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Joe Ovies

The ACC/SEC Football Challenge

Posted August 29

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe during action at Kenan Stadium between the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils on November 30, 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC.

Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe didn't mince words when discussing the current state of the ACC on 99.9 FM The Fan.

"[The ACC] is the defending national champion, we were the league with the most teams in bowl games and it's not by accident," said Cutcliffe with bravado. "We are the SEC's biggest rivals in recruiting and on the field. Trust me, there's no question."

Imagine what Cutcliffe would've said had the Blue Devils held on to beat Texas A&M in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl last season.

Cutcliffe claimed other ACC coaches would love the opportunity to challenge the SEC in more league-to-league showdowns. He didn't quite say it, but Cutcliffe was essentially proposing an ACC/SEC Challenge similar to the ACC/B1G Challenge in basketball.

Let's say the SEC wasn't scared and actually agreed to this event, what would it look like? In my little fantasy world, the ACC/SEC Challenge would replace all other opening week kickoff events. Each contest would be played in various neutral sites.

Traditional rivalries would also be preserved. That means Florida State vs. Florida, Clemson vs. South Carolina, Louisville vs. Kentucky and Georgia Tech vs. Georgia are still meeting up towards the end of the season. Considering the College Football Playoff will place high value on strength of schedule, these teams shouldn't be opposed to playing a second interconference game.

Again, this ACC/SEC Challenge will never happen. Doesn't mean we can't dream.

The ACC/SEC Football Challenge

Florida State vs. Alabama (Legion Field): Ideally, these marquee programs would meet in a national championship game, but let's place them in a historical stadium and watch Paul Finebaum's head explode.

Clemson vs. Georgia (EverBank Field): Relax in Jacksonville's new pool cabanas and watch the narratives typically associated with these teams unfold on their giant video board.

Virginia Tech vs. Texas A&M (U.S.S Intrepid): Just imagine all those cadets on an aircraft carrier watching football. 

Miami vs. Florida (Joe Robbie Stadium): Home game for the Hurricanes? Think again. South Florida is really Gator Country.

Louisville vs. Arkansas (Georgia Dome): The unofficial Bobby Petrino Bowl should be played in the home of the Atlanta Falcons. The winning team gets a new motorcycle.

North Carolina vs. LSU (AT&T Stadium): An opportunity for the Tar Heels to avenge the lost season of 2010.

NC State vs. South Carolina (Bank of America Stadium): Appropriate for the Wolfpack to take on the "other" Carolina, which would give Steve Spurrier a tremendous opportunity to troll their fanbase.

Duke vs. Ole Miss (Superdome): David Cutcliffe's new team against the team that fired him appropriately played in Archie Manning's backyard.

Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee (LP Field): Two programs who wish outsiders would value their tradition more than they currently do, but this might be the most boring matchup in the history of matchups. They seem destined to play.

Virginia vs. Auburn (FedEx Field): Have fun telling the difference between uniform color combination.

Syracuse vs. Kentucky (MetLife Stadium): A rematch of the 1996 NCAA Championship. Wait, wrong sport!

Georgia Tech vs. Missouri (Busch Stadium): No logical reason other than we have to pair up these teams with someone else and all other programs are taken.

Boston College vs. Mississippi State (Boise): The blue turf in Boise is their home away from home during the postseason.

Wake Forest vs. Vanderbilt (Bristol Motor Speedway): An incredible showdown of private school powers deserves a grand venue.

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  • ACC EXPERT Aug 29, 5:06 p.m.

    little josie is at it again, this guy could not write a serious article if his wife(l) depended on it. Adam and Joe and the dufass- that always chimes from the background- Joe giggles,then Adam giggles then there is silence for about 10 seconds who knows what goes on then.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Aug 29, 4:52 p.m.

    I'd like to see Paul Finebaum's head explode.

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    Me too. Can't STAND that guy.

  • uBnice Aug 29, 12:00 p.m.

    The SEC may be a bit overrated. The top teams are good but the rest of the league can be beaten. But with that said, the ACC is no SEC in football. The championships and stadium capacities alone pretty much let's you know that the SEC is in a class of its own.

    But that is why the games are played. The match-ups should be entertaining but I would place my bets on the SEC teams. But I am rooting for the ACC.

  • Hammerhead Aug 29, 11:01 a.m.

    I'd like to see Paul Finebaum's head explode.

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    Unfortunately not possible. His head is like a ballon.

    — Posted by jmcdow2792

    Paradoxically, it sounds inflated but appears to be flaccid.

  • lewiskr45 Aug 29, 11:00 a.m.

    All the talk shows have explored the question of how many SEC teams will make the playoffs.... View More

    — Posted by jmcdow2792

    Why? Because a bad Vandy team got beat? Or because USCe was shredded? The only way for South Carolina to have made the playoffs was to win the SEC. The winner of that conference will make it in, and that's probably it.

  • jmcdow2792 Aug 29, 10:45 a.m.

    All the talk shows have explored the question of how many SEC teams will make the playoffs. After last night perhaps the question should be "will any make it?"

  • jmcdow2792 Aug 29, 10:41 a.m.

    I'd like to see Paul Finebaum's head explode.

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    Unfortunately not possible. His head is like a ballon.

  • cjw6105 Aug 29, 10:23 a.m.

    The SEC is as far above the ACC in football as the ACC is above the SEC in basketball. We don't need a "challenge" to determine this.

    The ACC without Florida State football would be like the Pac-8 would have been without UCLA basketball. Just because you have one great school, that doesn't make the conference great.

    Despite the grandiose ideas of ACC officials to take this conference to the next level in football through expansion, the league has returned to its 1990s status, when FSU destroyed the rest of the league, and much of its credibility.

    A good example of the chasm between ACC football and REAL college football came last night in Monroe, Louisiana, and will be repeated as this season plays out.

  • dave437 Aug 29, 9:49 a.m.

    yet another trip into Ovaries' fantasy world.... at least this one wasn't about video games....

  • johnrmccray Aug 29, 9:27 a.m.

    Clemson-USC, GT-UGA, and FSU-UF happen already, why don't we just build from there?

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