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ACC has the best record (21-12) of any conference
in bowl games over the last five years. The
SEC comes close at 20-14, while the other four
major conferences are either .500 or under.
Last season, the ACC had five, top-25
teams, but only one (Virginia Tech, #7) was
in the top 10. The second-highest ranked team
was number 17. They've even had two clubs in
the top 11 in each of the previous two years.
Only one of the top five
teams from last year returns more than 12 starters
(Clemson). In fact, eight of the 12 teams lose
10 starters or more, so the conference might
be down a few notches.
Here is the 2006 ACC
preview with odds to win the BCS Championship:
2006 ACC Preview - Atlantic
CLEMSON (66-1): This seasons sophomore
class is all the rage, but the Tigers have the
most senior starters (12) in the conference.
Overall, 15 starters return, which is the second
most in the ACC (Wake Forest). After allowing
26 ppg in the first five games, the "D"
buckled down and gave up only 11 ppg the final
seven. Freshman RB James Davis (879 yards) will
gain 1,000 this year running behind a veteran
offensive line, which should make the transition
from QB Charlie Whitehurst to Will Proctor a
little bit smoother.
The talent level is the highest its ever been
under Coach Tommy Bowden. Even with games at
Florida State and Virginia Tech, an 11-1 season
is not out of the question. At 66-1, the Tigers
are the best bet in the ACC.
FLORIDA STATE (28-1): The Seminoles opened
last year with freshman Drew Weatherford at
quarterback after Wyatt Sexton was lost for
the season with Lyme disease. With only four
returning offensive starters, FSU still averaged
four points more than the year before. Thats
because Weatherford broke Philip Rivers ACC
record for passing yards by a freshman with
3,208. This season, the offensive line, which
was crippled with injuries the past two years,
should be better, so look for the Seminoles
to be just as explosive, if not more. Defense
was the problem in 05, allowing 22 points per
game, the most since 01.
The Seminoles usually reload rather than rebuild
and the schedule is light with eight home dates.
If they beat Miami, FL, a 10-2 season could
be in the cards. However, that wont cut it for
a National Championship, especially at 28-1.
BOSTON COLLEGE (100-1): The Eagles have
had two straight 9-3 seasons and have the horses
for another one. Their offensive line rivals
Clemson as the best in the conference, which
bodes well for QB Matt Ryan. The junior replaced
Quinton Porter as the starter last season and
showed great poise down the stretch, winning
his last three games. LB Brian Toal leads the
defense that will survive the loss of All-America
defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka.
Boston College doesnt have the depth
to withstand any injuries and with trips to
Miami-Florida and FSU, the Eagles have zero
chance of winning it all.
MARYLAND (100-1): Ralph Friedgen came
to College Park in 01 and instantly improved
Maryland from 5-6 to 10-2. The Terps were 5-6
last season but could make a similar move, especially
with 13 starters returning, including four on
the offensive line. The pieces are also in place
defensively for a significant improvement as
the entire front four return, as well as Wesley
Jefferson, who was simply the top LB coming
out of high school in 03.
Watch for Maryland to give West Virginia all
it can handle in week number three. If the Terps
win in Morgantown, theres a good chance for
a nine-win season.
WAKE FOREST (500-1 or higher): RB Micah
Andrews has the dubious task of replacing Chris
Barclay, who leaves Wake as the teams all-time
rushing leader. Andrews is no slouch himself,
as he rushed for 865 yards the past two years
with a 5.7 average. Nineteen starters return,
including junior MLB Jon Abbate, who simply
has lead the team in tackles each of his first
two seasons. After two consecutive years at
4-7, the Demon Deacons could be headed for just
their third bowl appearance since 1992.
Talent-wise, this is the best Wake Forest team
in years. Unfortunately, the Deacons play in
the much tougher Atlantic Division, so their
record may not reflect the improvement.
NC STATE (100-1): The Wolfpack finished
under .500 only one time since 1996 and that
was a 5-6 mark two years ago. They have a solid
chance of duplicating that feat in 06. Highly-touted
QB Marcus Stone started the final six games
last season and NC State went 5-1, but the all-world
defense carried the club as Stone completed
less than 50% of his passes and the offense
generated only 18 ppg.
With only two of its entire front seven returning,
NC States "D" will struggle. The Wolfpack
will be lucky to win five games.
2006 ACC Preview - Coastal
MIAMI, FL (16-1): Miami led the nation
in passing defense, while finishing fourth in
both scoring and total defense. Five starters
from that side of the ball depart, but LB Tavares
Gooden returns after missing almost the entire
season. so the "D" will remain strong.
QB Kyle Wright has a year under his belt and
the Hurricanes are set at all the other skill
positions. However, four-fifths of the offensive
line must be replaced, which could hurt the
Canes early in the season.
With RB Tyrone Moss and WR Ryan Moore suspended
for the FSU game and a trip to Louisville the
third week of the season, you can kiss the National
Championship goodbye. Pass.
VIRGINIA TECH (30-1): Virginia Tech brings
back five starters to a defense, which ranked
first in the country in total defense and second
in scoring "D". The offense will still
be potent despite the loss of QB Marcus Vick,
as head coach Frank Beamer loves the run and
the combo of Brandon Ore and George Bell will
be just as solid as Cedric Humes and Mike Imoh.
Virginia Techs toughest stretch of games comes
in the middle of the season at BC, vs. Clemson
and at Miami. With losses in the latter two,
dont expect the Hokies to be drinking champagne
on January 8.
GEORGIA TECH (100-1): Quarterback Reggie
Ball has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns
in each of his first three seasons, while completing
under 50% of his passes the past two years.
Nonetheless, seven other offensive starters
return, which are the most the Yellow Jackets
have had since 1999. Expect Ball to have his
finest season, as Georgia Tech will score more
points than it has in each of the past four
years. However, it will be Techs annually strong
defense that will give them problems. Five starters
return on that side of the ball, including only
one in the secondary.
I expect higher scoring games this year in Atlanta,
so the OVER may be the way to go in most of
the Yellow Jackets contests. A National Championship
is a long way away as four conference defeats,
plus games with Notre Dame and Georgia will
prevent them from an above .500 season.
NORTH CAROLINA (500-1): Coach John Bunting
has done a fabulous job bringing UNC back to
respectability. Two new quarterbacks (redshirt
freshman Cam Sexton and former Nebraska QB Joe
Dailey) will vie to replace Matt Baker, but
the biggest story in Chapel Hill is the improved
defense. North Carolina allowed only 26 ppg
last year, down six points from the season before.
And if the 69 points the Tar Heels allowed vs.
Louisville is removed, the "D" gave
up just 22 points per contest.
North Carolina had the toughest schedule in
the country last year and still managed to win
five games. Six or seven may be the number this
VIRGINIA (200-1): Notre Dame transfer
Chris Olsen (17-23 for 159 yds) could not beat
out Marques Hagans the past two years, but gets
his shot now with Hagans off to the NFL. Virginias
offensive line loses star tackle DBrickashaw
Ferguson, along with two other three-year starters,
so the offense will suffer. Defensively, the
Cavaliers allowed over 200 points in conference
play for the first time since 01.
Virginia ends the season with FSU, Miami and
Virginia Tech, so the club must get off to a
decent start if they want to go bowling. Six
wins is the max for the Cavs, who may even lose
at East Carolina on October 7.
DUKE (500-1 or higher): The Blue Devils
have failed to average 20 ppg since the 90s.
This year will not be any different, especially
after quarterback Zack Asack got dismissed from
the team for plagiarism. Its a shame because
Dukes defense was primed for a much-improved
A win over Richmond the opening week of the
season is imperative. The Blue Devils may not
win another game.
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- August 3rd, 2006
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