The ACC has recruited better coaches. Many schools are recruiting better players. Last year, an NCAA-record 10 teams became bowl eligible. And in 2008, the ACC won the most nonconference games in league history, including a 17-14 record against the other BCS conferences and Notre Dame.
So where does that rank the ACC in the grand scheme of college football?
Nowhere without a legitimate national title contender.
That’s something the SEC, Big 12, Pac-10 and Big 10 have all had while the ACC watched and went through expansion and coaching changes with the hopes of some team — any team — representing the conference at the highest level.