The second of our 6-part installment highlighting the best players returning for the Power 5 conferences and the AAC is finally here. These players can be incoming recruits, but most of the players featured will be returning stars from previous seasons. 

We cover the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which is home to fourteen different programs and is home to multiple national champions. Clemson has dominated the conference in recent years and has been a national powerhouse, winning two national titles since 2016. Miami had dominant runs in the 1980’s and in the early 2000’s, but is rebuilding itself into a national contender. Florida State was a national champion in 2013 and was one of the teams who made the first ever playoff in college football. Georgia Tech appeared and dominated Mississippi State in their New Year’s Six bowl appearance in 2014. Virginia made a strong run to the Orange Bowl this past season, but fell short to a red-hot Florida team. 

The ACC is home to some of the best programs in the country and always fields two or three national contenders every season. The conference lies in a recruiting hotspot, which includes states like Florida & Georgia. This conference is loaded with talented players, which made this list extremely hard to make. Make sure to check out these players in the 2020 season, because these guys will be playing on Sunday in the near future. 

The 2019 season is officially over, but now it is time to reflect on an amazing season filled with outstanding moments and outstanding games. We will start by reflecting on the best games from this past season, which all contributed to this being one of the most exciting seasons of college football that I can remember. This was one of the hardest posts to write due to the large amount of games that deserve some mention when talking about this topic. These games will be replayed on ESPN & YouTube by a lot of fans and I highly recommend going back and watching these games if you love college football because these games showcase why this is the greatest sport in the world.

1. LSU (15-0; SEC Champion; National Champions)

The most dominant team in recent memory capped off their memorable season with a national championship win over Clemson. This team had an improbable run to a perfect record, in which the Tigers beat 7 teams that were ranked inside the Top-10 at some point of the season. This team became the first in CFB history to beat the top four teams in the preseason AP poll and to make it even more impressive beat these teams by an average of 21 points. Burrow led these Tigers to one of the most impressive seasons in CFB history and I do not think this ranking can be debated.

LSULSU celebrates their 4th National Championship. (Source: New York Times)

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The 2019 college football season is coming to an end, but with the early signing day being introduced last year recruiting ramps up early. The “Early Signing Period” ranges from December 20-22 and allows recruits to shut their recruitment down early and enroll early in their school of choice. Other recruits can continue their recruitment and sign on National Signing Day on February 5th, 2020. Here we analyze what teams are leading the all-important recruiting race and which teams have compiled the best classes as of today.

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Last night, the CFP committee dropped the first round of playoff rankings and the world is still talking about why their team was not higher or why their rival should be lower in the rankings. We have Clemson fans upset (rightly so) that their team was left out of the top 4, but we also have Ohio State fans that are celebrating (prematurely) that their team was #1 in the rankings. We have other fans (I am looking at you Tuscaloosa and Baton Rouge) that are mad that their teams are not #1. 

I am hear to let people know to take a nice deep breath and just relax. There are still 5 weeks left in the season, plus a weekend of conference championships that will decide the final four teams that will compete for a national title. I have ranked the top 10 matchups remaining this season that will determine the four teams in the CFP. This list does not include championship week games, because we all already know how important those games are to the playoff race.

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The playoff committee will release their first round of playoff rankings tonight at 8pm CT/ 9pm ET, which will be sure to insight much reaction from the college football world. There are many unknowns about tonight’s rankings. How does the committee view the strength of schedule of teams like LSU, Ohio State, and Alabama? Did the one-point win over UNC hurt Clemson’s chances? There are many scenarios that could play out tonight and shape the college football playoff chase.Here I give my predictions on where you could find your favorite team. I know we are all rooting for chaos.

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