College Football: Is 2010 the Year of the ACC?

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College Football: Is 2010 the Year of the ACC?

We all know the story.

It's been over a decade now since an ACC team claimed the national championship, when Florida State took down a Michael Vick-led Virginia Tech Hokie squad that was a member of the Big East at the time.

When it comes to bragging rights, it is hard to silence the SEC and Big XII critics when your biggest win comes against a team that is now a member of your own under-achieving conference.

However, if you go deeper into the numbers, the tale gets far sadder.

Since the inception of the BCS, the ACC is a woeful 2-10, the lone wins coming over Big East darkhorse Cincinnati in 2009 and the aforementioned Florida State/Virginia Tech duel.

When Boise State and Utah both claim as many victories in the BCS era as all the ACC teams combined, that's rough.

In 12 years, the ACC has never gotten an extra bid. The Big East is the only other power conference to share that shame.

Outside of the 2000 season, the ACC has never reached the championship game and Georgia Tech's crushing loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes only furthered the misery of conference fans.

However, all is not lost football fans. With talented recruiting classes, coaching upgrades that are paying dividends, and a challenging out-of-conference schedule, the stars may finally be aligned for the ACC this upcoming season.

In 2010, many ACC teams are looking forward to great things from their program.

The following is a list of the teams with the best chance of making noise nationally this season. Here is a look at the teams who have a chance not only to win the ACC and reach a BCS game, but a few that might actually be playing for it all in the championship game.

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