ACC - Big Ten Challenge
from CBS Sportsline frontpage:
The ACC-Big Ten Challenge? More like a cakewalk for the ACC.Wait, what?
Sure, that statement could refer to the history of the Challenge, which has never seen the Big Ten finish with more wins than losses. As far as 2006 is concerned, I say, "Not so fast, my friend."
- NC State beat Michigan by 7 in Raleigh;
- #23 Maryland beat Illinois by 6 in Urbana-Champaign;
- #21 Georgia Tech beat Penn State by 4 in Atlanta;
- #11 Duke beat Indiana by 3 in Durham;
- Miami lost to Northwestern by 2 in Evanston; and
- Florida State lost to #12 Wisconsin by 15 in Madison.
On that list, I'd say the lone mildly impressive win by an ACC team is Maryland over Illinois, and only then because it was a home game for the Illini. A ranked Georgia Tech team barely edging Penn State at home? A ranked Duke team barely edging an upstart Indiana squad at home? (Cameron Crazies, indeed.) Neither of those games, nor any of the rest, scream "cake walk" to me.
There are 5 games left to be played, including the (obviously) most compelling, #3 Ohio State at #7 North Carolina. The Big Ten would have to finish tonight 4-1 to take this year's Challenge. Is it going to happen? Probably not. It should come down to the Buckeyes against the Tar Heels (the rest of the games should be close, but Purdon't should be good for one in the 'L' column).
Whether the 2006 Challenge finishes ACC 7-4 or 6-5 (for a second consecutive year), I hardly think it shows the sort of basketball domination ACC blowhards will claim.
Now, how about we put together an annual ACC-Big Ten Football Challenge? (We won't make Duke play anybody; that'd be poor sportsmanship.)