- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 22, 2008

It’s strange but true - every ACC team was tagged with a conference loss by the time midnight struck Sunday.

It was the earliest date in league history that had happened (a team had gone undefeated in 33 of the ACC’s previous 55 seasons). And it opens up some significant possibilities heading into the final six weeks of the regular season in a conference that hasn’t had a team ranked in the top 15 since the preseason.

Four teams check in at 2-1 in the Atlantic Division, with Boston College facing a closing stretch against the other three schools at the top of its side of the conference (Florida State, Maryland and Wake Forest).

In the Coastal Division, Virginia Tech lost its outright lead with a loss at Boston College and must now visit Florida State. That means the winner of Saturday’s Virginia-Georgia Tech game could wind up in control of that half of the conference.

That’s the same Georgia Tech that was supposed to be rebuilding and the same Virginia left for dead three weeks ago at 1-3.

Certainly, that showdown in Atlanta will have some influence on how the wacky ACC unfolds.

Here’s 10 more games that have a chance to do the same:

Oct. 25

Boston College at North Carolina: With divisional losses to Virginia and Virginia Tech already absorbed, the Tar Heels don’t have much room left to maneuver. They had better upend Boston College on their way into their final bye week.

Virginia Tech at Florida State: Even with a loss at BC, the Hokies remain in control of the Coastal Division. The schedule becomes more manageable after this week with three of four at home in November. But a stinker in Tallahassee probably hands the division lead to Georgia Tech. On the other side, Florida State must be wary because of its loss to Wake Forest; the Seminoles can’t afford more than one loss the rest of the way.

Nov. 1

Florida State at Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets are 3-1 in the ACC (6-1 overall) and get Virginia and Florida State in Atlanta the next two weeks. If Georgia Tech wins them both, it probably will be time to engrave Paul Johnson’s name on the conference’s coach of the year trophy.

Nov. 8

Georgia Tech at North Carolina: Has a good chance to be an elimination game for both teams - at least if they’re still in the chase.

Nov. 13

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