ACC Football Roundtable

CHARLOTTE NC - DECEMBER 04: Rodney Smith #84 of the Florida State Seminoles is tackled by Eddie Whitley#15 of the Virginia Tech Hokies during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 4 2010 in Charlotte North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

This week our gracious hosts are Brian and Jeff of BC Interruption.  Go over and check the composite answers.

1. Virginia Tech and Florida State seemed to acquit the ACC Championship Game well this year, turning in an entertaining 44-33 game in front of a crowd of 72,379 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Assess the success of the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte in year one. How much of the success can be attributed to the host city, and how much can be attributed to the matchup? A little of A, a little of B?

I am fine with the city of Charlotte, however both teams were slipping all over the place and it was not the best possible showcase for the athletic talents of the teams.  Moving it to a 1PM start would make a lot more sense to avoid another weather scene like Saturday night.  I think the matchup has more to do with the success than the city.  FSU has been involved in the two highest-selling games ever.  Get a BC, Miami, Wake, Duke, or Maryland in the game and it won't top 50K.  

2. Would you like to see Charlotte become the permanent home of the ACC Football Championship? Or would you be in favor of some alternate Championship Game format? (continuing to rotate the location, move to campus a la the Pac 12, etc.) Explain.

I think the ACC should follow the lead of the Pac-10 and have the team with the best conference record host.  More collegiate, less corporate.  There is no conference loyalty in the ACC like there is in the SEC and there never will be.  

3. On to the ACC's 2010 slate of bowl games. How happy are you with your program's bowl placement? Did your team's bowl destination exceed or fall short of preseason expectations? (No, I didn't forget about you, Wake and Virginia. You can speak to general season results relative to preseason expectations here).

Quite happy.  FSU accomplished every single goal set by reasonable fans this year.  

4. Looking at the conference's bowl schedule as a whole, how many games do you have the conference winning? Is this the year the conference has a breakout year come bowl season?

Orange Bowl - Virginia Tech vs. Stanford
Peach - Florida State vs. South Carolina
Champs Sports Bowl - N.C. State vs. West Virginia
Sun Bowl - Miami vs. Notre Dame
Meineke Car Care Bowl - Clemson vs. South Florida
Music City Bowl - UNC vs. Tennessee
Independence Bowl - Georgia Tech vs. Air Force
Military Bowl - Maryland vs. East Carolina
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl - Boston College vs. Nevada
I have us winning six of our bowl games. In order to have a successful bowl season we need to win more than 50% of the bowl games. I think a breakout season would be 7-2 or better, so no, I don't see it being the breakout season. 

5. Clearly, there are many factors other than on-field performance that go into bowl selections (travel rep, ticket sales, travel distances). Pretend for a moment that the ACC placed teams in our conference's bowl games 1-9 based solely on their on-field performance this season (you can rank 1-9 anyway you see fit). Holding our bowl opponents fixed, how does your answer to question 4 change? Does the ACC then win more or less bowl games this year?

I don't think so.  It might even lose one more.  BC is a great team to match up with Nevada.  Ga Tech might be a good matchup with Air Force.  Some teams with a better record are worse than teams with a lesser record.

6. Last one. The home of the ACC Champion has been the redheaded step child of BCS bowls the past few seasons. The Orange Bowl has been awarded either the Big East champ or a BCS at-large leftover the past few seasons and the casual fan has responded with some of the lowest TV ratings in BCS bowl history. Did the Hokies/ACC dodge a bullet not drawing an 8-4 Big East champ UConn in the Orange Bowl? Or would you have rather have had the Hokies face an easier opponent to improve on the ACC's 2-10 record in BCS bowls?

The Hokies are a lot more likely to beat UConn than they are Stanford.  Va Tech has consistently proven it does not beat elite teams.  Ever.  Yes, Bowden is mostly responsible for the ACC's 1-5 BCS record, but Tech's 1-3 mark is also a large part of the 2-10 record.  Just get a BCS win.  

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