Monday, November 9, 2009
ACC division winners could emerge on Saturday
By Heather Dinich
Posted by ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich
Brace yourself. There could be a first this weekend in the ACC. With three weeks still remaining in the regular season, it’s possible the ACC could know who will be playing in the conference championship game by the last snap on Saturday. Since the ACC title game has existed, this race has always gone down to the last or second-to-last weekend in at least one of the divisions.
Clemson could clinch the Atlantic Division this weekend IF the Tigers beat NC State AND Boston College loses at Virginia. Georgia Tech can clinch the Coastal Division by beating Duke in Durham, as it’s the Jackets’ last conference game.
Boston College still has a chance to win the Atlantic Division, but the Eagles need Clemson to lose again. Right now the Tigers hold the head-to-head tiebreaker. If Georgia Tech loses, things could get rather confusing again in the Coastal Division, and the tiebreaker scenario would depend upon how many teams finish with two losses. There could be as many as three, and we could revert back to that old scenario we were discussing a few weeks back, with Georgia Tech, Miami and Virginia Tech all in the running.
For now, though, let’s stick with what we know -- it’s Clemson’s and Georgia Tech’s trip to Tampa to lose.