Conference Scorecard: Rough week for ACC
I'll have lots more on USF-Wofford in the morning -- disappointed my Verizon FIOS DVR didn't tape the game as it was supposed to -- but first I'll get to the much-anticipated Conference Scorecard.
The biggest win of the weekend, of course, was No. 20 BYU knocking off No. 3 Oklahoma -- amusing to see that not only was Jim Leavitt the only coach to vote the Sooners No. 1 on his ballot, he also had left BYU off his top 25. Should be fun to see where he ranks the two schools this week ...
Horrendous weekend for the ACC, which went 0-4 against BCS competition and managed to have two teams lose to I-AA opponents -- Duke lost 24-16 to Richmond and Virginia lost 26-14 to William & Mary. (Richmond is No. 2 in the I-AA polls, but W&M? They were picked to finish fifth in their six-team division.)
So N.C. State manages three points at home against South Carolina. Wake Forest loses at home to a Baylor team that went 4-8 last year. No real shame in Virginia Tech losing to Alabama in Atlanta, but Maryland losing by 39 to a California team the Terps beat last season?
The Big 12, which saw Oklahoma fall hard, still went 3-0 in BCS games, most impressively Oklahoma State beating Georgia. Missouri got a 37-9 win against an Illinios team that was nearly ranked, and the league went 10-1 overall, matching the SEC and Big Ten for the best overall record.
The SEC saw Georgia lose, but went 3-1 in BCS games, with Alabama beating a top-10 team in Virginia Tech, LSU beating Washington and South Carolina winning on Thursday.
The Big Ten and Pac-10 both went 1-1 in BCS games -- Minnesota was fortunate to beat Syracuse in overtime, and Oregon took a tough loss to Boise State.
Syracuse's loss puts the Big East at 0-1 -- three of the conference's first four BCS games are played by the Orange, so the league won't be able to show much until a busy day on Sept. 19.
Again, lots more to come in the morning ...