Mar 8, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Bobby Petrino speaks during a press conference at KFC Yum! Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Bobby Petrino compares the ACC Atlantic Division to SEC West

It is widely accepted and believed that the SEC is the best conference in all of college football, so when someone compares another conference to the SEC, it raises a lot of eyebrows. The latest being Bobby Petrino of the Louisville Cardinals, who replaces head coach Charlie Strong who too the Texas Longhorns job.

“The division that we’re in reminds me a lot of the SEC West when we had defending national champions and every team in it is capable of beating every team in it,” Petrino said.

Petrino is referring to his tenure at the helm of the Arkansas Razorbacks from 2008 to 2011. In that time span, LSU was the defending national champions in 2008, Alabama won in 2009 and 2011, and the Cam Newton led Auburn team won in 2010.

Florida State won the national championship in 2014, so they have the defending champion in the conference and Clemson scored a big Orange Bowl win over Ohio State.

“The fact that the defending national champion is in it, and Clemson has had a tremendous amount of success, we’re coming in with a program that’s had a lot of success, and week in and week out it’s gonna be so competitive, I see it as being very similar,” Petrino explained.

But the SEC West? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Aside from those two teams and Louisville, the division also has Boston College, Syracuse, Wake Forest and NC State, none of whom are necessarily striking fear into the hearts of college football powerhouses.

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