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07:19 AM ET 07.24 | The ACC edition media days dawned this week, and John Swofford took to the podim to address a variety of topics. At his opening presser, he said the league "is playing the toughest non-conference schedule of any league in college football," and he may have a point. ACC teams are playing a very good non-league slate, with Virginia Tech battling Alabama at a neutral site, Clemson playing SEC powers Georgia and South Carolina, and Boston College hitting the road to play USC, to name a few contests. The question, though, is how well the ACC teams will fare in those games. The league's members will have to win some of those contests to earn national respect. We'll find out right away if the league is up to the challenge as North Carolina opens the season against South Carolina.

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July 24, 2013  07:56 AM ET

And good luck to your teams.

July 24, 2013  08:20 AM ET

What, they don't have a decent pic of Swofford to put up? Is Frank Beamer now "The Face of the ACC"?

smh

July 24, 2013  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

What, they don't have a decent pic of Swofford to put up? Is Frank Beamer now "The Face of the ACC"?smh

What's up with the side of his jowly face? Did he have a stroke or something?

July 24, 2013  11:09 AM ET

Looks like Phil Steele's analysis of the ACC and B1G tied for fourth-strongest conference will be put to the test here shortly. I already applaud the ACC's tougher OOC schedule; wish the B1G would pony up to that level.

July 24, 2013  11:27 AM ET
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Looks like Phil Steele's analysis of the ACC and B1G tied for fourth-strongest conference will be put to the test here shortly. I already applaud the ACC's tougher OOC schedule; wish the B1G would pony up to that level.

One of the best things Delaney did was to recently get the schools to agree to stop scheduling FCS opponents. With the nine game schedule, there will be pressure to schedule teams that won't require a home and home deal. So, I expect a lot of MAC, C-USA and some AAC teams on the schedule. Probably get one good match up and two dregs per year.

July 24, 2013  11:52 AM ET
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So, I expect a lot of MAC, C-USA and some AAC teams on the schedule.

we all know the SEC won't play up here for games.

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