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Monday, April 29, 2013
Looking at ACC in Mark Schlabach's Top 25

By Heather Dinich

There's not one ACC team listed in the top 10 of Mark Schlabach's latest Top 25.

That's OK, though, because the ACC will face five of the teams in his top 10, including No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oregon, No. 7 Georgia, No. 8 South Carolina and No. 10 Notre Dame.

The fact that No. 12 Clemson will play two of those programs -- Georgia and South Carolina -- will give the Tigers ample opportunity to move up in the rankings. A win over Georgia in the season opener, and Clemson is more than a top-10 team -- it's a national title contender.

At No. 14, Florida State is the only other ACC team ranked by Schlabach, and that's a good spot for the Noles, considering they technically still don't know who their starting quarterback is going to be this fall. Yes, FSU has reloaded the talent, but with six new assistants on staff, there are bound to be some bumps in the road.

Two 2013 ranking predictions for you:

1. Clemson will spend more than one week in the top 10 this fall. Remind me to remind Schlabach of this after the Tigers beat Georgia.

2. Miami will be the next team in. The Canes don't even have to leave the state until Oct. 17 at North Carolina. They've got a good shot to start out at least 4-1, and should be in the top 25 before the ACC race heats up.