ACC title game still in the picture for Tigers


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Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney said repeatedly last week the Tigers just need to concentrate on the next play and not worry about the ACC Championship. However, that doesn’t stop us from taking a quick peek on what needs to what for the Tigers to make it to Tampa.


First let’s take a glance at the current Atlantic division standings. The off week was kind to the Tigers as Maryland, Boston College, NC State and Florida State all lost.

		ACC		Overall
Wake Forest	2-1	.667	4-2	.667
Maryland	1-1	.500	2-4	.333
Boston College	2-2	.500	4-2	.667
Clemson	        1-2	.333	2-3	.400
NC State	0-2	.000	3-3	.500
Florida State	0-3	.000	2-4	.333


The Tigers, technically, do not control their own destiny as Maryland holds the tiebreaker over Clemson, but the chances of Maryland winning the rest of their ACC contests seems remote at this point. So realistically, if the Tigers win the rest of their ACC games they will be in Tampa because they will hold tiebreakers over both Wake Forest and Boston College. However, nothing points to the fact the Tigers will be able to play that consistently down the stretch.


There are two trends that are developing so far this season. First, the top three Coastal division teams (GT, VT, and Miami) will beat anyone in the Atlantic division. They are a combined 4-0 against Atlantic teams so far this season. The other trend is an Atlantic division team plays much better at home than on the road. Currently when an Atlantic team plays another Atlantic division rival the home team is a perfect 6-0 on the season.


If we carry these trends out the rest of the season the predicted winner of the Atlantic division would be Clemson. The Tigers would finish in a three way tie with Wake Forest and Boston College. The first tiebreaker for a three way tie is group record, and the Tigers would be 2-0 against BC and Wake. Wake would be 1-1 and BC would be 0-2.


Remaining schedule for Clemson: WF, @Miami, FSU, @NCSU, Uva

Predicted Finish: 3-2 (Losses to Miami and NCSU)

Conference Record: 4-4


Remaining schedule for WF: @Clemson, Miami, @GT, FSU, @Duke

Predicted Finish: 2-3 (Losses to Clemson, GT, Miami)

Conference Record: 4-4



Remaining schedule for BC: NCSU, @Uva, UNC, @Maryland

Predicted Finish: 2-2 (Losses to Uva and Maryland)

Conference Record: 4-4



Remaining schedule for Maryland – Uva, @ Duke, @ NSCU, VT, @FSU, BC

Predicted Finish: 2-4 (Losses to NCSU, VT, FSU, Duke)

Conference Record: 3-5



Remaining schedule for NCSU - @BC, @FSU, Maryland, Clemson, @VT, UNC

Predicted Finish: 3-3 (Losses to BC, FSU, VT)

Conference Record: 3-5



Remaining schedule for FSU - @UNC, NCSU, @Clemson, @WF, Maryland

Predicted Finish: 2-3 (Losses to Clemson, WF, UNC)

Conference Record: 2-6



When you look at how this plays out, the most important game for the Tigers is the next one versus Wake Forest. If the Tigers lose to the Demon Deacs at home and thus the tiebreaker to them as well as Maryland, things will look a lot bleaker in Tiger Town and the road to Tampa will get a lot tougher.

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ACC title game still in the picture for Tigers
Crump®
Re: ACC title game still in the picture for Tigers
mdtiger006
Except for our undefeated national champ year....I have neve
bengalbabe®
Why not...Pass the Kool-Aid. I've got nothing better to do.***
TigersTeeth
Don't set some of these folks here for another TNET meltdown***
HeresWhatsUp®
Re: ACC title game still in the picture for Tigers
McRib
Things worked out well this past weekend. There is hope.
Razzmatazz
Re: Things worked out well this past weekend. There is hope
allaroundfan
Re: Things worked out well this past weekend. There is hope
SouthLowerUG
Re: ACC title game still in the picture for Tigers
bubba1239®
Re: ACC title game still in the picture for Tigers
cubobby80
Two big problems with that theory, besides how unlikely it
David78®
Re: Two big problems with that theory, besides how unlikely it
magicman
OK, I read it again and you're right. I thought it said the
David78®
I think BC goes at least 5-3 and wins the Division yet again***
you
LOL!!!! Not with our offense.***
1Tiger1
Re: ACC title game still in the picture for Tigers
columbiatiger®
Re: ACC title game still in the picture for Tigers
Dugatiger®
If a 4-4 team wins the Atlantic, they dont deserve to go to
DV_1981
They deserve it as much as SEC West...
TigerTown
Re: If a 4-4 team wins the Atlantic, they dont deserve to go to
tigers baby
There is a 3rd Trend...
Fluxus
Miami - only difficult ACC team left on the schedule. But...
Tiger_Tim
Re: Miami - only difficult ACC team left on the schedule. But...
bubba1239®
Is this the same Wake team that lost to BC that couldn't get
CU''90
You were probaby one of those that said no way we lose to MD***
_usffl
Re: Miami - only difficult ACC team left on the schedule. But...
tigers baby
Re: Miami - only difficult ACC team left on the schedule. But...
bubba1239®
Re: Miami - only difficult ACC team left on the schedule. But...
tigers baby
I'll drink - but answer me this:
WHTiger
and it'll still be in the picture whithin a picture if the
MDT1GER

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