ESPN: ACC good at being its worst enemy


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From Heather Dinich of ESPN:

That the ACC needs a national title contender has become a tired, old storyline. Clemson, though, was a refreshing answer to it. Until Saturday. Not only did Clemson lose this past weekend, but so did the ACC. While Georgia Tech fans and players have every reason to celebrate, it would have been a lot more joyous occasion for the rest of the conference had the Yellow Jackets been able to remain undefeated until that matchup. Let’s be honest: If it were easy to get through the season undefeated, there would be a heck of a lot more than six teams remaining. The parity in the ACC, though, makes it exceptionally hard for one team to transition from good to great.

Clemson isn’t ready for that role yet, but don’t misconstrue Saturday’s loss as the annual Clemson flop. No, this was about how good Georgia Tech played. That is parity, not mediocrity or Clemson tripping up against a 2-10 Maryland team. The Tigers lost on the road to one of the ACC’s better teams, a contender from the Coastal Division. It was a respectable loss and Clemson should still be considered the front-runner for the ACC title.

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