Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
My colleagues Ivan Maisel and Mark Schlabach did a great job chronicling the moments that defined the seasons for each of the national champions during the past 25 seasons. For those of you starving for an ACC title contender, this will either be a painful reminder of how good it used to be (FSU and Miami), or it will lift your spirits with some hope of what could be.
Miami didn't join the ACC until 2004, so some of you will argue it's not really representative of the conference, but the Canes are in the league now, and they're aiming to get back to this elite status. The players Randy Shannon is recruiting today are coming because of this very history. If you're a true college football fan, you'll still enjoy the final chapter, from 2004-2008, even though there aren't any ACC teams involved. With the overall progress the league is making, that could change soon.
Among the highlights:
1987 -- Miami makes one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the rivalry against FSU en route to a 12-0 season.
1988 -- Notre Dame ended Miami's 36-game regular-season winning streak in the game dubbed "Catholics vs. Convicts."
1989 -- Miami beats Notre Dame en route to its third national title.
1990 -- The first November meeting of unbeaten ACC teams in Georgia Tech and Virginia.
1991 -- Miami beats the Noles for its third national title in five seasons.
1993 -- Florida State uses a Charlie Ward/Warrick Dunn combo to beat the Gators in the Swamp.
1996 -- Florida beats FSU in the 1997 Sugar Bowl.
2001 -- Miami's Ed Reed works magic against Boston College and Virginia Tech.