2005 ACC College Football Preview
2005 ACC Predictions
Today we bring you our third chapter of the 2005 NCAA College football preview. This week we are examining Atlantic Coast Conference and bringing you our ACC conference predictions. Below are the predictions for the Coast and Atlantic divisions including a little bit about each school. For a more in depth look at each football program, click on the team link which includes the football schedule and other information for the respected 2005 squad.
This season the ACC welcomes Boston College to complete the expansion announced of 2003. The Atlantic Coast Conference now has 12 teams in its conference, and gets the privilege to play a title game to determine the ACC champion. Nine of the twelve teams look to have a legitimate shot at getting to the inaugural game, with Va Tech, Miami, and Florida St. heading the field. We are predicting Virginia Tech will represent the Coastal Division, where they will meet the Atlantic Division champ Florida State. How ever it plays out, it should be another exciting year in the ACC.
1) Virginia Tech - Loaded at skill positions, but Vicks off the
field troubles is cause for alarm. Get Miami at home, and besides
on the road against Virginia, schedule is fairly trouble-free.
Excellent shot at getting to the ACC title game as well as a BCS bowl game.
2005 Virginia Tech Preview
2) Miami - Probably more talented than the Hokies, but the Hurricanes
have to play Virginia Tech in Blacksburg which is why we are calling
for Miami to be the runner up in the Coastal Division. Tough game
at Florida St. to open up the season but besides that game and the
Virginia Tech game, rest of schedule is pretty effortless.
Miami Hurricanes 2005 preview
3) Georgia Tech - Starting QB Reggie Ball needs to be more consistent.
Defensive line is very thin, but overall if they stay injury free
one of the best units in the nation. 7 or 8 wins and a medium size
bowl bid invitation is probable.
Preview for the Yellow Jackets
4) Virginia - Very good backfield overall, perhaps the best in
the Atlantic Coast Conference. Lost 7 starters to the NFL draft
and schedule is very demanding, but 7 wins and a bowl game is achievable.
2005 Virginia preview
5) North Carolina - 15 starters return, but one of the toughest
schedules in the nation will keep the Tar heels in the 5th spot
of the Coastal Division and out of the post season.
North Carolina 2005 football preview
6) Duke - No size, lack of talent, and being in a powerhouse conference
with better teams should land Duke its 11 straight losing season.
2005 Duke College Preview
1) Florida St. - All of the preseason questions exist on the offensive
side of the ball as FSU boasts a loaded defensive unit. Team will
be tested early in the season against the Hurricanes but we see
them emerging as the winner in that contest. Should win the Atlantic
Division and play in the inaugural ACC title game.
Florida St preview and schedule
2) NC State - The Wolfpack caught a break not having to play Miami
or Virginia from the coastal division. Running backs and defense
are talented. Will certainly improve on last years 5-6 record and
get to a bowl game.
NC State Wolfpack 2005 preview
3) Boston College - BC is a quality team returning 14 starters.
Have the ability to finish second in the Atlantic if they can take
care of business against NC State at home on November 12th. Unquestionably
should get to their 7th straight bowl game.
BC 2005 College football preview
4) Maryland - Only 11 starters return from a 5-6 team. Defense
is good enough to keep them in ball games but getting back to a
bowl game will be unlikely due to the lack of talent the young team
Maryland 2005 football schedule and preview
5) Clemson - Very harsh first 6 games of the schedule could see
the Tigers start out 1-5. New coordinators on both sides of the
ball, a brutal conference and non conference schedule, will keep
Clemson towards the bottom of the Atlantic Division and home this
2005 Clemson football preview
6) Wake Forest - 15 starters return from a 4-7 team, which is the
most in the ACC. Defense as a whole is poor, while on the offensive
side of the ball, the rushing game is above average; passing game
is just run of the mill. Tough schedule and lack of talent will
keep Wake Forest in the cellar of the Atlantic Division.
Wake Forest 2005 preview & schedule