You should be beaten with an iron rodLet's say VT loses to FSU this season. Now, it's the ACC championship game, VT FSU rematch. VT has at least the FSU loss, maybe another loss or even two. Let's say just the FSU loss. VT has no chance at a national title. VT wins, they go on to lose the orange bowl. FSU would likely get another at large bid for the conference. That would be a good scenerio, two years in a row. What if VT loses? VT stands a chance at another at large bid, since it will be a nearly identical season to last year. FSU then goes on to play for the national title. Win or lose, the ACC really needs a title game participant right now to help public perception that it is inferior. This would be good for the conference, probably VT recruiting, long term. VT winning any game is best in the short term, but is VT losing that game best for VT football in the long run? I dont' know if I could ever root against VT, but it's like two 1-14 NFL teams playing the last game. Losing gives them the top draft pick next year. Is it best for VT to win, go on and lose the orange bowl and finish the season #14? Or if they lose that game, perhaps they get the orange bowl anyway, and FSU stabilizes the conference, helps future TV contracts, motivates ND to the ACC, lures better recruits to VT, Clemson, Miami...
Of course we would all rather VT be playing for the National title, but if that's already been taken off the table...just something to ponder.
Sat Jun 09 2012, 01:34 PM #7
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