Thursday, June 12, 2008

ACC Preview and Predictions

The ACC has been weak in football as of late. Traditional powers like Florida State and Miami have not been what they were over the last 20 years. They haven't had any success in BCS Bowls, having only one win (Florida State in the 2000 Sugar Bowl) since the series was created. However, it seems that every team in the conference is on a swing towards the better.

Atlantic Division
1. Clemson Tigers
2. Maryland Terrapins
3. Florida State Seminoles
4. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
5. Boston College Eagles
6. North Carolina State Wolfpack

Coastal Division
1. Virginia Tech Hokies
2. Miami Hurricanes
3. North Carolina Tar Heels
4. Duke Blue Devils
5. Virginia Cavaliers
6. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

ACC Championship Game: Clemson over Virginia Tech

All-ACC Team
QB: Cullen Harper, Clemson
RB: James Davis, Clemson
RB: CJ Spiller, Clemson
WR: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland
WR: Greg Carr, Florida State
TE: Anthony Hill, North Carolina State
OT: Eugene Monroe, Virginia
OT: Rodney Hudson, Florida State
OG: Sergio Render, Virginia Tech
OG: Orlando Franklin, Miami
C: Edwin Williams, Maryland

DE: Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech
DE: Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson
DT: Vince Oghobaase, Duke
DT: Dorell Scott, Clemson
OLB: Brian Toal, Boston College
MLB: Derek Nicholson, Florida State
OLB: Clint Sintim, Virginia
CB: Victor Harris, Virginia Tech
CB: Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest
FS: Chris Clemons, Clemson
SS: Myrol Rolle, Florida State

K: Sam Swank, Wake Forest
P: Brent Bowden, Virginia Tech
KR: Jabari Marshall, Duke
PR: Vic Hall, Virginia

MVP: Cullen Harper, Clemson
Off. POY: James Davis, Clemson
Def. POY: Vince Oghobaase, Duke
Freshman POY: Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson

Unit Rankings
1. Clemson Tigers
2. Virginia Tech Hokies
3. Maryland Terrapins
4. Florida State Seminoles
5. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

1. Clemson Tigers
2. Miami Hurricanes
3. Florida State Seminoles
4. North Carolina State Wolfpack
5. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

1. Florida State Seminoles
2. Clemson Tigers
3. North Carolina Tar Heels
4. Maryland Terrapins
5. Boston College Eagles

Offensive Line
1. Maryland Terrapins
2. Miami Hurricanes
3. Virginia Cavaliers
4. Virginia Tech Hokies
5. Boston College Eagles

Defensive Line
1. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
2. Clemson Tigers
3. Boston College Eagles
4. Maryland Terrapins
5. Duke Blue Devils

1. Virginia Cavaliers
2. Miami Hurricanes
3. Boston College Eagles
4. Maryland Terrapins
5. Virginia Tech Hokies

Defensive Backs
1. Florida State Seminoles
2. Clemson Tigers
3. North Carolina Tar Heels
4. Virginia Tech Hokies
5. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Top Draft Prospects
1. Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech
2. James Davis, Clemson
3. Cullen Harper, Clemson
4. Darrius Heyward-Ben, Maryland
5. Victor Harris, Virginia Tech
6. Eugene Monroe, Virginia
7. CJ Spiller, Clemson
8. Aaron Kelly, Clemson
9. Myron Rolle, Florida State
10. Vince Oghobaase, Duke

Best In-Conference Game
Clemson @ Florida State, Nov. 8: Clemson is led by the dual threat of Spiller and Davis and the laser rocket arm of Cullen Harper, while Florida State has two of the best receivers in the conference (Carr and Parker) and a secondary that gives every QB nightmares. This game may end up deciding the Atlantic Division.

Best Out-of-Conference Game
Florida @ Florida State, Nov. 29: This is the closing game for both teams, and both of them could be in the national title hunt at that time. This intra-state rivalry could change up the entire BCS outlook.

Upset Alert
Duke over North Carolina, Nov. 29: North Carolina is a favorite to win the ACC Coastal Division, and Duke hasn't won a game in the ACC since 2004. So why do I think Duke will win this game? Why do I think Duke will win 6 games? The Blue Devils may not have had much success in their past, but this season should be a turnaround one for Duke. They are returning 17 starters, including their entire front 7. The offense is improving with Thaddeus Lewis under center. The Duke defense is going to surprise some people. North Carolina's young backfield won't be able to get control of the game, and Duke will win by double digits.

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