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ACC Parity: Compelling or Repeling?

In tomorrow's paper Eric looks at how just about anything can happen on any Saturday in the ACC. You can read the story here. Without question, this kind of season holds the interest of a greater number of fans, because at least seven schools can enter the last Saturday in October with legitimate hopes of winning the league.

On the other hand, without a national title contender, ACC highlights slip deeper into the SportsCenter packages, the regional broadcasts reach a smaller portion of the country, and the national reputation of the league's football could suffer. All of that could hurt future recruiting. It's also very difficult, without a measuring stick program like Florida State used to be, to get a handle on where each team is. Maryland followers -- and media -- lamented the Terps' 31-0 loss at Virginia, but as some Cavaliers fans have pointed out in the comments here, losing to Virginia doesn't seem like such an insult these days. If the Cavaliers find a way to win at Georgia Tech today, the Terps could get a rematch in Tampa, a possibility that seemed ludicrous for both programs just a few weeks ago.

This season seems a much more compelling than watching Florida State beat up everyone else, but is anyone else paying attention beyond the league's true believers? You tell us:

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 24, 2008; 11:15 AM ET
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NC State – 27
Maryland - 10

Maryland will finish with a 5-7 record.

I am extremely happy that Penn State is ranked number 3 in the country - and very soon to be ranked number 1 - this will definitely hurt Maryland's recruiting this year.

West Virginia’s win over Auburn, will also hurt Maryland’s recruiting – which is good news.

I am happy that Maryland is no longer recruiting Tavon Austin.

Jelani Jenkins, Travis Hawkins and Isaac Holmes will be signing with the University of Florida.

Go Tar Heels

Posted by: hclark1 | October 24, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Go away.

Posted by: Colm1 | October 24, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Barring a drastic change of heart, it appears unlikely that Dunbar running back Tavon Austin will stay in Maryland for college.
Austin told's Mike Farrell this week that he’s narrowed his list of schools to three.
“I haven’t taken any official visits lately,” Austin explained. “I went to West Virginia a little while back and that went pretty good. I’m not going to take all five of them.
“I’m taking an official to UNC on November 7, and I think I might make my decision after that. I’m looking at West Virginia, North Carolina and Michigan right now, but I might not make it to Michigan. I’d say West Virginia is leading by a little bit.”
• In Mike Farrell’s Weekly Whispers column, the analyst says that Hawkins and his Quince Orchard teammate, defensive end Jason Ankrah, have been impressed with Penn State’s 8-0 start.
Speaking of Penn State, numerous prospects who didn’t have interest in the Nittany Lions suddenly are interested after the team’s awesome start. While Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard defensive end Jason Ankrah has always loved Penn State, teammate Travis Hawkins - a cornerback - once again is showing a lot of interest.
* Jelani Jenkins and Isaac Holmes will be signing with the University of Florida.

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | October 24, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

balance IF the ACC starts piling up quality non-conference wins. if not....ugh!

Posted by: mdrockjock | October 24, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

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