2013 ACC/B1G Challenge Pairings

According to Pat Forde, State will host Northwestern in the 2013 ACC/B1G Challenge.


Day 1 of Big Ten/ACC Challenge: IU at Cuse, Michigan at Duke, ND at Iowa, FSU at Minnesota, Penn State at Pitt, Illinois at Georgia Tech.

Day 2: N. Carolina at Michigan State, Maryland at Ohio State, Miami at Nebraska, Wisconsin at Virginia, BC at Purdue, Northwestern at NCSU

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14 Responses to 2013 ACC/B1G Challenge Pairings

  1. Wufpacker 05/08/2013 at 3:41 PM #

    LOL’ing at Wiscy @ UVa.

    First one to 40 wins?

  2. Texpack 05/08/2013 at 4:18 PM #


  3. vtpackfan 05/08/2013 at 4:46 PM #

    Collins Is N’Western new HC. This blows for the RPI, but maybe an early W to gain some traction.

    I’m sick of the ACC/Big10 Challenge. It’s not like ESPN gets any extra viewers because of this pseudo conference confrontation.

  4. BJD95 05/08/2013 at 5:21 PM #

    Blech. NW is gonna be terrible, worse even than this past season.

  5. 13OT 05/08/2013 at 8:56 PM #

    The future of the ACC that John Swofford saved is quite clear with this lineup. Syracuse, Pitt and Notre Dame are included, while Clemson and Virginia Tech are apparently left out. Why do two teams who have been in the conference for several years (Clemson from the beginning) get bumped by three new teams who will have never played an ACC game at that time? And our league champion gets to play AT Nebraska.

    It’s quite clear from the matchups that ESPN is looking at maximizing their tv ratings, while league officials are only too happy to allow our longstanding teams to be bumped in this endeavor. How many decent home games has State had in this thing so far?

    If it’s not Penn State, it’ll probably be Northwestern. And I can’t wait until Rutgers gets to the B1G. Pack fans, meet your future ACC-B1G playing partner.

  6. El Scrotcho 05/08/2013 at 9:41 PM #

    Well in the last three home games it’s been Michigan State, Indiana, and Northwestern. Not bad lineup(lost them all). We’ve lost our last 5 games, and are like 3-10 overall. I’m pretty sure we get absolutely zero right to expect anything based on our track record.

    I mean seriously – who thinks we would have even a remote shot at beating a Top 5 Big 10 team in our fifth game of the year?

  7. BJD95 05/09/2013 at 7:44 AM #

    We will be better than GT. That’s the game (Illinois) we should have received. But they wanted the game to be all about “Li’l Chrissy Collins comes home!” So that’s what we get.

    Collins is probably my least favorite Duke alum, at least in the non-Laettner division.

    I still can’t believe this is what NC State willingly chained itself to ad infinitum. At least until someone braver challenges the grant of rights as an unenforceable penalty (which I believe it is) and the deck chairs get scrambled again. Naturally, NC State will be reactive (despite having traits that should have made us proactive during realignment) as always, and we will just scramble to hold onto second-class citizenship in the worst major conference.

    F-cking great.

  8. Wufpacker 05/09/2013 at 9:00 AM #

    ^ So….You don’t like the matchup? 😀

    It is a tad uninspiring.

  9. ruffles31 05/09/2013 at 9:37 AM #

    13OT, I see your point but the ACC chose teams based on RPIs.

    And unfortunately, the ACC and Big 10 have no say so in the matchups. it is strictly a ESPN driven matchup challenge.

    I don’t want to play NW at all. Ugh. But when you lose so many players, maybe it won’t be anything but a big W for the Pack.

  10. JEOH2 05/09/2013 at 4:48 PM #

    Naw folks Clemson/Wake/VPI were left out because they all finished 10/11/12 in the ACC last year…and the new members weren’t going to be excluded in year one…

    I like the challenge…I just hate the NW matchup as it will do nothing for our team…that and we’ll have to hear the Chris Collins storyline all game

  11. 13OT 05/09/2013 at 5:49 PM #

    I understand that it’s about winning, but winning isn’t everything here. It’s simply not right to omit 3 of your longstanding conference members, 2 of them charter members, to bring in 3 new teams that haven’t even played a game in the ACC yet. And 2 of them got home games as well.

    The “other” ACC teams generally got undesirable games- we sure did despite a decent season when you compare us to everybody else. We get to host the B1G’s worst men’s basketball program, while our ACC champ got treated even worse- a road game at Nebraska.

    I know ESPN is driving the bus, but they don’t own the damn bus. I believe ACC officials should have told ESPN that only after the new teams have played a season in the ACC would all 15 teams be considered for the 14 spots next season, and Louisville would sit out a season likewise in the December 2014 event.

    I don’t like this “cut in line” precedent. I’d like to hear how the ADs at Wake, Tech and Clemson feel about not being allowed to participate. Apparently their longstanding loyalty to this league didn’t mean squat.

    If Tech, Wake and Clemson fans like this, then they’re taking it a lot better than I would had the Wolfpack been left out. But they’d better get used to playing second fiddle in basketball to what this league is about to become- an ESPN showcase for Duke and UNC basketball taking on Syracuse and Louisville basketball. Everybody else is a bit player, IF they even get to play at all.

    I hate what the ACC is becoming, and believe me, a lot of fans are going to feel the same way once the newness wears off and reality sets in. The pond has gotten bigger but the fish in Clemson, Winston and Blacksburg are getting smaller.

  12. travelwolf 05/09/2013 at 11:55 PM #

    You can’t get much lower than being paired with a directional school:(

  13. PoppaJohn 05/10/2013 at 8:35 AM #

    13OT – Interesting take – I’d guess the ESPN perspective is “ACC fans will watch no matter what, let’s arrange the competition to pick up as many people as possible outside that fan base.”

    When is the last time we were invited to the Pre-Season NIT? Seems like it must have cycled through the entire league and should be our turn by now.

  14. wolfmanmat 05/10/2013 at 8:09 PM #

    Why did the ACC put Maryland in this thing? Maybe they didn’t have a choice based on the rules(not sure) but someone leaving the ACC for the Big Ten shoudn’t get a spotlight in their final ACC/Big Te challenge me. They could have gotten Nebraska or NW if they had to play.

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