The ACC is having a such a bad year in college football in 2012 that the conference cannot be considered one of the power conferences this year. There are currently six conferences that have automatic qualifying status in the BCS, the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big East, Big 12, and Pac 12.
Starting in 2014, the Big East will be relegated to smaller conference status, joining such conferences as the MAC, Sun Belt, Conference USA, and the Mountain West. Based upon how the ACC teams have played in 2012, the ACC should be joining those other conferences as one of the lesser conferences in college football.
ACC teams played four games against SEC teams in Week 13 in college football in 2012. All four ACC teams lost as Georgia clobbered Georgia Tech, 42-10, Florida beat Florida State, 37-26, Vanderbilt crushed Wake Forest, 55-21, and South Carolina beat Clemson, 27-17.
- ACC teams were 6-17 vs teams from other major conferences in college football in 2012
The four losses to SEC teams is nothing new for ACC teams. Counting Notre Dame as a major BCS team, ACC teams have played 23 games vs other automatic qualifying conference teams this season. The ACC football teams combined record vs those teams is 6-17. That is a putrid .353 winning percentage.
How can a conference that can only win 35% of its games vs other major college football conference teams be considered a major power conference in college football? Especially when we are talking about 23 total games.
- Big East with just eight teams has seven wins vs major conference teams in 2012
The Big East, which will be relegated to secondary status in 2014 and only has eight football teams in 2012, has already won seven games vs other major conference teams this season. That includes a 3-0 record vs the SEC, which most people consider the best conference in college football.
- MAC teams have eight wins vs major conference teams in 2012
Even MAC football teams have won eight games vs automatic qualifying conference teams in 2012. So how can the ACC be considered a better college football conference than the MAC in 2012?
- ACC is not a power conference in college football
Based upon a terrible 6-17 record vs the other major conferences in college football in 2012, the ACC is anything but a power conference in college football this season. Unless the ACC gets dramatically better by 2014, the conference should join the Big East and be relegated to secondary status.