Friday, September 21, 2012

ESPN College Game Day In Tallahassee

ESPN College GameDay, Built by The Home Depot, Tallahassee, Fla. -9:00 AM - TV: ESPNU/ESPN 

Obviously, the game of the week is the match up between #4 FSU and #10 Clemson as it will be the first matchup of top 10 ACC schools in five years. Clemson (3-0, 0-0) and Florida State (3-0, 1-0) are the league's only remaining unbeaten teams just three weeks into the season.

The last time two ACC teams played that were both ranked in the top 10 was in 2007 when a Boston College team led by quarterback Matt Ryan and ranked second nationally, defeated No. 8 Virginia Tech 14-10.  The ACC has sent more players to the NFL than any other in recent years, but it hasn't boasted a national champion since Florida State in 1999.

After the ACC's big two, though, there's not much left to cheer about.

Clemson and Florida State are the only two ACC teams nationally ranked. Virginia Tech (2-1) dropped out of the polls after losing last week at Pitt, which had been upset the previous week by lower-division Youngstown State. Maryland and Virginia could help the credibility issue with strong showings this weekend in difficult road tests at No. 8 West Virginia and 17th-ranked TCU, respectively.

Some ACC teams have narrowly escaped lower-division opponents and others have fared poorly in intersectional, nonconference games - the Terrapins edged William & Mary 7-6 and the Demon Deacons slipped past Liberty 20-17.

In matchups with other major BCS conference schools, No. 15 Kansas State hammered Miami 52-13 on Sept. 8 while No 20 Louisville defeated North Carolina and Northwestern topped Boston College last weekend.

Clemson's 26-19 win over struggling Auburn (1-2, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) is the only notable nonconference victory for the ACC.

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