The narrative about ACC football in July was the leagues fortunes were about to change. Progress was just ahead with a few unbecoming seasons in its rearview mirror.
Eleven starting quarterbacks were returning, legitimate Heisman hopefuls were at several locales and optimism was high because ACC football couldnt struggle any more than it had been in recent seasons. Or so it seemed. None of that became a reality.
Instead, the league suffered one embarrassing defeat after another, culminating with this past weekends 0-4 performance versus the SEC that saw the ACC outscored by a combined 87 points in those contests, three of which were on ACC campuses.
It was a continuation of a trend that has seen the league drop each year since 2008.
So whats next? Can the ACC get worse, or was last week, which began with Miami self-imposing another bowl ban and Maryland bolting for the Big Ten, the league bottoming out?
On the surface, some of this depends on which undergraduates head for the N...