Big Ten from last week baton passed to the ACC …. now
I blew that one.
I spent the better part of the offseason looking like a fool – like a FOOL – showing way too much love to the ACC.
The depth was supposedly there, the talent was in place up top, and as my standard line went, “there isn’t a free space team like Kansas” among the 14.
On a few different fronts, oops.
Clemson’s been fine, and Miami has been good, too – the LSU loss is more than forgivable – and to be fair to NC State, it didn’t get it shot to play West Virginia and show what it could do.
But you don’t get ripped to shreds by Old Dominion, Virginia Tech.
You don’t get blown out by East Carolina, North Carolina.
Wake Forest got Ian Booked by Notre Dame, Boston College got destroyed by Purdue, Louisville is bad, Pitt is bad, and Georgia Tech is bad.
So how bad is this?
Clemson had a close-call win over Texas A&M, and Duke beat Northwestern and Baylor. Other than that, the ACC is 0-6 against non-ACC Power Five programs so far.
It gets even worse.
Pitt, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and sure, let’s throw in Boston College – it beat UMass, but I’m not letting that get in the way of belaboring a point – have yet to beat an FBS team that’s not a fellow ACC program.
Considering how much chirping this conference did before last season, it’s been a quick and painful fall.