After a month of ACC Football…what changes

Posted by Brandon Rink on October 1, 2010 under ACC Football | 2 Comments to Read

Clemson and Miami in Charlotte in December? Looks like it after a month. (Photo by, Sefton Ipock)

The month turns to October – and boy, were we wrong about a lot in the preseason ACC previews. Will the season correct itself to what we said in doldrums of summer? Probably not – so here are our revisions after a month of football…

Changes are full of…

  • Atlantic optimism – Clemson and NC State have exceeded my expectations – the Coastal has really underperformed so it shows.
  • And with the optimism... – Some changes in the Atlantic – I’m probably going overboard on NC State and the Tigers, but I’m projecting double-digit win season now where as I had them at 6 and 9 wins respectively preseason.
  • BC takes a hit – The Hokies game was that bad, but again, this is after a month – still a lot of games to play.
  • Neither preseason favorite in ACCCG – I, like so many of the media, was pretty uncreative when it came to picking the ACC Championship Game. Now, I have the two runner-ups in there from the ACC media poll.
  • Good starts not good enough? – Virginia and Maryland stick out to me for their solid starts at 2-1 and 3-1 respectively, but I still don’t have them bowling.
  • Hokies and Heels have “meh” seasons – After all the preseason hype, they both make mid-to-low tier bowls.

Projected ACC Standings/Champion (Original previews linked)


Clemson Tigers 7-1 (10-2 overall)
NC State Wolfpack 6-2 (10-2 overall)
Florida State Seminoles 6-2 (9-3 overall)
Boston College Eagles 4-4 (8-4 overall)
Maryland Terrapins 2-6 (5-7 overall)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons 0-8 (1-11 overall)


Miami Hurricanes 6-2 (9-3 overall)
Virginia Tech Hokies 5-3 (7-5 overall)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 3-5 (7-5 overall)
North Carolina Tar Heels 3-5 (6-6 overall)
Duke Blue Devils 2-6 (4-8 overall)
Virginia Cavaliers 2-6 (5-7 overall)

ACC Champion: Miami over Clemson

After a month of football, who's winning the ACC?

  • Virginia Tech (30%, 3 Votes)
  • Miami (10%, 1 Votes)
  • NC State (10%, 1 Votes)
  • Georgia Tech (10%, 1 Votes)
  • North Carolina (10%, 1 Votes)
  • Florida State (10%, 1 Votes)
  • Maryland (10%, 1 Votes)
  • Boston College (10%, 1 Votes)
  • Clemson (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Virginia (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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Bowl Projections

Orange: Miami
Chick-Fil-A: Clemson
Champ Sports: Florida State
Sun Bowl: NC State
Meineke Car Care: Virginia Tech
Music City:  Georgia Tech
Independence: North Carolina
Eagle Bank: Boston College

Week by Week Rundown

Colors mean…

Bold =  Flipping my pick.

Red = Keeping original prediction but by more points.

Blue = Keeping original prediciton but by less points.

Week 5

Florida State downs Virginia 34-17
Georgia Tech downs Wake Forest 44-21
BC over Notre Dame 28-20

Virginia Tech downs NC State 34-24
UNC over ECU 28-17
Maryland downs Duke 27-17
Clemson downs Miami 28-20

Week 6

Georgia Tech defeats Virginia 34-10
Wake Forest over Navy 27-24
Miami defeats Wake Forest 38-31
Virginia Tech over Central Michigan 48-16
BC defeats NC State 24-17
Clemson defeats UNC 21-17
Miami defeats FSU 38-31

Week 7

Virginia Tech 28-16 over Wake Forest
UNC 28-14 over Virginia
FSU 24-17 over BC
Miami over Duke 27-17
Georgia Tech downs MTSU 56-13
NC State downs ECU 28-24
Clemson over Maryland 35-17

Week 8

Virginia defeats Eastern Michigan 52-14
BC over Maryland 28-14
Virginia Tech over Duke 42-17
Miami 21-17 over UNC
Clemson 28-24 over Georgia Tech

Week 9

FSU defeats NC State 35-27
Virginia defeats Miami 23-21
Maryland defeats Wake 24-20
Duke falls 24-21 to Navy
UNC 35-17 over William and Mary
BC 21-17 defeats Clemson

Week 10

Duke 21-17 over Virginia
BC over Wake Forest 27-21
FSU over UNC 27-13
Virginia Tech over Georgia Tech 31-27
Clemson over NC State 21-13
Miami 42-24 over Maryland

Week 11

NC State 42-17 over Wake Forest
FSU 31-21 over Clemson
Duke 31-23 over BC
Virginia Tech 24-20 over UNC
Georgia Tech 35-27 over Miami
Maryland 13-10 over Virginia

Week 12

Clemson defeats Wake Forest 24-14
BC defeats Virginia 38-17
FSU defeats Maryland 31-17
Miami defeats Virginia Tech 24-20
UNC defeats NC State 31-24

Georgia Tech defeats Duke 45-24

Week 13

Wake Forest downs Vandy 24-17
FSU downs Florida 24-21
BC downs Syracuse 31-19
Georgia Tech downs Georgia 38-24

Virginia Tech over Virginia 38-15
NC State over Maryland 20-17
UNC over Duke 27-16
Miami downs South Florida 38-21
Clemson downs South Carolina 21-17

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  • Rob McCannell said,

    Brandon, you have FSU going 6-2 in-conference in your projected standings but only show them losing one game (to Miami).

    I still say 8-4 (6-2) for the ‘Noles. Right there with you picking Miami to come out of the Coastal.

  • Brandon Rink said,


    It’s a little confusing, but those bolded are games that I originally picked one way and I flipped it after seeing the month in football – so, I’m picking NC State on that Thursday.

    Thanks for dropping your pick, Rob!