With the addition of the Louisville Cardinals, the ACC further cemented themselves as one of the nation’s top conferences. Since conference play has begun, this point has been proven on the field over and over again.
Something else that has been pointed out during ACC play has been the dominance that the Atlantic Division has enjoyed over their counterpart Coastal Division.
In their first year as members, the Cardinals have led the way in the conference from the get-go, pacing the ACC with a 14-1 record after their sweep of the Virginia Cavaliers (members of Coastal) this past weekend.
Playing the Miami Hurricanes in their first conference weekend series, the Cardinals won the first and third games, dropping only the middle game. The second game against the Hurricanes has been their lone blemish in conference play to this point.
With sweeps of Georgia Tech and Virginia of the Coastal, the Cardinals boast an 8-1 record against the opposing division. Florida State and Clemson follow behind Louisville with a 4-2 record against the Coastal. Florida State has won two-of-three against Virginia and Virginia Tech, while Clemson has topped the Hokies as well, to go along with a series win against North Carolina.
Notre Dame and Wake Forest are the only Atlantic teams that own losing records against the Coastal. The Demon Deacons dropped two-of-three against the Coastal leading Hurricanes, while the Irish have lost two of their series against teams from the other division.
After losing to Georgia Tech (lost two-of-three) and being swept by Virginia, Notre Dame was able to bounce back this past weekend against the Panthers, who has been swept in both series against teams from the Atlantic.
Even Boston College, who with a 5-9 record in ACC play sits at the bottom of the Atlantic Division, has a winning record against the Coastal – a sweep of the Duke Blue Devils, which is also their lone series win in the conference.
Overall, the Atlantic Division has won 64% of the cross divisional games, with a record of 27-15. They will have plenty of opportunities to improve that mark, as three-of-seven series this weekend will include matchups between the two divisions.
Duke will do their best in breaking Louisville’s streak, cross-state rivals North Carolina-North Carolina State meet up, and Pitt looks to break a seven game conference losing streak against Wake Forest.
As a whole, it is hard to argue against the ACC being one of the top conferences in the nation. Despite losing conference records by every team in the Coastal but Hurricanes, most of them could line up against some of the best in the country and compete.
Just when it comes to facing the Atlantic, the Coastal has continually fall short.