ACC needs a contender, not a new venue
Write this down: Florida State will play Miami in the ACC championship game this year.
Why? Luck of the ACC.
After six years of playing its title game in Florida, the conference office announced it is moving its signature game to Charlotte, N.C., this year, and it will remain in primetime on ESPN. According to the ACC's website, the game will kickoff at 7:45 p.m. ET on Dec. 4 at Bank of America Stadium.
Playing opposite the Big 12 championship hurts the ACC ratings big time, but so does horrible matchups that very few fans care about. Last year, Georgia Tech's 39-34 victory over Clemson drew a measly 1.9 rating -- about the same as an episode of Friday Night Lights on DirecTV.
Attendance in the stands hasn't been much better. Last year's game was respectable (roughly 50,000), but most ACC title game crowds were an embarrassment.
Moving to Charlotte does make sense, though. It is a close drive for fans of most schools -- except Miami, Florida State and Boston College. So that's why it seems almost a certainty that FSU will face Miami.
Even if it does happen, what the ACC really needs is one of the two participants in line for a possible BCS Championship bid. ACC commissioner John Swofford certainly hopes so.
"We are pleased that the ACC Football Championship Game will once again be nationally televised by our partners at ESPN," Swofford said in a statement. "Prime-time exposure is always a plus and this will be an excellent showcase for our divisional champions to compete for an ACC title and a berth in either the FedEx Orange Bowl or the BCS National Championship Game."
Ummm... Good luck getting in that National Championship Game, Mr. Swofford.