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Miami is a long-term threat in the ACC

7/30/2014
Al Golden and the Miami Hurricanes have a talented roster and recruiting help on the way. AP Photo/Chuck Burton

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?