Monday, October 31, 2011
ACC race update: Week 10
By Heather Dinich
There are only two teams remaining with one conference loss each -- Clemson in the Atlantic Division and Virginia Tech in the Coastal Division. Both teams are the frontrunners to win their respective divisions and meet in Charlotte for the ACC championship game, but with a month of games still remaining, the ACC race is far from wrapped up. While there are still several scenarios that could play out, let’s focus on the teams that have the best chances.
In the Atlantic Division, Wake Forest is the top challenger to Clemson. The Demon Deacons play Notre Dame this weekend, but travel to Clemson on Nov. 12. If Wake pulls off the upset in Death Valley, it would win the head-to-head tiebreaker, but would still have to beat Maryland. If Florida State wins out and finishes 6-2 in the ACC standings, it still would need both Wake Forest and Clemson to finish with three losses each because it loses the tiebreaker to both of those teams.
The Coastal Division is a little more complicated with Georgia Tech and Virginia trailing the Hokies with two losses each. If Georgia Tech wins out and finishes with a 6-2 record, it would win the tiebreaker over Virginia Tech, but it needs Virginia to lose, because it would lose the tiebreaker with the Cavaliers. If the Hoos win out, they would go to the ACC championship game because they would have beaten Georgia Tech AND Virginia Tech and finished with a 6-2 record.
Bottom line: It's still too early to crown anyone champs in either division.