Posted: 2:42 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 2013
Like a lot of people in what we could call the old ACC, we’ve focused on that perspective. There are of course other perspectives.
Pitt folks, for example, seem to be pretty excited about the move to the ACC. Much of this is obviously anecdotal, but the people quoted in this Tribune-Review article seem to be really pumped up for the beatdown Florida State’s going to put on the Panthers Monday night. A.D. Steve Pederson said he was “shocked” by the level of excitement: “People say, ‘I love the ACC. I can’t wait for this game.’ I was just at an event on the North Shore, and people were just buzzing about it. It has been very noticeable.”
Pitt’s coming off a 6-7 season and is rebuilding. Florida State finished 12-2. The year before the Seminoles finished 9-4. 2010? 10-4. In 2009, FSU was just 7-6. The rebuilding is pretty much done.
12-2 is about average by Bowdenesque standards, but coming back from seven wins to nine to 12 is pretty steady improvement.
The serious challenges on the schedule are Clemson, a rebuilding Miami and Florida.
If Florida State wins two of those three, bowl season will find the team with just one win. And that would be positively Bowdenesque.
Toss Clemson in the mix after the big win over Georgia, and the ACC is looking much more interesting. Here’s how Clemson enters Death Valley, in case you’ve never seen it.
By the way, after that game, a Georgia fan was so distraught he called a radio program and wept, and during the game, a receiver managed to blow out his ACL celebrating a touchdown. All in all, not a good night for the Dawgs.
We are curious to see if Pitt can regain football glory. Depending on how you count it, Pitt’s won nine national championships. Most of them came before 1940, with 1976 being the exception.
We’ve always thought of Pitt as much more a football than basketball school. It’s in Pittsburgh, for one thing, and the Steelers have defined that city’s sports tradition for decades. Ben Howland and Jamie Dixon have really elevated Pitt basketball, but it still seems like strong football at Carolina or championship basketball at FSU: it is still secondary.