ACC Football 2014: Predictions For Atlantic & Coastal Division Winners
With College football right around the corner it is time to make some predictions for the ACC in 2014. Here are some of my predictions for the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions.
- Florida State Seminoles
I believe this one is a no brainer. With returning Heisman trophy winner and a stacked roster I believe they will see the national championship game for the second year in a row. The offense line is stacked with all returning seniors as well. Look for RB Karlos Williams to have a breakout season. You also can count on last year’s top defense in the nation to still be strong even after losing some talent to the NFL.
- Clemson Tigers
The Tigers will hold the No. 2 spot in the Atlantic despite losing Sammy Watkins and Tahj Boyd. The offense will have to count on Mike Williams in the WR spot as well as a talented group of freshmen WRs. However Clemson’s defense is what will hold the no. 2 spot with a top defensive line lead by DE Vic Beasley and LB Stephone Anthony.
- Louisville Cardinals
With their first season in the ACC the Cardinals will pick up the No. 3 spot in the Atlantic Division. Bobby Petrino will return to Louisville as head coach. Look for quarterback Will Gardner to take over Teddy Bridgewater’s spot. He will have a strong returning cast with DeVante Parker at WR and Michael Dyer at RB.
- Miami Hurricanes
has a strong running game with the return of RB Duke Johnson and a strong offensive line. The question will remain at the quarterback with the loss of Stephen Morris. However the Hurricanes offense looks to be very explosive much like last season. Although the Hurricanes defense last season was nothing to brag about they do have seven returning starters. If Miami can improve on their defense I believe they could take the Coastal Division.
2. Virginia Tech Hokies
has its own offensive problems to deal with however the defense is very talented. The Hokies defense was ranked as the No. 4 best defense in the country due to a very physical defensive front. Although there are questions at the quarter back position the running game will be strong from returning RB Trey Edmunds and back up RB J.C. Coleman. Besides some tough early season non-conference games, Virginia Tech will have a relatively simple conference schedule avoiding playing Florida State, Clemson, and Louisville.
3. North Carolina Tar Heels
Look for the Tar heels to take the No. 3 spot in the Coastal division. QB Marquise Williams is returning after a strong 2013 season. He has three talented returning WR to get the ball to through the air. Also look for RB TJ Logan to be a threat giving the Tar Heels a balanced offensive unit. The defense has lots of talent in the LB corps with four returning seniors taking the field the season. However a tough schedule including away games at both Clemson and Miami.
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