Tigers in the driver's seat for BCS sugar; but what was the ACC thinking?

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Hindsight beats foresight for acuity, but is rarely preferable.

Which brings up the question of 'what was the ACC thinking?' when the powers-that-be scheduled Clemson against Florida State in September - the Tigers' ACC opener, even.

One never knows how things will play out over the course of a season, but this one - FSU and Clemson sitting not only atop the Atlantic Division standings, but head and shoulders above everyone else in the ACC - was a pretty safe bet.

A no-brainer, even.

Imagine the drama, the positive national exposure, if unbeaten, top-five Clemson was traveling to face once-beaten Florida State this week in Tallahassee.

Instead, the ACC's schedulers turned rare opportunity into a season-long slog - a week-to-week yawner with few highlights and lots of cringe-worthy lows.

FSU and Clemson have had no viable competition in the Atlantic for the past month.

And the Coastal is just a mess.

It appears that Miami has the high-percentage shot at winning the division and playing in the ACC Championship Game. The Hurricanes are 4-3 in the league (5-5 overall) with Duke remaining and tiebreaker advantage over Georgia Tech, which can finish 5-3 with a victory over Duke on Saturday.

That's if the Hurricanes don't decide to disqualify themselves from the ACC title game and post-season in anticipation of NCAA sanctions.

The Blue Devils, of course, can win the division by beating Tech and Miami, back-to-back.

That's the kind of season it's been.

Meanwhile, Clemson - by many accounts - has a chance to skip the anticlimactic ACC Championship Game and grab what would be the ACC's prime bowl spot: a Sugar Bowl match-up against Alabama.

All the Tigers have to do is take care of their business against N.C. State and South Carolina. Clemson is back in the driver's seat in the season's biggest and best race.

Still, one has to wonder, 'what was the ACC thinking?'

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Comments » 13

TigerShore12 writes:

In all the years of the ACC, with the 2 divisions, has it ever been so lopsided? No one will watch FSU play anybody else in the ACC Championship, except if they were playing Clemson. What a shame!!

TigerNE writes:

Isn't it possible the ACC 'thinkers' had FSU in mind more than Clemson?

And the Coastal almost single-handedly is the drag on the ACC making computer rankings so challenging. You can have some bad teams, but an entire division??

waran writes:

Are we counting the chickens before they are hatched? I am a loyal tiger. But I will wait till the 24th and keep cheering the Tigers.

63-17 writes:

We need to do like the SEC and schedule our Ball States and Furmans before USuC

TCB1977 (Inactive) writes:

Let's all for one moment remember something, didn't FSU lose to NSC. OK, now if we beat NSC this weekend, we win the Atlantic Division. Hey, USC beat Georgia, Florida beat USC, and Georgia who lost to USC--beat Florida,UGA is now the SEC East Champs. SO! We beat NSC--who beat FSU, we win the Division. I can't see FSU going over us, especially if we beat the team that beat them.

BrandonRink writes:

in response to TCB1977:

Let's all for one moment remember something, didn't FSU lose to NSC. OK, now if we beat NSC this weekend, we win the Atlantic Division. Hey, USC beat Georgia, Florida beat USC, and Georgia who lost to USC--beat Florida,UGA is now the SEC East Champs. SO! We beat NSC--who beat FSU, we win the Division. I can't see FSU going over us, especially if we beat the team that beat them.

If Clemson wins this weekend, they would be co-Atlantic champs with FSU if the 'Noles beat Maryland (which they will), but with FSU owning head-to-head in the series for the ACC title berth - Clemson's shot is the Sugar, which looks a lot more likely without an SEC team in the top-two.

kellytown writes:

It would be great to see FSU- Clemson matchup Thats not going to happen with the both being in the same division . Fsu beat us head to head and thats the way it is. Yes with all the great battles these 2 teams have had it would have been great to see them play again. We had the chance and let it slip away it wasn't our day. I agree that Clemson and FSU should be in different div. boy that would be a made for prime time event in Dec. for the ACC title it would be hard to find seating for that game,But as I said we had a chance. GO TIGERS WIN OUT LETS GO FOR THE SUGAR.

TCB1977 (Inactive) writes:

in response to sennmanthetigerfan:

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It's just an opinion, agree to disagree that is fine with me. Let me make one thing clear to you, I've been a Tiger fan for 28 years of my 30+ years of living and I've sealed my "GOD" given right to that opinion both as a fan and a defender of this country. By the way my opinion was based off of what the commentator said for ESPN, that if Clemson wins out, they would have a shot at the ACC. Now who's the clueless one now "BUDDY"!! Why don't you tweet ESPN and ask them if they might have got there info wrong. "BUDDY"

FutureClemsonFootballPlayer writes:

in response to TCB1977:

It's just an opinion, agree to disagree that is fine with me. Let me make one thing clear to you, I've been a Tiger fan for 28 years of my 30+ years of living and I've sealed my "GOD" given right to that opinion both as a fan and a defender of this country. By the way my opinion was based off of what the commentator said for ESPN, that if Clemson wins out, they would have a shot at the ACC. Now who's the clueless one now "BUDDY"!! Why don't you tweet ESPN and ask them if they might have got there info wrong. "BUDDY"

No disrespect bro, but even if Clemson wins this game, FSU would win the tie breaker and go to the champ game, but... under ACC rules, Clemson and FSU would be co-champions of the Atlantic Division.

MatthewBlackstone writes:

It's possible the ACC was looking at maximizing final rankings. The old maxim "better to lose early than late" applies. We've worked our way back up after losing early, whereas if we played FSU late one of us would crash down with no time to recover.

f8thwlk writes:

IF FSU VS Clemson were played today on a neutral field, I like Clemson's chances...Defense playing much better.

TrevorT writes:

in response to sennmanthetigerfan:

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Very true. Feels strange to say I don't want to go to the ACC title game, but there's no denying how good the Sugar Bowl could be. It would be much more significant. Another strange twist of college football.

mrdoug1944#284617 writes:

Tie breaking rules///2 teams with 1 loss is head to head////3 teams with 1 loss is the highest ranked team in the bcs rankings. See big 12 south from a few years ago. Oklahoma lost to Texas--Texas lost to TTU, TTU lost to OKlahoma, OKlahoma lost early, Texas and TTU lost late, Oklahoma was able to work it's way back up the rankings---btw go tigers

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