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The proliferation of blogs and user-generated content on the internet has created a situation where everyone and their brother likes to compile forms of lists and rankings. They shouldn’t. Far too often the ‘average Joe’ conducting the ranking doesn’t have the intellectual heft to deliver a quality product.
This week I ran across a couple of rankings worth noticing:
To this point of the season, the most accurate rankings of ACC Football teams comes from the ACC Sports Journal. This week’s power rankings are no exception. You can always argue individual rankings, but for the most part they seem to get it right. For example, I saw something on “Bleacher Report” that listed Boston College in front of NC State. Really? The week after the Eagles laid such a massive egg at Clemson? (Link to some follow-up on that game)
- My primary issues with ESPN’s current power rankings list are that UNC-CH and Wake a little higher than they should be which pushes Clemson and NC State are a little lower.
- With both Miami and Virginia Tech effectively ranked in the Top 10, I wonder what the ACC feels about their ‘genius’ of scheduling this game for the last weekend of September? What a lost opportunity.
- And, I wonder what the hell ABC/ESPN is thinking making Iowa at Penn State its 8pm feature game on ABC? Really? Are they secretly hoping that Joe Paterno rolls over and dies in the middle of the game? What other reason would anyone in the country care about his turd of a game?
Sunday’s Charlotte Observer included a list of freshmen to watch in this year’s ACC. NC State’s Richard Howell was #8; Georgia Tech’s Derrick Favors was #1. N.C. State forward DeShawn Painter was effectively ‘honorable mention’.
As was discussed when this link hit our message boards, I feel as though this list may have taken the easy way out. I think a case could be made that NC State’s Scott Wood could have made the list. Wood’s shooting ability coupled with his size provide him some unique attributes that could be positioned to help NC State where we are particularly weak this season – on the wing.
(8) RICHARD HOWELL, N.C. State: Let the rebuilding continue. Without point guard Lorenzo Brown – who’s relegated to Hargrave Military Academy this year – the 6-8 Howell will be counted on to show there is hope for coach Sidney Lowe’s Wolfpack.
Couldn’t help but notice “Let the rebuilding continue”. What is another year over two decades?