Not just FSU actually, The "U" (Miami of Florida, not Miami of Ohio) is also having a less than stellar season in NCAA Football. Not something that most college football fans would have expected really. Both of those teams are normally near the top of the heap in college football, but not this year.
Bobby Bowden is having the type of year that most college coaches have nightmares about. Consider Bowden's history near the top of the mountain in college football, the fall is even tougher for him. FSU fans are not familiar with losing seasons. Most definitely not familiar with seasons when they are made to look ordinary at best, pathetic at worst.
The same for coach Coker's Miami "U" -- the players on that team, and the players that have been on that team -- don't understand losing at all. Most have never played for losing teams in their lives. Miami may yet eek out a bowl game, but my beloved Terps helped make their wait just a little longer this season, and pushed them back down a bit further in their conference record.
A few years ago when the ACC was initially looking to expand I'd have told you I was concerned about what was going to happen to teams like the University of Maryland Terrapins once the big football factory schools got into the conference. Maryland had played Miami in the past, and had played other teams of equal importance on the college football landscape, but they were typically serving as patsies for the teams like that. So were many of the other teams in the ACC, a conference much better known for college basketball than for college football.
As I sit and write these words, Wake Forest is shutting out FSU in their own home stadium. If the score holds up and the result stands, it'll be the first time that Bowden's team has ever been shutout in their home stadium since joining the ACC. This would be the same Wake team that is surprising many who follow college football. The same Wake team that has perennially been one of the teams that everyone else in the conference beat up on. Not this season.
Apparently when the original ACC schools talked about improving their football programs by elevating the level of competition in the ACC they meant it.
I still wish that the ACC would add 2 more teams (if not 4 more) and get themselves up to the true "super conference" level. With 2 more teams they'd have 14 in the conference. 4 more would make 16. I'd love to see West Virginia brought into the ACC to really take advantage of the Maryland vs. Virginia vs. Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia natural rivalries that would exist. I'd also like to see Miami playing West Virginia fairly regularly again. Go back to the one time expansion plan to bring in Syracuse, and maybe make a big play to get Penn State University into the ACC as well. Who for the 4th? I don't know for that one, perhaps a team like Temple, perhaps someone else. If someone could be brought in that would help provide a rival for some of the other teams, then by all means do it.
Either way though, the ACC is no longer a college basketball conference. It's quickly establishing its members as football players that will give a good game to just about anyone in the country, including the former heavyweight champs.