It’s been awhile since the Atlantic Coast Conference entered a season with this much buzz.
The realigned league has the defending national champion, a Heisman Trophy winner and a national coach of the year.
A league that stumbled through much of the BCS era enters the first year of the four-team college football playoff with a secure future among the power-five conferences and boasts a favorite to contend for another title in Florida State.
Commissioner John Swofford said Sunday during media days that “I think we’ve got as good a shot as anybody to be in the top four the first year.”
Defending champ Florida State is trying to maintain its high level. The rest of the league hopes the Seminoles’ success can lift them as well.
Reprinted with permission of the Associated Press.