Florida State Football: ACC Championship Runs Through Tallahassee In 2010

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Florida State Football: ACC Championship Runs Through Tallahassee In 2010

The Atlantic Coast Conference boasts a lot of talent this upcoming season.

With two Heisman caliber quarterbacks in Christian Ponder and Jacory Harris and plenty of first round draft talent, mainly coming from the defensive side of the ball at North Carolina, this conference is finally breaking through into respectability.

So who is going to win the conference?

All signs point to a Miami and Florida State championship game.A championship game that has been in the making since Miami joined the conference.

How can Florida State make it to the ACC Championship after a 7-6 campaign a year ago?

It's simple. A brand new coach with new faces in the coaching staff.

New head coach Jimbo Fisher brought in Mark Stoops and his zone defensive scheme to be the new defensive coordinator.

Stoops brings with him a great track record and a defense that best suits the athletes on that side of the ball. Stoops zone scheme should help a young secondary that failed miserably last season.

The Seminoles will have a tough road in the conference. With home games against Wake Forest, Boston College, North Carolina and Clemson and away games at Virginia, Miami, North Carolina State and Maryland.

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The toughest conference challenges appear to be against Miami and North Carolina, but what has hurt the Seminoles in the past is looking past teams. Teams such as Boston College, Clemson and Wake Forest who have all had the 'Noles number the past few seasons.

If FSU can find a chemistry on the defensive side of the ball early on, then there will be no stopping them come conference play.

Their high powered offense led by quarterback Christian Ponder will be able to keep them in games, but the defense will have to stop teams; a problem that cost them a lot of losses last season.

With a high powered offense returning and a new defensive look that should get better results out of the defensive players; look for the 'Noles to regain their championship form and to win the conference come December.

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