19 for ’19: 19 key offseason topics: No. 4. How do the Power Five conferences rank going into the summer?
19 for ’19 Offseason Topics
19: Best Teams To Not Make CFP
18: Teams That Will Rebound Big
17: Every Power 5 Team’s Letdown Game
16. Top 5 Instant Impact New Head Coaches
15. 2nd Year Coaches Who’ll Be Better
14. Power 5 Hot Seat Coach Rankings
13. Key Transfers You Forgot About
12. Five Big Power 5 Upset Alerts
11. Great Players About To Go Nuclear
10. Group of 5 Teams In New Year’s Six Chase
9. Power 5 Sleeper Teams
8. Most Interesting Quarterback Battles
7. Power 5 Potential Disappointments
6. Power 5 Potential Surprises
5. Ranking Group of Five Conferences
Why does it matter how good a Power Five conference is? The College Football Playoff committee is supposed to care about the strength of the leagues – ask the Big Ten, though, how that’s working out for its champions – and it’s a wee bit of a deal when it comes to public perception.
Ask SEC fans how many national championships Clemson might have won over the last few years if it had played in, say … the SEC.
There’s still a while to go before we dive on into this for real, but after spring football, how do the Power Five conferences stack up?
The ACC might have the big dog – or cat, in this case – up top, but it also has a whole slew of medium-sized mutts who can bit, but mostly bark.
The strange part about the ACC being fifth out of five is that the bad teams of last season – Louisville and North Carolina – should be vastly improved with their respective new coaching staffs, and there don’t appear to be any teams ready for a miserable run.
So which teams are destined for a clunker?
Maybe Duke? After all, how do you improve after losing the starting quarterback – maybe – for the New York Football Giants?
But the Blue Devils have just enough to be feisty. So does Wake Forest, including head coach Dave Clawson with his new contract extension.
Will Louisville be that bad again? New head man Scott Satterfield will show that 2019 was an aberration.
Will North Carolina be that bad again? Mack Brown won’t work wonders, but there’s a lot to like about this Tar Heel team, at least in terms of experience.
So yeah, a case could be made that this the ACC is actually the strongest of the five from 1-14, but the 2-7ish range just don’t match up with the other big boy leagues.
It would be nice if Florida State decided to rejoin the party, and it would be terrific if Miami could play up to its hype and potential.
Virginia Tech has to reestablish itself after a puzzling year, Pitt has to prove that 2019 was more than just a strong midseason stretch, and Syracuse has to show that things are going to keep on progressing under Dino Babers.
Boston College has enough solid players to at least go bowling again, Georgia Tech should be good after the coaching change to Geoff Collins, NC State will be its usual tough self, and Virginia is looking like it has the staying power and skill to pull off a Coastal title.
But again, these are all really good teams – there just aren’t any true killers other than the Clemson powerhouse that should be good enough to do it all again.