It’s Election Day. While you scurry off to cast votes for yet another set of politicians promising the world, you know you really want to get to your computer to vote on the real hard-hitting issues of our time. And by that, I mean whatever’s in the Birddog Tuesday Poll.
Last week, the news broke about the Army-Navy Game’s contract renewal with CBS, with the game being moved to the second weekend in December as part of the new agreement. So for the poll question, I asked if you thought it was a good idea. The results are a little surprising to me, as they were pretty much split evenly between those who approve and disapprove of the switch. With Army-Navy being the only game in town again, I figured more of you would be in favor of the move. But it’s clear that a lot of you still have some concerns, whether with the academic calendar or the crunched timeline between Army-Navy and a potential bowl game. Hopefully our fears will be allayed as we learn more.
This week we get to celebrate the Eaglebank Bowl. Having secured our bid to the game, now we watch how things play out in the ACC to determine our opponent. A few weeks into the season it didn’t seem very likely that the conference would have nine bowl-eligible teams, but things have changed quite a bit. Maryland, Georgia Tech, Miami, and UNC all have at least six wins. Florida State is 6-2, but they need one more win to be eligible because they played two I-AA teams. Wake Forest, Boston College, Virginia, and Virginia Tech are also only one win away. That’s nine teams right there. Even Clemson and Duke only need two wins apiece, with both sitting at 4-4. That means the entire conference is pretty much on the table except for N.C. State (sorry GoalieLax). So this week’s question is: who do you want to play?
I won’t reveal my answer yet so as not to sway any votes, but here’s my top 5 for who I DON’T want to play, in order:
- Wake Forest: Nobody wants a rematch.
- Duke: Slightly better than Wake Forest because we lost to them the first time around and would get a chance to redeem ourselves. But seriously, nobody wants a rematch.
- Georgia Tech: Some people desperately want to play Paul Johnson. I don’t understand those people.
- Boston College: Bowl rematches from two years ago are only slightly better than regular season rematches.
- Maryland: This is the dream scenario for the game’s organizers and would be a great matchup under different circumstances. If we do play them– unlikely, with the Terps sitting atop the Atlantic division right now– I won’t complain. But having played Maryland a few seasons ago and getting them again in 2010, I think it would be more fun to play someone we otherwise wouldn’t see.
I know a lot of you will disagree about Georgia Tech and Maryland, but that’s why there’s a comments section. Some choices aren’t very realistic, since the teams that travel well will be scooped up by bowls higher in the pecking order. But cast aside the cold fetters of reality for a moment and just vote for your dream scenario.