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BC Feelings on Miami Suspensions and affect on Division

Unfortunately for the rest of the Atlantic Division, the one game that all eight 'Canes (and seven starters) will miss is the season opener at Maryland on Monday night. Your welcome, Edsall.

The player suspensions will likely have an impact on this year's ACC Atlantic Division race. That is, if preseason ACC favorite Florida State doesn't run away with this year's division title.

The implications here are clear: Miami will be without seven starters in its Labor Day opening weekend game against the Terps, while the U, barring injury or the NCAA handing down further player suspensions, will be at full strength for its games against the remaining two Atlantic Division teams on the schedule -- November 12 at inter-division rival Florida State and November 25 vs. BC. If a less-than-full-strength Canes team rolls over in the opener against Maryland, but knocks off either FSU, BC or both at full strength, that's a one-game swing in the Atlantic Division standings. And while that is really just a half-game swing given the importance of the head-to-head matchup, it's still significant in a division race that has never been decided by more than one game and has come down to the head-to-head tiebreaker twice.

Of course, this all assumes that you consider either Maryland or Boston College a legitimate threat to win this year's Atlantic Division title. However, the possibility remains that the NCAA player suspensions handed down on Tuesday may impact the Atlantic Division's representative in the conference Championship Game. 



http://www.bcinterruption.com/2011/8/31/2394708/ncaa-sentences-miami-player-penalties-impact-atlantic-division-title

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