A Quick Look at the 2009 Big Ten/ACC Challenge
The Eleventh Annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge is set to kick off tomorrow, and it could finally be the Big Ten's turn to win it.
The ACC has won 10 straight Big Ten/ACC Challenges, winning a total of 62 out of the 97 games played in the Challenge to date. The Duke Blue Devils are undefeated in the series.
With seven teams in the Top 25, and two teams in the Top 10, the odds appear to be in the Big Ten's favor this year. The ACC has five teams in the Top 25, with one in the Top 10.
However, a closer look shows that the ACC has more undefeated teams and less total losses among the teams in the conference. Point being, this year's Challenge is anyone's guess.
Here is a quick look at the match-ups:
Monday, Nov. 30
Penn State (4-2) at Virginia (4-2)
Tuesday, Dec. 1
No. 22 Maryland (4-2) at Indiana (3-3)
No. 2 Michigan State (5-1) at No. 11 North Carolina (5-1)
Northwestern (5-1) at N.C. State (4-0)
Virginia Tech (4-1) at Iowa (2-4)
Wake Forest (4-1) at No. 6 Purdue (5-0)
Wednesday, Dec. 2
Boston College (4-2) at No. 15 Michigan (3-1)
No. 7 Duke (6-0) at Wisconsin (4-1)
Florida State (5-1) at No. 18 Ohio State (5-1)
No. 21 Illinois (4-2) at No. 19 Clemson (5-1)
No. 16 Minnesota (4-1) at Miami (7-0)
Overall, this year's Challenge could shape up to be the best ever. But a few of the match-ups really make what little hair there is left on Dick Vitale's head stand straight up.
The most anticipated game of the Challenge is the rematch of last year’s National Championship game, Michigan State and North Carolina. They played in last year's Big Ten/ACC Challenge and will battle it out again this year.
North Carolina won both games last year, but Michigan State might have the best team heading into this year's match. If the Spartans want to win this one, they are going to have to do so in the heart of Tar Heel country.
Another great match-up will be Duke at Wisconsin. In typical fashion, the Duke Blue Devils have yet to lose a game this year. They head into Madison for what could be their hardest game of the year.
The Badgers' only loss this year came at the hands of a tough Gonzaga team, and they are coming off a victory over No. 22 Maryland.
All of the games should be close, but only time will tell which conference will win the Challenge.
Note: The rankings used in this post were released prior to this week's games, and will likely change when the new rankings come out on Monday, Nov 30.
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