Ultimate ACC road trip: Week 14

July, 5, 2013
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The last week of the regular-season and some tough choices await. Good thing we have a plan.

Week 14 schedule

Friday, November 29
  • Miami at Pitt
Saturday, November 30
  • Florida State at Florida
  • Georgia at Georgia Tech
  • Maryland at NC State
  • Duke at North Carolina
  • Boston College at Syracuse
  • Wake Forest at Vanderbilt
  • Virginia Tech at Virginia
  • Clemson at South Carolina
Our pick: Florida State at Florida AND Clemson at South Carolina.

Pick one, and come along! Two bloggers means the opportunity to go to two games, are we right? Andrea lives 90 minutes away from Gainesville, so she is going to road trip it up to Florida State vs. Florida, and Heather will take a quick plane ride to watch Clemson vs. South Carolina. We have to be at both these games given their potential to be major blockbusters with national implications.

We all know that Florida State and Clemson fell short a year ago in their rivalry games. We all know that their rivals have owned recent history -- South Carolina has won four straight over the Tigers; Florida has won seven of the last nine meetings over Florida State, including last year. If Clemson and Florida State are going to be as good as people believe, they are going to need to win these games not just for their own national title/BCS hopes but to get the ACC some bragging rights for once.

The Clemson-South Carolina game may end up being a tad bigger. If Clemson can beat Georgia in the opener, Florida State at home later in the season and run through the ACC schedule unbeaten, the potential is there for this game to have national championship implications. South Carolina is expected to be ranked in the preseason top 10 as well. Imagine the possibility of BOTH teams going into this game unbeaten. Imagine the possibility of BOTH Tajh Boyd and Jadeveon Clowney being in the Heisman mix in the final week of the regular season.

On the Florida State side, if the Noles can upset Clemson at home and then avoid an upset to a team it should beat (something it hasn't avoided in recent history), they could have national championship hopes, too, headed into this game. Florida has high expectations once again as well. Dreaming of the possibilities now should get you a little hyped up well in advance of both these games. They are going to be too good to miss.

Let's go!

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