On Thursday night, the the ACC showed again that it can not compete with schools from other BCS conferences as the University of North Carolina fell to the University of South Carolina by a score of 27-10. While the scoreline was not awful, anyone who watched what happened on the field could tell that UNC simply could not match SC in terms of talent and coaching. This game was only another indication of a growing separation between not only UNC and SC, but the ACC and other conferences that receive automatic BCS qualification in general.
Since the beginning of the 2010 regular season, ACC schools have combined to go 20-39 against schools from other BCS conferences during regular season play. This is a dreadful 33.8 winning percentage and comes during a time when teams are most often trying to test themselves against other evenly-matched teams, not schedule a game that is almost certain to result in a loss.
To make matters even worse, ACC schools have combined to go 35-40 in bowl games, showing that the conference’s regular season record was no aberration. The best teams from the ACC did particularly poorly, as they recorded a 1-5 record in BCS Bowl games against schools that come from other automatic qualifying conferences. Over these six bowl games, the ACC has a -65-point differential, which equates to an average point differential of losing by double digits each time. This poor performance by ACC schools in the regular season and postseason proves that they are simply not up to par with schools from other conferences.
My proposition to fix this issue is to revoke the ACC’s status as an automatic BCS qualifier. It would be for a five-year trial period of time, with the conference allowed to again be an automatic BCS conference if they win over 50 percent of regular season and postseason games against automatic qualifying conferences during that time. This would give the ACC an actual incentive to make their programs better and would also give other conferences the ability to show that they deserve the automatic BCS qualifying spot up for grabs.
While this may seem unrealistic or even impossible, the facts are that something needs to be done to jump start the ACC. They currently do not belong on the same field as teams from other BCS conferences, and everyone involved in college football knows it.