When it comes to college football, there isn’t much more fun than breaking things down and comparing conferences. For instance, the common thought is that the SEC has had the best football for the past several years and that they were the top conference entering the season, along with the Big 12. The Big Ten’s lost some respect because of their losses to the SEC in the title games and the prevailing thought that they don’t have enough speed. The Mountain West’s been trying to assert itself as a big-time conference and it sure helped its case with BYU beating Oklahoma. The WAC got a boost seeing Boise State beat Oregon. But the conference whose reputation took the biggest hit on Saturday? The ACC, without a doubt.
North Carolina and Georgia Tech handled their cream puff games pretty well, as did Clemson and Boston College. Virginia Tech may have only lost their neutral site game to Alabama by 10 points, but they were out-gained 498 to 155. Ouch. Wake Forest lost at home to Baylor, which hasn’t won more than five games in a season since ’95. N.C. State couldn’t muster up more than 133 yards on Thursday against South Carolina and lost at home 7-3. Maryland got blitzed by Cal 52-13. Oh yeah, and did I mention that both Virginia AND Duke got beat by Division 1-AA schools? Yes, William and Mary and Richmond both got to put a “1” in their win column before UVA or Duke did. That’s sad. Hey, at least they have basketball!