If there's one thing ACC football has ever done right, it's scheduling its big divisional matchups for the end of the season. Virginia Tech has a multi-game lead on a three-team pileup in the Coastal Division, but has a game remaining against each of those teams. The Hokies have road games against Miami and North Carolina, and get the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at home this Thursday.
If the Jackets can salvage their season by shocking the Hokies, they'll still need to beat the Canes at home and hope for another Virginia Tech loss. Oh, and beat Duke, who just beat Navy. You know, Navy? The team that runs Tech's offense with a better quarterback and has the same record as Tech, plus a more disciplined defense?
Carolina has four conference games left, including a tough road trip to Florida State and home games against Virginia Tech and N.C. State. Miami has the easiest path of the four, with Maryland and VT at home, but has been perhaps the most inconsistent team in the nation's most inconsistent conference. Actually, the ACC has been pretty consistent this year. NEW TOPIC.
Florida State still leads in the Atlantic, with three winnable games left against UNC, Maryland, and Clemson. Those last two, plus N.C. State, remain in the running, and they all play each other in very confusing configurations. It looks like Maryland has the toughest remaining schedule, and FSU has the easiest.
Pencil in Virginia Tech and Florida State for Charlotte, but keep your eraser poised above the Noles.
Atlantic Coast Conference Standings
(updated 10.31.2010 at 3:31 AM EDT)
|Florida St. Seminoles||4||1||6||2|
|N.C. State Wolfpack||3||1||6||2|
|Boston College Eagles||1||4||3||5|
|Wake Forest Demon Deacons||1||4||2||6|