The ACC in one word this season has been — unpredictable!
Going into the weekend, the ACC was 1-0 in bowl games… They played 3 games on Saturday and finished the day at 1-2 [with 2 really close losses.]
The record for the ACC currently sits at 2-2 [which is a match of how many games the entire conference won during bowl season last year… so things are looking up right??]
UNC played a heck of a game, but in the end got beat out by a determined Pat White and high-powered Mountaineer offense…
White became the first QB ever to lead his team to 4 straight bowl games… which in today’s competition is simply amazing! White is definitely going to be missed at WVU next season, and has likely notched himself a place in the college football hall of fame — oh how much better things would have been if they’d only beat Pitt in the season finale last year and played for the national championship… WVU would have taken care of Ohio State, much like LSU did!
Anyway, Miami also lost a close game in what was essentially a home finale for California. Cal’s RB Jahvid Best accounted for 186 yards rushing and 2 TD’s en route to showing the national audience that he was for real. Many people had noted that the majority of his yards and touchdowns came against 3 mediocre opponents… Miami was by no means a mediocre opponent and he still managed a huge game…
The good news for Miami fans and players is that the game was a lot closer than people thought it would be and it showed the promise that Miami may be returning to its national prominence sooner than previously thought…
Anyway, the lone ACC team to take care of business this past weekend was Florida State, really no surprise here as they man-handled a sub-par Wisconsin team in the Champs Sport Bowl…
Anyway, my record for the weekend was: 2-2 with a big surprise in Florida Atlantic upsetting Central Michigan in the Motor City Bowl…
Here are my predictions for tonight’s matchups:
PapaJohns.com Bowl [Dec. 29, 3 p.m. — Birgmingham, Alabama] N.C. State (6-6) vs. Rutgers (7-5) — N.C. State was the hottest team in the ACC at the conclusion of the regular season, winning 4-straight games to become bowl eligible. Rutgers was 1-5 after 6 games, before ripping off 6-straight wins to make a bowl game. NC State was selected for this game after the Pac 10 failed to have enough bowl eligible teams to meet their commitments. This game features the 86th overall offense in NC State and 38th in Rutgers and appears to be a fairly matched game. The Wolfpack’s Russell Wilson has looked like a professional the last few weeks, earning him Rookie of the year in the ACC and a spot on the All-ACC conference team. This game should be a solid game with a decent turn out by both fan bases. NC State may have the edge, being a lot closer to Alabama.
My Prediction: N.C. State 31 — Rutgers 28
Valero Alamo Bowl [Dec. 29, 8:00 p.m. — San Antonio, Texas] #25 Missouri (9-4) vs. #23 Northwestern (9-3) — A season that began with national-championship dreams for Missouri and Heisman hopes for quarterback Chase Daniel ends in San Antonio against Northwestern, one of the Big Ten’s surprise teams. Daniel and standout wideout Jeremy Maclin face a much-improved Northwestern defense led by end Corey Wootton. Missouri makes its first appearance in the Alamo Bowl, while Northwestern heads back for the first time since 2000. — Adam Rittenberg [ESPN.com]
My Prediction: Missouri 35 — Northwestern 24
Record Last Week: 2-2
Bowl Record Overall: 3-2
Adios fellow college football fans… off to watch what should be an exciting game between NCSU and RUT live on ESPN.com… Wish I wasn’t working, I’d be home watching it!