Atlantic Coastal Conference
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The Atlantic Coastal Conference (ACC) is a Power 5 college football conference. Its teams have won 4 national titles since 2000. The Clemson Tigers have won 2 national titles, the Miami Hurricanes have won 1, and the Florida State Seminoles have won 1.
Since 2013, the ACC has had 2 Heisman Trophy winners: Jameis Winston from Florida State and Lamar Jackson from the University of Louisville. The ACC has also had multiple first overall picks in the NFL draft: Trevor Lawrence in 2021 from Clemson and Jameis Winston in 2015 from Florida State. The ACC is home to some of the most storied schools in college football history, including the Miami Hurricanes, Virginia Tech Hokies, Clemson Tigers, Boston College Eagles, and Florida State Seminoles.
Where is the ACC?
The Atlantic Coastal Conference (ACC) is based on the east coast of the United States. Its schools span the states of: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts.
Is Notre Dame in the ACC?
The University of Notre Dame is a member of the ACC in every college sport except for football. However, they still compete against the ACC as an informal member every year. In 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Notre Dame became a formal, albeit temporary, member of the ACC. Notre Dame lost to Clemson in the ACC Championship game that year by a score of 34 to 10. In 2021, Notre Dame went back to being an “independent” school—a college team that does not formally play in a conference.
Teams in the ACC
There are 14 full-time members of the ACC. Notre Dame is the 15th member for every sport except football. The 14 full-time ACC schools are divided into two divisions with 7 teams each: the ACC Coastal and the ACC Atlantic.
The ACC Coastal
The teams in the ACC Coastal are:
- Virginia Tech Hokies
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels
- University of Miami Hurricanes
- University of Virginia Cavaliers
- University of Pittsburgh Panthers
- Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
- Duke University Blue Devils
The ACC Atlantic
The teams in the ACC Atlantic are:
- Clemson University Tigers
- Florida State University Seminoles
- Boston College Eagles
- North Carolina State University Wolfpack
- Wake Forest University Demon Deacons
- University of Louisville Cardinals
- Syracuse University Orange