This week’s ACC Roundtable comes courtesy of Clemson blog Block-C. I promise not to pollute into Lake Hartwell.
1) Does this weekends OOC performance for the ACC negate that first weekend’s total bed s—ing performance? Why or why not?
Well, the bed still stinks, but now it stinks of Clorox and Febreze, thanks to Florida State’s dismantling of BYU. The mess is being cleaned up and no one is going to get sick, but it’s still pretty apparent something bad happened not too long ago. Maryland blanking on its home-and-home with Middle Tennessee State didn’t help matters, but we’ve adjusted our mental expectations of the Terps, Cavs, Eagles, and Blue Devils. For any of them to get to a bowl, at this point, would be a small miracle.
2) Continuing the weekly theme of predicting the conference outcome, who’ll play in the ACC CG?
Honestly, I have no idea. Miami certainly bolstered their position with their win against Georgia Tech, and they’re on the inside track to Tampa if they win in Blacksburg this Saturday. UNC-GT is a must win for the Jackets; if they lose, I don’t see how they can recover and win the Coastal. Simply too much would need to go in their favor after that. If both Techs win, the entire division is thrust into chaos.
As for the Atlantic, only Florida State has done anything positive of note. The jury’s out until at least next week.
3) Is Miami a legit top ten team? Why or why not?
At the moment, absolutely. They had one of the toughest first two games of anyone in the country, and they’ve passed those tests with flying colors. Jacory Harris, under OC Mark Whipple, is developing into the best QB in the conference. There are still two big tests in the next two weeks, but if the Hurricanes can beat Virginia Tech and Oklahoma to start the season 4-0, the talk will be about a national title, not a conference title.
Of course, I would love nothing more than for UNC to burst their bubble when the Canes come to Chapel Hill.
4) If you had to declare an ACC MVP right now, who’s your top guy?
Robert Marve. One day, in 2012, we will look back at the conference’s recent past, and we will think to ourselves, “there may not be a person who has done more for a team by leaving than this man.” At the very least, it would be a toss-up between him and Bryan Stinespring.
Enjoy Purdue. And thanks for that last-minute interception that one time in Miami last season. We appreciate it.
5) Women, whiskey, and travelin’ is all I understand. What three things do you understand, blogger friends?
1. I understand that UNC’s defense is well equipped to defend Georgia Tech’s option offense on Saturday.
2. I understand, conversely, that UNC’s thin offensive line may get annihilated by one Derrick Morgan.
3. I understand that–UPDATE: wait, you meant about life? Okay, then. Life’s too short not to be happy, vegetarianism is for quitters, and when you boil it down, we’re hootin’ and hollerin’ about kids running around in numbered superhero costumes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you.