Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Many of you have been asking what will happen if Miami, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech all finish with one loss and Georgia Tech beats Virginia Tech.
It hurts my brain to think about it, but it wouldn't surprise me if that scenario came to fruition this fall. That being said, it's going to be very, very difficult for one team to get through the conference will one loss, let alone all three. Until the rest of the season plays out, there is no easy answer to that question, but here's how the three-team tiebreakers work in the ACC:
1. Combined head-to-head record among teams.
2. Record of the tied teams within the division.
3. Head-to-head competition against the team within the division with the best overall (divisional or conference) record, and proceeding through the division. Multiple ties within the division will be broken first to last.
4. Overall record versus all common non-divisional teams. (If they all played NC State, for example. We'll use the Atlantic Division because of this particular scenario everyone is interested in.)
5. Combined record against all common Atlantic Division teams.
6. Record against common Atlantic Division teams with the best overall conference record, and then proceeding through the other common Atlantic Division opponents based on their order of finish in the division.
7. This one is kind of like the Big 12 tiebreaker that caused such a fuss last year, except a little smarter. The team with the highest ranking in the BCS Standings following the end of the regular season season will be the division winner UNLESS -- and this is the key -- UNLESS the second of the tied teams is ranked within five or fewer places of the highest ranked tied team. In that case, the head-to-head results of those two teams would determine who plays in the ACCCG. So if Miami and Virginia Tech were both ranked in the top 10 of the final BCS Standings, and the Canes were within five spots of the Hokies, Virginia Tech would win.
8. Worst case scenario? A draw determines the winner.
Aren't you glad you asked?
Let's not bring this up again until November, OK?