THE PAST TWO DAYS HAVE BEEN BIG FOR THE ACC, as league teams go 3-1 to cap a 4-2 bowl season. Clemson’s win over LSU in the Chick-fil-A was a biggie, as was Georgia Tech’s upset of Southern Cal. Florida State holding serve last night as heavy favorites over North Illinois last night was a must, as a loss there could have negated all the positive gains that came before it. It also saved the Orange Bowl some embarrassment, after a bowl official reportedly told an NIU staffer: “We didn’t even want you here.”
ON DECK: Today is the Sugar Bowl, with Louisville taking on Florida. Kickoff is 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
LID-LIFTERS: Closing in on conference opener time for Virginia Tech and Virginia. The Hokies travel to Maryland on Saturday for a noon tip, while the Wahoos host North Carolina at 8 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU.
AL GROH UPDATE: Doughty catches up with the former UVa coach, who has this to say about his time at Georgia Tech: “Just to say it briefly, this circumstance here was the most unprofessional, divisive and negative environment in which I’ve ever been,” Groh said. “To say more would be unprofessional of myself.
It was just a bad cultural match.”