Was the ACC considered a major football conference?
Rose - Big10/Pac 10
Cotton - Southwest
Orange - Big 12
Sugar - SEC
Before Florida State joined, the ACC was a tier 2 league. I remember Clemson going to the Orange in 81 and thinking - Clemson in the Orange - they are in the ACC they shouldn't be in a big bowl. I don't remember another ACC in the big New Years Day bowls.
It is not like the ACC was a traditional football league. FSU joined and the league gained access in the new format.
But the ACC has always struggled in football.
It seems like we have come full circle.