ESPN’s Michael Wilbon.
ESPN’s Pat Forde.
Fox Sports’ Petros Papadakis.
ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb.
I agree that the ACC is such an easy target, and for good reason. The conference has not done well in a lot of big college football games. Florida State lost a heartbreaker to then #1 Oklahoma. Maryland fell behind early and fell short late to West Virginia. The following week Miami lost at home to Kansas State, Virginia lost at home to Southern Mississippi and Maryland got its ass kicked by Temple (TEMPLE!).
However, Clemson did beat Auburn, Miami spanked Ohio State and Georgia Tech violated Kansas.
Keep in mind that Clemson is now ranked #8 in the AP and Coaches polls and Georgia Tech is ranked #13 in both polls. Both teams are also undefeated.
Plus, like every league, the ACC has its fair share of bottom-feeders. NC State (my alma mater), Boston College are “turrible”. Duke and Maryland are merely mediocre.
If the Southeastern Conference (Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Ole Miss) and the Big Ten (Minnesota, Indiana, Purdue) can get away with having bottom-feeders, so can the ACC.
Now, having said all of that, no one – and I mean NO ONE – is comparing the ACC to the SEC. I call the SEC “the Beast” for a reason, it’s by far the best college football conference in the country.
I’m just saying the ACC is not as bad as the aforementioned “experts” and others in the sports media make it out to be.