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September 29, 2006
Ask the Experts: Home, sweet home
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Get the inside scoop on your favorite team:
Everyone knows home-field advantage can be a significant factor in college football.
The last time Ohio State went to Iowa, in 2004, it got trounced. Same for Georgia Tech when it traveled to Virginia Tech last year.
The Buckeyes exacted revenge last season in Columbus, Ohio. The Yellow Jackets will have no such luck. They're forced to return to Blacksburg, Va., this year because of a quirk in scheduling in the ACC.
This from the ACC office: "This is the transition year in terms of football scheduling because of expansion. 2006 is the first year of our 10-year football balanced schedule and in order to balance the home-away games in divisional play and to balance the overall conference schedule, there are five repeat-site games from the 2005 season: North Carolina at Miami, Florida State at Duke, Wake Forest at Florida State, Clemson at Wake Forest and Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech. This schedule was approved by the ADs two years ago. There will not be any more repeat-site games in back-to-back years."
Doesn't sound so bad for Florida State.
In this week's "Ask the Experts" we go in depth with these two games, the only matchups of top 25 teams on this week's schedule. It's No. 1 Ohio State at No. 13 Iowa, and sorry Tech fans, but it's No. 24 Georgia Tech at No. 11 Virginia Tech.