2011 ACC Atlantic Division Preview and Prediction
Everyone loves to bang on the Big East as a conference. Not that they shouldn't bang on the Big East but when it comes BCS games there is a conference worse than the Big East.
The ACC has not played for a national championship since expanding to 12 teams in 2005. Since the 2005 expansion the ACC is 1-5 in BCS games. The only ACC victory was Virginia Tech’s 2009 victory over Cincinnati in the Orange Bowl.
Even before the expansion the ACC had only played in three national championship games. All three games were played by Florida State. The Seminoles went 1-2 in those championship games. Their lone victory was over Virginia Tech in the 2000 Sugar Bowl.
Overall the ACC is 2-11 in BCS games only Florida State and Virginia Tech as stated before have wins. Also the ACC has never had an at-large bid into a BCS game before or after expansion. The Big East is the only conference with an automatic bid to the BCS to not receive an at-large bid.
Hopes were high (and slightly still are) heading into this season for the ACC. Until the Miami (FL) scandal the ACC was expected to turn a corner and become a much more powerful conference.
The ACC hopes now rest with Florida State and Virginia Tech carry the conference banner. Until the conference figures out how to win in January, national perception will not change.
JFP Sports begins its 2011 college football conference preview with the ACC. First up is the ACC Atlantic Division, followed by the Coastal.
Boston College Eagles
The Eagles took a step back last season after nine straight seasons of at least eight wins. Boston College finished the 2010 season with a 7-6 record including a bowl loss to Nevada.
This season the Eagles return nine starters on offense including quarterback Chase Rettig and running back Montel Harris. Boston College only returns five starters on defense so the offense might have to carry this team early as the new starters jell.
Boston College has a manageable non-conference schedule with Northwestern and Massachusetts at home and UCF and Notre Dame on the road. The Eagles are capable of winning all four games but a 2-2 split is more likely with losses to Northwestern and ND.
In conference the Eagles get Duke, Wake Forest, Florida State and North Carolina State at home. BC should get wins against Duke and Wake Forest but the NC State game is a toss-up.
Florida State is at home on a Thursday night but the Seminoles are the team to beat in the ACC, expect a loss there for BC. The Eagles should go 3-1 at home in conference.
Road conference games include Clemson, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Miami (FL). The biggest unknown is what Miami will be like this season with players suspended. If Miami can’t field a competitive team BC easily goes 2-2 on the road with the only one sure loss to Virginia Tech and a toss-up game against Clemson.
Frank Spaziani enters his third year as head coach of BC with a 16-11 record overall. He has led BC to two straight bowls as head coach but did not win either bowl game. A bowl trip should happen for a third year in a row, victory is uncertain.
The very worst BC will finish in 2011 is 6-6. The schedule leaves room for as many as eight to nine wins.
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