Friday, September 13, 2013
By Andrea Adelson
Don't let Friday the 13th voodoo get to you! It's almost game time.
Richard in Chino Valley, Ariz., writes: Georgia Tech is leading the nation in both scoring offense (70 ppg) and scoring defense (0 ppg). However, they only received 10 votes in the AP poll. What is the reason for this slight? Shouldn't this be a story? I mean when was the last time a team AVERAGED 70 points per game.
Andrea Adelson: One word: Elon. Beating an overmatched FCS opponent, no matter the score, is not going to all of a sudden earn you national praise and acclaim. Now if the Jackets had beaten Clemson 70-0, THAT would be a story!
Tim in Blacksburg writes: You have a GT team that beat Elon at No. 4 in the league?? How is that win ... greater than VT's win over WCU and loss to Alabama?
Adelson: Well, both teams beat FCS competition for their only win. Georgia Tech looked more impressive doing it, hence the slightly higher ranking. Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech will get their chance to prove who is better on the field soon enough.
West in Columbus, Ga., writes: Has Mackensie Alexander redshirted, or what's up with that? I can't find a roster that says it.
Adelson: Alexander has been dealing with a nagging groin injury since preseason camp. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables called Alexander "an enigma" earlier this week and was unsure when he'd see him back on the practice field. Time is ticking on a redshirt, that's for sure.
John in Atlanta writes: Even if Miami is back, doesn't it seem a little too late? Clemson and Florida State have spent years building their image as THE two ACC elites. Meanwhile, Miami hasn't been good for what has felt like a lifetime. It seems like even if Miami were "back" this year, it wouldn't change college football's perception that the ACC is ruled by Clemson and Florida State. Thoughts?
Adelson: Great question, John. I don't think it will ever be too late for Miami to be "back." The ACC has been waiting on its return since 2004 to strengthen the league. It will only help the ACC moving forward if it has three (or more!) national brand name teams as opposed to just two. Look over at the SEC. That league is not hurt by having five to six elite teams every single year. And the current run of SEC national championships? Four teams have combined to win them. While I do agree that one good year from Miami is not going to change perceptions overnight, it would be a start. And it would put the ACC in much better position than it has been over the last several years. Florida State, Miami and Clemson are three of the top four brand names in the league. Consistent 10-win seasons out of them year in and year out has got to be the goal moving forward.
Kevin in Louisville writes: Hi AA. I'm sure you have noticed that if you include Louisville into the ACC mix, the ACC has three teams in the top 10. The SEC has four, Pac-12 has two and Big Ten has one. Also, the ACC currently has the top two Heisman candidates with a potential of three (FSU). I'm VERY excited to become a full member in July 2014.
Adelson: I totally get your excitement, though we can't really call Teddy Bridgewater an ACC Heisman candidate because he is not playing in the league. Chances are, he probably never will. But still, I am sure the ACC is thrilled with the way Louisville has started the season and also is very excited to bring the Cardinals on board next year. The schedule will be 10 times tougher, but Charlie Strong has built a good foundation in Louisville. I don't expect Louisville to slink to the basement once it arrives.