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A look around the ACC

Is is time for Bobby Bowden to cut some family ties? Can Clemson recover from the loss to Geogia Tech? Is this Miami defense even better than last season's? Our ACC notebook addresses those questions, along with looks at North Carolina plight, Virginia's impressive start and more.

Clemson

  • The reality of the new ACC is a harsh one and Clemson is the first league-title contender to learn the lesson. You don't lose at home to a team you were supposed to beat and retain your chances of winning the conference championship. Blowing a 10-point lead in the final two minutes against Georgia Tech cost Clemson more than the game and a chance to start 2-0 in the league; it cost the Tigers a realistic hope of winning their first title since 1991.