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ACC an afterthought in BCS standings

The first official BCS Standings have been released, and the ACC is ranked right after No. 16 Irrelevant.

Ok, so it’s not that bad -- the ACC has two teams ranked in the top 25. Florida State is No. 17 and Virginia Tech is No. 25. Here’s how the rest of the league fared:

No. 27 Miami

No. 28 North Carolina

No. 35 Georgia Tech

No. 36 NC State (Small victory: It’s ahead of No. 38 East Carolina)

Sorry, Clemson, but No. 45 is the cutoff.

Look, the cold hard (redundant) truth is that the ACC doesn’t have anyone in the national picture right now. The lowest a team has been ranked in the initial BCS ranking to go on and play in the BCS title game was 12th by 2003 LSU. Of the 24 schools to play for the BCS title since 1998 (1st year of BCS), 20 of them (83.3 pct) were in the top five of the initial BCS rankings.

Virginia Tech deserves credit for rebounding from its 0-2 start, which included a loss to FCS James Madison, and Florida State’s lone loss was on the road against at Top 10 Oklahoma team. Today’s BCS Standings are a far cry, though, from where the Hokies -- and the rest of the conference -- began the season. There were five ranked preseason teams and national title aspirations for Virginia Tech.

Now?

The ACC standings carry more weight than the BCS standings.