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With ACC media day approaching, it's time to take a look at this newly expanded conference and rank its best teams. Will Florida State and Clemson maintain their stronghold at the top? Will Miami make a big jump? And what to make of new additions Pittsburgh and Syracuse?

2013 ACC football teams

Boston College

Boston College

2012 overall: 2-10
2012 ACC: 1-7

Clemson

Clemson

2012 overall: 11-2
2012 ACC: 7-1

Duke

Duke

2012 overall: 6-7
2012 ACC: 3-5

Florida State

Florida State

2012 overall: 12-2
2012 ACC: 7-1

Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech

2012 overall: 7-7
2012 ACC: 5-3

Maryland

Maryland

2012 overall: 4-8
2012 ACC: 2-6

Miami (FL)

Miami (FL)

2012 overall: 7-5
2012 ACC: 5-3

North Carolina

North Carolina

2012 overall: 8-4
2012 ACC: 5-3

NC State

NC State

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 ACC: 4-4

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

2012 overall: 6-7
2012 ACC: N/A (3-4 Big East)

Syracuse

Syracuse

2012 overall: 8-5
2012 ACC: N/A (5-2 Big East)

Virginia

Virginia

2012 overall: 4-8
2012 ACC: 2-6

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 ACC: 4-4

Wake Forest

Wake Forest

2012 overall: 5-7
2012 ACC: 3-5

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It may not take long for both the Heisman and national title races to kick into gear either. Boise State and Virginia Tech are getting a lot of love for their Labor Day clash, but next Thursday brings Pitt and star running back Dion Lewis playing on the road at Utah.

But is Lewis even the best back in a conference Big East blogger Brian Bennett says may offer unparalleled depth at the position? Check out the tale of the tape.

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Is Running Back the deepest position in the Big East this year?

Big East blogger Brian Bennett
Brian Bennett

Far and away. Not sure there's a better RB league in the country in '10. Full transcript

Submarine Mike (Jackosnville Fl)

Is Noel Devine a sleeper in the Heisman race and is he a possible late 1st rounder

Mel Kiper
Mel Kiper

I think he is a Heisman candidate. I don't think he's a sleeper. He commands leadership in the lockerroom. He has that explosive first step. Pound for pound, he's the best football player in the country. This is a team that has a chance to win the Big East. Geno Smith is the key. He is the next QB in line. If you look at the defense, all three DL are seniors. The defense would be really good. They have two studs on this defense in Chris Neild and Robert Sands, who is clearly their best NFL prospect. Full transcript

Lynn (Monticello, FL)

Hi Ivan, I like Pitt to win the Big East this season and looking at their schedule I feel they could run the table at having a shot at the National Championship. Your thoughts.

Ivan Maisel
Ivan Maisel

I agree on both counts. The Panthers are ranked high enough at the outset that a climb to the top is plausible. That would be a great story. I pull for the great stories. Full transcript

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