Miami Hurricanes +175
Virginia Tech Hokies +175
North Carolina Tar Heels +250
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +500
Virginia Cavaliers +1000
Duke Blue Devils +2000
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Miami Hurricanes: For the first time since moving in from the Big East, the Hurricanes legitimately have a chance to win the ACC. This was supposed to be an annual tradition that just hasn’t panned out so well. Miami is going to have to use QB Jacory Harris and his slew of returning mates to try to carry it through an arduous schedule in the ACC. Having to contend with both Florida State and Clemson from the Atlantic Division is going to be incredibly difficult. If this isn’t the year for “The U,” though… who knows what year it will be or who the head coach will be?
Virginia Tech Hokies: The Hokies have a loaded squad once again with plenty of returners, particularly on offense. This is the year for QB Tyrod Taylor to prove himself worthy as a prospect in professional ball in the future. One man that doesn’t have to prove anything is RB Ryan Williams, who busted onto the scene last year and took the ACC by storm, rushing for 1,655 yards to lead the conference. If VT can survive Boise State in Week 1, there’s no reason to have a loss under its belt until November. Don’t be surprised to see the Hokies up in the Top 5 in the country for the majority of the year.
North Carolina Tar Heels: Arguably the nation’s best defense resides on Tobacco Road, and the Tar Heels plan on using that unit to take the ACC down this year. HC Butch Davis has assembled a fantastic team, but there’s a big question as to whether he has done it legally or not. If UNC stays out of trouble off the field, the only thing standing between it and an ACC title might be a road game at Miami on October 23rd. However, home games against Georgia Tech, Clemson, and Virginia Tech are all potential tripping points as well.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: For being the fourth choice on the board in the ACC Coastal, these may be fantastic odds on the Ramblin’ Wreck. HC Paul Johnson knows what he’s doing for certain, and his triple option attack has destroyed ACC defenses for the last two seasons. QB Josh Nesbitt is ready to do it for a third, and though his weapons around him aren’t as strong as they were last year, he could be the difference making player in the ACC.
Virginia Cavaliers: It’s a race between the Dookies and Cavaliers for the worst record in the ACC this year. The Cavs have four games that really should be victories on paper, but our gut says that they won’t be in position to win but maybe 2-3 of them. UVA was horrendous down the stretch last year, and the loss of several scholarship players during the offseason has put the program into shambles. Realistically, this could be the worst BCS conference school in the nation.
Duke Blue Devils: Duke nearly found its way to a bowl game last year for the first time in decades under the direction of HC David Cutcliffe. However, now that QB Thaddeus Lewis has graduated, the team is clearly going to take a step backwards, especially after having the worst ranked rushing attack in the land last year. The Blue Devils are eventually going to be on the rise in the ACC, but this won’t be the year unless someone offensively steps up out of the blue.
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