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State of the ACC Race

What a crazy conference. As I wrote a week or so again in the paper, the Big 12 and SEC are stronger leagues, but there is no league from top to bottom as entertaining as the topsy-turvy ACC. And it gets more maddening every week.

Every team except NC State still has a chance to get to Tampa. Seriously. And Maryland is in first place in the Atlantic Division by itself. One way the Terrapins can win the division is to win their next three games. So it is possible for the Terrapins to clinch the division before they play their last game at Boston College.

Here are the remaining conference schedules for teams still in the hunt in the Atlantic:

Maryland (3-1)
At Virginia Tech
North Carolina
Florida State
At Boston College

Wake Forest (3-2)
At North Carolina State
Boston College

Florida State (3-2)
Boston College
At Maryland

Clemson (2-3)
At Florida State
At Virginia

Boston College (2-3)
At Florida State
At Wake Forest

So the Terrapins are now the favorite to reach Tampa. Go figure.

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 2, 2008; 8:31 AM ET
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I really don't see Terps winning at Va Tech or BC. Probably only a split at home. It looks like Fla St is the best position to me.

Posted by: erniegogo | November 2, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Maryland does have a real opportunity, but they must take care of business Thursday night. VT is like a wounded animal, and UMd is going on the road to play them-the crowd will be sky-high. Terps have to knock them down early and keep the crowd out of the game.

UNC is no pushover nor is FSU. Terps need this one bad!

Posted by: Ho_Ho_Ho | November 2, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse


Today's p. D11 "Down & Distance" claims that FSU can win the Atlantic by winning out.

That's incorrect: WFU has the tiebreaker over the Noles, as the same paragraph later notes. Only MD controls its destiny.

Maybe you can straighten out the author. The "Second Down" analysis had no byline.

Posted by: jjmmss71 | November 2, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

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