageantry, won’t you? And I thank you, as ever, in advance.
By Mark Bradley