ACC bystanders in first BCS standings

The first official BCS standings have been released and it couldn’t feel more like the parade just passed by in the ACC.

The conference is now a part of the crowd, a bystander waving and watching as the stars go by.

No. 14 Florida State and No. 19 Clemson are the ACC’s lone representatives, and it’s impossible not to think what might have been had the Seminoles not lost to NC State in Week 6. Florida State was once regarded as the No. 3 team in the country, but it squandered a 16-0 lead in Raleigh and lost so much more than the game.

Of course, if it were easy to remain undefeated, more teams would do it. FSU is in good company as far as top-five teams that have fallen this year: The Seminoles are joined by South Carolina, LSU, USC, Oklahoma, Georgia and West Virginia.

The difference, though, is that the SEC, Pac-12 and Big 12 still have national title contenders in the BCS standings.