Daly Dose Sports gets you ready for college football season like no one else. Here is the first of our college football conference previews giving a prediction and brief outlook for each team.
We start with the Atlantic Coast Conference. Why? Because it starts with “A”. And I also am going to need you to stop asking so many questions.
It’s a free preview. So enjoy.
Florida State Seminoles
|10-2||Florida State won’t have to worry about quarterback Jameis Winston getting in trouble this year. Of course they will miss the plays that he made. But head coach Jimbo Fisher has banned all players from going to bars this season. So…Good News! Suspensions should still be coming each and every week.|
|North Carolina State Wolfpack||9-3||NC State went 8-5 in 2014 and they think they can improve on that total this season with 15 starters returning. And if there were any doubts, scheduling Troy, Eastern Kentucky, Old Dominion, and South Alabama should help too.|
|Louisville Cardinals||8-4||Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has done a pretty good job with the Cardinals defense as they allowed just 109 yards rushing per game last year. Of course head coach Bobby Petrino lost a good amount of talent on the other side of the ball so their offense may look like a motorcycle wreck this season. Oh, what? Too soon?|
|Clemson Tigers||7-5||Head coach Dabo Swinney has built Clemson into one of the steadiest programs in the country. The Tigers will be overrated, beat some bad teams, lose a close game to a good team, and then lose at least another game to someone awful, before going to a meaningless bowl game It’s like clockwork.|
|Boston College Eagles||6-6||When Steve Addazio took over this was a 2-10 team but he has somehow put together back to back winning seasons. Can he take the next step this season and contend for an ACC title? No, probably not.|
|Wake Forest Demon Deacons||4-8||Wake Forest ran for just 39 yards per game last season. And while they aren’t going to be much better on the ground this year; at least the schedule will be significantly tougher. That was supposed to be something positive. Sorry about that. Never mind.|
|Syracuse Orange||3-9||The Orange won’t have many playmakers again this season and with a formidable schedule maybe Jim Boeheim can just self-impose a postseason bowl game ban too.|
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
|9-3||Georgia Tech won 11 games in 2014 despite allowing over 400 yards per game. How good could the Yellow Jackets be if they actually played some defense? Good thing we will never have to find out.|
|North Carolina Tar Heels||9-3||The Tar Heels went 6-7 in 2014, and with new defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, UNC will either get more production from their players this season or they will go pay some new players to do the job better.|
|Virginia Tech Hokies||8-4||The grumbling has started in Blacksburg as fans are wondering if long respected coach Frank Beamer should move on to the retirement home so they could really start winning. Hokie fans should ask Penn State and Texas fans how that all works out in the end.|
|Pittsburgh Panthers||7-5||The Panthers are on their sixth coach since 2010. New head coach Pat Narduzzi was just hired in December and if form holds he should do a respectable job before taking a better position prior to the Armed Forces Bowl appearance.|
|Duke Blue Devils||7-5||Head coach David Cutcliffe has done an incredible job of transforming the Duke football program from doormat to ACC contender. Now if he could just figure out how to bully the refs into giving him every single call like another Duke head coach that I won’t name here.|
|Miami Hurricanes||6-6||The Canes lost Duke Johnson, Phillip Dorsett, and Ereck Flowers to the NFL Draft. Of course they went 6-7 with those players… so does it really matter? You can actually see blue flames coming off of head coach Al Golden’s seat right now.|
|Virginia Cavaliers||4-8||Head coach Mike London was on the hot seat last season but he came through with a 5-7 season to save his job. And the fact that 5-7 was considered a good thing tells us all we need to know about the expectations at Virginia.|
Next up: The Big 10 Conference