High-stakes matchup for the ACC

Florida State, Clemson have hopes of ACC riding on Saturday's game

Originally Published: September 21, 2012
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

The Pac-12 will never understand. The Big 12 has no idea what it feels like. And the Big Ten only thinks it can relate.

No other conference in the country, though, is dwarfed by the SEC like the ACC. The shadow the nation's best conference casts over its ACC neighbor is not just an overblown caricature, it's as real as the highways that connect Clemson with rival South Carolina and Florida State with Florida.

It's evident in the ACC's 25-42 record against the ...

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