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 OrangeandWhite.com, 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)

Atlantic

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)

Coastal

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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Ranking 2010 ACC Football: Quarterbacks

Posted by Brandon Rink on August 17, 2010 under ACC Football | Read the First Comment

NC State's Wilson has the stats - now Wolfpack fans just want to see the wins.

Breaking the ACC unit by unit as we approach football season, today, we’re looking at the QBs of the ACC…

Opened up the rankings to Twitter today and here’s how it went down:

1) FSU – Christian Ponder – 1.25
2) NCSU – Russell Wilson – 2.25
3) GT – Josh Nesbitt – 3.5
4) UM – Jacory Harris – 3.75
T-5) VT- Tyrod Taylor – 4.75
T-5) CU- Kyle Parker – 4.75
7) UNC – T.J. Yates – 8
8) UVA – Marc Verica – 8.5
T-9) BC – Dave Shinskie – 9
T-9) DU – Sean Renfree – 9
11) Maryland QB – 10.75
12) Wake Forest QB – 11

All the votes are here.

My Rankings

1) NC State

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 9.6
Depth: Solid
Top QB (2009 Stats): Russell Wilson (3,027 passing yards, 260 rushing yards, 35 total TDs, 11 INTs)
Stat: Wilson connected in the endzone with 31 TDs – 5 more than the nearest ACC QB in 2009.
A Word (or two): Ponder has the best shot at the Heisman, but Wilson has proved over the course of his career to be the best coming back in the ACC.

2) Florida State

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 9.4
Depth: Solid
Top QB (2009 Stats): Christian Ponder (2,717 yards, 14 TDs, 7 INTs)
Stat: Ponder finished the season (9 games due to injury) with a league leading 68.8% completion rate.
A Word (or two): Ponder should be neck and neck with Wilson on passing stats in 2010 – and with a better overall team, might just sneak into NY for that award that starts with an “H”.

3) Georgia Tech

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 9.4
Depth: O.K.
Top QB (2009 Stats): Josh Nesbitt (1,701 passing yards, 1,037 rushing yards, 28 total TDs, 5 INTs)
Stat: 12th in passing efficiency – 116th in passing offense in 2009.
A Word (or two): Nesbitt has developed into a machine at running Johnson’s scheme – so, so deadly on the dive, and decent enough in the passing game to keep defenses honest.

4) Miami

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 9.2
Depth: Solid.
Top QB (2009 Stats): Jacory Harris (3,352 yards, 24 TDs, 17 INTs)
Stat: Jacory had -219 rushing yards in 2009 – speaks to how much he was sacked and how much Whipple wants him to stay in the pocket.
A Word (or two): Harris’ arm got a workout in 2009 and with all his top receivers back – he should have an outstanding year, but Jacory will have to improve on the INT numbers.

5) Virginia Tech

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 9.1
Depth: Solid.
Top QB (2009 Stats): Tyrod Taylor (2,311 passing yards, 370 rushing yards, 18 total TDs, 5 INTs)
Stat: 10th in passing efficiency, 95th in passing offense in 2009.
A Word (or two): Taylor had a solid 2009 and is on track for an even better season in the tough Coastal.

6) Clemson

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 8.7
Depth: Solid.
Top QB (2009 Stats): Kyle Parker (2,526 yards, 20 TDs, 12 INTs)
Stat: Parker finished 6th among ACC QBs in passing efficiency.
A Word (or two): Ever since Parker walked off the field at the Music City Bowl, it has been drama, drama, drama in the offseason, but Parker is back at QB and needs to find a new group of targets due to graduation.

7) Boston College

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 8.4
Depth: Solid.
Top QB (2009 Stats): Dave Shinskie (2,049 yards, 15 TDs, 14 INTs)
Stat: 92nd in passing efficiency in 2009.
A Word (or two): We start to get into the unsettled QB situations here – BC’s Shinskie had a solid freshman season (for a guy in his mid-20s) and should improve in 2010.

8) North Carolina

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 8.3
Depth: Solid.
Top QB (2009 Stats): T.J. Yates (2,136 yards, 14 TDs, 15 INTs)
Stat: Yates finished 9th among ACC QBs in passing efficiency in 2009.
A Word (or two): Yates’ numbers and overall play were unspectacular in 2009, and now, he has a backup in Renner poised to jump in if he doesn’t step it up now.

9) Duke

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 8.1
Depth: O.K.
Top QB (2009 Stats): Sean Renfree (330 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs)
Stat: Renfree replaces a QB in Lewis who had exactly 3,000 more yards passing (and 16 more TDs) in 2009.
A Word (or two): At one point last season, Renfree appeared to have an outside shot of grabbing the QB job – after offseason surgery on his knee, he’s just looking to return to that form.

10) Virginia

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 7.7
Depth: Spotty.
Top QB (2009 Stats): Marc Verica (156 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT)
Stat: 113th in passing efficiency in 2009.
A Word (or two): No QB controversy in Charlottesville, but Verica hasn’t done much in his career to this point – hard to expect much now.

11) Maryland

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 7.6
Depth: O.K.
Top QB (2009 Stats): Jamarr Robinson (459 passing yards, 229 rushing yards, 2 TDs)
Stat: 68th in passing offense in 2009.
A Word (or two): Robinson brings the dual-threat element that coupled with a good grasp of Friedgen’s offense – might just surprise some folks and move up towards the middle of the pack.

12) Wake Forest

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 7.4
Depth: Spotty.
Top QB (2009 Stats): Skylar Jones (no stats)
Stat:
26th in passing offense in 2009.
A Word (or two):
Losing Skinner hurts, and have no experience QBing in the ACC behind him knocks the Deacs down that much more.

How would you rank them? Any players you expect to breakout in 2010 I didn’t mention?

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Kickers/Punters
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Secondary
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Ranking 2010 ACC Football: Running Backs

Posted by Brandon Rink on August 16, 2010 under ACC Football | Read the First Comment

In case you haven't heard, the Hokies' backfield is good, real good.

Breaking the ACC unit by unit as we approach football season, today, we’re looking at the backfields of the ACC…

1) Virginia Tech

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 9.7
Depth: Solid
Top RB (2009 Stats): Ryan Williams (1,655 yards and 21 TDs)
Stat: Williams led the ACC’s RBs in TDs by far (7 more than the nearest RB).
A Word (or two): The Hokies can hurt you with speed and power – just one of the best in the country.

2) Georgia Tech

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 9.3
Depth: Solid
Top RB (2009 Stats): Anthony Allen (618 yards and 6 TDs)
Stat: Ranked 2nd in rushing offense in 2009.
A Word (or two): The loss of Dwyer may not even effect the Jackets in 2010 as they have more than capable replacements.

3) Boston College

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 9.3
Depth: O.K.
Top RB (2009 Stats): Montel Harris (1,457 yards and 14 TDs)
Stat: Harris led the ACC in carries with 308 in 2009.
A Word (or two): BC is basically a one-man show, but it’s nice for that guy to be Montel Harris.

4) Clemson

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 9.2
Depth: Solid.
Top RB (2009 Stat): Andre Ellington (491 yards and 4 TDs)
Stat: Ranked 40th in rushing offense in 2009.
A Word (or two): Ellington brings speed/shiftiness – Harper can barrel over opponents–these Tigers are poised for a great season.

5) Miami

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 8.8
Depth: Solid.
Top RB (2009 Stats): Damien Berry (616 yards and 8 TDs)
Stat: Berry led the Canes in TDs despite being third in carries in 2009.
A Word (or two): If Graig Cooper can comeback healthy at some point, this Canes RB crew can be one of the best in the ACC.

6) Maryland

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 8.6
Depth: Solid.
Top RB (2009 Stats): Da’Rel Scott (425 yards and 4 TDs)
Stat: Ranked 105th in rushing offense.
A Word (or two): Da’Rel Scott and co. underperformed in 2009 – what will they do in 2010? Remains to be seen.

7) Wake Forest

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 8.5
Depth: Solid.
Top RB (2009 Stats): Josh Adams (541 yards and 4 TDs)
Stat: 80th in rushing offense in 2009
A Word (or two): The Deacs RB crew was a tad disappointing as well in 2009, but Adams and Pendergrass bring solid skills to the table for an offense that will need them in 2010.

8) North Carolina

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 8.5
Depth: Solid.
Top RB (2009 Stats): Ryan Houston (713 yards and 9 TDs)
Stat: 79th in rushing offense in 2009.
A Word (or two): All the focus will be on QB in Chapel Hill, but Houston and Draughn have a chance to drive this O.

9) Florida State

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 8.4
Depth: Solid.
Top RB (2009 Stats): Jermaine Thomas (832 yards and 9 TDs)
Stat: 59th in rushing offense in 2009.
A Word (or two): FSU improved their rushing offense in 2009 – will be interesting to see how they end up compared to some top RB units in the ACC by the end of this season.

10) NC State

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 7.9
Depth: O.K.
Top RB (2009 Stats): Curtis Underwood (Redshirted)
Stat: James Washington’s 76 yards and 2 TDs lead the Wolfpack from 2009.
A Word (or two): So many unknowns about the Wolfpack backfield, and it’s all on young players.

11) Virginia

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 7.8
Depth: O.K.
Top RB (2009 Stats): Torrey Mack (73 yards and no TDs)
Stat: 112th in rushing offense in 2009.
A Word (or two): The ‘Hoos have nobody in the backfield who has been in the endzone in the ACC – this is a key spot to fill for Virginia.

12) Duke

Talent/Performance Grade (out of 10): 7.7
Depth: O.K.
Top RB (2009 Stats): Desmond Scott (262 yards and a TD)
Stat:
120th in rushing offense in 2009.
A Word (or two):
Partly due to the o-line, inexperience, and just a great passing O – Duke is trying to climb out of rock bottom of the NCAA rushing stats with a true sophomore with Scott and true freshman in Josh Snead.

How would you rank them? Any players you expect to breakout in 2010 I didn’t mention?

Series So Far

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Offensive Line
Coaches
Kickers/Punters
Defensive Line
Linebackers
Secondary
Intro