The ACC was SEC-ond to none last season, according to Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher.
Fisher, who led the Seminoles to the national championship with a last-second win over Auburn said: “No conference has ever had as dominant a year as the ACC had last year.”
Comparing the ACC and SEC, Fisher said the ACC had more award winners, and then added this:
“Eleven (ACC) teams had winning records and went to bowl games. (The ACC) won the national championship, won another BCS game, and you look at the top 150 players (in the NFL draft), it’s ACC 32, SEC 26. We actually had better players. I think getting that marketed out is a critical thing, and I think it’s just a matter of knowledge and getting people educated.”
To double check:
- Eleven ACC teams finished above .500 (FSU, Clemson, Duke, Miami, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Boston College, Maryland, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Pittsburgh).
- Clemson defeated Ohio State 40-35 in the Orange Bowl.
- As for draft picks, the SEC had a total of 49 players selected, 26 in the first four rounds. The ACC had 42 players selected, 28 through the first four rounds.
There were 13 ACC players picked in the fourth round, which sent it to the front. Two more ACC players were taken before the 150th pick, which came in the fifth round, so Fisher’s math was off by two.
Ten SEC players were taken in the fifth round, to push it back in the lead.
As for a national championship repeat this year, Fisher said: “You’ve got to have that attitude of domination to be able go forward. From that standpoint, we’re not finished.We want to continue to have this feeling. We want to continue to play great football.”