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Jerricho Cotchery

ACC football looks ahead after bipolar 2011

Welcome to the bipolar world of ACC football. In the last five-plus weeks, the conference has basked in a sold-out title game, its first Bowl Championship Series at-large bid and a NFL wild-card round that showcased many of the league's former headliners. Conversely, with another national champion from the Southeastern Conference freshly anointed, the ACC copes with a fifth consecutive losing bowl season, the most-lopsided BCS game ever and its worst Associated Press poll finish in 40 years. To stave off depression, let's start with the upbeat. With 37 first-rounders and 214 overall picks in the last six NFL drafts, the ACC is second only to the SEC as a pipeline to the pros....