Reader Glenn Goodroe discovered an error in my
In that case, the three teams would be 1-1 against one another. Miami and GT also would be 3-2 each within the division.
The next tie-breaker would be record against the fourth-place team, fifth-place and so on. If
It's improbable, to say the least. But with the ACC Coastal this season, nothing is beyond the realm.
Let's start with the easy part, presuming Miami does NOT self-impose a postseason ban for the second consecutive year.
DUKE (6-4, 3-3): David Cutcliffe's overachievers head to Charlotte only if they win at Georgia Tech on Saturday and defeat Miami.
MIAMI (5-5, 4-3 ACC): Despite their 41-40 loss at Virginia, if the Hurricanes win at
GEORGIA TECH (5-5, 4-3): The Yellow Jackets' 68-50 victory at Carolina puts them in the mix. They need to beat Duke and then have the Blue Devils topple Miami.
NORTH CAROLINA (6-4, 3-3): The Tar Heels are ineligible due to
Where it gets completely haywire is if Miami self-imposes to mitigate impending NCAA sanctions for the
Such a move makes no sense to me – full explanation here – but if university president Donna Shalala elects that path, the Hurricanes are ineligible for the ACC championship game. Here's how the race then would look:
GEORGIA TECH: Beat Duke and qualify for the title game.
DUKE: Beat Georgia Tech and Miami. If the Blue Devils defeated Georgia Tech and lost to Miami, they could still reach the title game if
VIRGINIA TECH (4-6, 2-4): Yes, were Miami to self-impose, the Hokies would have a slim chance. They'd have to beat Boston College and Virginia – the Hokies haven't won consecutive games against Bowl Subdivision teams this season – and have Duke defeat Georgia Tech but lose to Miami.
That would leave Virginia Tech, Duke and Georgia Tech at 4-4, and the Hokies would win the tie-breaker by virtue of victories over the Blue Devils and Yellow Jackets.
No matter who represents the Coastal, they will be serious underdogs against presumed Atlantic Division champion
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