Oct 20

ACC-SEC Midseason Report Cards

Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC  Tags:

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The season is roughly halfway home. Here is a look at how each team is performing  with respect to the abilities they have....

ACC

Boston College - After a rough start, BC has turned it around a little bit, and at 5-2 is right in the ACC Atlantic hunt. After losing their head coach and many good players, this is impressive. B+

Clemson - Take away a loss to lowly Maryland, and Clemson has done ok. Wins over BC and Wake Forest are nice, but the loss to the Terps is unacceptable and could cost them in the end. C

Duke - At 3-3, the Blue Devils may be the best team in the state of North Carolina. The Devils lost close to VT, and absolutely wore out NC State. This program has made improvement. B+

Florida State - FSU is the biggest disappointment in not only the ACC, but perhaps all of major college football. A win over BYU was pretty good, but three straight losses have this team limping into Thursday's game at UNC. D-

Georgia Tech - GT looked very poor against Miami, but other than that has looked like a top-10 team. The second half of the season is favorable, and a big year is very possible - complete with BCS berth. A-

Maryland - Take away a win over Clemson, and Maryland could be mentioned among America's worst teams. They are 2-5, and I see four games in the season's second half that they should lose. This team is bad. D

Miami - The U has risen from the ashes and finds itself in familiar territory being ranked once again in the top-10. Wins against GT and Oklahoma are solid. Games against Clemson (home), Wake Forest (away) and South Florida (away) will define the rest of 2009 for this team. A

North Carolina - People were expecting big things from UNC in 2009, and it just plain hasn't happened. The loss to Virginia is especially worrisome. Still at 4-2 (two Coastal losses) they aren't completely eliminated from the ACC race. C

NC State - Tom O'Brien is just halfway through his third season, and he may already be feeling the heat from his seat. Many expected the fundamental coach to get State on track to the top-25. Nope. Three losses in a row have this ship sinking fast. D-

Virginia - After a 3-3 start, the "fire Al Groh" chants could be heard across the ACC. Now, the Hoos have won three in a row and appear to be playing good ball. Who knows what to think of Virginia?! A pathetic start was delivered by Groh and staff regardless of how 2009 ends. C

Virginia Tech - The ACC's pride and joy represented well in games against Alabama (loss) and Nebraska (win). But this latest loss to Georgia Tech showed that the rest of the league isn't too far behind the Hokies. Still, they are strong and should win out. B

Wake Forest - At 4-3 (2-2 ACC) the Deacons arent having that bad of a seaosn. But it will be tough for them to return to the ACCCG as they will most liely have to win out and get some help. A decent team, but no banners this year. B

 

SEC 

Alabama - The Tide have shown again in 2009 that they are one of the most talented, deepest, most disciplined team in the country. The result? A 7-0 record and the number 1 ranking in America. This will continue until a train-wreck with Florida in the SECCG in December. A+

Arkansas - The Hogs are 3-3 and just gave Florida the scare of its life (and a trip to number 2). Arkansas killed Texas A&M, and also defeated a good Auburn team. But convincing losses to Georgia and Alabama are keeping this team from getting higher grades. B-

Auburn - Everyone thought Gene Chizik was going to be a complete disaster at Auburn. So all he did was took his team to a 5-0 start, complete with wins over West Virginia and at Tennessee. But two straight losses have brought a dose of reality back to the Plains. Still, not bad so far. B

Florida - I don't agree with Florida losing its top ranking after a close win at home over Arkansas. There are a lot of tough programs out there, and Florida - or any team for that matter - isn't going to play perfect every single game. They are still undefeated, and that is the bottom line. A+

Georgia - There are two types of people: Those that think UGA could do better than Mark Richt, and those that do not. I am in between. While UGA is a strong program year in and year out, Richt has yet to get them into BCS title talk late in a season. This year, they already have 3 losses. C

Kentucky - The Wildcats have played one of the nation's toughest schedules in 2009, losing games to Alabama, Florida and South Carolina. But despite the three losses, they just last weekend defeated Auburn to get back to .500 at 3-3. They should reach a bowl. C+

LSU - The Tigers close loss to Florida is the only blemish on the season thus far. A little offense at all would have probably seen them win that game, too. Les Miles squad may not be top-5, but that defense is among the best in America. B

Mississippi - The Rebels are one of the biggest disappointments of this season - or are they? After reaching a number five ranking, Ole Miss has lost to South Carolina and Alabama in respectable enough scores. Does that make them really all that bad? They are still 4-2, pretty good really. B

Mississippi State - MSU has number 2 Florida coming to town Saturday. Hopefully a good showing will spark some life into Dan Mullen's first team. They stand at 3-4, and are coming off of a win over Mid Tenn State. The losses have come to three ranked teams, and Auburn. C

South Carolina - The Gamecocks have lost road games to Georgia and Alabama and were in both of those games late in the second half. The 4-2 record has them in the top-25 and wins over Kentucky and Ole Miss are nice. As usual, the second half of the season is tricky. B+

Tennessee - The last time Tennessee took the field, they were ran out of their own stadium by Georgia, 45-19. That put the Vols at 3-3 so far in Lane Kiffin's first season. Outside of a 63 point total on opening day, the Vols have averaged 13 points scored in their three losses. That will need to improve. C

Vanderbilt - The Commodores are back to their lowly ways with a 2-5 mark so far in 2009. This team has a tough second half remaining, so a four win year is about what you're going to get in the end. Vandy's next three opponents are in the top-25. It was good to see this program succeed for a while, but that is now seemingly over with. D



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