Here's Monday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: I just have one question for you: This year when the ACC again beats the Big Ten in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge for the 11th time in a row, will you change your rankings of the conferences? Also: Any early guess on Harrison Barnes' school or will we have to wait until a day or two before the announcement for that?
That's two questions, Chris.
But don't worry, I'll answer both.
First, let me say that the ACC-Big Ten Challenge is not the best way to determine which conference is superior because the outcome can be determined by favorable matchups for one league or homecourt advantages in particular games. So, no, I won't come back and change my rankings if the ACC wins the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. But I will adjust if, over time, the ACC proves better than the Big Ten in other obvious ways.
That much, I promise.
Either way, I really do think the Big Ten will win the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
Here's the list of games:
- Penn State at Virginia (I'll take Penn State )
- Wake Forest at Purdue (I'll take Purdue )
- Northwestern at N.C. State (I'll take Northwestern )
- Maryland at Indiana (I'll take Maryland )
- Michigan State at North Carolina (I'll take North Carolina )
- Virginia Tech at Iowa (I'll take Virginia Tech )
- Illinois at Clemson (I'll take Clemson )
- Minnesota at Miami (I'll take Minnesota )
- Boston College at Michigan (I'll take Michigan )
- Duke at Wisconsin (I'll take Duke )
- Florida State at Ohio State (I'll take Ohio State )
Of course, I'm relying on Penn State and Northwestern to win road games, which can't be wise. But it's possible Michigan State could go to the Dean Dome and win, and Wisconsin should battle Duke given how the Badgers are usually tough at home. So I guess we'll see. But I absolutely believe the Big Ten is the better league this season. Most people agree with me.
As for Barnes, I'll be shocked if he doesn't pick Duke or UNC.
And that's why I'm ready to go ahead and take the ACC in the 2010 ACC-Big Ten Challenge.