FOOTBALL IS BACK! ACC FOOTBALL IS BACK! It looks to be a promising year for the ACC, as many experienced quarterbacks return and there is significant coaching stability. While Wake Forest and Virginia may be the long shots to get to bowl eligibility in each division, there is a significant regression to the mean with FSU losing Winston (among others) and everyone else improving. In any event, with football here, it is time for the Confidential’s preseason football poll–with 5 Confidential correspondents participating. Remember to join our individual player fantasy league and our survivor leagues… they are FREE, easy to play, and have CA$H prizes to the winners. In any event, here is the first poll results, with links to the Confidential’s over/under for each school:
- Florida State (48 points, 3 first place votes). The Seminoles have lost of a lot, but most people figure that they will stay on top. Jimbo Fisher has reloaded, making it fairly likely.
- Clemson (45 points, 2 first place votes). Quarterback is an essential position in football and Clemson has a dynamic one. With studs at WR and a solid defense (despite some losses), Clemson has a legitimate claim to the division and conference title.
- Notre Dame (38 points). The Fighting Irish are not sufficiently ACC to be eligible to win it, but they will be good. Whether they are the 3rd best team of the 15 remains to be seen. That is the preseason position though.
- Georgia Tech (36 points). The Yellow Jackets may be ready to reclaim the Coastal. Pitt is loaded at skill positions, Virginia Tech is always a threat, Miami is desperate for a return to greatness, and Duke/UNC want to be more than hoops schools. We will see.
- Louisville (29 points). The Cardinals are flying under the radar, which is probably how Bobby Petrino likes it. Certainly not going to resign themselves to the perpetual #3 spot in the Atlantic.
- Virginia Tech (27 points). Is this about name recognition or potential? The Hokies have not been their typically football selves lately.
- NC State (14 points). With such an easy schedule, it will be hard for NC State not to get to bowl eligibility. Does that make them better than the schools below them in win totals? Debatable.
- Miami (13 points). If Miami had NC State’s schedule, perhaps the schools would flip-flop. Then again, Miami finds new ways to disappoint ever year. Still waiting for that first Coastal division championship…
- North Carolina (12 points). With solid skill players, the real question is whether that defense can improve. With new coaching blood on that side of the ball, time will tell.
- Boston College (5 points). For the past two years, Boston College has gone toe-to-toe with Florida State, Clemson, and USC (winning too!). Regardless of talent, good to see them in this final position in the poll.
See the team pages for more analysis. Welcome any criticism too…