The major news circling the ACC currently is some big wins over SEC schools. Now No. 15 Miami beat Florida this weekend. Last weekend, Clemson beat Georgia, soaring them to the No. 3 ranking in the AP poll. Typically, ACC schools are not given as much credit as the powerhouse SEC school football programs. These recent wins are helping improve the ACC’s reputation, as the ACC now occupies three of the top fifteen spots.
In particular, Miami University’s win is even more in the spotlight because they are finally overcoming the NCAA investigations. Though still unresolved, Miami will be able to return to the AP Top 25 this year after about two years of ineligibility. Therefore, a big win over a ranked SEC school is even more exciting for the team now.
An interesting angle to note about these wins is how they affect other noteworthy ACC teams, such as Florida State, who will not play an SEC school until the end of the season with their match up with Florida. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher was quoted as saying “…this league is a much, much better league than people give it credit for. I think that’s what you have to do. You want credibility as a league, you have to win those games” in the article for Tallahassee.com.
It will be interesting to see if these ACC schools can continue to be successful throughout the season. It is evident they are very pleased with their wins over SEC schools, so much so that they are able to fuel excitement off of each other.