By Kenny Howell
This the second part in my College Football Preview for this year. Today, I am looking at the ACC. This is pretty much a four-way battle between Clemson, Miami, Florida State and Virginia Tech, as usual. However, I think that North Carolina could work their way into that conversation.
I think Clemson will go undefeated in conference play. They get Florida State at home, and don't have to play Miami or North Carolina. They have to play Georgia, who Sammy Watkins said they should beat the mess out of, and they have to travel to South Carolina. I think they lose one of those, and finish the season 11-1, but 8-0 in conference play.
I think Florida State will lose to Clemson, their only loss in conference play, and on the road at Florida to end the season to finish 10-2. They might be the most talented team in the conference, but have a tough schedule.
On the other side of the conference, I think Miami will finish 10-2 as well, with their only loss coming to Florida State. I think Florida will beat them as well.
Virginia Tech should bounce back from a disappointing year last year. A road trip to Miami might be their only conference loss, but they start the season playing Alabama in Atlanta, which will be tough. 10-2 is a good possibility.
North Carolina could make some noise with a break here or there, but traveling to South Carolina and Virginia Tech, and having Miami at home will be tough.
Newcomers Syracuse and Pittsburgh shouldn't factor in at all.
I think the ACC Championship will come down to Clemson and Miami, with Clemson repeating as champions.
1. Clemson (11-1) (8-0)
2. Florida State (10-2) (7-1)
3. Maryland (7-5) (4-4)
4. N.C. State (6-6) (2-6)
5. Boston College (5-7) (2-6)
6. Syracuse (4-8) (2-6)
7. Wake Forest (3-9) (0-8)
1. Miami (10-2) (7-1)
2. Virginia Tech (10-2) (7-1)
3. North Carolina (9-3) (6-2)
4. Pittsburgh (6-6) (3-5)
5. Georgia Tech (5-7) (3-5)
6. Virginia (5-7) (2-6)
7. Duke (4-8) (1-7)