ACC Atlantic Division: Does Anyone Want To Go To the ACC Championship Game?
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Things are definitely getting interesting in the ACC Atlantic division.
It was only two weeks ago that Jimbo Fisher and his Florida State Seminoles were undefeated in conference play and looked like a shoo-in to go to Charlotte and play in this year's ACC Championship game. Fast forward two games, and it's beginning to look like this is the division that no one wants to win.
After Christian Ponder lost the ball inside the ten yard line during the waning seconds against NC State the Seminoles were denied the opportunity to kick the game-winning field goal and Tom O'Brien's North Carolina State Wolfpack suddenly found themselves in control of their own destiny.
Also, with the FSU loss, that enabled the Clemson Tigers to have a chance to defend their Atlantic Division title with games against the Wolfpack and Seminoles coming up. Unfortunately for the Clemson faithful, the Tigers went up to Chestnut Hill and lost a sloppy game against Boston College.
Standing at 2-3 in conference play looking up at NC State (3-1), FSU (4-1), and Maryland (3-1), the Tigers were all but eliminated from title contention.
One week later, Clemson managed to knock off NC State at home, Maryland dropped a close game to Miami, and Florida State lost a game against UNC that the Tarheels seemed to try their best to give away. The top three teams in the division all lost.
The current Atlantic Standing have Florida State at first with their 4-2 conference record, followed by NC State with a 3-2 conference record with the tiebreaker going to the Wolfpack due to the head to head matchup. Maryland is also right there with a 3-2 conference record, and Clemson is fourth at 3-3 in conference play.
North Carolina State currently controls their own destiny with upcoming games against Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Maryland in the final three weeks of the season.
Maryland is also in the driver's seat with games against Virginia, Florida State, and the aforementioned game against the Wolfpack.
Florida State will need a little help from one of NC State's opponents and to win their upcoming games against Clemson and Maryland.
And somehow, Clemson still has a chance if they win out against Florida State and Wake Forest. Of course, they would also need the winner of the Maryland-NC State game to pick up another conference loss along the way.
It's quite possible that the ACC Atlantic crown could be won by a team with three conference losses.
After ten weeks of football, things are just about as muddled as possible in this division. If Clemson somehow pulls out the win on the road at Doak Campbell Stadium against the Seminoles, that will leave Maryland and NC State as the only two teams with two losses and an upcoming game against each other in the final week of the season.
It's quite possible that this division won't be crowning a winner until the final week of the season. Yes, things are certainly interesting in the ACC Atlantic.
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