Wednesday, November 29, 2006

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."

So far:

  • 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.)


At 2:54 PM, Blogger Rochester Binghampton said...

NC State had the BIG BLEW by 20 points and the outcome of that game was never really in doubt. Oh, and State beat them with a walk-on playing point for 31 minutes. How many of these ACC-Big Ten things has the Big Ten won? Not a damn one. CAKE WALK.

At 2:56 PM, Blogger Rochester Binghampton said...

Oh and Ted Valentine hates the ACC, so UM got a shit ton for bad calls their way.

At 2:58 PM, Blogger 3000 said...

Wow. Yeah, my hat's off to the 'Pack. Way to beat Michigan. Wait, what's that? Michigan has been garbage for a decade?

At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Rochester said...

Hey, you guys might have won, but Al Thorton's ball grease is going to be in that fat Canadian center of yours face for the rest of the year.

And why was Alando Tucker weeping blood? He should change his name to "Le Chiffre".

And there is no such thing as almost winning a game. Illinois is not the "2005 Almost NCAA Champs". Indiana in not the "2002 Just About NCAA Champs" either. But those banners hanging in ACC arenas are for NCAA Champions. Look at the past 25 years and tell me we are not the better basketball conference. You can't.

At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Nate said...

ACC arenas? That makes it sound like about 8 schools have banners up. Over the past 25-30 years, they've been hung in 4 ACC arenas by my count (NC State, UNC, Duke and M'land) as opposed to hanging in the arenas of 3 different Big 10 schools (Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State). Going back to 1974 (an NC State win), total championships is 9-6 ACC. Hardly dominance. The ACC has a few nice schools at the top in college hoops, but it's hardly some all-powerful basketball conference where every team will dominate teams from some opposing conference (even if ESPN and Dick Vitale say it is).

I'm with Dan though. Let's start a football challenge as well. Duke doesn't have to participate.


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