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. 

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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