Friday, February 2, 2007

Questions to ponder on Super Bowl weekend

With six games scattered across two wintry weekend days, the ACC schedule offers plenty to consider before the Super Bowl engulfs the world. Among the questions to be answered:
Just how good is Virginia Tech?

A trip to Boston College on Saturday should help clarify the Hokies’ place in the ACC universe. The sense is the Hokies’ are NCAA tournament good but then they went belly-up at home against N.C. State. It makes you wonder.

Does the Wolfpack have any chance of beating North Carolina?

Not much. But that doesn’t make the Pack any different from most other teams.

Can Duke find a way to contain Florida State’s Al Thornton?

It better.

Thornton (left) ripped the Dukies for 31.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in two games last year, including an upset of the then-No. 1 Blue Devils. He’s a tough match-up for Duke and you can believe he’ll be force-fed opportunities to take at the Blue Devils Sunday in Cameron.

What’s the good news for Georgia Tech?

The Jackets don’t have to hit to the road this weekend, instead hosting Clemson.

It’s possible Georgia Tech could go winless on the road this year. They’ve lost 17 straight away from home and their remaining games away from the Thrillerdome include an Atlanta match-up with Connecticut followed by ACC games at Florida State, Duke and Virginia.

And to think, three years ago Georgia Tech played for the national championship.

-- Ron Green Jr.