ACC Football: 2012 Season Preview

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ACC Football: 2012 Season Preview
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ACC football hasn't had a representative in the National Championship game since Florida State in the 2001 Orange Bowl.  In fact, the ACC has only won two BCS bowl games in 15 attempts, by far the worst winning percentage of any BCS conference. 

This could be the year that the ACC gets its third BCS bowl win.  

Florida State is the favorite heading into this season following a disappointing 9-4 record last year.  The Seminoles' defense figures to be one of the best in the country and the offense is led by an experienced senior quarterback, EJ Manuel, who is looking to make a statement.

After Florida State, Clemson and Virginia Tech look like the only real contenders, but that doesn't mean a team like Georgia Tech or NC State can't sneak into the conference championship game.

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