TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - While the college football spotlight is squarely on the Atlantic Coast Conference this week with Clemson visiting Florida State, most ACC teams are still seeking respectability.
When the No. 10 Tigers meet the fourth-ranked Seminoles in Tallahassee it will be the first matchup of top 10 ACC schools in five years. Clemson (3-0, 0-0) and Florida State (3-0, 1-0) are the league's only remaining unbeaten teams just three weeks into the season.
Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe says the winner of the Clemson-Florida State showdown Saturday will hopefully carry the conference flag forward in a season where Clemson's 26-19 win over a struggling Auburn team is the only notable nonconference victory for the ACC.
Other ACC teams have narrowly escaped lower-division opponents or lost big in intersectional, nonconference games.