The Washington Times - September 11, 2008, 11:21AM

Not everything comes down to conference supremacy.

It’s not like “The Simpsons,” which gave us a defining gem for futbol: “This game will determine once and for all which nation is the greatest on earth: Mexico or Portugal.”

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No, Saturday will not determine whether the Pac-10 (California) is superior to the ACC (Maryland). Given that one league has Southern California and the other one doesn’t, well, that’s a pretty hard edge to overcome – regardless of outcome.

But it’s worth looking at how the teams in Saturday’s matchup have fared against a league on the other side of the country.

First up: Maryland.

Arizona: Never played
Arizona State: Never played
California: Never played
Oregon: Never played
Oregon State: 0-1, lost 2007 Emerald Bowl
Southern California: Never played
Stanford: Never played
UCLA: 1-1, split meetings in 1954 and 1955
Washington: 0-1, lost 1982 Aloha Bowl
Washington State: Never played

Hmm, that’s not much to go on. Maryland is 1-3 overall, and hasn’t played a Pac-10 team in the regular season in more than half a century.

Let’s take a look at California.

Boston College: 0-1, season-opening road loss in 1986, before BC was in the ACC
Clemson: 1-0, Citrus Bowl victory on New Year’s Day in 1992
Duke: 0-1-1, home-and-home in 1962-63 while Marv Levy was coaching the Golden Bears
Florida State: Never played
Georgia Tech: 4-3, but no meetings since 1978. Most famous game in the series was the 1929 Rose Bowl, remembered for the “Wrong Way Riegels” play that helped set up a safety for Georgia Tech in an 8-7 victory
Maryland: Never played
Miami: 1-2. Played a home-and-home in 1989-1990, before Miami was in the ACC
North Carolina: Never played
N.C. State: Never played
Virginia: Never played
Virginia Tech: 1-0, won 2003 Insight Bowl before Hokies joined the ACC
Wake Forest: Never played.

That’s a little more to work with. The Golden Bears are 7-7-1 against the current 12-team comglomeration that is the ACC. Amazingly, Cal is only 1-1-1 against teams when they were actually in the ACC, and this is the Golden Bears first regular-season game against an active ACC member since 1963.

So one thing will be determined for sure on Saturday: A couple of long scheduling droughts will come to an end.

Patrick Stevens