The ACC has long been looked at as one of the whipping-boys for the college football power conferences. Along with the now defunct Big East football conference, the ACC had the reputation of being “not so much” when it came to football. Well once again, the little conference that could has topped the rest.
The ACC is sending an NCAA record 11 teams to bowl games this year, breaking the previous record of 10 (set by the ACC in 2008) and including a team in the grand finale of the BCS National Championship, Florida State.
All eleven bowl eligible teams were invited to participate in the 2013-2014 bowl season, with only Wake Forest, Virginia and N.C. State missing the cut.
“This has been an outstanding regular season of ACC Football and we’re pleased to have an NCAA-record 11 bowl teams playing in the postseason, including top-ranked Florida State in the VIZIO BCS National Championship Game and Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford.
This new record also marks the third time the ACC has set an NCAA standard for conference bowl participation, with seven of its then nine teams chosen for bowl games in 2002, which was at the time the NCAA’s highest bowl participation percentage ever (.778).
But we’re a basketball conference, right?
Not so fast my friend. You want more stats?
This is the second time in the past three years that the ACC will send two teams to the Bowl Championship Series, and three ACC teams are continuing the longest current bowl streaks in the NCAA – Florida State (32 straight, 1st), Virginia Tech (21, 2nd) and Georgia Tech (17, tied for 3rd with Georgia).
Not bad for a bunch of nerds, huh?