Thursday, September 17, 2009

Blogpoll Roundtable 2, or when a Yankee comes in and runs the ACC

College Game Balls serves double duty this week, hosting both this past week's ACC Roundtable and the big boys roundtable. His questions are below followed by our answers.

1. Which freshman impressed you more last weekend: the California dream Matt Barkley who quarterbacked USC over tOSU or white lightening Tate Forcier who slashed through Notre Dame? Which one would you like to have on your team? Feel free to write in another worthy candidate.

I'm going to go with Tate Forcier here. While Barkley did have an impressive fourth quarter drive to win the game in the 'Shoe, Tate Forcier had a better day overall (23 of 33, 240 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT). Forcier is also the more mobile QB as he rushed for 70 yards Saturday in the win vs. Notre Dame. Forcier doesn't seem to have nearly as many weapons as Barkley does - cough, cough Joe McKnight - so the edge goes to Forcier again here. Finally, Barkley had nearly half of the fourth quarter to engineer his game-winning drive. A drive he threw the ball all of 4 times. All Forcier had to do was set up a game-tying field goal but decided to go for the jugular and the touchdown. One game a career does not make, and it is still way too soon to tell whether either of these freshmen are for real. But at this point I'll take Forcier over Barkley for the Eagles.

2. Let’s play a game of pretend the unthinkable happened. Commissioner __________ of your conference has been forced to resign after he was caught canoodling with some harlots. Great news, you’ve been chosen to succeed him. To make your mark you decide to make a big change. What is it going to be?

Swofford. Tsk, tsk.

This is an easy one. First, we are realigning the ACC's divisions so that they make, you know, sense to the rest of college football. The ACC remains the only college football conference that has divisions that don't break down along geographic lines (and as a result, make absolutely no sense to outsiders). Effective immediately, the ACC will be realigned into North and South divisions. The ACC North will be the old ACC Atlantic, sending Florida State and Clemson packing and replacing them with Virginia and Virginia Tech. Yes, I realize that this precludes a Florida State vs. Miami (Fla.) ACC Championship Game, but how many times has that mythical game happened, Hurricane fans? Exactly. Deal with it.

Second, we are doing away with these manufactured inter-conference rivalry games. We will be adopting the Big XII schedule format where teams play 3 teams from the other division on a home-and-home format, then play the other 3 schools over the next 2 year period. When the division crown is an 8 game race, is it really fair that Clemson-Georgia Tech and BC-Virginia Tech play annually while the Deacons get an easy win again Duke?

Third, the ACC Championship Game is moving to Charlotte. Permanently. This championship game played in Florida experiment was cute and all, but enough is enough. But what about Charlotte weather in December? you might say. The Big XII hosts championship games in cold-weather cities. They haven't seemed to have many issues there. And Charlotte is a major East coast hub and central to a majority of ACC programs.

Finally, we will threaten to pull out of the ACC-ESPN TV deal for basketball (No Duke-Carolina for you!) to negotiate a television deal where every ACC football game is available on television. No more of this junk. Football is meant to be watched on a high-def TV, not my 19" Thinkpad laptop screen.

3. This week the quality of games is kicked up a gear. Other than your own, which game are you most looking forward to?

We are really looking forward to Georgia Tech at Miami (Fla.) tonight. The winner will have the inside track at the Coastal Division crown. In fact, over the next three or four weeks, it seems like the Coastal Division champ will emerge with Georgia Tech, Miami (Fla.), Virginia Tech and North Carolina all squaring off in early season action. Also looking forward to Nebraska at Virginia Tech this week as Tech looks to avoid starting the season 1-2 and defending what small shreds of credibility this conference has left in football.

Of course, we aren't looking forward to these games half as much as this Saturday's BC vs. Clemson game.

4. What mascot and/or tradition would you thieve from another school if it was socially acceptable.

Since I have chosen to matriculate at two schools with arguably the most generic school mascots of all time - Eagles and Wildcats - we need to spice things up a little bit around here. So we'll take on the mascot of the now-defunct Bradford College of nearby Haverhill, MA. The BC Fighting Squirrels, anyone?

He's even got a black eye. That's because he's one badass squirrel.

Since this rebranding attempt will never work, for the tradition, we're selecting the Auburn War Eagle. Having seen this thing fly around Jordan-Hare Stadium before the game, it is quite the spectacle. When the war eagle crashes down into the middle of the field, the home Auburn crowd gets totally amped. This is the perfect addition to BC Eagles football. For one thing, it will actually get butts in seats before kickoff as fans will want to get there to watch the eagle flying high above Alumni Stadium. Second, unlike Auburn ... our school mascot is actually an eagle. This makes a whole lot more sense as a tradition on the Heights than it does on the Plains. Just sayin'.


conlonc said...

Sounds like someone needs to upgrade their laptop!

Erik said...

Just have Dickie V as part of the negotiations.

BC Billy 1979 said...

I guess thats what happens when you suffer from a flatlap!

BC Billy 1979 said...

By the way, Tate Forcier singlehandedly beat ND with his running and leadership abilities.

The Michelob bottle of a coach should have fired his offensive coordinator for giving Tate the ability to score in the 4th Qtr.

OPPs you mean that the Bloated Genius is the O coach! Maybe he and jags can hook up as a comedy team in the off season.Since both of them will be out of jobs.

Brendan said...

Wait a minute, no offense to BC, but I think the rivalry games only look manufactured from a BC perspective because BC has no natural rival in the conference. FSU-Miami surely doesn't qualify as manufactured; neither does UNC-NC State (just ask a Pack fan how much they love UNC) and I'd be pretty pissed if UVA didn't get the chance to take a crap on Maryland every year. Or under the realignment, we'd lose the UNC game.

Brian said...

Brendan - I'm not proposing we get rid of the preexisting rivalry games. In fact, by moving Florida State and Clemson to the ACC South, you'd only strengthen these rivalries. Right now FSU-Miami is just one ACC game that doesn't have too much impact on the division standings. If FSU and Miami are in the same side, that rivalry game takes on even greater meaning.

The only rivalry that is lost under our realignment is UNC-NCSU, which could easily be corrected for a UNC-for-Wake swap (where UNC goes to the ACC North and Wake goes to the ACC South).

Joe said...

Ok I randomly stumbled on to this site from block-c to see what Willy or Chilli wrote. Anyway thats who I am if you wonder.

You are 100% correct with your changes to the ACC. The one change that struck me is changing the location of the ACCCG. I know those officials in the ACC were banking on Miami and FSU running over the ACC every year and playing for the championship, however it did not happen and wonn't happen for a long time. It is absolutely retarded to have the ACCCG in Florida. This year its in TAMPA?!?!?!?!?!?! What were they thinking? I know if Clemson makes it I'm not going that far for the game, mainly as a protest to the ACC putting the championship game in stupid location. When it makes perfect sense to be in Charlotte... The only teams that would have to travel that far are Miami and BC, probably equal too. Also, like you said The Charlotte airport is a major hub. Almost every airport on the east coast has a direct flight to Charlotte.

Ok that went on way to long, good points you made there.

BCMike said...

Go...............Fightin' Squirrels!