2011 ACC Blogger Football Preview – Past Picks

Posted by Brandon Rink on June 28, 2011 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

Frank Spaziani's Eagles were my most underrated team in '09 and overrated last season (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com).

With ACC baseball over, non-stop ACC football coverage to come on ACC Blogger. Right now, I’m in week five of my look through the ACC schedule for my team by team and overall predictions.

So, I’ve got a little bit to go before I know where I’m placing teams this season. Figured I would look back at where I’ve gone wrong (and right) the last couple seasons here first…

2010 ACC Predictions

Atlantic

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

Coastal

Virginia Tech Hokies 6-2 (9-3 overall)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 5-3 (9-3 overall)
Miami Hurricanes 5-3 (8-4 overall)
North Carolina Tar Heels 4-4 (8-4 overall)
Duke Blue Devils 2-6 (4-8 overall)
Virginia Cavaliers 1-7 (4-8 overall)

ACC Championship Pick: Florida State

Actual standings

Atlantic

1) Florida State Seminoles 6-2 (10-4 overall) [Got it!]
2) Maryland Terrapins 5-3 (9-4 overall) [Two spots and three wins off]
3) NC State Wolfpack 5-3 (9-4 overall) [Two spots and two wins off]
4) Boston College Eagles 4-4 (7-6 overall) [Two spots and four regular season wins off]
5) Clemson Tigers 4-4 (6-7 overall) [Two spots and three wins off in the wrong way)
6) Wake Forest Demon Deacons 1-7 (3-9 overall) [Record/place spot on]

Coastal

1) Virginia Tech Hokies 8-0 (11-3 overall) [Nailed it!]
2) Miami Hurricanes 5-3 (7-6 overall) [Picked ‘em 3rd – with 8 wins]
3) North Carolina Tar Heels 4-4 (8-5 overall) [Picked ‘em 4th – with 8 regular season Ws]
4) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 4-4 (6-7 overall) [Picked ‘em 2nd – with 9 regular Ws]
5) Virginia Cavaliers 1-7 (4-8 overall) [Picked ‘em last – record correct]
6) Duke Blue Devils 1-7 (3-9 overall) [Picked ‘em 5th – with 4 Ws]

ACC Champ: Virginia Tech [Took FSU]

Most overrated: Boston College.

Most underrated: Maryland.

On the mark: FSU, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

2009 ACC Predictions

ACC Atlantic

  1. Florida State Seminoles(8-4, 6-2 ACC)
  2. North Carolina State Wolfpack(9-3, 5-3 ACC)
  3. Clemson Tigers(9-3, 5-3 ACC)
  4. Wake Forest Demon Deacons(8-4, 4-4 ACC)
  5. Maryland Terrapins(6-6, 3-5 ACC)
  6. Boston College Eagles(5-7, 2-6 ACC)

ACC Coastal

  1. Virginia Tech Hokies(10-2, 6-2 ACC)
  2. Miami Hurricanes(8-4, 5-3 ACC)
  3. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets(9-3, 5-3 ACC)
  4. North Carolina Tar Heels(8-4, 4-4  ACC)
  5. Virginia Cavaliers(4-8, 2-6 ACC)
  6. Duke Blue Devils(5-7, 2-6 ACC)

ACC Championship Pick: Virginia Tech

Actual Standings

ACC Atlantic

  1. Clemson Tigers (9-5, 6-2 ACC) [Off two spots, one regular season W off]
  2. Boston College (8-5, 5-3 ACC) [Off four spots, three regular season W off]
  3. Florida State Seminoles (7-6, 4-4 ACC) [Two off, two regular season W off]
  4. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-7, 3-5 ACC) [Right spot, three wins off]
  5. NC State Wolfpack (5-7, 2-6 ACC) [Three spots, four Ws off]
  6. Maryland Terrapins (2-10, 1-7 ACC) [One spot, four Ws off]

ACC Coastal

  1. Georgia Tech (11-3, 7-1 ACC) [Regular season record good, two spots off]
  2. Virginia Tech Hokies (10-3, 6-2 ACC) [Record good, one spot off]
  3. Miami Hurricanes (9-4, 5-3 ACC) [One spot, one W off]
  4. North Carolina Tar Heels (8-5, 4-4 ACC) [Spot on]
  5. Duke Blue Devils (5-7, 3-5 ACC) [ACC record, spot off by one]
  6. Virginia Cavaliers (3-9, 2-6 ACC) [Off by one W, spot]

ACC Champ: Georgia Tech [Took VT]

Most overrated: Florida State.

Most underrated: Boston College.

On the mark: Wake Forest, UNC.

In the last two years of picks at ACC Blogger by team…

BC – Oversold in 2010 by two spots and way undersold in 2009 by four spots.

Clemson – Picked them two higher in ’10 and two lower in ’09, when they won the Atlantic.

Duke – Had ‘em at fifth in 2010 when they finished last, and the inverse in 2009.

FSU – Was right on the Atlantic Division champ pick, but wrong on ACC Championship. Picked them to win the Atlantic in ’09 and was off by two spots.

GT – Like Clemson, two spots over in 2010 and two spots under the year before when they won the ACC.

MD – Undersold by two places last season – oversold by one in 2009.

MIA – Picked them third when they finish second in ’10 – the reverse in ’09.

UNC – Undersold by one spot in ’10 – spot on in ’09 with the fourth place finish.

NC State – Undersold two years in a row – by two spots last season and three in 2009.

UVa – Had ‘em at sixth in 2010 when they finished fifth, and the inverse in 2009.

VT – Was right on the Coastal pick, but undersold when it came to the ACCCG. Picked them in ’09, but the Jackets won it that season.

Wake – Picked the Deacs’ place correctly both seasons.

Check back with us all summer as we’re working on our most detailed ACC team by team and overall previews yet…

ACC in 2011 College World Series Breakdown, Pt. 6

Posted by Brandon Rink on June 24, 2011 under ACC Baseball | Comments are off for this article

We'll see a battle of lefty aces Friday night - UVa's Danny Hultzen vs. SC's Michael Roth (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com).

After entering seven teams – three of them national seeds and five hosts…the ACC’s down to No. 1 national seed Virginia, and they have to beat the defending champs twice to advance on…

No. 1 Virginia (56-11) vs. No. 4 South Carolina (52-14)

South Carolina scouting report

Notable: They’ve won 13 straight NCAA Tournament games – tied for an NCAA record after beating Virginia 7-1 on Tuesday night. Looking at this year’s tourney, their closest games were the opener with Georgia Southern with a 2-1 win and the walkoff over Texas A&M, 5-4 on Sunday. Four of the five other victories were by six runs. Basically, they’re dominating this tournament. SC ace Michael Roth will take the mound on four days’ rest as the Gamecocks go for the jugular tonight. Roth pitched 7 1/3 innings with four unearned runs, eight strikeouts and five walks on 124 pitches in a no-decision against TAMU Sunday.

Top Bats: 1B Christian Walker (.358 avg/10 HR/62 RBI), 2B Scott Wingo (.345 avg/4 HR/28 RBI, C Brady Thomas (.313 avg/4 HR/40 RBI), CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (.264 avg/6 HR/27 RBI).

Top Available Arms: LHP Michael Roth (13-3/0.97 ERA), RHP Forrest Koumas (6-1, 3.13 ERA), RHP Matt Price (6-3, 2.12 ERA, 18 saves), RHP Jose Mata (3-0, 1.76 ERA), RHP John Taylor (7-1/1.17 ERA).

Virginia Notes: A 4-run sixth inning broke it open for the ‘Hoos to the 8-1 W to eliminate Cal from the CWS. Captain starter Tyler Wilson gave Virginia all they needed and more with 7.2 IP/5 H/1 R/1 ER/5 K/0 BB. Cody Winiarski shut it down with 1 1/3 IP of one-hit ball. Ace Danny Hultzen will get the ball for the ‘Hoos after going 6 1/3 IP of three-hit ball and six strikeouts in a no-decision against Cal last Sunday. Looking at guys who SC shut down – but recovered yesterday…LF John Barr was 0/3 against the Gamecocks, but was 1/4 with 2 RBI Thursday. CF Kenny Swab went 0-for-3 as well and was 2/5 with a run scored on a quasi-inside-the-park-HR. 2B Keith Werman had a big day too with a 2/2 for an RBI day.

Projections

(Picks in bold)

Friday (Starters)

6/24 Virginia (LHP Danny Hultzen, 12-3/1.41 ERA) vs. South Carolina (Michael Roth, 13-3/0.97 ERA), 7 p.m., ESPN.

Why SC?: Well, the whole picking against them thing hasn’t worked out so well. But you really can’t ask for more here – two of the best lefty pitchers in college baseball squaring off in an elimination game. Albeit, just for Virginia, but should be great anyway. The ‘Hoos couldn’t have played worse on Tuesday against the Gamecocks – they’ll be better tonight. I don’t think I’m stretching here when I say this is a lot more likely to be one of the 1-run games and not the 6-run romps that the Gamecocks have had this postseason. We’ll see if I have another one of these things to write tomorrow.

Your pick?

CWS Pick'em: Virginia or South Carolina, Pt. 2

  • Cavaliers (71%, 12 Votes)
  • Gamecocks (29%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 17

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ACC in 2011 College World Series Breakdown, Pt. 5

Posted by Brandon Rink on June 23, 2011 under ACC Baseball | Comments are off for this article

Virginia hopes to be doing more of this today. (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com).

No. 1 UVa (55-11) vs. Cal (38-22)

Cal scouting report

Notable: Cal kicked their offense into gear Tuesday with seven runs combined in the fifth, sixth and seventh to win 7-3 and eliminate Texas A&M from the CWS. Second baseman Derek Campbell went 2-for-4 with two RBI on the game. The Golden Bears are going with right-hander Dixon Anderson – who last started against Rice in the Houston Regional with 4 2/3 IP/2 H/3 R/1 ER/3BB/4 K.

Top Bats: 2B/DH Tony Renda (.333 avg/3 HR/43 RBI), LF Austin Booker (.310/24 RBI), C Chadd Krist (.297 avg/43 RBI), SS Marcus Simien (.279 avg/5 HR/35 RBI [6 RBI this postseason]), 1B Devon Rodriguez (.283 avg/5 HR/35 RBI).

Top Arms: RHP Erik Johnson (7-4, 2.83 ERA), RHP Kevin Miller (6-4, 2.78 ERA), RHP Matt Flemer (4-2, 1.86 ERA, 6 saves).

Virginia Notes: Fielding errors, bad swings, a little bad luck and the defending champs happened to the Hoos on Tuesday night. Virginia had to pull Will Roberts early and use long reliever/fourth starter Cody Winiarski for a couple innings. Today’s starter Tyler Wilson pitched 2 1/3 innings with one run allowed on three hits with two strikeouts and no walks in the opener versus Cal to get the win.

Projections

(Picks in bold)

Thursday (Starters)

6/23 Virginia (RHP Tyler Wilson, 9-0/2.33 ERA) vs. Cal (RHP Dixon Anderson, 4-3/3.90 ERA), 7 p.m., ESPN2.

Why Virginia?: I checked, and double-checked – Cal is not in the SEC East. So, the ‘Hoos have that going for them. Wilson is a bulldog pitcher who’ll pull Virginia through to a rematch with South Carolina.

CWS Pick'Em: Virginia or Cal

  • Cavaliers (50%, 2 Votes)
  • SEC East (50%, 2 Votes)
  • Golden Bears (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

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