So ACC football schedules came out yesterday, an annual time for much fanfare in a very specific and weirdly shaped sliver of America that extends from Miami to the DMV and somehow includes Boston. Except Tallahassee! Florida St. Seminoles fans are so mad about their schedule this year they plan on stealing even more Atlanta Braves chants than usual.
The 2011 Florida State football schedule includes seven opponents who made bowl appearances in 2010, featuring a visit from defending Big 12 and Fiesta Bowl Champion Oklahoma, in what is sure to be one of the most highly-anticipated, early-season match-ups in the nation.
The Noles landed the ACC’s top recruiting class and return more talent than any other conference school. They’re a BCS team waiting to happen. What could their fans possibly be mad about? Well, could it be a tougher schedule leaving little time to plan around work, school and partying?
Tomahawk Nation presents a massive thesis, wherein it’s alleged the ACC is intentionally out to allay its “marquee program” by making it play the Clemson Tigers a week after the Oklahoma Sooners and by making it travel to play the Boston College Eagles on a short week. Harldy a reason for T.N to threaten withdraw from the conference, rather a great reason to practice harder and show up everyone in the ACC and SEC.
The outrage spanned hundreds of comments and spilled over onto Reddit, where SEC fans (and ACC fans) were not one bit sympathetic. The Boston thing isn’t cool, as it indeed does devalue the conference’s prime time product, but the Clemson part? Come on. Clemson’s only loss to Florida State since 2005 took place in Tallahassee in 2008 by a 41-27 score. So here is the problem.
This is clearly the ACC sticking it to FSU for refusing to open with Miami on Labor Day. The war between the ACC and FSU is on.
And on the one hand, sure, the ACC sucks at a lot of things, especially really obvious things that involve money and quality and competition and football. I can dig all the parts about the ACC’s shortsightedness. The bridge too far is accusing the conference of retaliatory and conspiratorial behavior. They’re not that smart, bros. Alleging the ACC has cocked something up is more reasonable than saying the ACC is out to get you.
Tomahawk Nation has returned today with an agreeable solution: establish ACC out-of-conference scheduling rules. Actually on board with most of this, especially the parts about the Tobacco Road Mafia, which exists solely to get Duke into the Orange Bowl, I guess.