The 2008-09 season is officially over for ACC fans. It was an up-and-down type of season that saw nobody seem to want to win either division crown.
At various times throughout the season, almost every team controlled their own destiny into the championship game, but at the end two familiar faces rose to the top: Virginia Tech and Boston College.
As the season concludes, I take a look back at my Top 10 games throughout the entire season. Remember, these are just my Top 10 games, and I'm open to any suggestions on games that don't belong on this list and/or games that should be on the list.
Feel free to leave comments and spark debates about why your pick is better than one of mine. I'm not an expert on this, just a typical fan who loves ACC football!
1. Virginia Tech wins Orange Bowl against Big East Champion Cincinnati 20-7. Let's face it, the ACC [and Virginia Tech] needed this win badly. The league had lost eight BCS games in a row and nine out of 10.
2. Boston College beats Maryland 28-21. This game launched the Eagles into their second straight ACC Championship Game.
This was a team that was picked to finish in the middle of their division and was expected to do very little with the departure of Matt Ryan.
The game was close going into the fourth quarter, but the Eagles put it away when Robert Francois had a pick-6 with 1:42 remaining in the game to go ahead by 14 points.
3. Duke takes down UVA 31-3. You may not think a 31-3 beating would be in the top-10 games for the season, but this one was huge for Duke.
Not only did it give the Blue Devils their third win of the season, but it also ended a 25-game losing streak against ACC opponents.
4. Virginia Tech beats Georgia Tech 20-17. Nobody knew just how important this game would be when the Hokies squared off with the Yellow Jackets in early September.
The game had a controversial penalty called, as the Hokies drove down the field to kick the game winning field goal.
Hokie fans say the penalty was well called, while Jacket fans (of course) argue that it was not the proper call.
The final score ended up being all that mattered weeks later, when the two finished tied atop the standings in the Coastal Division.
5. UNC loses to UVA in Charlottesville 16-13 in overtime. At kick-off, UNC appeared to be the hottest team in the ACC, having only lost one game and being ranked No. 18.
The close loss to UVA started a downward spiral for Coach Butch Davis and his Tar Heels, as they went on to lose two more ACC games before the end of the season.
6. NC State beats visiting Miami 38-28. This was the game that mattered the most for Wolfpack fans.
The Pack had started the season a dismal 2-6 and appeared to be headed towards another "Home for the Holidays Bowl."
This was the fourth win in a row for NC State and pushed them to the 6-6 mark required to become bowl eligible. The Pack ended up being the league’s 10th bowl eligible team and found a home in the PapaJohns.com bowl against Rutgers.
This game also eliminated the Hurricanes from the chance of a tie in the ACC Coastal Division.
7. Maryland handled UNC 17-15. This was the nail in the coffin for UNC. Going into the game, UNC still had a chance at a tie-breaker scenario that could have possibly put them in the ACC Championship Game.
Maryland, on the other hand, had been playing inconsistent all season and nobody knew which team would show up.
Turns out the team that had beaten a school-record six teams ranked in the top-25 showed up and they took home another win.
8. Florida State fumbles into the end-zone in loss to Georgia Tech 31-28. Anyone that watched this game saw an amazing game back and forth between these two teams.
Georgia Tech was hoping to snap a 0-12 record against the Noles, but appeared to be headed towards a 13th straight loss.
Florida State moved the ball into the Jacket’s 5-yard line, but on second-and-goal, Marcus Sims fumbled into the end zone as he tried and stretch across the goal line.
The ball was recovered by the Jackets, who then ran out the clock, winning their first in 13 attempts against the Noles.
9. Duke hangs in against Virginia Tech, but loses 14-3. This game was exciting because Duke was in the game until 1:23 remained on the clock in the fourth quarter.
Duke went into Blacksburg and showed the Hokies they were no longer a pushover.
Duke gave Virginia Tech all they could handle and were driving down the field towards what could have been a game-winning field goal when the Hokies’ Macho Harris had a pick-6 to seal the deal.
10. Wake needs overtime to beat Duke 33-30. This was just a great game.
The two teams battled back and forth all game with each coming up with 30 points at the end of 60 minutes.
The Blue Devils’ missed field goal in overtime kept them from snapping a five-year losing streak on the road in the ACC.