2009 ACC/Big Ten Challenge pairings
This year’s national title game will be replayed in Chapel Hill on December 1 as part of the 2009 ACC/BigTen Challenge – sort of. The 2009 National Champion Tar Heels will be hit harder by graduation and NBA defection – giving MSU favored status as we look “way ahead” to the early part of the 2009-2010 season.
Other interesting matchups at the 11th annual event include: Wake Forest at Purdue (who’ll be playing for Wake?) … Boston College at Michigan (the Wolverines should be improved if Manny Harris stays as expected) … Florida State at Ohio State … Illinois at Clemson … and Minnesota and Miami-FL. Second-tier battles feature Penn State at Virginia, Maryland and Indiana, Northwestern at NC State, Virginia Tech at Iowa, and Duke at Wisconsin.
The Big Ten conference has never won the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Early returns indicate the Big Ten will continue to rise. Michigan State and Purdue will be favored – again. Michigan figures to be more consistent and Illinois, Ohio State, and Minnesota in particular have solid building blocks and strong recruiting classes arriving.
More updates to come soon including our first 2010 NCAA Tournament Projection. Updates will be made after the NBA Draft when we know for sure who’s back and who’s not. Full coverage of the 2009-2010 season will return with Midnight Madness in October. I’ll be working on several other site upgrades and information during the summer – and provide NCAA Tournament related comments as relevant.