Few will dispute that Florida State and Clemson are the frontrunners in the ACC this season. Yet while it would be surprising if any other squad from the conference reached the College Football Playoff, a few should challenge the Seminoles and Tigers along the way. Atlantic Division foe Louisville, led by one of the ACC’s top quarterbacks in Lamar Jackson, will push Florida State when they meet at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in September, and the Coastal Division features several good, if not quite elite, outfits such as North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Miami. It’s difficult to project how things will shake out in this league, given the lack of clarity beyond the top two, but the combination of national title contenders at the top and a strong middle class should make for an exciting season.
Podcast: Can Florida St. reclaim ACC from Clemson?
Is Florida State poised to jump back on top of the ACC in 2016? TomahawkNation.com publisher Bud Elliott joins the SI College Football Podcast to break down the Seminoles and the rest of the ACC.