The ACC had a magical season in 2016 – possibly the best ever for the conference – and would win head-to-head battles against the other power conferences.
For the second time in the last four seasons, the Atlantic Coast Conference is the kings of major college football. With Clemson’s come from behind instant classic victory over Alabama earlier this week, the ACC has now joined won two of the last four national titles and showed they aren’t just a basketball conference anymore.
In 2016, it was the ACC with the best winning percentage against teams from the other “Power Five” conferences – the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC. In fact, only one conference had a record above .500 against the others…you guessed it, the 14 team league covering the Atlantic Coast and several states nowhere near water.
So, just how would the conference do in a tournament (similar to what many of the top ones do in basketball) with teams playing each other at the end of the 2016 campaign? We seeded the teams in the Power Five conferences based on regular season record and pitted the ACC head to head against each one.
For the games that actually took place during the 2016 season (i.e. FSU vs. Florida, Clemson vs. Alabama, etc.), we put the result of which actually took place. Here’s how we think things would turn out!