ACC Roundtable: Conference Paranoia Edition

It’s that time of the week again, time for an ACC fan to be picked at random, ask questions, and have even more random ACC fans answer them. This week’s ACC Roundtable is from BC Interruption.

Now that most ACC teams’ non-conference schedules are winding down and we are starting league play, it’s time to take the vitals of the ACC’s play in non-conference action. Here is how the ACC fared against the rest of college football through 4 weeks (based on my back-of-the-envelope math):

BCS Conference Record Win Pct.
vs. Big East 2-2 .500
vs. Pac 10 1-1 .500
vs. Big XII 1-2 .333
vs. SEC 0-2 .000
The Rest Record Win Pct.
vs. MAC 1-0 1.000
vs. I-A Indep. aka Army 1-0 1.000
vs. Conference USA 2-1 .666
vs. Sun Belt 1-1 .500
vs. Mountain West 1-2 .333
vs. FCS I-AA 9-2 .818
Overall 19-13 .593

Comment on your team’s (if applicable, sorry Miami) and the conference’s non-conference performance through 4 weeks. As a conference, what head-to-head record against another conference stands out to you most?

Carolina is going to go 4-0 for the out of conference slate. That’s pretty good, but considering the four opponents (Citadel, UConn, ECU, Ga. Southern) any loss other than the UConn game would have been disastrous. As for the conference, it doesn’t look good. Even if you take Bird GT’s point and take off Duke, Virginia and Maryland’s 2-8 record, you also have to eliminate the 7 other FCS wins from the other 9 teams in the conference. The top 9 ACC teams have a record of 10-5 against FBS competition. It’s okay, but aside from Florida State’s win in Provo, no one has beaten a particularly good OOC team. In essence, we’ve learned nothing.

(Because we like to fan the ACC vs. Big East flames …) The only BCS conferences the ACC has a .500 record against so far this year is the Big East (4 games) and the Pac-10 (2 games). Yikes. In a weekend where 2 of 3 Big East teams knocked off ACC teams, we have to ask. The ACC is still > Big East, right? Right??

You’re not having any second thoughts about moving to the ACC, are ya? ‘Cause that’s mutiny.

Let me put it this way. Imagine this raw chicken is Tony Pike, star quarterback of Cincinnati, potential Heisman candidate and best offensive player in the Big East. Imagine that the 80s metal band Dokken is any ACC defense he would face in the Orange Bowl.

That is to say: I’m not worried about where we stand against the Big East. (thrusts hips, incinerates Greg Paulus)

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is losing to a CAA team and 10 is getting the ACC some much needed street cred by winning the BCS MNC, how satisfied are you with your AD’s non-conference scheduling this year? With the non-conference opponents your program has lined up over the next few years, will you be more or less satisfied?

I’m not very satisfied with UNC’s scheduling in 2009, if only because having two FCS teams on the schedule benefits absolutely no one. The good news is that UNC is playing SEC teams each of the next four seasons, including LSU next year. So that’s nice.

Last one, ESPN’s College GameDay is heading to Chestnut Hill this week for Florida State (2-2) at Boston College (3-1). Both teams are unranked. Parts of the blogosphere are going completely ape s**t over the WWL’s selection. Justify the selection (if you can). If not, tell us why you dislike the selection.

Honestly, I don’t know how to properly answer that question. Allow me to ignore it and post a picture of funny-looking Italian man instead.

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Week 4 Blogpoll, Posted Way After Brian Wanted You to See It

Apologies for the lack of posting this week and happy October. We are only now getting to the crux of the season, but already the frontrunners have been dropping like flies. That’s what makes this poll look stranger than any other I can remember seeing.

Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama 2
2 Florida 1
3 Texas 1
4 Houston 9
5 Cincinnati 5
6 Boise State
7 TCU 14
8 LSU 1
9 Virginia Tech 9
10 Ohio State 2
11 Miami (Florida) 2
12 Georgia 5
13 South Carolina
14 Iowa
15 Brigham Young 1
16 Oklahoma 5
17 Oklahoma State 2
18 Southern Cal 4
19 Georgia Tech 6
20 Oregon
21 South Florida
22 Michigan
23 Missouri
24 UCLA
25 California 20
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out: Penn State (#4), Mississippi (#8), Florida State (#15), North Carolina (#20), Washington (#23), Auburn (#24).

Explanations: Perhaps I’m being a bit harsh on Penn State and Ole Miss; maybe they are still top 25 caliber teams. The truth is that neither team had faced a quality opponent before their embarrassing losses. Those games being the only true indicator of where they stand, they probably deserved being dropped from the poll this week. Cal, while having a much worse performance at the hands of Oregon, has at least impressed against decent opponents prior to their meltdown.

If I;m completely honest with you, though, I’m really not sure about the poll after the top 13 or so. Why did I leave Auburn and Kansas out? Why did I place Missouri and UCLA in their stead? Aside from the Bruins’ win in Knoxville, your guess is as good as mine.