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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Vote: ACC's first playoff team?

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Virginia Tech has been the ACC’s best team since it joined the league in 2004, but it’s hardly the league’s only hope at a national title contender. For those of you who follow the blog regularly, you might have heard me predict 2012 as the year of the Noles and 2013 the year of the Tigers.

Beyond that? Your guess is as good as mine (or at least I’ll let you think so today).

On that note, let’s have a little fun with our predictions today. With the BCS commissioners and university presidents gathering in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to determine the future of college football, let’s look at the future of the ACC. Should a four-team playoff be approved as early as this week, which program in the ACC is in the best position to represent the league in the first national semifinal in January 2015?

If you look back at the final BCS standings, the ACC’s top-ranked teams have included Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Miami, Florida State, Wake Forest and Maryland. The highest ranking was Virginia Tech at No. 3 in 2007, the lowest was No. 14 (Georgia Tech 2008, Wake Forest 2006, Florida State 2002). I’m not convinced Maryland and Wake Forest can recruit well enough to build a national title contender, so I’ve taken the liberty of narrowing the field to six candidates for you. Cast your votes now for which program you think will be the first to represent the league in college football’s first playoff.