In 2005 when the Atlantic Coast Conference began divisional play in football, it opened up a lot of doors for the conference to become more of a nationally relevant football home. The additions of primarily football-known Universities like the Miami Hurricanes and Virginia Tech Hokies was one added bonus. Another was the addition of an annual, nationally televised conference championship game.
When the divisions were announced, it was noticeable to see that the Hokies and Hurricanes were in the division opposite the school best known in the conference for their football accolades, the Florida State Seminoles. Now while we’ve twice been treated to matchups between VT and FSU in 2005 and 2010, with each school taking a contest, I think that the ACC brass had something different in mind when they aligned the divisions.
One of the more well-known rivalries in the history of college football is that between the Hurricanes and the Seminoles. It hasn’t lacked any production of drama throughout the years and the names catch the attention of the most casual of college football fan. Without even knowing the records of each team at the time of the game, people will tune in and watch.
I’ve always been of the belief that it was wildly assumed by the suits in Charlotte that a second matchup between the two yearly, the second being for a trip to the BCS and upping the ante in the rivalry even further, would be a more than regular occurrence. The TV ratings, attendance numbers, interest in the ACC as a relevant football power–everything would skyrocket.
Well, it hasn’t quite turned out that way as the two have yet to square off in the December game. But can 2013 finally give the ACC what they more than likely planned for in the first place?
With the ‘Canes off post-season restrictions this year and considered a favorite to take the Coastal Division, and FSU with a slew of returning talent as well as talented up-and-comers, this season could finally be the year where the ACC Championship Game could receive the national attention that it had hoped for.