2011 Midseason Report We've reached the midway point of the season, and so far it looks like the ACC may be the stronger conference. The SEC has 4 teams in the top 25 while the ACC has 5. The three left out in the cold are the university formerly known as da "U", Auburn, and Alabama. Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Team Record Conf VaTech 4-0 3-0 Clemson 6-0 4-0 FSU 4-2 4-0 Maryland 5-1 4-1 Miami 2-3 2-1 UNC 4-2 2-2 My how the strong have fallen. The Tarheels started the year as the poster child for the nation ascending the rankings to the top spot. Now they've fallen in conference play and probably have no shot at making the conference championship game. Atlantic Clemson and FSU are in a heated race for the division with Maryland close behind with only 1 loss. Clemson looks like the clear cut favorite in this division with a offense that can take flight at will and a lights out defense. A big victory over UNC has the Tigers riled up, but maybe UNC wasn't as strong a team as we once thought. The Tigers have tough conference games against VaTech and FSU in the next 4 weeks so there's still a long way to go. Clemson has to be looking in it's rearview mirror at FSU though. FSU has a tough road ahead with games against Miami, Maryland, and a big showdown in week 12 at Clemson. Maryland is also in striking distance. With the emergence of Davin Meggette, this Terps team is looking really strong. They lost to clemson earlier in the season, but only have FSU left on their schedule as a potential stumbling block in the ACC. If FSU and Clemson slip up, Maryland could run the table and sneak into the championship game. Coastal This division is a two horse race. With UNC already sporting 2 conference losses, it's between VaTech and Miami. This sets the stage for a huge showdown on October 29th when Miami travels to Blacksburg. Even if VaTech slips up against Clemson on October 15th, they will still control their own destiny since a win over Miami will give them the tie breaker. Miami's schedule is much tougher. FSU, GT, UNC, VaTech in the next four weeks. I'm thinking that this conference already belongs to VaTech but who knows, anything can happen. Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Team Rec Conf PF PA Florida 5-0 4-0 213 96 Georgia 4-2 3-1 195 155 Tennessee 4-1 2-1 206 118 Auburn 4-1 2-1 246 150 LSU 3-2 0-2 173 116 Alabama 1-3 0-2 148 177 East The Gators are out in front but a big game against Georgia is a potential stumbling block that could stop the Gators from getting back to Atlanta. The Gators will be hungry for revenge after their OT loss to UGA last year though. That loss ruined their season. UGA controls their own destiny. With wins over UF and Auburn, they could get into the championship game. So long as Tennessee drops one somewhere. Tennessee has big games against Bama and LSU ahead. A slip up in either of these games and they are bound for the Citrus Bowl. West Auburn is out in front and in full control. Their one loss is to UF, but thankfully the Gators have also knocked off LSU and Alabama. This puts Auburn way out in front as Bama and LSU both seek their first conference wins. Auburn still has to play LSU, UGA, and Bama though so there's plenty of room for them to slip up. If they do, and LSU or Bama can pull the upset, they would hold the tie breaker and would be able to punch their ticket to Atlanta. This one's has way to much to still play out to call. Since I've played all teams already, I think LSU or Bama could make a late season rally and get to Atlanta and save their seasons.