Mac Attack 8/7/12: Fox Sports Radio College Football insider Chris Rix joined the guys to preview the College Football season.
Florida State is making headlines as a potential contender at the national level this season. ACC fans are hopeful, but Rix said the team needs to take it one step at a time.
“They’ve got to win an ACC Championship. They haven’t done that since 2005. They’ve been close, they’ve been in the title game, but they haven’t been able to get past Virginia Tech. They haven’t gotten back to the BCS…The talent is there, but they’ve got to finish the job and they haven’t done that yet.”
Still, Rix said Virginia Tech can’t be taken lightly and Clemson shouldn’t be either.
“You can’t count Virginia Tech out. They’re always there. We saw them in the Sugar Bowl last year in that game against Michigan. They really ruled the ACC since they came in my senior year in 2004. You like Clemson. You like what Dabo Swinney’s doing there, but we saw them get blown out by West Virginia in the Orange Bowl. ..You just question the big stage for Clemson and even for Florida State.”
The SEC still has too much talent to say they won’t take the national title for the seventh consecutive year.
“You like to be that person to come out and say it’s going to end this year…but until someone does it, I’m not going to be the guy to say it’s going to end. Why should it? I mean, you’ve got LSU and Bama at the top. LSU has a lot of guys coming back, and Nick Sabin with Alabama—you can never count them out. So I’m not sure if it ends. Who’s to say someone like South Carolina or Georgia doesn’t continue the streak?”
Rix also highlighted the potential at South Carolina even though they seem to go unnoticed sometimes.
“I don’t count South Carolina out. I think they can be very good this year. I think they can be a two loss team, maybe even a one loss team if maybe they drop a game versus Georgia or LSU. Outside of that, I really don’t see a team on their schedule that poses a threat. So they’ll fly under the radar again because they start out with teams like Vandy and East Carolina UAB, but come October I think you’ll see them right in the thick of things.”