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2014 ACC Men's Soccer Championship Picture

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Eagles on the outside looking in at a Championship berth.

With just three ACC matches remaining, Boston College currently sits in last place in the ACC's Atlantic Division at 1-3-1. If the season ended today, the Eagles would miss out on the 2014 ACC Men's Soccer Championship entirely.

Here's the current league table:

Seed School W L D Pct. W L D Pct. Remaining
1 Syracuse 4 1 0 0.800 11 1 0 0.917 @ UofL @ NCST BC
2 Virginia 3 1 1 0.700 8 3 1 0.708 @ CU WFU @ UNC
2 Notre Dame 3 1 1 0.700 6 3 2 0.636 @ DU VT @ PITT
4 Louisville 3 2 0 0.600 5 5 1 0.500 SU CU @ WFU
4 Clemson 3 2 0 0.600 6 6 0 0.500 UVA @ UofL NCST
4 North Carolina 3 2 0 0.600 8 4 0 0.667 @ NCST @ BC UVA
7 Wake Forest 2 3 0 0.400 6 6 0 0.500 BC @ UVA @ UofL
7 Virginia Tech 2 3 0 0.400 7 5 0 0.583 PITT @ ND DU
7 Duke 2 3 0 0.400 5 5 1 0.500 ND PITT @ VT
10 N.C. State 1 2 2 0.400 5 4 3 0.542 UNC SU @ CU
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11 Boston College 1 3 1 0.300 4 4 2 0.500 @ WFU UNC @ SU
12 Pittsburgh 0 4 1 0.100 3 6 3 0.375 @ VT @ DU ND

Here are the convoluted championship seeding procedure, similar to the convoluted ACC Baseball Championship seeding procedure:

-- The two division winners earn the tournament's top 2 seeds. Right now that's Syracuse (4-1-0) and Virginia / Notre Dame (3-1-1). The 'Hoos and the Irish played to a 1-1 draw back on September 21. No clue as to what the next tiebreaker is from there should both teams finish with identical records.

-- The remaining teams are seeded 3 through 10, regardless of division and despite playing very different conference schedules (teams play five teams within the division and three (of six) cross-division).

-- Only the top 10 teams (by winning percentage? points?) make the tournament so the bottom two teams won't qualify. So you could end up in a situation where every team in one division makes the bracket, while only four of six qualify from the other division.

Here's the Championship bracket, if the season ended today:

Wednesday, November 5
First Round, Campus Sites

Match 1: (9) Wake Forest / Virginia Tech / Duke at (8) Wake Forest / Virginia Tech Duke

Match 2: (10) N.C. State at (7) Wake Forest / Virginia Tech / Duke

Sunday, November 9
Quarterfinals, Campus Sites

Match 3: Match 1 winner at (1) Syracuse

Match 4: (5) Louisville / Clemson / North Carolina at (4) Louisville / Clemson / North Carolina

Match 5: (6) Louisville / Clemson / North Carolina at (3) Virginia / Notre Dame

Match 6: Match 2 winner at (2) Virginia / Notre Dame

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I don't understand why this whole division setup and championship bracket is so complicated in the first place. I also don't understand why this sport needs these arbitrary division constructs at all...with Notre Dame in the Coastal Division for men's soccer but the Atlantic Division for baseball.

Regardless, here we are. Boston College is on the outside looking in at the Championship with just three games to play--at Wake Forest (6-6-0, 2-3-0 ACC), North Carolina (8-4-0, 3-2-0 ACC) and at Syracuse (11-1-0, 4-1-0 ACC). No easy feat.