2009 ACC Football Preview
2009 Season ACC football preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official atlantic coast conference football preview as well as individual team previews for all 12 acc football teams and our acc predictions for both the coastal and atlantic divisions. When betting on college football against the bookmakers odds dont dismiss our NCAA football picks to help build your bankroll this year.
ATLANTIC DIVISION OVERVIEW
The ACC Atlantic is a highly competitive division, leaving little room for error when it comes to winning and losing. This season, the division will see some changes as former contenders work towards rebuilding and up-and-coming teams begin to reach their full potential.
The Florida State Seminoles look to be the best in the division. The Noles return a wealth of talent on offense and have perhaps the strongest recruiting class in the league on defense. This team can put points on the board while stopping opponents from doing so. QB Christian Ponder is dynamic and will be protected by a first-rate frontline. Although they have an extremely tough schedule that includes 11 bowl teams, this club has a lot of talent.
On the upswing, the NC State Wolfpack should be the most improved team in the division. Sophomore QB Russell Wilson had a great rookie season last year. He shows an accurate arm and after a season of experience should be even better than last season. On defense, there are some fine recruits. Watch this club, they will be contenders.
The Tigers of Clemson have a massive weapon in running back C.J. Spiller, and Spiller will be helped by a fine frontline. There’s little experience at quarterback and that’s certainly a worry. On defense, the front is one of the best in the division and overall the D-squad will keep this team in contention.
The Demon Deacons from Wake Forest are a team in decline. The loss of placekicker Sam Swank, the club’s all-time point-maker, is big. Senior QB Riley Skinner is capable of big things, but his offensive line is questionable. If he has the time, he’ll get the ball to the right guy. The team’s defense is a work-in-progress.
From Maryland, the Terrapins will be a team to watch. They have the potential to be a spoiler with QB Chris Turner and RB Da’Rel Scott providing fine scoring potential. There are also some fine rookie runners on board. A depleted offensive line is a worry. The defense is going through some major rebuilding. Punter Travis Baltz is one of the best.
The Boston College Eagles have been a force to reckon with for years. This season may be different. New coach Frank Spaziani, who has been a coordinator at BC for a decade, will have to morph into a head coach quickly in order to see success. He does welcome back a host of talented starters, which is certainly good news. But the QB spot is up in the air and an entirely new offense scheme is being instituted. There’s a solid defensive squad, but can the “D” win enough games to make this team a viable threat?
The Noles are a top prospect and the Wolfpack have enough talent
and skill to rise to the top of the ranks. Clemson seems to always
be in the hunt and should be once again, while both the Demon Deacons
and Eagles will have a hard go of it. The Terrapins could benefit
from the decline of Wake and B.C.
COASTAL DIVISION OVERVIEW
Of the two divisions in the ACC, the Coastal is definitely the weaker. One reason for this is the Duke Blue Devils. They continue to be flimsy and unthreatening. Plus three other clubs have tended to hold the line rather than improve—Virginia, Miami and North Carolina. That leaves Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech as the top two contenders in the Coastal.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are a true top-10 team. They will once again be in competition for a BCS Bowl spot. The Hokies have a lot going for them, including a stalwart defense, a fine running squad and an able quarterback in Tyrod Taylor. The schedule works against the club as they open versus Alabama and meet Nebraska and East Carolina later in the season. They’ve won the ACC two years straight. The Hokies possess a clean shot at a third title.
But it won’t come easy. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will be swarming to ensure their spot at number one. The Jackets’ option offense can stymie even the best defenses. Nine starters return, which is great news but three top defensive linemen from last season are playing for NFL teams. Still, 10 wins look to certainly be possible.
The North Carolina Tar Heels will find it tough going with a depleted receiving corps. QB T.J. Yates’ passing options will be limited. The offensive line looks to be in fairly good shape and that will help. But this team’s strength is on defense. The secondary, middle and front are all in fine shape. The new recruits look good too. The Heels play Virginia Tech late in the season and could pull an upset.
Fans expect results from Miami Hurricane head coach Randy Shannon. They may see some this season as Shannon starts his third year at Miami. The Canes welcome a small but exceptionally talented freshman class. Plus, QB Jacory Harris, who showed promise in his first season last year, is back and experienced. There’s sound talent and skill on both sides of the ball. New coordinators on offense and defense will add some wrinkles. A bowl game looks to be in the offing for this team.
The Virginia Cavaliers have had some lean years under head coach Al Groh. Groh, who has been at Virginia eight seasons, has to put up winning numbers to get some job security. The linebacking unit is thin while the secondary is sound. Senior Vic Hall has enough talent to be an entire team, but he needs the other guys to come through in order to win. The team is young but it’s talented.
Once again, the Duke Blue Devils will struggle to even come close to posting a winning record. QB Thaddeus Lewis is a fine passer but he’s limited in terms of targets. The running game will get a boost with the return of Re’quan Boyette. Five wins are expected and six wins would be amazing. There is no bowl bid in the near future for Duke.
This division should come down to Virginia Tech versus Georgia Tech. However don’t rule out North Carolina. They could possibly notch second-place. Still, third seems more likely. It’s between Miami and Virginia for the fourth and fifth spots in the Coastal. Duke will once again be Duke.
1) Virginia Tech Hokies
2) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
3) North Carolina Tar Heels
4) Miami Hurricanes
5) Virginia Cavaliers
6) Duke Blue Devils
1) Florida State Seminoles
2) NC State Wolfpack
3) Clemson Tigers
4) Wake Forest Demon Deacons
5) Maryland Terrapins
6) Boston College Eagles
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