After a decade of winning the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, the ACC has dropped the past three challenges and is looking to change that in 2012-13. Unfortunately for the ACC, the Big Ten appears much more loaded for the fourth straight season.
Pittsburgh and Syracuse will become members of the ACC in 2013, so the Big Ten needs to continue winning the challenge now. After this upcoming season, the two worst teams in the ACC will be dropped from the next season's challenge since they will have 14 members to the Big Ten's 12 teams.
In 2012, the games will be played on November 27 and 28 and aired on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. There are three marquee games, featuring the conference's top three teams, six games between solid teams, and three games that allow the conference's bottom feeders to match up.
While this article is simply ranking the matchups, and not predicting the winners of the games, I believe the Big Ten will repeat 2011's performance and beat the ACC 8-4 once again. Luckily, the top games are spread out so that we can view the best teams.