- 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:
FWIW, the ACC finished the season 10-4 vs the SEC. Other FBS leagues were 9-31 vs SEC this year.— David Hale (@DavidHaleESPN) January 10, 2017
Updated through NYE games:— David Hale (@DavidHaleESPN) January 1, 2017
* ACC w/strong case as best league
* Look at the B12’s defenses!
* Bowl season ugly for B1G pic.twitter.com/glpjHbUY3e
Final conference bowl records: ACC 9-3, Big 12 4-2, SB 4-2, C-USA & MWC 4-3, Pac-12 3-3, SEC 6-7, B1G 3-7, AAC 2-5, MAC 0-6— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 10, 2017
- 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:
Dabo Swinney on ACC: “I think all of you media folks need to change your stories. This league has never gotten the respect it deserves"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 10, 2017
- After USA Today chose FSU as the best team in 2017 late Monday night, many more outlets came out with their (way too) early rankings of college football teams. Here’s where each site has Florida State:
- To review:
And here's your knee-jerk preseason consensus for 2017, based on a dozen "way-too-early" Top 25s that rolled out in the past 24 hrs. pic.twitter.com/f8N9nX0i4j— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) January 10, 2017
- A couple top network analysts also gave their predictions:
Folks asking me for my early, early, early PRESEASON top 5. Have no idea right now. But for fun. NEXT YEAR— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) January 10, 2017
- 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:
Michigan's Jabril Peppers is leaving school early and declaring for NFL draft.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 10, 2017
- 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:
Best opp-adjusted single game efficiency in 2016 per FEI:— Brian Fremeau (@bcfremeau) January 10, 2017
1.Louisville vs FSU
2.Clemson vs OSU
3.UW vs Stan
4.Clemson vs Bama
5.OSU vs Okla
- Tuesday morning, we found out FSU finished the season ranked 8th in the AP Poll. Later in the day, SB Nation’s Bill Connelly posted his final rankings:
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):
- With its latest commitment, Ohio State has overtaken Alabama at the top of the 2017 class recruiting rankings according to 247 Composite rankings.
- 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:
So far, so good for Florida State.— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) January 11, 2017
at No 12 Virginia - W
vs No 21 Va Tech - W
vs No 7 Duke - W
at No 11 UNC
vs No 20 ND
vs No 14 Louisville
- As Florida State continues to rack up impressive victories, more and more national media members are taking notice:
Florida State might be the team to beat in the ACC. Seminoles could make it official Saturday if they win at... https://t.co/AzKTGhi9En— C.L. Brown (@clbrownespn) January 11, 2017
Been saying for weeks this is best college team Leonard Hamilton has ever coached https://t.co/CCmmP3x8aV— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) January 11, 2017
Florida State's depth overwhelms Duke in Tallahassee sans Amile Jefferson. Seminoles continue to navigate their brutal schedule with ease.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) January 11, 2017
Duke just allowed Florida State to put up 88 points in loss in Tallahassee. Are 'Noles for real? Maybe.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) January 11, 2017
I don’t know about allowed, Jeff...
"Allowed" implies Duke had a choice in the matter. False. https://t.co/MnfIbgUBTf— Bud Elliott (@TomahawkNation) January 11, 2017
- It was the first sellout of the season, and the raucous crowd played a huge role:
Thank you Tallahassee for an unbelievable atmosphere tonight!Seminole fans you won it for us!! Need you for every FSU basketball game!— Charlton C.Y. Young (@CoachSEEWHY12) January 11, 2017
- Among those in attendance included Tallahassee native and World Series champion David Ross and his son:
- FSU’s XRM continues to find his stride and played a key role in the victory, scoring 21 points in the win.
- Speaking of Xavier Rathan-Mayes, how about this beautiful alley-oop to Jonathan Isaac?!?
- 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.