Clemson is coming off a National Championship victory over the top dog in the FBS, Alabama. But with massive casualties to the NFL Draft and graduation, the Tigers figure to be a weaker squad this season.
That has opened the door for the Seminoles to take control of the the division, and ultimately the conference.
Take a look at how the media thinks the ACC will shake out, per The Score.
Clemson appears to be headed towards a second place finish in the conference, and in the Atlantic division. Florida State is expected to compete for a College Football Playoff spot this season.
Much of how of the season unfolds for them could be determined on week one, when they take on the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa.
Meanwhile, in the Coastal division, the University of Miami is seeing huge gains under coach Mark Richt. After years of struggling in the ACC, the Canes appear to finally appear to have the inside track to win their division.
Virginia Tech is a distant second in finish at the top of the Coastal division, though they surprised the FBS world last year with an impressive showing under second year coach Justin Fuente.
The ACC has a lot to play for this season. They overtook the SEC as the best conference in the country in the minds of many analysts. They’ll need to sustain that success if they want to be taken seriously in the long-term.
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