Atlantic Coast Conference teams have work to do when they enter the competition and play football programs from other Power Five leagues.
In two weeks of the season, some ACC teams dominated the No. 1 Alabama , No. 2 Georgia and the No . 12 Fighting the Irish in overtime , the others were against Rutgers, Mississippi and the State of Mississippi, viewed lightly.
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The ACC can improve on their. 250% wins - and the perception that No.6 Clemson is their only formidable team - on Saturday when No. 15 Virginia Tech se heads to West Virginia, northwest of the Big Ten, visit Duke and the Big Ten 's Michigan State play Miami's No.24.
"The only thing you hear talk about ACC is Keymson. We have to develop that, "said Syracuse defensive end Josh Black. "The ACC is more than Clemson. We need the ACC to keep winning these games to get our name out there. We are not a scrub conference. We are one of the best and we must make believe that way. "
One way is to avoid losses for FCS programs like Jacksonville State and Northern Illinois , and have more impressive performance against programs like Appalachian State .
It would be a step in the right direction to take derail the sixth-placed Tigers, who have won six straight ACC titles - by an average of over25 points - and two national championships in their run.
Hokies coach Justin Fuente said his program hopes to make ACC proud when he visits the Big 12's Milan Puskar stadium. s Mountaineers, one of the loudest in the country.
"We always understand that we are representing our league and we want other league members to do well, obviously when they are not. we play, "Fuente said. "But, you know, it's something we're all aware of.
The Hokies and Mountaineers are former rivals of the Big East, having met 52 times , which every season from 1973 to 2005. But Virginia Tech left for ACC in 2004 and they've only met once since.
"I think it 's since. is good for the fans to see the different games, "Fuente said. "But there's certainly a level of conference pride that comes with every trip ... when you play againstsomeone from another Power Five. "
Down the road in Charlottesville, Virginia, coach Bronco Mendenhall agrees but said conference considerations aren't his main priority for him. The Cavaliers have one of two wins against the enemies of Power Five so far, 42-14 against Illinois.
"The very first thing is loyalty and concern for our own players, our own squad and our own schedule, "he said. " Dude, that doesn't leave much room for anything else but then if you had to say 'D 'Okay, what else? ', certainly the league matters. "
Mendenhall Says Bol The season was the main period when the Conferences heralded their success against other leagues. more emphasis is placed on early season games, which adds credibility torankings produced more on projection than on performance.
" I think now it becomes a more important thing that is followed and underlined from the start. So I think as coaches, yes that matters to us, "said Mendenhall. "And yes, we are becoming more and more aware of (the) early season games. Not only the playoff games, but each of us, we just want to help our own team win first and then it's going to the conference, which is really important. "
Virginia has done its part against the Fighting Illini, said guard Chris Glaser.
" I think so that there is a misconception that the ACC is not as good as the others - Big Ten, for example, SEC, "said Glaser." So when we have games against them it is important for usto show that we can beat them and that we're as good as any other league. "
The Hokies, Blue Devils and Hurricanes will try to show it this Saturday.