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Virginia win over Miami further muddles ACC Coastal

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Florida State’s win over Virginia Tech Thursday provided some clarity in the ACC Atlantic race. All the Seminoles have to do now is beat Maryland next weekend.

The ACC Coastal? It’s about as up for grabs as you can get thanks to Virginia’s 41-40 thriller over Miami on Saturday. To get right down to it, Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami and Virginia Tech can all still claim the division. North Carolina is currently serving a postseason ban for NCAA violations.

Duke (6-4 overall, 3-3 ACC) is off this weekend, but if the Blue Devils win at Georgia Tech (5-5 overall, 4-3 ACC) next weekend, they will play Miami at regular season’s end for the right to go to the ACC championship. Miami (5-5 overall, 4-3 ACC), remember, is still contemplating whether or not to impose a bowl ban this season with the NCAA continuing to investigate the program from the fallout of the¬†Nevin Shapiro¬†scandal. Expect a decision on that once/if Miami becomes bowl eligible. Basically, a lot could change depending on what the Hurricanes decide to do.

If Duke loses to Georgia Tech, well, things get a little more complicated. Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech (4-6 overall, 2-4 ACC) still have shots, although theirs are admittedly longer than Duke’s or Miami’s.

Most of this should be sorted out in the next week. Until then, bask in the possibilities of “what if’s”.

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5 Responses to “Virginia win over Miami further muddles ACC Coastal”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Nov 10, 2012 5:54 PM

    Assuming Miami doesn’t bowl ban (BIG IF), how is really muddy?

    Miami beats Duke and they go.

    They own head to head over Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and would own it over Duke.

    Duke beats GT and they eliminate everyone but themselves and Miami.

    It would take Miami bowl banning and Duke losing to Georgia Tech for his to get even slightly complicated.

  2. brewcrewfan54 says: Nov 10, 2012 6:16 PM

    Miami crapped the be today and will eventually embarass themselves in the ACC title game or a BCS bowl if they happen to somehow get to one. This team isnt good. Take the bowl ban.

  3. planck16 says: Nov 10, 2012 7:00 PM

    ACC should make an audible here and have Clemson and FSU play in the ACCCG! Last thing they need is a Duke or Miami upsetting FSU and going to a BCS game. FSU and Clemson are clearly the best two teams in the ACC!

  4. sssjim7 says: Nov 10, 2012 9:08 PM

    Nobody is going to upset FSU… I think people will finally realize how good the ACC is this year when Florida State beats Florida, Clemson beats South Carolina, and Georgia Tech beats Georgia.

    I just want Clemson to get another shot at West Virginia…

    ~Jim

  5. mcjon22 says: Nov 10, 2012 9:39 PM

    Why even play the ACCCG? Just give FSU the trophy and save Miami/Duke the embarrassment. Losing twice to the Seminoles in the same year surely wouldn’t be good for recruiting in South Fla for Miami. Duke? Their fans don’t even care

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