Last night when North Carolina State receiver Bryan Underwood caught a touchdown pass with 16 seconds left to beat Florida State, he essentially put the final nail in the coffin that held the ACC’s BCS title hopes. I would never disparage a program building win like the one NC State had over the 3rd ranked Seminoles last night, but it does hurt the conference as a whole.
Now I never really went all in on the Seminoles, if only for the reason that they always seem to have a letdown game, but last night they not only let down their fans but the entire ACC. The conference has been in desperate need of a true BCS contender for years.
Florida State was the last ACC team to win the national title and that was in the 2000 Sugar Bowl against Michael Vick and the Virginia Tech Hokies (then in the Big East). So it has been 12 long years since a member of the ACC got to hold the crystal football, and it now appears that the wait will continue for another year.
FSU is still the class of the conference this season, and their path to the conference championship remains relatively clear. The Seminoles have already beaten Clemson, so assuming that FSU doesn’t have any more let down games then they should run the table from here on out.
What was so surprising about last night’s game was Florida State’s inability to move the football in the second half. The Seminoles didn’t score a single point in the second half and NC State’s defense isn’t exactly great. In the Wolfpack’s previous game against Miami, their defense gave up 44 points.
The ACC appears to be down this year as a whole, and if there was ever a year for the Seminoles to run the table this was it. Unfortunately, they didn’t take full advantage of that. Virginia Tech was the last team to go undefeated in ACC play back in 2010, and it appears that ACC fans will have to wait another year for such a feat. Duke, Miami and Maryland are all undefeated in conference play to this point, but that won’t last.
Florida State was the ACC’s best chance at a BCS Championship in many years and it seems that they collapsed under the pressure.