Orange Bowl

As Clemson celebrates a title, so does the ACC

The national champions. The Heisman Trophy winner. More bowl wins than any other league.

Such was the Atlantic Coast Conference's mark on college football this season, and all that prompted Clemson coach Dabo Swinney to let the other leagues in America in what's apparently no longer a secret.

"You don't want to play a team from this conference," Swinney said Tuesday, a day after Clemson beat Alabama 35-31 for the national championship. "You just don't."

Clemson will be the team getting the national title rings in a few months and the Tigers were the team smudging the trophy with their celebratory fingerprints on Monday night, and the conference...