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November 8, 2012

Parity hurting ACC's hunt for bowl-worthy teams



Virginia Tech's final two opponents, Boston College and Virginia, have combined for only two conference wins. Virginia snapped a six-game losing streak with its surprising 33-6 win at N.C. State last week, leaving the Wolfpack (5-4) one win shy of qualifying for a bid.

The Virginia win provided more evidence of the league's parity.

"The league has kind of beat each other up," said Clemson coach Dabo Swinney. "For whatever reason, there has been a lot of back and forth in this league. Look what happened last week with N.C. State. Virginia goes in there having lost six in a row and goes into Raleigh and hangs (33) points on them. It's crazy."

Six teams in the league have four or five wins.

"I think our conference is probably more balanced than most," Johnson said, before adding Florida State and Clemson are the obvious exceptions. "You could make a case — if you take those two teams out — that everybody's kind of beating everybody."

Wake Forest (5-4) had lost three of four before last week's 28-14 win over Boston College.

"We were in a tough spot with four good teams left to play, and they knew that we had to win two games to have a chance to play in a bowl game, so we've got one out of the way," Grobe said. "Our guys know what's at stake. They know that we've got to win another game to get bowl eligible. ... They know how important this game is, but I think if you focus too much on being bowl-eligible and you look at all that pie-in-the-sky stuff, what might happen, you don't play very good football."

A decision by Miami to remove itself from postseason consideration would weaken the ACC's pool.

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