The ACC hasn’t won a football national championship since Florida State did it in 1999. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney thinks that will be changing in the future. Swinney wasn’t real clear on what moment in the future he expects this to happen, but he definitely believes it will happen.
“At some point the ACC will produce a national champion,” said Swinney today at the ACC meetings in Florida.
Not exactly a bold prediction for Swinney. “At some point” is pretty open ended. Is “at some point” two years from now? Five years? Ten years? 100 years? I mean at some point I plan to have six-pack abs and a million dollars in the bank. At some point.
I do give Swinney a pass for not saying which ACC team he expects to win this future title. You know he believes it will be Clemson, but he also knows it wouldn’t be wise to make this prediction on the record. That would only add pressure to him and his team.
As for a legit time frame, assuming the Big 12 doesn’t raid the league of three or four teams, it isn’t unrealistic to predict Florida State, Virginia Tech, Clemson or another ACC team will make a run in the next decade. The changes in the BCS in the 2014 will help increase those odds too.