Clemson and Dabo Swinney failed to knock off Alabama in the 2015 National Championship Game, but got revenge this past year, defeating Alabama in a historic College Football Playoff Final, 35-31.
The win capped a fantastic year for the ACC, making them arguably the top conference in college football in 2016.
2017 will bring new challenges for the East Coast league as several big time quarterbacks are now gone from the league like Deshaun Watson, Brad Kaaya, Mitch Trubisky and others.
While there may be new faces behind center for a lot of teams, don’t expect this league to drop off much moving forward. The league still possesses some of the best coaches in the country and the ACC has upped their recruiting profile throughout the conference in recent years.
The league brings back four quarterbacks in the top 30 of the hour glass rankings as well as six of the top 30 coaches in the country.
Florida State and Clemson are still well within the realistic National Championship match line of the Hour Glass and Virginia Tech and Miami are inside our Playoff Bust Line.
Louisville and Bobby Petrino are just outside the CFPO Bust Line and six teams should finish inside the top 30 in the country in 2017.
Florida State gets its chance out the gate against Alabama to make a statement this league is going nowhere in 2017 and many feel this could be the first of two meetings between the Noles and the Tide in 2017.