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College football is back, which means the news and notes from one of the best Power Five conferences returns. The Atlantic Coast Conference looks loaded and ready to do some damage this season.

With two weekends now in the books. Here some of the early season happenings in the ACC.

The pre-season favorite to claim another conference championship is Clemson. They were also picked to win the Atlantic Division. The Tigers are the three-time defending title holders. Of the 148 ballots that were cast in the preseason, Clemson was named on 139. Miami was a very distant second with five votes.

The good news for fans of the Hurricanes is they have been picked as winners of the Coastal Division. If this prediction holds true, it would be a rematch of the 2017 title game when then-defending national champion Clemson took care of business 38-3 over Miami en route to a berth in the College Football Playoff.

Going to bowl games is something this conference does with regularity.  Over the past 17 seasons, the ACC has had at least six bowls bids. The league ranks second among all conferences with 116 total appearances since 2005.

The ACC led all conferences with 10 bids in 2017, and have had a team in either the College Football Playoff or the BCS National Championship game in each of the past five years.

The 2018 Associated Press Preseason All-American Team had some ACC representation. Four players from Clemson and two from Boston College headline the list. From Clemson, OT Mitch Hyatt, defensive end Clein Ferell, and defensive tackle Christian Wilkins were named to the first team. Named to the second team was defensive tac, le Dexter Lawrence.

From Boston College, running back A.J. Dillon and safety Lukas Denis were named second teamers. Dillon has already received an ACC running back of the week award for his performance last seeking versus Holy Cross. Dillon ran for 151 yards and three touchdowns in one quarter of play as BC defeated the Crusaders 62-14.

The conference is not just about getting results on the field, but also in the classroom. Ten of the fourteen schools earned a graduation success rate at or above the FBS average of 76. That ties for first among Power 5 conferences, both in terms of percentage and in total number.

In week one, there were nine quarterbacks who ran for 100 or yards in a game. Two of them reside in the ACC.  Syracuse’s Eric Dungey became just the fourth QB in conference history to rush for 200 yards in a game in the Orange’s 55-42 win over Western Michigan.

Virginia transfer, Bryce Perkins posted 108 yards and two scores in their win over The Richmond Spiders.

Next week, more from the ACC.

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