Tuesday, August 4, 2009

2009 ACC Atlantic Division Ultimate Football Schedule

Brian: Collegehoops.net came up with their 2009 ultimate ACC Atlantic football schedule, picking a game a week following the same rules that ACC programs have to follow. Here are the rules:
  • Four non-conference games
  • Eight conference games (five within the division and three against Coastal Division opponents)
  • ACC Championship Game
Here is Collegehoops.net’s ultimate schedule:

Week 1: South Carolina at NC State (9/3)
Week 2: Clemson at Georgia Tech (9/10)
Week 3: Florida State at BYU (9/19)
Week 4: TCU at Clemson (9/26)
Week 5: Florida State at Boston College (10/3)
Week 6: Maryland at Wake Forest (10/10)
Week 7: NC State at Boston College (10/17)
Week 8: Florida State at North Carolina (10/22)
Week 9: NC State at Wake Forest (10/31)
Week 10: BYE Week (11/7)
Week 11: Clemson at NC State (11/14)
Week 12: NC State at Virginia Tech (11/21)
Week 13: Florida State at Florida (11/28)
Week 14: ACC Championship Game (12/5)

The ACC Atlantic ultimate schedule is a great idea, but I have some issues with this version of the ultimate Atlantic Division schedule. Namely, it’s far too NC State heavy. I’m a fan of Carter-Finley Stadium and everything, but there’s nothing “ultimate” about having to watch TOB and the Wolfpack five times in 2009. If I was going to come up with an ultimate ACC Atlantic schedule, it would look a little different (with changes in bold).

Week 1: Maryland at California (9/7)
Week 2: Clemson at Georgia Tech (9/10)
Week 3: Boston College at Clemson (9/19)
Week 4: TCU at Clemson (9/26)
Week 5: Florida State at Boston College (10/3)
Week 6: Boston College at Virginia Tech (10/10)
Week 7: Wake Forest at Clemson (10/17)
Week 8: Boston College at Notre Dame (10/24)
Week 9: BYE (10/31)
Week 10: Florida State at Clemson (11/7)
Week 11: Florida State at Wake Forest (11/14)

Week 12: NC State at Virginia Tech (11/21)
Week 13: Clemson at South Carolina (11/28)
Week 14: ACC Championship Game (Tampa, FL)

South Carolina at NC State doesn't really do anything for me. Replace this with Maryland's return trip to Pac-10 title contender California. In week 3, BC at Clemson will have Atlantic Division champ implications straight out of the gate, so this game is much better than FSU at BYU. In week 6, would you rather see the Maryland and Wake Forest pillow fight for last place in the Atlantic, or the fifth installment of BC vs. Virginia Tech in the last 3 years. Go with the ACC Championship Game x2 rematch. In week 7, I give the slight edge to Wake at Clemson instead of NC State at BC.

And in week 8, how can you not throw some love the Holy War’s way, as it’s possibly the last game in South Bend in a long time. Florida State vs. North Carolina isn’t that great of an intra-division game. Use week 9 for the BYE week instead of NC State at Wake Forest and go see Florida State travel to Death Valley in week 10. That game also has Division champ implications whereas NC State at Wake Forest likely won’t. In week 11, go check out FSU at Wake Forest as Wake has had the Seminoles number the last 3 years. Finally, I’d rather go to Clemson at South Carolina instead of Florida State at Florida. I’d simply rather go to a more competitive game, and Florida is going to run away with that game.

Jeff, your ultimate Atlantic Division schedule?

Jeff: How can you possibly choose Clemson vs. South Carolina instead of Florida State vs. Florida. Are you nuts? But anyway, for the rest of my schedule it would go something like this. Differences from your schedule are in bold.

Week 1: Miami at Florida State (9/7)
Week 2: Clemson at Georgia Tech (9/10)
Week 3: Boston College at Clemson (9/19)
Week 4: Rutgers at Maryland (9/26)
Week 5: Florida State at Boston College (10/3)
Week 6: Boston College at Virginia Tech (10/10)
Week 7: NC State at Boston College (10/17)
Week 8: Boston College at Notre Dame (10/24)
Week 9: NC State at Florida State (10/31)
Week 10: Florida State at Clemson (11/7)
Week 11: Florida State at Wake Forest (11/14)
Week 12: BYE (11/21)
Week 13: Florida State at Florida (11/28)
Week 14: ACC Championship Game (Tampa, FL)

I would must rather see the battle between Rutgers and Maryland than watching Clemson play a third week in a row and beat down TCU.

Brian: That would only be two straight games in Death Valley as the first game would be in Atlanta. What? I can't stay at your place for a week and catch both the BC and TCU games against Clemson? Sounds like a great week to me.

Jeff: My schedule leaves me 6 games with Florida State 5 games with Boston College, 3 with Clemson, 2 with NC State, and 1 each for Maryland and Wake Forest. Boston College and Clemson are the only stadiums I would like to visit twice. Sounds like a good year to me!


Clearing out the RSS reader ... Dave Shinskie is getting his old man strength up ... The ACC.com features Boston College as part of their 12 days of ACC Football ... Under Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech dominates the ACC on the road, but two of Beamer's four losses in conference came against the Eagles ... Buster Sports argues that the ACC and Big East should swap West Virginia for BC ... CBSSports's Dennis Dodd ranks the best FBS schools of the past decade and has BC at #22 ... All About Sports ranks Matt Ryan the 6th best player in the ACC this decade ... B.J. Raji remains unsigned up in Green Bay ... Ron Brace feels at home with the Patriots ... 850 & 620 THEE Blog Joe Ovies is not a believer in BC in 2009 ... Tomahawk Nation takes a look at BC basketball's 2009 recruiting picture (or lack thereof) ... The Hockey News takes a look at BC's incoming recruiting class ... BCMike, there are 32 days until your next fix.

4 comments:

BCMike said...

Re: the BC for UWV article....

This line made me wonder who this ponce is:

"And many will ask why the ACC would want a school that is less respected academically as WVU. But the easy answer is to suggest that it gives the ACC balance as a public school and the league already has enough public Ivies in North Carolina, Virginia, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and, of course, Duke..

Duke and Wake are public? When did this happen?

conlonc said...

He also supports his idea that the BE (a conference) would not want BC (a U) back by asking whether South Carolina (a U) wants to go back to the ACC (a conference). Great logic.

I can also explain the mega bucks the SEC received - 1) ESPN is practically in love with everything SEC and 2) it has been the best football conference in the country for a couple years, and it's not just the SEC markets watching. He also cites the fact that fans traveling well is a legit reason for taking the team when discussing a TV contract. What?

Further, he proclaims "Common sense then says a lot more people will watch ACC games in the Mountaineer State than in Lobster country."
Seeing as how MA has more than triple the population of WV (despite being 2.5 times smaller) and MA only makes up part of "lobster country" his argument is baseless.

Notice he never mentions that NO ONE in their right mind wants to get travel to unique and exotic Morgantown only to be pelted with bottles full of urine.

Academia also plays a much larger role than he seemingly recognizes. WVU was never considered and never will be.

Weak, weak, weak.

BCMike said...

* applauds conlonc *

To his credit, he's been kind enough to do a back and forth with me via email. I mentioned your last point (urine bottles) in my most recent reply.

I wonder if he would mind if BCI published it....

wesley.marsh said...

Im gonna bet TCU is the one giving the beat down to Clemson.. Unfortunately.