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:
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