Thursday, May 29, 2014
ACC's Ultimate Road Trip: Week 8
By Jared Shanker
Can we get Bobby Bowden to stand opposite Lou Holtz for debate on The Final Verdict of "College Football Final" this week?
Week 8 schedule
Thursday, Oct. 16
Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh
Saturday, Oct. 18
Notre Dame at Florida State
NC State at Louisville
Clemson at Boston College
Virginia at Duke
Georgia Tech at North Carolina
Syracuse at Wake Forest
Our pick: Notre Dame at Florida State
Why you should come along: Sure, the term "Game of the Century" is overused, but the classic 1993 showdown of No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Notre Dame is justifiably in the conversation. It was a game that lived up to the considerable pregame hype. The Seminoles could be No. 1 again, and the Fighting Irish could be looking to knock them from that perch again. Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Notre Dame's Brian Kelly are two of the best coaches in college football, restoring relevancy and mystique to programs that were ridiculed more than revered not long ago.
The trip to Doak Campbell is the first true road game for Notre Dame -- there are neutral-site games against Purdue and Syracuse. While it is not a conference game, the national implications could be felt all the way into January. The Irish have a tough schedule, but a victory at Florida State would go a long way toward compensating for an early loss, perhaps against Michigan or Stanford.
As for Florida State, this could be a game in which a loss would shift the 2014 season's narrative. Even as the likely preseason No. 1 team, a one-loss Florida State team is not guaranteed to make the College Football Playoff, and a loss to Notre Dame could be tough to overcome.
Putting the playoff talk to the side, it is just a welcoming sight to see these programs playing each other again, especially considering just how memorable the 1993 meeting was. Notre Dame fans still believe that the Fighting Irish deserved to travel to Florida for the Orange Bowl to play the Seminoles rather than Nebraska. Florida State defeated the Huskers, giving Bobby Bowden his first national championship.
Pittsburgh hosts Virginia Tech two days earlier, but you might be better off soaking in the pregame scenes in Tallahassee.