Well, the ACC Matrix is not shaping up as clear-cut as I was expecting. Through Monday night's games, here's what we're looking at this week:
In all, home teams have a 28-24 record, so there's an advantage, but it's fairly minimal. Why is that?
There is a huge talent discrepancy between the top three teams in conference, who combine for a 21-2 record, and the bottom four teams in conference, who combine for an embarrassing 2-25 record. Virginia, North Carolina, and Notre Dame are undefeated while on the road, which certainly throws off the numbers.
UVa of course is undefeated at home as well, while Notre Dame and UNC each have a loss at home -- ND to UVA and UNC to ND.
Meanwhile, the bottom of the conference, GT, VT and BC, are winless at home.
The only trend I see is actually based on the little cluster of orange below the dark grey diagonal, and the cluster of blue above it. That tells me that home teams tend to win when playing teams that come before them alphabetically, while the away teams tend to win when playing teams coming after them. Yep, this is analysis, folks.
Do you see any other trends here?