The ACC: Just a Rough Start, or Are They Overrated?

Samantha CookeCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2010

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 06:  Tail back David Wilson #4 of the Virginia Tech Hokies returns a kickoff against the Boise State Broncos at FedExField on September 6, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
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Is the Atlantic Coast Conference overrated? Or, did they just have a rough start this past weekend?

The ACC has drawn attention, but not the kind of attention they wanted, so far this season. With Virginia Tech's loss to JMU and Florida State's humiliating defeat at Oklahoma one has to wonder whether the ACC can stand with the other BCS Conferences.

Right now, they are looked at as one of the elite conferences in the country, along with the Southeast Conference and the Big 12.

Even though, the last time the ACC won a national title was in 1999 when Florida State went 12-0. Since then, five SEC, one Pacific 10, two Big 12, one Big East, and one Big Ten team have all won a title.

When you look at the ACC’s record against other Big Six conferences, they fall short. In fact, they have the worst win percentage against the other Big Six conferences since 2005.

This win percentage takes in to account all regular season games against other Big Six opponents as well as bowl games. The ACC has a win percentage of .442. The highest is the Pac-10 with a .589 win percentage.

The ACC also has trouble when ranked or facing ranked opponents. Since 2005, they have a .500 winning percentage against opponents when they are ranked. Only non-conference games were counted.

While that is not too bad, on the flip side, when facing a ranked opponent, the ACC has had its problems. These games include non-conference games when the ACC is either ranked or unranked. Since 2005, they have a winning percentage of only .263.

This is just over one quarter of every game. Even when both teams are ranked, the ACC struggles. They are just 5-14 in those games.

What does this all mean? The ACC is overrated. Statistically speaking, they struggle against the other Big Six conferences, ranked opponents, and even have trouble protecting their ranking.

This past weekend, the ACC lost to an FCS school at home and four ranked schools. Yes, they faced four ranked schools on the road, but both Miami (FL) and Florida State blew big chances to make statements.

Some people also want to argue that a ranked Virginia Tech team should be forgiven for losing to an FCS school at home. They had a short week and a heartbreaking loss on Monday. Sorry, but there is no excuse for losing to an FCS school at home.

This is not only in recent years that the ACC has struggled. History has shown they have struggled for a while. The last time Miami (FL) beat a ranked non-conference opponent on the road was on October 2, 1992 when they faced No. 7 Penn State. Miami was ranked No. 1.

Virginia Tech has struggled at home, losing to No. 5 Alabama last year and No. 1 USC in 2004.

As for scheduling, the ACC does take a chance this year. They face the most ranked opponents on the road of the Big Six conferences. The rankings are based on the first rankings of the season. The ACC will travel to six ranked opponents this season.

They also face the most FCS teams of any conference. They will face 13 this year.

The ACC took a big hit this past weekend. Or, maybe they just showed everyone what they are truly made of. If you cannot play with the big boys, you should not be with the big boys.