Green with envy in the ACC

March, 17, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Top o' the mornin' to you, ACC fans. The bloggers are celebrating St. Patrick's Day in style -- green style of course.

Here's a look at one thing that makes every team in the ACC green with envy:

BOSTON COLLEGE -- The fertile recruiting grounds of Clemson, Florida State, Miami and Georgia Tech. New England is known for its "chowda," not its speed.

CLEMSON -- Any team that has won an ACC title since 1991. That would include Virginia Tech (a lot), Virginia and Georgia Tech (but only partly), Wake Forest, Florida State (a lot) and Maryland. Go ahead and throw Boston College in there for good measure.

DUKE -- Everyone else's fan support. Wallace Wade Stadium is lonelier than Florida State's libraries on a Saturday night.

FLORIDA STATE -- Wake Forest's record -- and defense -- in the series over the past three years. The Demon Deacons have won three straight against the Noles, and held them without a touchdown twice in the process.

GEORGIA TECH -- Parking and tailgating at Florida State and Clemson. Georgia Tech's campus isn't exactly conducive to pregame festivities, which is a downer when you're sort of in SEC territory.

MARYLAND -- Legitimate rivalry games. Florida State vs. Miami, Virginia Tech vs. Virginia ... Maryland couldn't find a partner on eHarmony if it tried. Even nonconference opponents like West Virginia are already taken, though the Terps like to flirt with the idea of being the Mountaineers' rival.

MIAMI -- Any ACC teams that don't start the 2009 season with games against Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma. Hey, at least the Canes have a bye week on Sept. 12 to prepare for back-to-back Coastal Division opponents.

NORTH CAROLINA -- The traditional "football" schools like Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech and Clemson. If Shaun Draughn played for 'ole Roy, odds are more people on Tobacco Road would know his name.

NC STATE -- Boston College's NCAA-best streak of eight bowl wins, which was snapped last year. Otherwise, they wouldn't have hired coach Tom O'Brien, who last year led the Wolfpack to its first bowl appearance since 2005.

VIRGINIA -- Virginia Tech. The Hokies have won nine of the last 10 games in the Commonwealth Cup, they've won or at least played for the ACC title in four of the past five years, and they recruit much of the same territory as their rival (which isn't Maryland).

VIRGINIA TECH -- Florida State's succession plan. Fans have been hoping for a similar guarantee for their beloved defensive coordinator, Bud Foster. They're also envious of just about every other team's offensive coordinator.

WAKE FOREST -- The admissions standards of a few of their ACC opponents. Granted, Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe doesn't always necessarily want some of the bigger, faster players heading to Miami -- er, other schools -- but his job would probably be a little easier if he had the choice.

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