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ACC Predictions

Posted by cuorange on August 31, 2009

cuorange_exclusiveAtlantic Division
Much like last year, the Atlantic is a jumbled mess of mediocrity, with three teams really having a shot: Florida State, Clemson and N.C. State. While I can’t say I’ve totally bought into the N.C. State hype, Tom O’Brien has a way of winning ugly and his team won their last 4 ACC games last year.

One thing in Clemson’s favor is that Florida State travels to Clemson. The game I am not confident in for Clemson is the Miami game. Clemson could easily win that game or could easily lose it, as Miami has the most talent in the league (by recruiting standards). If Clemson wins at Miami this could vault them into the top spot, assuming the rest of my scenario plays out as anticipated.

Boston College is always an interesting case. I’ve consistently picked them to fall down only to look up and see them playing in the ACCCG. A new coach and a new quarterback didn’t stop them last year, but the same scenario this year will.

Atlantic Division

Team ACC Record Overall Record
Florida State 6-2 9-3
N.C. State 5-3 8-4
Clemson 5-3 7-5
Wake Forest 4-4 8-4
Boston College 3-5 6-6
Maryland 2-6 4-8

Coastal Division
The Coastal is a lot more top heavy with Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech ruling the roost. While I think Virginia Tech’s national title hopes are much ado about nothing, especially in light of the injury to Darren Evans, I do think they continue to win in the ACC with a top notch coaching staff. While most of the Hokie schedule is favorable, the one trip up I see is playing at Georgia Tech – and this will make the difference in the end.

North Carolina and Miami have the talent to make noise, but I don’t see them at the top of the heap here. Randy Shannon is not Knute Rockne and Butch Davis may be a year away in Chapel Hill.

Duke and Virginia will battle it out for the cellar, with each team only returning 11 starters from losing teams.

Coastal Division

Team ACC Record Overall Record
Georgia Tech 7-1 10-2
Virginia Tech 7-1 10-2
North Carolina 5-3 9-3
Miami 3-5 6-6
Duke 1-7 4-8
Virginia 0-8 2-10
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