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ACC: Prognosticating the 2018 College Football Season

For years, the ACC was a one-team conference. In the heyday of Bobby Bowden, Florida State owned the league. Those days are over. Florida State is still one of the top teams in the ACC, however, it is Clemson who rules the roost. Louisville had their chance, Virginia Tech has been good, and the U is on its way back. At the end of the day, Dabo Swinney leads the top squad.

The ACC had 40 players taken in the 2018 NFL Draft. This was the second highest total for any conference, behind only the SEC. This season, the talent pool from the conference is immense.

The ACC is poised to have another excellent season. Three teams have a legitimate shot to make the College Football Playoff.

PROJECTED ACC STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION

Team Conference Record Overall Record
Clemson 7-1 11-1
Florida State 6-2 10-2
NC State 5-3 8-4
Wake Forest 5-3 8-4
Boston College 3-5 6-6
Louisville 3-5 6-6
Syracuse 2-6 5-7
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COASTAL DIVISION

Team Conference Record Overall Record
Miami (FL) 8-0 11-1
Duke 5-3 8-4
Virginia Tech 5-3 8-4
Georgia Tech 3-5 5-7
North Carolina 2-6 5-7
Virginia 2-6 5-7
Pittsburgh 0-8 1-11

 

ACC CHAMPIONSHIP: Clemson over Miami (FL)

In the ACC Atlantic Division, it all comes down to October 27th. Clemson will visit Tallahassee. A sneaky good team this year is Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons have more NFL-level prospects than they usually do. Clemson has four defensive line players that all could be taken in Round one. NC State lost a ton of defensive talent. The Wolfpack offense will have to carry them in 2018. How quickly can Florida State convert to Willie Taggart’s spread, up-tempo offense? That could determine if they can challenge for the playoff or not.

On paper, Miami appears to be the class of the ACC Coastal Division. The Hurricanes are loaded in Mark Richt’s third season. Duke and Virginia Tech are the only real challengers to the throne.

What do you think about the ACC in 2018? Let us know in the comments!

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