After the most active off season I can remember, (conference realignment talk, Pete Caroll's departure, the reason for Pete Carroll's departure coming to light, agents gone wild) it's finally time for actual football. The temps are finally dropping a bit, Labor Day is around the corner, high schools kicked off last friday, you can just feel the football in the air. This is one of the most anticipated seasons in a while (for us anyway).
The SEC, contrary to popular belief, is taking a step back this year. The ACC, to anyone paying attention, should take a huge step forward. The Coastal division should be the best division in the nation (4 teams in the top 20). The Atlantic is set up perfectly for an FSU revival.
The Miami/FSU rivalry is poised to be the juggernaut of years past. It should be a close game because of two complete teams, not because of two great defenses carrying two sorry offenses. Miami's class of 2008 are no longer underclassmen: FSU is turning over a new leaf with a new sheriff in town.
VaTech has the opportunity to shut down the Boise State hype early.
UNC can make a statement against LSU and the SEC (if they don't have to leave half the tream behind).
Miami gets the best the Big 10 and Big East has to offer in Ohio State and Pitt.
FSU get's Oklahoma, BYU, and Florida.
GaTech gets UGA.
Clemson gets South Carolina.
It's quite possible that the ACC could have two BCS bids this year.
On a side note, it's no coincidence that the conference as a whole is getting more recognition at the same time preseason expectations are actually high for Miami and FSU.
Good luck on 11 of your games.