ACC Friday mailblog

My computer, the one I use to blog every day, is not one of the BCS computers. I know how to use this one ...

Conor in Tallahassee, Fla., writes: Heather, a lot has been made of the recent computer rankings and the apparent neglect towards FSU. How high (reasonably speaking) do you see the 'Noles and Tigers climbing in the BCS rankings with wins over Florida and South Carolina, respectively?

HD: I don't know about you guys, but I think the computers are impossible to predict. My best guess would be Nos. 6-8. You'd think they'd leapfrog at least South Carolina and Florida, so that would be two spots. Would they jump the Texas A&M? I don't know. It doesn't matter, though. Neither one is going to jump to No. 1 or No. 2 at this point (at least you'd think it's highly unlikely). They've got the next-best scenario in that both will likely go to BCS bowls if they win out. I don't get what the whole uproar is about.

Paul in Tampa, Fla., writes: Hi Heather, what are your thoughts on the computer rankings? To me they make no sense at all on how they calculate the ratings. As a Florida State fan I agree we have a weak schedule this year but how can some of the computer rankings have teams (Missouri) with 5 losses ranked ahead of us in their rankings? Seems to me that their system is screwed up.

HD: I'd explain it to you, but I can't. Forget about Missouri. How about Clemson being ranked ahead of the Noles when FSU beat the Tigers head to head? Here's the thing, though -- in the overall BCS rankings, it's almost right.

Seminole_Sam in Tempe, Ariz., writes: It looks like its evident now that the ACC DOES need Miami "back" to earn respect. Do you think if Miami was 9-1, along with Clemson and FSU, would they all be in the top 10 like the SEC teams?

HD: I'd like to say yes, but again with the computers -- who knows? The computers have three two-loss teams ranked ahead of FSU and Clemson. Who's to say three two-loss SEC teams wouldn't nudge a 9-1 Clemson and Miami out of the top 10? I do agree, though, that the ACC's image would get an immediate boost if the Canes were ranked and heading to the ACC title game opposite FSU.

Jim Spiropoulos in West Friendship, Md., writes: I am a 1990 Clemson grad. Is Clemson finally for real this year? Do you think they can win out and actually be competitive in the Sugar Bowl against a team from the SEC? Also, isn't Clemson a better fit for the SEC? Would/could that move ever happen?

HD: Clemson is for real. The Tigers have what it takes to beat South Carolina in the regular season finale, and they shouldn't experience a letdown this weekend against NC State. With that being said, the program still has a LOT to prove in a BCS bowl. The last time out wasn't pretty. You could argue Clemson is a good fit for the SEC with its geography and recruiting, and "Auburn with a lake," reputation, but it's not going to happen anytime soon -- not with the ACC's new Orange Bowl deal, new partnership with Notre Dame, and jacked-up exit fee. That ship has sailed, and Clemson wasn't on board.

Jon in Atlanta writes: Are you kidding me? GT hangs 68 on UNC and can't score against BYU. They get stumped by MTSU? If they beat Duke not only are they bowl-eligible, they have a chance to win the Coastal? GT playing in the ACC Championship game cannot be good for the league. Is there any team in the Coastal that really deserves to play in that game? For the ACC's sake, I hope FSU and Clemson keep winning.

HD: Hmm. Who deserves to play in the Coastal Division game? If Duke wins its next two games, you'd better believe the Blue Devils deserve it. Any team that fights to the finish and didn't quit deserves it. Now, who is good enough to actually beat FSU? I think the Coastal Division, with the exception of Georgia Tech, has already answered that question.

RJ in New Jersey writes: Heather, can you please explain the Miami postseason-ineligibility scenario? If Miami self-imposes a ban, does that automatically disqualify them from the ACC championship game if they win the Coastal Division? Is this an ACC rule? Is it possible for Miami to only self-impose a bowl ban, and therefore be eligible to play in the conference championship game?

HD: Yes, it is an ACC rule, and no, Miami cannot play in the title game if it self-imposes a ban.