Thank you, Texas A&M, on behalf of ACC fans everywhere.
Alabama’s loss to the Aggies on Saturday night reverberated throughout all of college football, and it had a trickle-down effect in the latest BCS standings right into the heart of ACC country. With Florida State holding steady at No. 10 and Clemson moving up to No. 11 in the latest BCS standings, the door to two BCS bids opened a little bit wider. The latest projections have Clemson heading to the Allstate Sugar Bowl to face the SEC champ -- if, of course, the Tigers can beat rival South Carolina in their regular-season finale.
“If Clemson wins out, that’s kind of a no-brainer right there -- Southern team, Southern bowl game,” said ESPN’s BCS guru, Brad Edwards, on the BCS Countdown show.
(Dear Dabo Swinney: now would be a great time to beat Steve Spurrier on the field instead of just talking the talk off of it).
No more than two teams from each BCS conference can play in BCS bowls, so it doesn’t matter that literally half the SEC is ranked above Florida State and Clemson. With the SEC champ heading to the Sugar, and Texas A&M possibly going to the Fiesta, and Florida State heading to the Discover Orange Bowl as the ACC champ (if it can squeak by whatever five-loss team it’s playing in the title game), Clemson is the next man up. There’s really no other choice, as Notre Dame is likely to be scooped up by the time the Sugar makes its selection.
Granted, there is still going to be some grumbling from ACC fans because a two-loss South Carolina team is ranked ahead of both ACC schools, and Florida is still up there despite a near loss to Louisiana-Lafayette, but really -- in the big picture, it doesn’t matter.
Louisville is now out of the way and will likely face the ACC champ, presumably FSU, in the Orange Bowl.
All Clemson has to do is beat South Carolina -- a rival it has lost to in each of the past three seasons -- and the ACC should have two BCS bowl bids for the second straight season.
No pressure, Dabo…