On one hand, you have to be glad the conference secured a small chance to compete against a “Power 5” team in the postseason (if you want to call the ACC a power conference). On the other hand, you can’t be happy about the American’s 3-6 choice of teams playing the ACC’s 7-10.
I’ve seen the ACC standings before. It doesn’t look pretty past the top three or four teams. We could very easily be seeing an 8-4 Houston Cougars team squaring off against a 6-6 Wake Forest squad. Kind of an insult, really.
I know the bowl picture is still shaping up. I know it’s important to have chances for the American to play marquee conferences. But what I’d really like to see is the conference to have the chance to play the best teams. Heck, give me the top, or even second-best Mountain West team to play against. I guarantee it’ll make for a better football experience than watching a lower tier ACC school bring all 40 of their fans to Annapolis for a snoozer of a game.
You certainly have to appreciate the location of this bowl though. It’s right in American Athletic Conference territory and will be played in a fine stadium. And, if it helps the American rack up more wins against the ACC, I guess that can’t be so bad, either.
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