Miami is a long-term threat in the ACC 

July, 30, 2014

Al GoldenAP Photo/Chuck BurtonAl Golden and the Miami Hurricanes have a talented roster and recruiting help on the way.
As we count down 50 days until the start of the 2014 college football season, ESPN Insider Travis Haney is answering at least one big question a day until South Carolina and Texas A&M’s kickoff Aug. 28.

Heisman contenders, breakout freshmen, conference winners -- it will all be covered as part of Insider’s Ultimate Season Preview.

Today’s question: Which teams are the biggest short- and long-term threats to the Florida State Seminoles in the ACC?

The short-range threat, as it pertains to 2014, is Clemson. The Tigers are making over their offense, yes, but the veteran-rich defense is equipped to keep them in games, including the Sept. 20 trip to FSU.

But let’s be honest: There’s a drop from FSU to Clemson, and there’s a bigger drop from Clemson to the rest of the league. So Clemson becomes the automatic answer for 2014. But what about casting the net wider?