Tuesday, July 31, 2007

How Low Can the ACC Go?

How bad was the Atlantic Coast Conference last season? J.P. Giglio of the Raleigh News & Observer has a post on the paper's blog ACC Now — arguably the best college sports blog by a newspaper — detailing that league teams went a dismal 4-12 against its BCS brethren during the regular season. Percentage wise that puts the ACC sixth out of the six-conference BCS.

Giglio writes that the "ranking doesn't get any better when you consider the ACC's record vs. the rest of I-A in 2006. The league went 17-6, which in terms of percentage points, also ranks sixth."

The Southeastern Conference is at the top of the list, followed by the Big East, the Pacific 10, the Big Ten, the Big 12 and then the ACC.

The post includes the nonconference results from all BCS conferences and has links to the ACC's best and worst nonconference losses in 2006. One of the worst losses was Akron's 20-17 victory over North Carolina State at Carter-Finley Stadium, when the Zips' Dennis Kennedy, above, scored a controversial touchdown on the last play of the game.

All is not lost for the ACC. Giglio looks at 10 games that will determine what the rest of the college football world thinks of the ACC in 2007.

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