By Martin Rickman
September 07, 2013

Dabo Swinney The ACC is off to a hot start following big nonconference wins from Clemson and Miami. (Tyler Smith/Getty Images)

The ACC is enjoying arguably its best season-opening two-week stretch since the league first expanded. Expectations have constantly buried some not-so-championship-caliber contenders in the past, and opening week stinkers have made the ACC a joke too many times. But after Miami's win over Florida in Week 2 and Clemson's win over Georgia in Week 1, the league has a couple of reasons to smile. (Plus, no ACC teams lost to an FCS opponent in the first week of the season.)

It's nice to see Clemson coach Dabo Swinney preening a bit, although he should take a little more care; possible side effects of said gestures include losing to Wake Forest, NC State or Boston College.

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