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Mark Thomas

What's your schedule look like?

Posted July 27, 2009

As a player I used to LOVE this time of the year! Still do.

Now is the time that every team in America is UNDEFEATED. Everyone has large expectations about what’s going to happen in the upcoming season. Here at the ACC Football Kickoff in Greensboro, I am getting the same reaction from every player representing an ACC team: "We are going to have a great season this year."

How do you really know what your record is going to look like this year? How do you know your going to be successful this year?

Players have a ritual to figure that out. You pick up the media guide and look at the team breakdowns that you going to play this upcoming season. (That’s not exactly true; the first thing you do is look at how many times your name appears in the media guide and what your action photos look like. ) Then you look at the schedule and separate the games you KNOW you’re going to win from the games you THINK YOU CAN WIN. There are also those OTHER games - the MAYBE games. The games if everything goes right, you can win. But ALL of them are winnable!!

So let’s do it.

North Carolina:

Games you KNOW you’re going to win:

Citadel
@ UCONN
Virginia
Georgia Southern
Duke
@ Boston College

Games you THINK you can win:

East Carolina
Miami
@ N.C. State

The MAYBE games:

@ Georgia Tech
Florida State
@ Virginia Tech

N.C. STATE:


Games you KNOW you’re going to win:

Murray State
Gardner Webb
Pittsburgh
Duke
@ Boston College

Games you THINK you can win:

South Carolina
@ Wake Forest
Maryland
North Carolina

The MAYBE games:

@ Florida State
Clemson
@ Virginia Tech


DUKE:


Games you KNOW you’re going to win:

Richmond
N.C. Central

Games you THINK you can win:

@ Army
@ Kansas
@ Virginia
Wake Forest

The MAYBE games:

Virginia Tech
@ N.C. State
Maryland
@ UNC
Georgia Tech
@ Miami

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  • myrtlebeachrock Aug 3, 1:04 a.m.

    WV is not on the Atlantic Coast

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jul 30, 7:32 a.m.

    ^^^I really wish Swofford had gone after WVa instead of BC. They're bigger-time in football and... View More

    — Posted by cutclifferules

    I totally agree with you, BG. The expansion was really about $$$ and I don't think that panned out. WVa would be a great addition to the ACC.

  • Hokies94 Jul 29, 3:45 p.m.

    If we can beat Alabama on 9-5-09, we could have a great confidence builder. If not, I hope that it is close. Just hope that it is better than last year in Charlotte.

  • cutclifferules Jul 29, 9:48 a.m.

    ^^^I really wish Swofford had gone after WVa instead of BC. They're bigger-time in football and basketball, and it made more sense regionally and culturally. This whole "Boston media market" reason is a dud. Boston don't give a rat's behind about college sports. The "exposure" doesn't exist.

    And then ECU would slip into WVa's spot in the Big East. Makes sense to me.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jul 29, 6:43 a.m.

    ^^^I agree. Part of the ACC expansion idea was expanding the market and ECU wouldn't do that, but to me it never made sense to bring in BC - no disrespect towards BC, but geographically it didn't make sense. The ACC has been a southern conference and to go all the way up the coast just doesn't cut it. I think ECU football is good enough to be in the ACC, but you're right about having five schools in one state.

  • cdcd48 Jul 29, 12:36 a.m.

    ^
    That will never happen.
    ECU would bring nothing to the ACC. Plus, 8 other members of the ACC might object to having 5 schools within one state.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jul 28, 10:08 p.m.

    ^^^Yes, I'd have to say that Skip has ECU headed in the right direction. We've had some good games with ECU - they're a good team - I think they should be in the ACC.

  • myrtlebeachrock Jul 28, 1:03 p.m.

    The ACC and Big East are both afraid of just three letters...E C U

    Just like Blackbeard haunts the coast, the pirates will live on forever. You can behead a pirate but that Pirate Ghost will never die!!!

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jul 28, 12:58 p.m.

    Mark - for a State guy you're optimistic about Carolina's season. Duke has taken us to the wire, so I wouldn't consider that a definite win. We also can't seem to win in the state of Virginia for some reason, so VT will be tough. I do like your breakdown though and hope you're right.

  • WufSkins Jul 28, 10:28 a.m.

    I wouldn't throw Pitt in the "know you can win" category. I see both State and Carolina competing for 8-10 wins this year.

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