The 2012 ACC Championship game between Florida State and Georgia Tech will make fans cringe.
And it's not because of who is playing, but because it's the type of matchup offered in a different era of football.
All the Yellow Jackets do is run the ball and the Seminoles are primarily known for defense. So in an era where constant passing and big plays draw excitement, the 'Noles and Yellow Jackets aren't the most appealing contest.
Excluding the format of divisions, which would be the most exciting ACC championship game matchup?
Ahead, let's check out what we can expect between Florida State and Georgia Tech, as well as which matchups can offer more to the fans.
Ground Game For Offensive Explosion
Interestingly enough, the Seminoles average 43 points per game while the Yellow Jackets get 38.5. That said, Florida State presents a much more balanced offense and can run the rock effectively at will.
Georgia Tech, on the other hand, ranks No. 3 in rushing offense and barely throws the ball by comparison. In short, this game will feature quite a bit of running and a slower tempo as opposed to other ACC schools such as Clemson and Miami.
Now yes, big runs are impressive and vital to winning games. However, the more exciting plays are receivers making acrobatic receptions downfield. As a result, more passing forces a faster pace and a higher scoring affair.
If anything, points and lots of them through the air enhance a game's appeal to the masses. Although the 'Noles and Jackets can score, 500-plus potential rushing yards between both offenses doesn't electrify like a passing attack.
'Noles vs. 'Canes
For one, the Miami Hurricanes would be better for the ACC because they defeated Georgia Tech on the road in September, 42-36 in overtime. Unfortunately, the 'Canes decided to not compete in any 2012 postseason opportunities.
According to HurricaneSports.com earlier this week:
The University of Miami has made the decision to withhold the football team from bowl consideration for the 2012 postseason. The decision was made in response to the ongoing NCAA inquiry and the University has informed both the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference of its decision. The decision also means that should the Miami football team qualify for the ACC Championship Game, it will not be eligible to participate.
So not only could the 'Canes have represented the ACC Coastal—would be North Carolina based on ACC tiebreaker rules if it weren't for Tar Heels' ban—but they are rivals of Florida State as well. It's one of the most historic rivalries college football has to offer, and the two schools have met in the postseason before: 2004 Orange Bowl.
Just from a marketability standpoint would the 'Noles and 'Canes been a more exciting contest. Plus, Miami's offense is predicated around the passing game as it averages 285 through the air per game.
What About the Clemson Tigers?
Clemson is an interesting story for 2012 because of its lone loss coming courtesy of Florida State.
Still, the Tigers defeated every other ACC foe including Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech of the Coastal. Therefore, are the ACC fans getting the best possible conference championship matchup?
Dabo Swinney's Tigers are the best opponent capable of facing Florida State, because Clemson's high-powered passing game can be a factor. The Tigers average 332 passing yards, 203.6 rushing yards and 44.6 points per game entering this week.
And although North Carolina State upset the 'Noles, well, Clemson defeated the Wolfpack. Include the Tigers ranking No. 9 in the coaches' poll and No. 11 in the BCS from last week and are the only other ranked ACC school.
The divisions within the conference obviously prevent a Clemson-Florida State rematch, but the Tigers certainly possess more overall prowess to match the Seminoles.
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