Monday, August 27, 2007

Is This Guy Serious?


Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com recently reported on the decline of the ACC football conference since taking in the Big East's big three: VTech, Miami, and BC. While the Big East has certainly replenished itself with the likes of Louisville and the powerful running attack of West Virginia, lets be honest here, Mark, there is not much left after that. Big East proponents will argue that the Rutgers program, too, has developed into somewhat of a national force in recent years. Not so. Two good years does not make a program, especially when Rutgers has been playing a notoriously easy schedule just to get into the top 25. Making a run at the BCS becomes slightly less legitimate when the only top 25 teams you play are West Virginia and Lousiville, with the balance of the schedule including only UNC, South Florida, Navy, UConn, Cincinnati, and Howard in 2006, and a nearly identical schedule in 2005. 2007, you ask? Oh yeah, real tough home opener against Buffalo, guys. What, Holy Cross wasn't available? Rutgers did make a decent run and got some media pub, but on a national level they would get absolutely dominated in almost every other conference, even by the Pac-10. So, this aside has led me to the conclusion that Mark Shlabach knows d%ck about college football. Now, onto my real gripe with Schlabach article.

Instead of talking down to the ACC merely because Florida St. and Miami can't recruit quaterbacks, how 'bout sending some props to the ACC for its underrated depth? First, Wake Forest won the league last year. Second, even though the 'Deacons return a ton of starters on both sides of the ball in '07, they are still going get dominated this Saturday at the Heights. BC is a force this year. Even with an extremely difficult schedule (Wake, NC State, Ga. Tech, Army, UMass, Bowling Green, Notre Dame, VTech, FSU, Maryland, Clemson, and Miami - I challenge anyone out there to find a tougher finish than those last 6 games), expect the Eagles to play in the ACC championship game. Further, while I predict complete domination of Notre Dame, the last five teams could all be in the top 25 by the midpoint of season. BC's answer to all of this? Matt Ryan, a crazy linebacker core, and two running backs who each averaged almost five yards per carry last year. A pre-season all ACC selection, Ryan threw for almost 3,000 yards last year on a bum ankle. If he stays healthy, he is a legitimate Heisman candidate. With the great prevent defenses of T.O.B. in the rearview mirror, expect BC to win games convincingly this year. And contrary to what Mr. Shlabach may think, the rise of BC and Wake is good for the ACC and college football. These teams are legit and this year will prove it. Miami and FSU may not dominate other ACC teams like they used to, but if they did, what would the conference look like? I think it would look a lot like the Big East - two dominant teams, and one overrated team who makes a run every couple of years (See Rutgers).

7 comments:

Urs said...

Lytedogg and I will be present at the aforementioned BC-ND game at South Bend. After driving half way across country in the sketchy conversion van who knows what will happen. I can not predict, though the Irish are 2-0 with us present at Notre Dame Stadium, exactly what will take place especially with a QB situation that would not make even the biggest Irish fans (which we are despite the fact that may not be a popular statement on this site) proud. I do know a few things though, a shit load of beers will be drank and Damon's will be had.

Anonymous said...

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Norman P. Orlando said...

I predict ND to win convincingly when the BC fags roll into town. And for BC's season....they might squeak by with a slightly above .500 record.

Anonymous said...

BC had better watch out for UMass. UMass has a lot to prove in this game, and have a stellar defense, coached by one of the best defensive minds in all of 1AA football, Don Brown. Here's predicting an "upset" in Chestnut Hill at the hands of the Minutemen.

RhodyTrojan said...

Hate to say it... but this is the year that the lesser Catholic team gets the win, ND and BC are on the opposite ends of the pendulum now, BC has the experience (namely Ryan) while ND is breaking in a ton of fresh meat (Clausen??? going to take him a while to get there, but like his brothers he has the potential to be great, better than BQ really). This is going to be a down year for the Irish, GT should be a close game this weekend and SB is magical.. so they should be all set, but @PSU (W), @MI (L), MSU(W), @Purdue (L), @fUCLA (L)... that makes them 3-3 going into the BC game... good news though after SC (which will have its own post at some point) its 4-0, that is the most top heavy schedule of all time.... and only ND can schedule 5 in a row at home...

Anonymous said...

The year the lesser Catholic team gets the win Rhodytrojan????????? BC has taken the last 4 contests...including 2003 when they beat the Irish in South Bend in their green jerseys...

Whitey Bulger said...

Tough call between Notre Dame and BC, especially for an irish hoodlum like me from Mass. I gotta go with the mics. Cheers & Beers fellas!