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Florida State football, recruiting news: The ACC is king of college least for one season

Meanwhile, in college basketball, FSU keeps winning, as they pounded No. 7 Duke Tuesday night.

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NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Michigan vs Florida State
Jimbo Fisher raises his arm in celebration after Florida State’s impressive Orange Bowl victory over Michigan.
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  • After Monday night’s national championship game, it should be indisputable. In 2016, the ACC was the greatest conference in all of college football. Just look at the evidence from this past season, including an ACC team, Clemson, winning it all:
  • Dabo Swinney went to bat for his conference early Tuesday morning, just as Jimbo Fisher did when FSU beat another SEC team from Alabama to win their most recent national title:

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  • To review:
  • A couple top network analysts also gave their predictions:
  • ESPN also came out with their ACC rankings for next season. Spoiler: they have the ‘Noles back on top.
  • It wasn’t a surprise, but FSU LT Roderick Johnson decided to forego his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.
  • You (hopefully) won’t have to hear Jabrill Peppers’ name on anymore ESPN college football broadcasts:
  • He made his intentions known earlier this season, but Clemson RB Wayne Gallman firmed up his future plans Tuesday:
  • Speaking of the Tigers, ESPN’s Ryan Magee went behind-the-scenes with Dabo Swinney and his family in the aftermath of Clemson’s national championship victory over mighty Alabama. I know he’s a rival coach, and he’s goofy at times, but Dabo seems like a very good and likable man.
  • Remember Louisville’s early-season destruction of Florida State? Too soon?? Sorry. Anyhow, it turns out that it was the best single-game performance by any team in college football this season:

Just as a reminder: these are based on play from the entire season, not just who’s playing the best at the end of the year.


  • Florida State’s early enrollees made their first public appearance at Tuesday night’s FSU men’s basketball game vs. Duke:
  • One player that initially was supposed to enroll early and is star WR DJ Matthews. Tuesday, we got more background behind his decision to stay in high school for another semester:
  • Matthews also sent this interesting tweet to fellow wide receiver (and FSU target) Henry Ruggs (if you’re not a millennial, someone might have to translate it for you):

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  • Florida State Men’s basketball defeated Duke on Tuesday night by a final of 88-72 in front of a sold out Tucker Center. The No. 9 ‘Noles entered the game as 1.5 point favorites over the 7th ranked Blue Devils.
  • FSU is in the midst of a six-game stretch against ranked opponents. Thus far, I’d say they’re doing just fine:
  • As Florida State continues to rack up impressive victories, more and more national media members are taking notice:

I don’t know about allowed, Jeff...

  • It was the first sellout of the season, and the raucous crowd played a huge role:
  • Among those in attendance included Tallahassee native and World Series champion David Ross and his son:
  • Duke’s Grayson Allen was the center of attention, and many FSU fans let him know about it with their boos...and their signs:
  • He finished with nine points and some more controversial actions.