Published May 16, 2012 - 9:41am
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As you know – or, well, maybe you don’t – the ACC has their annual spring meetings this week, and they have been the covered topic for this week in college football.
For one, FSU has been making a racket about a possible move to the Big 12, and that would certainly throw a wrench in many things.
Yesterday, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was quoted saying that “at some point, the ACC will produce a national champion”.
Dabo Swinney on ACC football: “At some point (the ACC) will produce a national champion”
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyCBS) May 15, 2012
The ‘at some point’ can be taken to mean several things.
At some point, college football will move to a 16-team playoff. That’s about 10 years away at the rate we’re currently going. So, I guess you could assume, at some point, the ACC will win a national championship. At some point, Kentucky was bound to defeat Tennessee, and that happened, too…after 27 years.
The ACC coaches certainly tried to help themselves by speaking out this week about wanting only conference champions to be in the playoff, instead of just the top four teams. The strength of schedule is concerning for them, and they could see themselves on the outside looking in many instances in the future, if the four playoff teams are not conference champions.
Swinney’s comment wasn’t exactly the caliber of Joe Namath’s guarantee about winning Super Bowl III. But the ACC needs to win one sooner rather than later – for the sake of the league and college football sanity, I suppose. The country just can’t keep sane knowing the SEC could dominate for several more years.
The ACC hasn’t had a BCS Champion since FSU back in 1999. The ACC’s record in BCS games isn’t exactly good, either (2-13, .15 percent).
Somewhere, I suppose, West Virginia is laughing about all those TDs they scored against you last year, Clemson and your ACC 2011 Champion.
The ‘at some point’ in Swinney’s quote is very vague. At some point, the ACC probably will win a national championship, but it just might not be in our lifetime.