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Football seasons inches closer as the ACC Kickoff commences in Charlotte

14 Juillet 2017

You are talking about the two winningest teams in college football over the last seven years.

It also compiled a 9-3 record in bowl appearances last season, has won five consecutive Orange Bowls, the longest streak by a conference in 72 years, and since 2012 is 8-3 in Bowl Championship Series, New Year's Six and College Football Playoff games.

With so many integral players heading to the next level, it's easy to dwell on what's not around anymore. The Clemson coach was asked to pick a side at ACC Media Days in Charlotte.

Louisville is bringing reigning Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson along for interviews, and a rematch between the Cardinals and Tigers at Louisville in Week 3 is certainly one to mark on the calendar. "It's a new team", Swinney said.

FSU should get a boost from the return of safety Derwin James, who missed 11 games in 2016 due to a knee injury.

"Surprisingly to some, if you look at over the years the head-to-head competition with the Atlantic and Coastal, it's very close to.500".

"How are you going to replace Grady Jarrett?" That's one thing we're going to thrive on. While this media conference between the college football media and the ACC football coaches isn't the draw of SEC Media Days down in Alabama, Thursday delivered a great quote from Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney. "On the one hand, there are things (ACC coaches) really like from it, things that we really like from it".

In his opening remarks on the first of two ACC football media days, Commissioner John Swofford detailed several notable achievements from member schools previous year.

So the Tigers will have no shortage of challengers this year.

With programs like Louisville, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech and Pitt on the rise, it's only a matter of time before the ACC is at the SEC's level. Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins said.

Those are the headliners. Secondly, if you find something like that you need to communicate with each other immediately and with the conference office.

"We just want to be that team that you don't want to play because you know we're going to play as hard as we possibly can, and you're going to get the best from us every week". "From a conference perspective, and I think Notre Dame would say the same thing, this has met every expectation that we had".

That's a significantly more equivocal viewpoint than that taken earlier this week by Swofford's SEC counterpart, Greg Sankey, who endorsed the proposal: "There's not opposition here to a 14-week season".

Swinney didn't want to let them get complacent in the offseason either. That begins at 10 a.m.

"I think we've established ourselves as the premier conference in college football", Fisher proclaimed at ACC Media Day on Thursday.

"So far we haven't come up with one that's better than what we're doing in the minds of the majority of our schools, and that's how that works is a majority vote". Guys were grinding. Guys were getting after it. ... "I'd rather have a guy that's a consistent performer than a guy that's maybe got a little more talent that's hot and cold", Swinney said.

Overall, the ACC has elevated its profile tenfold from where it was just five years ago. "Because all spring and all summer, everybody just talks about the guys that are gone". That really creates a great hunger for a lot of these kids and gives us a great edge.

Football seasons inches closer as the ACC Kickoff commences in Charlotte