FromTheRumbleSeat is hosting this week's ACC Roundtable of Sad Proportions. Bird posed the questions and I answered. I channeled whatever feelings I had from this past Saturday to answer the questions properly. These feelings involve Kentucky Gentleman bourbon, only the finest.
Participating blogs and schools (some links forthcoming):
Virginia Tech: Gobbler Country & The Key Play
Virginia: From Old Virginia
Boston College: BC Interruption
Florida State: Tomahawk Nation
Maryland: Testudo Times
Wake Forest: Blogger So Dear
1. Enough with the MVP's and the National Title Talk... What ACC teams are going to be bowl eligible by November? Who will be left out in the cold?
I received a call from Joe on Saturday. He wanted to commiserate with me as he got a ride to a bar. He was on his way to being drunk. I was already at a bar in Lawrence getting annoyed at KU fans asking me "Dude. What happened?"
Virginia had the best win of Bizarro World Week 2, so they will win the Coastal. The Atlantic will be determined by Wake Forest because they beat Duke 54-48 and in a week of just utter stupidity, that win makes sense.
2. What team performance (or lack thereof) this weekend shocked you the most? What individual's performance impressed/depressed you the most?
Hmm dranky drank. Shots of warm Kentucky Gentleman go down very rough. There were a lot of those on Saturday.
Virginia Tech's performance sucked. Georgia Tech's performance was the most shocking because of how much production our offense puts out regardless of defensive performance.
3. The ACC is fifth out of the Big 6 conferences in terms of out of conference winning percentage. Is this a function of a difficult out of conference schedule or are we legitimately the 2nd worst conference in the BCS?
I got a very very late phone call from furrer4heisman Saturday night telling me to go to the liquor store and buy him a bottle of bourbon. He was at OU/FSU and when he found out Virginia Tech lost, he went home and drank bourbon and then ran out.
Brian from BCI answers this question via this link. It's hard to answer this question but I will let you think about something: in any business, customer perception is key. The perception is that we are weak and when we constantly roll over to inferior opponents it will only appear to solidify those statements.
4. James Madison's victory was the 13th I-AA victory over an ACC squad since 1984 (out of 160 total games). It was also the 5th I-AA victory over a I-A opponent in 2010. Is it really worth scheduling I-AA opponents to start the season particularly I-AA juggernauts like App. State, James Madison, or Villanova?
The only victory found in Lawrence was when my friend Dane out-shotgunned a can of Natty Light against a KU fan in front of a cop after the game. Way to go Dane. Victory is yours.
No it's not worth scheduling FCS teams because they want a victory more than smaller FBS teams and this is their one shot at glory. Small FBS teams just want their check so they can look towards their hopeful bad bowl game so they will roll over. I don't like FCS teams. Go after a Sun Belt conference team or something. But I hear they cost more money. So Dan Radakovich likes scheduling 1-AA teams. Maybe we should have convinced Bill Curry to come play against GT.
5. Have your expectations for the 2010 season or your team's place in the ACC changed after Week 2's round of games?
A great thing about Kansas women is that they wore skirts and cowboy boots. I like cowboy boots.
Expectations have adjusted closer to reality. See this graph courtesy of Spencer Hall.
More can be told after Chapel Hill. Don't forget this quote from CPJ: "Good teams DON'T lost two games in a row."
6. What's a bigger mismatch: You vs. Ralph Friedgen in a competitive eating matchup or the Iron Dukes versus Nick Saban on Saturday?
Duke's gonna get cornholed.
What do you guys think? We'd like to see your answers to any and all of the above questions.