Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher spent the last few seasons holding the ACC up on a pedestal, especially five months ago when the former Florida State coach left no mystery as to which league was the best.
“I think we’ve established ourselves as the premier conference in college football,” Fisher said during ACC Media Days in Charlotte last July.
What does Fisher think now? Here’s what he told reporters as Texas A&M gets set to face an ACC opponent, Wake Forest, in the Belk Bowl on Friday.
Fisher credited the SEC with setting a standard that other conferences have had to match, while praising the ACC for meeting it.
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“Here’s what I think has happened. Football in the SEC, and we know it, the passion for it and the love for it is second to none. It was the premier conference for years,” Fisher said. “What it’s done, it’s raised the level of college football up. You know if you wanted to play, you had to play at the level of the SEC.
“We were in the ACC and me coming from here, kind of tried to help incorporate that to raise the quality of football in the ACC, which I think is an excellent conference now, too, and I’ve said that. Just because I go to the SEC, I’m not going to switch back. I think that’s a tremendous conference, and they play great football, but I think it all came from what the SEC, the stamp they put on football in that league and what’s made everybody else in the country rise to and how you’re doing it.”
The Aggies and Demon Deacons are scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.