The Washington Times - November 1, 2008, 11:05PM

I’m troubled at the thought of anyone dismissing almost any school’s chances of winning a division title in the ACC.

Well, any school but N.C. State, which has four league losses and is pretty much out of it.

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But let’s consider the possibility any of the other 11 schools could run the table (yes, even Duke). It won’t take that much help for any of them to wind up in Tampa.

Here’s a rundown of everyone’s simplest (though not only) path to the ACC title game. In the cases of Clemson and Duke, it’s not really simple – but it isn’t impossible.

ATLANTIC DIVISION

MARYLAND: Win out or beat Florida State and TWO of Boston College, North Carolina and Virginia Tech

(Also possible for the Terpies: Beat Boston College and Florida State and have Wake Forest lose to one of Boston College, N.C. State and Virginia)

FLORIDA STATE: Win the next three weeks AND get Wake Forest to lose to Boston College OR N.C. State OR Virginia

WAKE FOREST: Win the next three weeks AND get Maryland to lose twice

BOSTON COLLEGE: Win its final three conference games AND have Maryland lose to one of Virginia Tech, North Carolina OR Florida State AND have Clemson lose to Duke, Florida State OR Virginia.

CLEMSON: Win its final three conference games AND have Maryland lose three more conference games AND have Wake Forest lose two more conference games.

COASTAL DIVISION

GEORGIA TECH: Beat both Miami and North Carolina AND have both Virginia AND Virginia Tech lose once (one of which will definitely happen since the Old Dominion schools still must play).

VIRGINIA: Win final three league games AND have Miami lose to one of Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech OR N.C. State

VIRGINIA TECH: Win final four league games. Hokies can also collect the division title by winning their final three games AND having both Georgia Tech and North Carolina to lose once

MIAMI: Win final three league games and have North Carolina lose once

NORTH CAROLINA: Win final four league games and have both Virginia AND Virginia Tech lose once

DUKE: Win final four league games AND have Georgia Tech lose to North Carolina and Miami AND have Virginia lose once AND have Miami lose to Virginia Tech and N.C. State.

Patrick Stevens