West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith made the Sports Illustrated cover.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Sports Illustrated likes Alabama to
win another college football national championship this season. I came home to
find Bama quarterback A.J. McCarron waiting for me in the mailbox. West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is also featured on one regional cover.
This also isn't surprising: No teams from the Big East were
included in Sports Illustrated's pre-season Top 25 – unless you count Boise
State (23rd), which joins the league in 2013.
This is what I don't understand: Five ACC teams made the
pre-season Top 25. The list starts with Florida State (11) and includes Clemson
(14), Virginia Tech (18), Georgia Tech (20) and North Carolina State (25).
One question: Why?
The ACC was pretty ordinary in post-season play last season.
Its champion – Clemson – got smoked by West Virginia in the Orange Bowl. Wake
Forest lost to Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl. North Carolina was
drilled by Missouri in the Independence Bowl. Virginia Tech lost to Michigan in
the Sugar Bowl. Georgia Tech lost the Sun Bowl to Utah. Virginia stumbled
against Auburn in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.
Two ACC teams won bowls – N.C. State beat Louisville in the
Belk Bowl and Florida State held off Notre Dame in the Champs Sport Bowl.
That's 2-6, which doesn't translate into five pre-season Top
25 teams to me.