ACC still brag­ging

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Sev­eral coaches around the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence used the con­fer­ence’s foot­ball me­dia day to brag on them­selves a lit­tle bit, par­tic­u­larly given Clem­son’s na­tional cham­pi­onship vic­tory over Alabama.

So much so that Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher called the ACC the best con­fer­ence in col­lege foot­ball.

“For­tu­nately, [Alabama Coach] Nick Sa­ban gets a shot to si­lence Fisher and Florida State in the sea­son opener, but we have also found a way to solve the end­less, con­fer­ence de­bate,” Joe Cox of Satur­dayDownSouth.com wrote. “Given the suc­cess of con­fer­ence show­downs in bas­ket­ball, it’s only a mat­ter of time un­til it makes the way to foot­ball. And when it does, what could be a better matchup than the SEC and the ACC?”

Four SEC-ACC ri­val­ries al­ready ex­ist (Florida vs. Florida State, Ken­tucky vs. Louisville, South Carolina vs. Clem­son and Ge­or­gia vs. Ge­or­gia Tech), so Cox matched up the re­main­ing 10 teams from each league to have a full-blown SEC/ACC Chal­lenge.

Here are a cou­ple of the games he sug­gested:

Arkansas vs. Pitts­burgh: “Both are rel­a­tively new to their re­spec­tive con­fer­ence, don’t fit the ge­o­graphic footptint es­pe­cially well, and have proud tra­di­tions of foot­ball that they are try­ing to reestab­lish,” Cox wrote. “As a bonus, in 2017, this would be an ab­so­lute shootout. First one to 50 wins, and the los­ing fans would get some nice bar­be­cue or Pri­manti Bros. sand­wiches.”

Arkansas women’s bas­ket­ball and base­ball ra­dio an­nouncer Phil El­son, a Pitts­burgh na­tive, might sec­ond that nom­i­na­tion.

Alabama vs. Miami: “Sure, we’d love to see the Tide play Florida State or maybe Clem­son, but they are ac­counted for. That said, Sa­ban vs. [Miami Coach Mark] Richt is a good matchup,” Cox wrote.

The rest of Cox’s list: Auburn vs. Vir­ginia Tech Texas A&M vs. Syra­cuse Ole Miss vs. Vir­ginia

LSU vs. N.C. State Ten­nessee vs. North Carolina Mis­souri vs. Bos­ton Col­lege Mis­sis­sippi State vs. Wake For­est

Van­der­bilt vs. Duke

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