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The 2015 Confidential Preseason ACC Football Poll

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Virginia Tech (27 points).  Is this about name recognition or potential?  The Hokies have not been their typically football selves lately.
  7. 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.
  8. 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…
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Others: Pitt (3 points), Duke (3 points).  Syracuse, Virginia, and Wake Forest did not receive votes.

See the team pages for more analysis.  Welcome any criticism too…

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The Confidential’s All-Time Wake Forest Basketball Team

Suppose you had to play one game… for all the marbles… and you could use your time machine (or TARDIS) to put together a team of 12 players at their peaks.  Who would you pick?  Well, the Confidential does not know who YOU would pick.  But here is who the Confidential would pick for Wake Forest:

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Confidential Correspondents’ Basketball Poll: January 27, 2015

The Confidential routinely polls its correspondents to rank the top ACC basketball teams.  Here is a quick look at the current top 10:

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Confidential Correspondents’ Basketball Poll: January 13, 2015

The Confidential routinely polls its correspondents to rank the top ACC basketball teams.  Here is a quick look at the current top 10:

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Confidential Correspondents’ Basketball Poll: January 5, 2015

The Confidential routinely polls its correspondents to rank the top ACC basketball teams.  The season now turns to 2015 and conference play!  The correspondents agree on the top 10, with the other five schools being shutout.  The correspondents also agree on the top 3.  Here it goes:

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Confidential Correspondents’ Basketball Poll: December 30, 2014

The Confidential routinely polls its correspondents to rank the top ACC basketball teams.  The season is still young, but here is a quick look at the current top 10:

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Confidential Correspondents’ Basketball Poll: December 23, 2014

The Confidential routinely polls its correspondents to rank the top ACC basketball teams.  Here is a quick rundown of how and where we rank the teams:

  1. Duke (10-0).  48 points, 4 first-place votes.  Next game: December 29 v Toledo.
  2. Louisville (10-0).  44 points.  Next game: December 23 v Cal State Northridge.  Yeah, everyone is looking forward to the Kentucky game.  How can you not?
  3. Virginia (11-0).  43 points, 1 first-place vote.  Next game: December 30 v Davidson.
  4. Notre Dame (12-1).  34 points.  Next game: December 30 v Hartford.
  5. Miami (9-3).  29 points.  Next game: December 30 v College of Charleston.  The Hurricanes really need to right the ship after losses to Eastern Kentucky, Wisconsin-Green Bay, and Providence.
  6. North Carolina (8-3).  23 points.  Next game: December 27th v UAB.
  7. North Carolina State (9-3).  20 points.  Next game: December 23rd v Louisiana Tech. 
  8. Georgia Tech (8-2).  12 points.  Next game: December 23rd v Dayton.
  9. Pittsburgh (8-3). 11 points.  Next game: December 23rd v Holy Cross.
  10. Syracuse (7-4).  9 points.  Next game: December 28th v Long Beach State.  The Orange are looking better of late, narrowly losing to Villanova and taking care of business against Colgate.

Others: Boston College 1 pt. Clemson, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Florida State did not receive votes.

What do you think–do we have anyone over-ranked or under-ranked?

Confidential Correspondents’ Basketball Poll: December 16, 2014

The Confidential routinely polls its correspondents to rank the top ACC basketball teams.  The season is very young, but here is a quick look at the current top 10:

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Confidential Correspondents’ Basketball Poll: December 5, 2014

The Confidential routinely polls its correspondents to rank the top ACC basketball teams.  The season is very young, but here is a quick look at the current top 10:

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The Confidential ACC Football Top 10 Poll: Week 15

Well, another football season is behind us.  The regular season, anyway.  There is a lot to decide yet regarding bowl games and such.  But, alas, it is time for the final regular season Confidential Correspondents ACC football poll.  For fun, let’s take a quick look at the Week 1 poll results:

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