The College Football season is 11 weeks away. If you are like me, that is way too far away. On our way to the season, I will be giving you a preview every week. This week, the Atlantic Coast Conference is the subject. Now the ACC has been ridiculed for not producing a National Title Contender. Is this the year everything goes right for one team and we see an ACC representative in Pasadena? Who knows! That is what makes College Football so great. There is just so much uncertainty. View attachment 53486 Letâ€™s begin with the Boston College Eagles. This is a team coming off of a disaster of a season. The Eagles struggled to a 2-10 finish last year. Gone is head coach Frank Spaziani. His replacement is former Temple head coach Steve Addazio. Addazio has injected some much needed fire and enthusiasm into this program. That wonâ€™t be enough alone to get the job done though. The talent level just isnâ€™t there for this team to be competitive. Donâ€™t get me wrong, this will be a team that makes you earn every victory, but the talent just isnâ€™t there to get bowl eligible. The offense returns 8 starters, which sounds great, but they will have to learn a new offensive system. Luckily, starting quarterback Chase Rettig is returning. He has shown improvement every year heâ€™s played. Their best offensive weapon in wide receiver Alex Amidon is back as well. Amidon set school records last year in receptions, 78, and yardage, 1210. The Defense was a mess last season, and it returns 8 starters as well. In a year where seven of Boston College opponents threw for over 240, the secondary will need to step it up. The rest of the defense isnâ€™t much better. Teams often ran right through them averaging 214.1 yards a game. The defense also mustered only six sacks. Half a sack a game wonâ€™t get it done. The Eagles have a daunting schedule with games at USC, Clemson, and UNC. They also host Florida State and Virginia Tech. What will be a rebuilding year, looks to be extremely long. The best case scenario for the Eagles, pull off an upset and finish 5-7. The worst case, they donâ€™t win a single conference game and stumble to a 1-11 finish. Either way, a bowl game does not seem realistic for the Eagles this year. View attachment 53487 The Clemson Tigers seem to be everybodyâ€™s favorite to win the ACC. The Tigers finished last year strong with a victory over LSU in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Expectations for this team are at itâ€™s highest in a long time. With no major turnover in the coaching ranks, it will all depend on the players. Clemson returns six starters on offense led by quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Even more important, the offensive line returns four starters. Adam Humphries, Charone Peake, and Martavis Bryant have some big shoes to fill with the departure with DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins was Clemsonâ€™s most reliable receiver last year, with Watkins battling injury and off-field issues. The defense returns seven starters, all but one in the front seven. Clemson will be breaking in three new starters in the secondary, including both corner positions. The secondary was a disaster last year, and needs to improve if Clemson hopes to compete for a National Title. The Tigerâ€™s schedule is no cake walk. They will have to travel to hated rival South Carolina and to North Carolina State on a Thursday night. If you donâ€™t know by now, I am always wary of favorites on Thursday night game. There is just something about them. They also host Georgia, Florida State, and Georgia Tech on another Thursday night. The best case scenario for the Tigers would be a 12-0 regular season followed by winning the ACC Championship Game and an appearance in Pasadena for the Crystal Ball. On the other hand, the Tigers could collapse under the pressure and struggle to a 7-5 finish. View attachment 53489 Now to my favorite team, the Florida State Seminoles. The Seminoles have become the butt of many jokes. Every year is THE year. The Seminoles had the most players drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, yet many people look at the Seminoles and see an underachieving team. They are not too far off in their assessment. The Seminoles suffered a major overhaul of their coaching assistants. Defensive coordinator Mark Stoops left to take the head coaching job at Kentucky. Offensive coordinator James Coley, quarterback coach Dameyune Craig, running back coach Eddie Gran, defensive end coach DJ Elliot, and linebacker coach Greg Hudson all left as well. Florida State returns 6 starters on offense. Gone are starting quarterback E.J. Manuel, running back Chris Thompson, fullback and Orange Bowl MVP Lonnie Pryor, wide receiver Rodney Smith, and right tackle Menelik Watson. The other four offensive lineman return as well as leading receiver Rashad Greene, and the two-headed rushing tandem of James Wilder Jr and Devonta Freeman. The replacements for Smith, Thompson, Pryor, and Watson all have big game experience with the rotation at the skill positions and Hart playing due to injuries his freshman and sophomore year. The biggest transition will be from E.J. Manuel to redshirt freshman Jameis Winston. Winston was the top Quarterback recruit coming out of high school, and starred in the Spring Game. UPDATE: Florida State #2 tight end Kevin Haplea, who transferred from Penn State last season, has been ruled out for the season after tearing his ACL in 7-on-7 drills on 6/20/13. The defense returns only four starters. Gone are standout defensive ends Bjoern Werner, Cornellius â€œTankâ€ Carradine, and Brandon Jenkins. Starting cornerback Xavier Rhodes and starting outside linebackers, Vince Williams and Nick Moody, are gone as well. As with the offense, all of the new starters, have big game experience. Mark Stoops utilized a rotation heavy system along the defensive line, as that looks to continue. Florida State will also be replacing the record holding Kicker Dustin Hopkins. If you have ever followed Florida State, you know that Kickers will make or break you. Florida Stateâ€™s schedule looks quite manageable. The road contests against Clemson and Florida will be the most daunting game on the schedule, but donâ€™t overlook Boston College. The Eagles always play Florida State tough. At home, Miami looks to be the only tough one. Best case scenario, the Noles finish 12-0, win the ACC Championship, and spend their holidays in Pasadena. Worst case, Winston struggles as a freshman and the Noles stumble to a 8-4 finish. View attachment 53491 The Maryland Terrapins look to be a team on the rise. Last season they won 4 games, doubling their total from 2011. The real silver lining in all this was that they won four games and were quite competitive in all but 3 games while losing their top four quarterbacks, and starting a linebacker at quarterback! I do not project them losing their top four quarterbacks again. Electrifying wide receiver Stefon Diggs is one of five starters that return to an offense that could be impressive. The defense returns four starters, and lost leaders in Defensive Tackle Joe Vellano, Defensive End A.J. Francis, and Middle Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield. The defense does return anchor Darius Kilgo as well as both starting cornerbacks, Jeremiah Johnson and Dexter McDougle. The defense will need to be just as tough as it was last year and hope that with some healthy quarterbacks, the offense will carry itâ€™s end of the bargain. Kicker Brad Craddock also needs to improve from his struggles last season. The Terps benefit from a favorable schedule with road contests against Florida State and Virginia Tech, and a home contest against Clemson. The best case scenario for the Terps would be the defense continuing to be stout and the offense remaining healthy to the tune of a 10-2 finish and a trip to the Charlotte for the ACC Championship Game. Worst case, the Terps offense struggles, the defense doesnâ€™t retain their toughness from a year ago, and the Terps struggle through a 7-5 year. Either way, it looks like the Terps will continue to improve and compete for a bowl bid. View attachment 53494 Next up is the frustrating North Carolina State Wolfpack. This is a team that a year ago upset Florida State, yet struggled to a 7-6 finish. Out is head coach Tom Oâ€™Brien, who was the toast of the town after the Florida State game. In comes former Northern Illinois Head Coach Dave Doeren. This offense returns four starters. The losses are the bigger story here as they lost the interior of the offensive line and quarterback Mike Glennon. Junior Transfer Pete Thomas from Colorado State looks to take over the helm at quarterback. If we have learned anything from Coach Doeren, is that his offenses rely on the quarterback being a dual threat. Thomas is not a threat to take off, so the running game will rely on Shadrach Thornton and Tony Creecy. Both offensive Tackles are back, and that should help give Thomas time to find his receivers, led by Quintin Payton and Bryan Underwood. The defense returns four starters from a year ago, three on the defensive line. The linebacking core will be breaking in three new starters led by D.J. Green, who was supposed to takeover last year, but found himself suspended for the whole season. The defensive backfield is where all the attention will be focused after the secondary was torched last year. Even with cornerback David Amerson, the Wolfpack secondary gave up 250 yards a game last season. that needs to improve, or it will be another frustrating year in Raleigh. The Wolfpackâ€™s schedule doesnâ€™t appear to be too daunting with the only tough road contest being Florida State. The home schedule appears more difficult with Maryland and North Carolina coming to town, as well as Clemson on a Thursday night. The best case scenario for the Wolfpack would be a 11-1 finish with an appearance in the ACC Championship game. Worst case, the Wolfpack have another frustrating year breaking in so many new starters, and they finish 7-5 yet again in the regular season. View attachment 53496 A big welcome to ACC newcomers, the Syracuse Orange. Last season started off rocky with a 1-3 start, but they turned the ship around and finished 8-5, capping the season off with a 38-14 rout of the West Virginia Mountaineers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. This season looks to be a little tougher for the Orange. Letâ€™s be honest, the ACC is tougher than the Big East, now the American Athletic Conference. Not only that, but gone is head coach Doug Marrone, who left to take over the Buffalo Bills. The Orange decided to promote defensive coordiantor Scott Shafer to head coach. The Orange are returning six starters on offense. Gone is quarterback Ryan Nassib, but he is being replaced by senior Drew Allen, who transferred in from Oklahoma. The Orange also lost their top two receivers from a year ago in Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales. That leaves from big holes to fill by Jarrod West and Arkansas transfer Quinta Funderburk. The defense returns six starters, but lost defensive leader Shamarko Thomas. The defensive line lost the most though, with the graduation of defensive end Brandon Sharpe, defensive tackle Deon Goggins, and the dismissal of defensive end Markus Pierce-Brewster. The secondary, even with the loss of Thomas, looks to be just fine with all the returning players having significant game experience. The defense will be physical, but the offense may wind up holding this team back. The Orange do face a tough road schedule, with trips to Northwestern, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Florida State, and opening against Penn State at MetLife Stadium. Their home schedule looks to much more favorable with Clemson being the only true tough game. This looks to be a tough transition year for the Orange, with the best scenario being 5-7, and worst case being 4-8. Either way, this year doesnâ€™t look to be a good one for the Orange. View attachment 53500 The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have been on the decline since winning the ACC in 2006. What looked like a program that could be on a rise, proved to be a one-hit wonder. Wake Forest hasnâ€™t made a bowl appearance since 2008. They look to change that this year is what could be a make-or-break year for head coach Jim Grobe. The Deacons return seven starters on offense, led by senior quarterback Tanner Price and wide receiver Michael Campanaro. Campanaro was the leader of the receiving corps last season, even with a broken hand. The offensive line is the big question. The unit was decimated by injuries last season, and the outlook already looks bleak this season with left tackle Steven Chase fighting a knee injury, left guard Antonio Ford recovering from a broken leg, and right tackle Colin Summers officially ruled out for the year due to blood clots developing in his lungs. The replacements for those three are all redshirt freshman and sophomores. In other words, Price better get the ball out of his hands quickly or it could be another long season. The defense returns eight starters, including everybody on the defensive line. Zachary Allen and Brandon Chubbs will take over the outside linebacker spots. James Ward takes over the strong safety spot that he split time at last season. If the secondary improves as expected, this defense could be a force to reckon with. Wake Forestâ€™s schedule does not look to be too difficult with Florida State, North Carolina State, and Maryland being the toughest home contests. The road schedule does look tougher with contests at Clemson, Miami, and Vanderbilt. The best case scenario for the Deacons looks to be 6-6 and a bowl berth. The worst case scenario is the offensive line proves to be the weakness on offense and the secondary showing no improvement as the Deacons struggle to a 4-8 finish. View attachment 53488 To kick off the Coastal Division, weâ€™ll start with the Duke Blue Devils. Duke was a team that had some aggressive ups and downs last season. Duke appeared in their first bowl game since 1994 last season after starting 6-2 last season. That was an incredible feat for Duke. The down side is that they finished the season with five straight losses, including a heartbreaking loss to Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl. Duke returns six offensive starters, led by receiver Jamison Crowder. Unfortunately, Duke lost starting quarterback Sean Renfree and the ACCâ€™s all-time leader in receptions and yardage in Conner Vernon. Junior dual threat quarterback Anthony Boone looks to fill Renfreeâ€™s shoes. Luckily for him, Duke does return four starting offensive lineman. Duke returns five starters on defense, including three defensive lineman. Unfortunately, Duke lost three of their starters in what was already a shaky secondary. The run defense wasnâ€™t much better giving up an average of 201.5 yards a game. To make matters worse, Duke gave up an average of 280 yards a game in those last five game of the season. Duke is breaking in three new starters at linebacker. Dukeâ€™s offense will need to continue putting points on the scoreboard to be competitive this year if the defense doesnâ€™t show massive improvement from last seasonâ€™s embarrassment. Dukeâ€™s did have some luck with scheduling as they avoid Clemson and Florida State this year. Their home schedule includes tough games against Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, and Miami. The road schedule is much easier with North Carolina and Virginia Tech being the toughest games. The best case scenario for Duke has them falling just short of bowl eligibility at 5-7. Worst case, Dukeâ€™s defense is atrocious, the offense sputters, and the Blue Devils stumble to a 3-9 record while winning zero ACC games. View attachment 53490 The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets had a tough year finishing 7-7. They lost the ACC Championship to Florida State, but did manage to defeat a stumbling USC team 21-7 in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. What separates Georgia Tech from most schools in their spread option offense. Teams have a hard time stopping it, as Tech is one of the few teams who still utilize it. Georgia Tech returns eight offensive starters including every single offensive lineman. The losses on offense are significant though. Gone are starting quarterback Tevin Washington and leading rusher Orwin Smith. Sophomore Vad Lee looks to step in and lead a seamless transition at quarterback. Replacing Orwin Smith, is Junior B.J. Bostic. Letâ€™s face it; Georgia Tech has no problem replacing their running backs. The defense is where the biggest change will happen as defensive coordinator Al Groh was relieved of duties and replaced by Ted Roof. That means a change from the 3-4 to the 4-3. Luckily, Georgia Tech returns eight starters on defense, including the whole linebacking core. Defensive tackle will be the spot to watch as they will be breaking in new starters there. The secondary is led by returning starters Louis Young, Jemea Thomas, and Isaiah Johnson. All three of them are seniors on what will be a senior laden defense. Fred Holton is going to take back his position at safety if he can stay healthy, something that has been tough for him the past two season. The hope is that these returning starters donâ€™t repeat the same bad habits as last yearâ€™s defense that surrendered 40+ points six times last season. Georgia Tech is hoping Freshman Harrison Butker solves the kicking woes of the past two years as well. Georgia Techâ€™s schedule is no cake walk with road contests at Miami, BYU, and Clemson on a Thursday night. They do get the opportunity to host North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia Tech on a Thursday night. The best case scenario for Georgia Tech would be 10-2 with a second straight appearance in the ACC Title game. Worst case, Georgia Techâ€™s defense doesnâ€™t show too much improvement, Vad Lee has a tough time, and Georgia Tech finishes 7-5. Either way, Georgia Tech looks to keep their bowl streak going. View attachment 53492 It has been a decade since the Miami Hurricanes won ten games in a season, yet they are the trendy pick to win the ACC Coastal Division. When the Canes moved from the Big East to the ACC, it was thought that they would compete for conference titles every year. This has not been the case as the Canes have yet to win the Coastal Division. Now, the Canes face an uncertain future with pending NCAA sanctions coming their way. The Canes made one major coaching change, and that was bringing in Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley for the same position. Coley takes over an offense that returns eight starters that includes senior quarterback Stephen Morris, both starting wide receivers, and all five offensive lineman. The buzz around this Hurricane offense is centered around running back Duke Johnson. As a freshman, he set the world on fire with his electrifying runs. Now as a sophomore and Heisman hopeful, he looks to shoulder most of the load. The offensive line is the area that everybody is excited about. Just two years ago, Miami held open tryouts for lineman to join the team. Now, they have one of the most experienced offensive lines, with senior right tackle Seantrel Henderson leading the way. The defense returns four starters to a unit that was torched on numerous occasions. The defensive line needs to step it up in a big way this year. The linebacking core could have been a strength this year if not for starting linebacker outside linebacker Gionni Paul getting kicked off the team, and other starting outside linebacker Eddie Johnson deciding to leave the school for Hinds Community College. To help fill those voids are sophomores Raphael Kirby, Tyriq McCord, and freshman Alex Figueroa. The secondary returns four guys who didnâ€™t start to contribute till late in the season. Miami will need that core led by sophomores Deon Bush and Tracy Howard to step up big this season, or it might be another long year. The Canes schedule isnâ€™t too difficult with road contests at Florida State and a Thursday game at North Carolina. The home games against Florida and Virginia Tech will be the ones to watch, but donâ€™t overlook Virginia. The Cavs always play Miami extremely tough. This is a Miami team the at their best, could finish 10-2 with their first appearance in the ACC title game. Worst case, Miamiâ€™s offense has to try and out score their porous defense and the Canes finish a still respectable 8-4. View attachment 53493 The North Carolina Tar Heels were the winners of the ACC Coastal Division last year. Problem being, they were ineligible for postseason play. This year, North Carolina looks to win the division and represent the Coastal Division in Charlotte. North Carolinaâ€™s offense returns six starters from a year ago. Back is redshirt senior quarterback Bryn Renner. Gone though is guard Jonathan Cooper and electrifying tailback Giovani Bernard. Senior A.J. Blue and sophomore Romar Morris look to pick up the slack, as they did a year ago when Bernard missed games due to injury. The defense returns seven starters, but is replacing their whole linebacking core led by Kevin Redrod. The secondary returns all four starters, but those same guys were a liability at times last season. The secondary needs to make some huge strides this season to cover up the losses in the front seven. North Carolinaâ€™s schedule is a true Jeckyll and Hyde with road contests at Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, and the season opener at South Carolina, on a Thursday night nonetheless. The home schedule is much more favorable with the toughest contest being Miami on a Thursday night. North Carolina did have some luck in avoiding matchups against ACC favorites Florida State and Clemson. The best case scenario for North Carolina, the secondary steps up and North Carolina finishes the year 9-3. Worst case, North Carolinaâ€™s secondary doesnâ€™t improve, the running game canâ€™t get going, and they wind up having another underachieving 7-5 season. View attachment 53495 The Pittsburgh Panthers are the other newcomer to the ACC this year. After finishing a disappointing 6-7 last season, the Panthers look to have a successful first year in the ACC. The Panthers return five starters on starters on offense, three of them on the offensive line. Gone are quarterback Tino Sunseri and running back Ray Graham. Grahamâ€™s heir apparent, Rushel Shell, up and transferred to UCLA this Spring. Wide receiver Devin Street does return though, giving senior Tom Savage a reliable target. UPDATE: It has been reported as of 12:10 A.M. on 6/24/2013 that running back Rushel Shell has contacted the Pittsburgh coaching staff about returning. Shell never enrolled at UCLA, which makes his return less complicated. The reason for his return is due to his twin daughters living in Pennsylvania, and he does not want to be that far away from them. if Pittsburgh accepts him back, it would be a huge boost to the running game. The defense returns eight starters including leader Jason Hendricks. The defense will be the strength of this Pittsburgh team as in years past. The schedule for Pittsburgh is much tougher at home than on the road. Pittsburgh will face Notre Dame, North Carolina, Miami, and host Florida State on Labor Day as the opener. The two tough road contests will be Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. The best case scenario for Pittsburgh would be a 6-6 finish. Worst case, the speed of the of the ACC coupled with growing pains on the offense creates a tough 4-8 campaign for the Panthers. View attachment 53497 The Virginia Cavaliers were many pundits dark horse candidate last season after finishing 8-5 in 2011. That didnâ€™t pan out at all as the Cavs struggled through a 4-8 year. Virginia returns six starters on offense including four on the offensive line. As of right now, junior quarterback David Watford looks to be the leader heading into the season, but donâ€™t be surprised if former Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims challenges him for the starting job. Junior running back Kevin Parks takes over for the diminutive Perry Jones at tailback. The biggest loss on the line was losing All-ACC left tackle Oday Aboushi. The defense returns seven starters including the whole secondary. With the whole secondary returning, it will take pressure off of the linebackers in the passing game, and let the defensive lineman pin their ears back and go after the quarterback. Virginiaâ€™s schedule will not be easy. They host BYU, Oregon, Georgia Tech, Clemson, and Virginia Tech this year. Let us not forget that they will also be traveling to Maryland, North Carolina, and Miami. The best case scenario for Virginia would be a 6-6 season led by stellar quarterback play. Worst case, the offense struggles again and the Cavs repeat last seasonâ€™s 4-8. View attachment 53499 The Virginia Tech Hokies had a miserable season last year. Now to some teams, finishing 7-6 wouldnâ€™t be all that bad. Except that is the worst record the Hokies have put up in 20 years. The main culprit of last season's struggles was the offense. To try to fix matters, head coach Frank Beamer shuffled his offense staff. The Hokies return only four starters on offense, led by senior quarterback Logan Thomas. Thomas was looked at as a possible top ten pick in the 2013 NFL draft. That didnâ€™t last very long as he had a horrendous season. The offensive line returns two starters, and the new guys are all juniors. Luckily this team will have a mostly upperclassmen lineup on offense. The defense returns nine starters, led by two-time second-team All-ACC defensive end James Gayle. This defense will have to replace Bruce Taylor at linebacker, and depth there is rather thin. Barring injuries, this Hokie defense will be as good as usual. The schedule isnâ€™t easy, but they did avoid Florida State and Clemson this season. They play at Miami and at Georgia Tech on a Thursday night. Let us not forget that they start the season with Alabama at the Georgia Dome. The home schedule looks rather favorable with North Carolina being the only game that looks to be difficult. Virginia Tech is a great team at home, and that gives them a huge advantage. Best case scenario for the Hokies looks to be 10-2 with a chance to get back to the ACC title game that they have become a fixture in since joining the ACC. Worst case, they make a step forward, but still wind up finishing 8-4 due to offensive struggles. View attachment 53498 The ACC looks to be the most competitive it has been in a while. With people writing off the ACC as a joke, it would be nice to see the conference start a strong forward trend. Every week, the ACC will play a game of importance. Here's a week-by-week list of games to pay attention to. Week 1: North Carolina @ South Carolina. This game kicks off the college football season. An upset of South Carolina would start the season off on a great note for North Carolina. Alabama vs Virginia Tech. No matter what anybody says, this game is not at a neutral site. Virginia Tech is going into Atlanta already 22 point underdogs. This will be a great test of the new offensive system. Georgia @ Clemson. This should be a great match-up. It is a statement game for Clemson. If Clemson wants to be serious contenders for the National Championship this season, they must win this game. The ACC has three games against the SEC the opening weekend. For the sake of the conference, they cannot afford to lose all three. Week 2: Florida @ Miami. This is a rivalry game where the opposing sides really don't like each other. Miami will be looking to pull off an upset and start to upward trend. Another match-up against a SEC team. Week 4: Clemson @ North Carolina State. Clemson's first road test in on a Thursday night. Thursday night games are where upsets happen. This ought to be a great contest. North Carolina @ Georgia Tech. Important conference game early in the season. The winner of this game will already have a leg up in what looks to be an exciting Coastal Division race. Week 5: Virginia Tech @ Georgia Tech. Another Thursday night match-up for the ACC. This game has some big implications for the Coastal Division. Let's not forget, this has become a rivalry since Virginia Tech joined the ACC. Week 6: North Carolina @ Virginia Tech. How about the scheduling here? The ACC wasted no time. Another important Coastal game. Georgia Tech @ Miami. Like I said for the previous game, the ACC really wanted to see who the front runner's would be in the Coastal. Week 8: Miami @ North Carolina. North Carolina gets their top three foes from the Coastal in four weeks. North Carolina does get this game at home, on a Thursday night. Upset? Florida State @ Clemson. The biggest conference game of the year. The winner of this game, will most likely represent the Atlantic Division in Charlotte. This will be Florida State's first true test of the season. Week 9: North Carolina State @ Florida State. If Florida State beats Clemson, this could be the let down game just like last season. If Clemson beats Florida State, this will just be a good ole revenge game. Side note, this game will be Bobby Bowden's first return to Doak Campbell Stadium. Week 10: Miami @ Florida State. Can Miami snap Florida State's win streak, or will Florida State continue their dominance over Miami? This will be a statement game for both teams. North Carolina @ North Carolina State. You cannot ignore this rivalry. It may not get the same attention as the one going on in Florida, but this one can be just as fierce. Week 11: Virginia Tech @ Miami. This game could decide the Coastal Division. These old Big East rivals always give us a show. This could be a let down game for Miami if they knock off Florida State. Week 12: Georgia Tech @ Clemson. This match-up will have huge implications in the division races for both teams. Neither team can afford to slip up on this Thursday night affair. Week 14: Florida State @ Florida. Hello rivalry week! Florida State will be looking to avenge last season's loss in Tallahassee. This game could have huge BCS implications. Georgia @ Georgia Tech This rivalry has been one sided as of late. Georgia Tech will be looking to change that. Virginia Tech @ Virginia. This game always matters. Last season, Virginia Tech defeated Virginia to get bowl eligibility. This season, they could need it to win the Coastal. This season, I pick Clemson to represent the Atlantic Division for the ACC Championship. For the Coastal, I am picking Miami. In the ACC Championship Game, I am picking Clemson to defeat Miami. Will I have Clemson playing in Pasadena or the Orange Bowl becomes the question. For the answer, you'll have to wait for my bowl game predictions.