The ACC might be the one conference of the Power 5 conferences that can gain the most in the first two weeks of the college football season. Clemson and Florida State have proven over the last few years that they are as good as any team in America.
The reason that some in the media have not given the ACC the respect they deserve is because of the overall strength of the conference. This lack of respect mostly comes from the fact that the rest of the ACC has not been successful versus Power 5 non-conference opponents.
Clemson (2-5) and Georgia Tech (1-6) have combined for 3 wins in 7 years versus their natural Power 5 rivals South Carolina and Georgia. Florida State is 5-2 versus their rival Florida in the last 7 years. But success in the first two weeks versus some strong Power 5 conference teams could re-establish some much needed credibility with the national media.
Look at these key games in the ACC in the first two weeks.
Florida State vs. Ole Miss
North Carolina vs. Georgia
Clemson vs. Auburn
Virginia vs. Oregon
Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee
Pittsburgh vs. Penn State
Clemson and Florida State are probably the only 2 ACC teams that will be favored in these 6 games. But with something to prove…a strong showing in the remaining 4 games by the ACC could go a long way for some much needed love from the national media.
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