The leading rusher in the nation, one of the most talked-about quarterback debuts in recent memory, and even a first-place vote in the Top 25.
If nothing else, Week 1 of the season might have given the Atlantic Coast Conference plenty of cause for optimism.
The statistical samples after just one game are obviously small and skewed, so it's clearly not time to pronounce Miami's Duke Johnson as the season's rushing champion, anoint Florida State's Jameis Winston as a Heisman Trophy hopeful or pencil Clemson into the national championship picture.
Still, their performances - and others - suggest the ACC might at the very least be closer to reaching the highest echelon of college football in 2013.
''I think we have an outstanding conference in general,'' Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Wednesday. ''We have as much talent as anybody. ... We have a tremendous league and our league is growing. The more attention we can get on the conference, I definitely think it helps.''