ACC Fans: Hoops Season Will Be Here Soon

Todd CallahanContributor ISeptember 6, 2009

BERKELEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 05:  The California Golden Bears force Chris Turner #10 of the Maryland Terrapins to fumble the ball during the first half of their game at California Memorial Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Congratulations ACC, the opening weekend of the season has not even ended, and you have become the laughing stock of the major college football.

With the nation looking on Monday to the showdown of once powers Florida State and Miami, the conference is guaranteed to have a 5-7 following the Sunshine State showdown.

Once know as a football conference, the ACC is nothing more than a basketball conference trying to fill the void until October's "Midnight Madness" begins.

Despite what ACC commissioner John Swofford wants to believe, the ACC is never going to be a football power.

At the time, it looked good to expand and bring Miami and Florida State into the fold and then Virginia Tech and Boston College. However, all four have fallen short of what Swofford expected when the four were embraced by the ACC.

Florida State dominated the conference for nearly a decade, but now the Seminoles have fallen to the middle of the pack. The Hurricanes have been rocked by scandel and are only a shadow of what they were in the late 1980s.

Boston College has never been a consistent football program, and Virginia Tech, ranked seventh coming into the season before Saturday's loss to Alabama, has been the perennial power to win the conference title. The Hokies also have been the lone conference team to win a BCS bowl, beating Cincinnati 20-7 in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.

However after Saturday's conference-wide performance, basketball season can not get here fast enough.

Arguably the signature win was Clemson, which got the lone victory against a team not in the College Football Subdivision or better known as Division I-AA.

The Tigers, known for disappointments on the gridiron, defeated Middle Tennessee State, 37-14. The victory loses some of its luster considering the Blue Raiders are a middle-of-the-road team in the non-BCS Sunbelt Conference.

However when fellow ACC schools like Virginia gets beat at home by Division I-AA William & Mary 26-14, and Duke also suffers a 24-16 defeat to Division I-AA power Richmond, perhaps any victory is worth celebrating.

Wake Forest was knocked off at home by Big XII doormat Baylor 24-21, which makes North Carolina's 7-3 loss to Southeastern Conference's middle-of-the-road foe South Carolina almost excusable.

But let's not dwell on the doom and gloom of the weekend.

There were some highlights.

Virginia Tech was not embarrassed by Alabama. The Hokies fell 34-24, which wasn't bad considering the Crimson Tide had three times as many yards on offense as Tech.

Thanks to the loss, the ACC is now 0-2 against the SEC in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic. Perhaps North Carolina will have better luck next year in the Atlanta Georgia Dome with Louisiana State.

Talking about the Tar Heels, they are one of only five teams in the league undefeated. However, they have yet to play a Division-I program.

The Tar Heels, ranked 21st, battled Southern Conference cellar-dweller Citadel to a stalemate in the first quarter before going on to a 40-6 triumph.

Georgia Tech, ranked 13th, scored on its opening play against Division i-AA foe Jacksonville State. The Yellow Jackets, led by Jonathan Dwyer, defeated the Gamecocks, 37-13 Saturday.

The other conference team to win Saturday was Boston College. The Eagles routed their fellow Bostonians 54-0. While a BC win over Northeastern would be impressive in hockey, it doesn't quite measure up on the football field.

However tell that to Duke, Maryland, which was routed by California, Virginia Tech, Virginia and North Carolina State. All would prefer to be 1-0 instead of heading into the second week of the season in search of a first win.

Of the five undefeated teams, one is sure to fall Thursday when Tech and Clemson play.

Last season the ACC made history with 10 teams earning a bowl bid. This year it will be a question of whether the conference champ will even have a winning record.

Please, please let basketball get here soon.