Midseason ACC Roundtable

Brace for awesomeness, it's another edition of the ACC roundtable. From the Rumble Seat is hosting, check back there later today to see a summary of everyone's answers.

1. Half the regular season is now kaput. Has your team exceeded, met, or fell short of your preseason predictions?

While the Hokies have fallen short of my predicted 5-1 (loss @BC) start, I've exceeded my anticipated bourbon consumption by two handles of Maker's Mark.

2. The ACC finished the first half of the season 23-14 in out of conference play. If we took out the I-AA games, that'd be a lowly 12-13 record. If we took out the non-BCS squads, that'd be a 3-10 record against BCS opponents. If we further removed the Big East, we'd have ZERO wins in out of conference play and 9 losses against the SEC, Big 10, Pac 10, and Big 12... There are nine more out of conference games for the ACC including 6 games against BCS opponents. Is there any hope for rehabilitating the ACC's tarnished image?

If the ACC can sweep the three remaining marquee games against the SEC: Clemson-South Carolina, Florida State-Florida and Georgia Tech-Georgia that'll go a long way in transforming our image from Nixon to Kennedy. And don't forget about bowl season.

3. The Atlantic and Coastal divisions are knotted up at 5 wins a piece in interdivision play. Which division is better top to bottom?

As of right now it's the Atlantic. Florida State is carrying the flag, and the Coastal lays claim to the two worst teams: Duke and UVa.

4. Who is the ACC's first half of the season offensive MVP? Defensive MVP? Any comeback player of the year nominees or predictions for ACC Rookie of the Year?

Offensive MVP: Tyrod Taylor. He's leading the ACC in quarterback rating, is second in completion percentage and is third overall in rushing.

Defensive MVP: Luke Kuechly has 71 total tackles which is good enough to lead the nation.

Comeback Player: Jacory Harris, because well you know, Miami is back. But seriously, it's a toss up between Mark Herzlich and Darren Evans.

5. What games are still circled on the schedule as must win games for your fan base and program?

Every single one of them, but Georgia Tech, @Miami and UVa are circled twice.

6. Let's say your university invented a device capable of transporting one individual from your program's past. And then the machine would collapse into itself due to the sheer greatness of said individual. What one player from your long and storied history would you cherry pick to instantly upgrade your team?

Michael Vick, and it's not even close. That's not a knock on Tyrod either, but Vick is the only player with the athleticism to overcome the shortcomings of our offensive line and scheme.

7. Now that you've seen ~29% of the scheduled ACC games, who will be in the 2010 ACC Championship Game?

Florida State-Miami.

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Comments

Miami really?

Interesting. I guess we'll see come November when we both play em

yeah, da U representin'

made me double take too, but I think f$u would tune us too.

To be honest, any of 4 teams could be that dressed up pig in charlotte come December. VT's D is shaky and will be all season and I have no faith in the offense sustaining drives, it's all about out athleting other teams. As the competition gets better that's less likely to happen. I could make the case why the other 3 teams shouldn't go either, but damn someone has to play.

Thank God for the Big East, or we'd really get shit on.

eric

"My advice to you... is to start drinking heavily."-John Blutarsky

because our defense is so shaky

I think instead of bringing back Vick I would have gone for Harris or Hall.

"I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them.' So I'm going with God. I'm going with Virginia Tech." Lee Corso Aug 23, 2000

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hmm

macho would not make our secondary that much better.

while Hall is an upgrade to Taylor it's not a huge upgrade like X would be at backer or Grimm at whip.

Almost think Powell or Jonathan Lewis at DT may be an even bigger need.

eric

"My advice to you... is to start drinking heavily."-John Blutarsky

I was also considering: 1)

I was also considering:

1) Jim Pyne
2) Eugene Chung
3) Grimm
4) Bruce Smith

If you are going to go d-tackle you have to opt for Smith, right?

should be easy.

pyne and chung just because with those beasts everyone (tyrod, ru, evans, and wilson) would rush for 1,000 yards this season and our defense wouldn't matter because we would score more points than oregon.

because our defense is so shaky

double post for some reason

"I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them.' So I'm going with God. I'm going with Virginia Tech." Lee Corso Aug 23, 2000

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jake grove

I been here since day 0.

This^^

In a friggin heartbeat. I miss our old offensive lines.

anybody notice how Cody Grimm is doing on Sundays...

...and how many TDs we have given up due to his replacement?

I think I'd pick Vick though when it's all said and done, as Foster is scheming around that deficiency. I do like the Powell/Lewis angle too, since we're going sci-fi maybe some funky half-n-half if we put them both in at the same time.

I think I spend about half my time at the bar cursing when GW is on the field. So far each of our opponents has picked on him to establish the pass.

let's think about this.

grimm was a great player and his work ethic was phenomenal, but i can think of atleast 15 players over the last 15 years who i would rather have:

corey moore, cornell brown, john engleberger, keon carpenter, willie pile, nathaniel adibi, xavier adibi, vince hall, torrian gray, antonio banks, j.c. price, anthony midget, deangelo hall, chad beasely, darryl tap.

i could keep going but i won't since i hit 15. i left out one of my favorites, tryonne drakeford because he left 16 years ago. every single one of these guys could beast up on cody grimm.

It's a balance of need versus talent.

The weakest parts of the team are offensive line, defensive line and linebacker (specifically whip). While outstanding players, DBs like Keion Carpenter and Anthony midget really wouldn't help improve a young and improving secondary as much as Grimm would upgrade whip. When he finally saw the field last season it was like Bud molded Grimm out of clay to be the perfect whip.

my point exactly

100% agree.