A quick look at some bragging points for FSU fans as well as some notes from around the ACC:
The ACC is seeking its ninth national championship in football. Clemson’s victory over Alabama in the 2019 CFP National Championship marked the eighth national title by an ACC school since the league’s inception in 1953, and the 15th by a school currently in the league. Of current membership, Miami leads the way with five national titles, followed by Clemson (3), Florida State (3), Pitt (2), Georgia Tech (1) and Syracuse (1).
The ACC led the country with 10 bowl teams in 2019 – Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Pitt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. This is the second consecutive season the ACC has had the most bowl teams of any conference (11 in 2018).
Entering Monday’s national championship game, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney is one win shy of tying Bobby Bowden’s ACC record* for most postseason bowl wins (11), which includes CFP National Championship Games. (*includes only Bowden’s bowl wins as a coach in the ACC).
We’re No. 1
Fifteen ACC teams have been ranked No. 1 for at least one week this academic year (2019-20), including Clemson football, Duke men’s basketball, Louisville men’s basketball, North Carolina field hockey, Duke men’s golf, Georgia Tech men’s golf, Wake Forest men’s golf, Wake Forest women’s golf, Clemson men’s soccer, Virginia men’s soccer, Wake Forest men’s soccer, Virginia women’s soccer, Florida State women’s soccer, North Carolina women’s soccer and Florida State men’s indoor track and field.
Four ACC teams were ranked nationally in the AP Top 25 poll last week: Duke (2), Florida State (10), Louisville (13) and Virginia (18). Duke has been ranked for 72 consecutive weeks in the AP poll, the second-longest active streak.
Eight ACC teams rank among the top 40 of the NCAA RPI, the most of any conference. Louisville is No. 3, followed by No. 12 Florida State, No. 16 NC State and No. 18 Virginia Tech.
Florida State head coach Sue Semrau won her 200th ACC game on Sunday. She would become just the fourth women’s basketball coach in conference history to reach the mark, joining Virginia’s Debbie Ryan (307), North Carolina’s Sylvia Hatchell (297) and NC State’s Kay Yow (277).
No. 1 Louisville leads seven ACC teams listed among the Perfect Game Preseason Top 25 announced on Wednesday. The Cardinals are followed by No. 7 Miami, No. 11 Duke, No. 14 Florida State, No. 17 North Carolina, No. 21 NC State and No. 25 Virginia.
Swimming and diving
Eight ACC men’s squads are ranked in the latest CSCAA Poll, the most of any conference, including No. 6 NC State, No. 13 Louisville, No. 14 Florida State, No. 15 Virginia, No. 17 Notre Dame, No. 22 North Carolina, No. 24 Virginia Tech and No. 25 Duke.
Five ACC women’s teams are ranked in the most recent CSCAA Poll, including No. 3 Virginia, No. 6 NC State, No. 11 Louisville, No. 16 North Carolina and No. 20 Duke.
Seven ACC women’s squads appear in the most recent ITA Rankings (Jan. 8), the most of any conference, including No. 2 North Carolina, No. 5 Duke, No. 8 NC State, No. 16 Florida State, No. 20 Virginia, No. 23 Miami and No. 24 Wake Forest.
Four ACC Men’s teams are in the most recent ITA Rankings (Jan. 8), including No. 4 North Carolina, No. 7 Wake Forest, No. 10 Virginia and No. 23 NC State, with Florida State and Notre Dame receiving votes.
Indoor Track & Field
Florida State’s men hold the No. 1 spot in the in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Indoor Preseason National Rankings. FSU is ranked No. 11 among the women’s top 25 to lead all ACC teams. Louisville is at No. 20 and Miami is No. 22.
Florida State junior Trey Cunningham, a three-time, first-team All-American and the nation’s fastest returnee in both the 60- and 110-meter hurdles, is one of 10 men on the initial watch for The Bowerman, the highest honor bestowed to collegiate track & field’s most outstanding athletes of the year.