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Unscientific Unempirical Totally Ridiculous but Halfway Serious CFB Predictions: ACC

In 2009, I went through all the major BCS conferences and created some semi-amusing, totally off-base and (eventually) inaccurate predictions and bowl projections for the upcoming college football season. In 2010, I was working nonstop throughout the summer without a break and never had the chance to put together some predictions. So now that I have some free time on my hands, it’s time to do some predictions – here’s the ACC.

Florida State appears to be the runaway favorite in the ACC this year, but I like Virginia Tech too. Maryland returns a ton of talent and could be a dark horse candidate to knock off FSU in the Atlantic division.

Chief Osceola should be pleased by this season's result for Florida State

Atlantic Division:

  1. Florida State 12-1 (8-0) – The Seminoles return almost all their big time playmakers from last year’s division and bowl champion team and add a few highly touted recruits. I have FSU dropping their showdown with Oklahoma in week two, but if they knock off the Sooners, Florida State becomes a real national championship contender. I have FSU winning the ACC Championship game and earning the conference’s automatic bid to the Orange Bowl.
  2. Maryland 10-2 (7-1) – Don’t sleep on the Terps. I watched several of their games last year and was really impressed by their kill position guys. Sophomore QB Danny O’Brien earned ACC Rookie of the Year and should have a strong supporting cast around him. I have MD losing to Notre Dame at FedEx Field in November, and dropping an Oct. 22 showdown at FSU. Maryland’s first two games will be key – home versus both Miami FL and West Virginia. I see the Terps heading to the Chick Fil A Bowl in Atlanta against an SEC opponent.
  3. Clemson 7-5 (4-4) – I’ve always felt Clemson gets overrated way too easily, and that may be the case this year. I do like their returning running backs and receivers and have some “highly touted” recruits across the board, but they’re unproven at QB. They have to replace three of their top four tacklers from last year along with the pass rush ofDa’Quan Bowers. Clemson has to show me they’re better than 7 wins and a .500 conference record, at this point, because they aren’t very impressive on paper. I have them headed to the Sun Bowl to play a Pac-12 opponent.
  4. Wake Forest 7-5 (3-5) – The Deacons return 17 starters overall from a team that went 3-9 last year playing an extremely tough schedule (@ Stanford, @ FSU, @ VaTech). I like Wake to go 4-0 in their non-conference slate and eke out three conference wins against Duke, North Carolina, and NC State. Coach Jim Grobe has taken a school with a tiny enrollment and small fanbase to four bowls and I expect them to add a fifth this year with a trip to Shreveport for the Independence Bowl.
  5. Boston College 4-8 (3-5) – The Eagles have a brutal schedule this year  with trips to Orlando, South Bend, Blacksburg, Miami, and Clemson, but could easily make a bowl if they knock off Northwestern in week one and avoid a letdown the following week at Central Florida. They have two excellent position sets – linebacker and running back – and if BC gets more production out of other units or knock off Florida State on Nov. 12, they could reach the six win plateau.
  6. North Carolina State 5-7 (2-6) – NCSU has an bizarre non-conference schedule with two FCS teams on its schedule – South Alabama and Liberty – then a trip to Cincinnati on a Thursday night, and a home game with Central Michigan. Last year, QB Russell Wilson comprised most of the Wolfpack’s offense, and I’m not blown away by anyone remaining on their roster.

Coastal Division

  1. Virginia Tech 11-2 (7-1) – VaTech has a really easy schedule this year with their toughest trip on November 10 vs Georgia Tech. I call for them to drop a tough Thursday night showdown to the Yellow Jackets, but win the rest of their games and win the Coastal division. The Hokies always find a way to break in various QBs and that’ll be the case this year with the loss of QB TyRod Taylor to graduation. VaTech should earn a bid to the Champ Sports Bowl to face a Big East team after a loss in the ACC Championship game to Florida State. While the Chick Fil A Bowl is the ACC #2, Virginia Tech has played in that stadium three times in the last five seasons, so I’d imagine bowl organizers would potentially take Maryland over VaTech.
  2. Miami FL 8-4 (5-3) – The Hurricanes open with a tough road test at Maryland, then get Ohio State, Kansas State, and Bethune-Cookman at home. If the good Jacory Harris comes to play this year, the ‘Canes will have no problem finishing second in the division with an easy home slate. The road tests are tough – the aforementioned opener at Maryland and trips to Virginia Tech, Florida State, and South Florida, but this should be a successful season in new coach Al Golden’s first year in Coral Gables.
  3. Georgia Tech 7-5 (4-4) – No more Joshua Nesbitt at QB, but I doubt it’ll be too hard to replace him as most of 2010’s Paul Johnson triple-option offense is back for 2011. A big upset over Virginia Tech on November 10th will be the highlight of the season as GT will need to go 4-0 in its non-conference slate to get to a bowl. I have the Yellow Jackets headed to the Music City Bowl to face an SEC team.
  4. North Carolina 4-8 (3-5) – The Tar Heels have a tough non-conference slate with matchups against East Carolina, Rutgers, and Louisville. I expect UNC to return to its days of bad football. No bowl.
  5. Duke 4-8 (2-6) – The Blue Devils could be a solid team this year but tough non-conference games against Stanford and FIU will keep them out of a bowl game. Coach David Cutcliffe has always been a pretty decent coach and it’s year four of his term at Duke, so it’s entirely possible the Blue Devils pull off a few upsets.
  6. Virginia 4-8 (1-7) – The Cavs return 18 starters this year from a team that went 4-8 last year, but it looks like depth beyond their starters will be an issue. Like Duke, this team could finish with a much better record if they pull off a few upsets – and could play spoiler or BCS Buster in the final two weeks as they face Florida State and Virginia Tech to close out the regular season.

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