The ACC took the inevitable step for a short fall football season by adding some less intrigue this week.
The addition of Notre Dame’s long-standing discussion as an honorary member of the conference became official on Wednesday, and with it came a slew of new games as the league announced a 10-plus-1 scheduling format (10 conference games and a non -Conference game was adopted.). Notre Dame not only added four extra games to its schedule on ACC games, the conference ended the division for a season.
With Notre Dame, a legitimate top-10 contender, in the fold you can throw away all the preseason projections in the ACC. Notre Dame was already scheduled to host Clemson, but now as a temporary member of the ACC, could the fighting Irish upset the Tigers and win the conference crown?
At the very least the ACC received a much-needed boost with the addition of Notre Dame as the ACC tries to shake off the label of a weak conference dominated by Clemson over the last half-decade. The road to Notre Dame will not be easy, however, as he added Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina and Pittsburgh to his schedule.
Will the ACC be ruled by Clemson again? Will we face Notre Dame and the Tigers twice with a rematch in the ACC Championship?
We asked seven national experts at 247 Sports to predict the order-of-finish at the conference with their surprise teams. We tabulated their views and came up with the final predictions. See individual ballots and final voting below.