Saturday, August 1, 2009


N.C. State Coach Tom O’Brien said earlier this week that he doesn’t like playing natural rival North Carolina in the season finale as it creates a chance that the same teams would meet again the following Saturday in the ACC championship game. The Tar Heels and Duke used to conclude the UNC regular season and this is the first season they end with the Wolfpack.

Thus a debate got underway in the Raleigh News & Observer. A reader from Cary, Jim Pomeranz agrees with O’Brien advocating that all ACC football teams be scheduled to play divisional opponents on the final week of the regular season.

The N&O/Charlotte Observer’s Ken Tysiac has a different approach saying: For most of its four-year existence, the ACC championship game has suffered from low attendance and apathy. In part, that's because fans often don't know until one week before the game whether their team will be playing in it.

If all ACC teams scheduled nonconference opponents for the final week of the regular season, it would guarantee fans a two-week window to make their plans to get to the championship game. That could give the game a much-needed boost.

It also would allow the traditional ACC vs. SEC games (Clemson vs. South Carolina, Georgia Tech vs. Georgia and Florida State vs. Florida) to stay in their popular spots at the end of the regular season.


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