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ACC Football: Who Is Built to Last?

Without question this ACC football season has been one of craziest in memory -- and there's still a month to go. Most smart people have given up trying to predict week-to-week results and even guessing at how the conference race will end up seems fairly random. But you would think a longer-term forecast would be easier, as in "Which program is in the best shape?"

But is it? Not so much in the ACC. Sure, a team's current situation strongly influences its long-term outlook, but that's not all that clouds the issues in this league. Take into account the following factors: current talent, recruiting strongholds, stability of coaching staff, facilities, and tradition. So many schools that rate near the top of one or more categories lag behind dramatically in others. And the outlook in some areas can change substantially from month to month -- for example, the stability of the coaching staff at Virginia.

But factor it all into the balance and vote. And then comment on which factors are working in Maryland's favor and which are holding the Terps back.

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 28, 2008; 2:40 PM ET
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Not sure why I would rank it this way really. Just a general confidence in the programs. I know people hate on the Fridge a lot on here but the facilities are top notch and getting better. Fridge has been at the helm for a while and like it or not probably will be for a while. MD continues to recruit as well anyone in the ACC outside of FSU, VT, Miami, and Butch Davis. It's possible if this season really goes in the toilet Wake and GT coudl be elevated above MD but I think the 3-7 slots are prety fluid and in flux in this conference.

Posted by: Lee26 | October 28, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Holy Smokes, the Terps are a top 5 overall program in the ACC! That is incredible... if only the homerific voting on this blog woul determine reality. You could argue that MD has a better support base and recruiting structure than a few other programs, probably WF, Duke, UVA, and NC State. It would probably be more accurate to only say that MD is outright better than Duke in those respects, with the rest being more equal. Other than that, MD is not in the top half of the conference in any other of the considerations specified, particularly recruiting. I also have to point out that MD fans habitually rant for their team's coaches to be fired. So you can't claim any advantage in coaching over anyone in the ACC. Ask yourselves this, How many ACC schools would go after the new Duke coach next year? MD is the only one that comes to my mind. I voted the Terps at 9th in this poll, and after spending way too much time writing this comment out and thinking about it a litle more, I'd change that to 11th.

Posted by: The_Great_Dave_Butz | October 28, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Tough to rank the ACC. VT is probably the only consistent program. Historically strong programs like Clemson, FSU, GT Miami have not lived up to expectations in recent years.

It would be interesting to know where Maryland ranks in wins vs. other ACC teams since the Fridge has been a head coach.

Posted by: UnitedWeStand | October 28, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Seriously the great Dave Butz, you have that much free time on your hands that you surf sites covering teams you don't follow to talk nonsense about their programs? --the truth is that VT is 1, Duke is 11 and the rest are interchangeable.

Posted by: cjterps98 | October 29, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

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