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The Countdown: 36 days until the ACC

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The countdown continues with a focus on Florida State.

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Florida State Seminoles are arguably the most dominant and successful ACC football program. In recent years, the Noles haven't been as dominant as they were in the past, failing to carry the ACC banner in the BCS era. Florida State has always had its share of characters, from former head coach Bobby Bowden to "Primetime" Deion Sanders.

The Noles have produced NFL talent at alarmingly high rate. 240 players have been drafted by NFL teams since 1951. 39 players were drafted in the first round, although none have gone first in the draft. Perhaps the most impressive stat is that Florida State has produced 36 consensus All-Americans. FSU's first consensus All-American was Erie, PA's Fred Biletnikoff in 1964. Deion Sanders was a two-time consensus All-American. Charlie Ward is probably the most heralded college player of all-time. Others include Derrick Brooks, Peter Boulware, Sebastian Janikowski, Peter Warrick, and Ron Sellars. Just to name a few.

Pitt was arguably the most decorated team in the Big East. Now with the move into the ACC, Pitt has some serious competition.