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Atlantic Coast Conference/ ACC Football

2009 ACC Football Preview

Coastal Division

1) Virginia Tech- The Hokies come into ’09 looking for the conference hat trick;acc-logo-300x205 having won two straight ACC titles.  Even with that record, however, dsominance is not something associated with Va. Tech as a mediocre 5-3 record was all it took for a spot in the conference championship game.  Tyrod Taylor takes the helm at QB where he’ll need to improve his passing numbers; something that should be helped along by a strong receiving corps led by Danny Coale and Jarrett Boykin.  Soph RB Darron Evans ran for almost 1,300 YDS including a school record 253 vs. Maryland.  A strong defensive front seven will front a secondary with two new starters and, you know, Frank Beamer will have strong special teams.  We’ll learn alot about the Hokies when they travel to Atlanta for a metting with Alabama.

2) North Carolina- The best D Line in the league is a reason for high hopes in Chapel Hill.  DT Cam Thomas, LB Quan Sturdivant and FS Deunta Williams give the Heels strength up the middle where they’ll be tough to run against.  T.J. Yates is an experienced QB and will team with RB Shaun Draughn to lead an unspectacular offense that must quickly replace a receiving corps diminished by graduation.

3) Georgia Tech- It was a bad end to ’08 for the Jackets, who were pasted by LSU in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, 38-3.  Worse, second year coach Paul Johnson must replace three defensive linemen.  John Nesbitt starts at QB but could give way to Jaybo Shaw, a soph more suited to the system.

4) Miami-  The ‘Canes success in “09 will come down to the performance of Jacoby Harris, who will no longer have to share the QB spotlight.  Miami has talented skill position players in WR Aldarius Johnson and RB Javaris James for Harris to lean on.  If an experienced defense can become dominant, it might be a year of rebirth for “The U”.

5) Virginia- Head Coach Al Groh is on a short leash after a 5-7 season marred by off-field player issues that embarrassed the university.  Things don’t look good as the Cavs’ new, hurry-up offense will be run by a QB chosen from among Jameel Sewell, returning from a year lost to suspension, Vic Hall, a defensive starter for all but the last game of ’08 and the untested Marc Verica.  Which ever one gets the call will be throwing to a brand new group at WR while the loss of three starting LB’s weakens an already less than stellar defense.  Could be a long year.

6) Duke- A solid QB in Thaddeus Lewis and a decent RB in Re’Quan Boyette won’t be enough to compete.  The Blue Devil defense is capable with DT Vince Oghobaase as its foundation but Duke fans will still have nothing to cheer about until hoops season.

Atlantic Division

1) Clemson- The Tigers are the team to beat in the Atlantic division with stars on both sides of the ball.  They return all five members of an O Line that should create plenty of room for RB’s  Jamie Harper and  C.J. Spillerto work their magic.  The defense, led by DE’s Ricky Sapp and D’aquan Bomens, should make Death Valley an unpleasant  visit for any ACC foes.

2) North Carolina State-  LB’s Ray Michel and Nate Irving head a talented and experienced defense that will be bolstered by the return of S Javon walker from a knee injury.  Under center, the Wolfpack returns Russell Wilson, the only freshman to win All-League honors at QB.  Look for him to grow in the role, especially if he can rely on a healthy Toney Baker at RB.      

3) Florida State-  The ‘Noles have been tabbed as a Top 20 team in a number of polls; possibly on reputation.  We don’t see it.  While five returning starters on the Offensive line will be a comfort to QB Christian Ponder, inexperience at RB and WR will be a lot to overcome.  Defensively, star LB Dekoda Watson stands between an inconsistent D Line and a secondary that will feature at least two Frosh.

4) Wake Forest–    Gotta love a QB who’s a three year starter as is the case with Riley Skinner.  He’ll look to make the most of a talented but green Terence Davis.  Bucking the trend, the offense goes from the spread to Power I and should better utilize the skills of RB Josh Adams, who’ll run behind an O Line returning all five starters.  The problems lie on Defense, where inexperience abounds.  You might want to bet the over in Demon Deacon games.

5) Maryland- A strong secondary bolsters a defense that also features LB Alex Wujciak.  That’ll help as the offense looks to replace the departedDarrius Heyward-Bey at WR.  They’re not punchless, however, as RB Da’Rel Scott and QB Chris Turner.  Now. if the O Line can gel quickly, their might be some hope in College Park.

6) Boston College-  The Eagles took a huge hit early with the news that LB Mark Herzlich, the ACC’s best defender in ’08, will miss the season as he undergoes cancer treatments.  That, on top of the transition involved with a new head coach has made for gloomy expectations on Chestnut Hill.  With the QB position up in the air, RB Montel Harris will carry the load behind an experienced O Line while the defense relies on a strong secondary.      

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                               2009 ACC Team by Team Football Schedules

                Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, Raymond James Stadium

                            Tampa, Fla.—Saturday Dec. 5, 2009

Boston College
Sept. 5 Northeastern
Sept. 12 Kent State
Sept. 19 at Clemson
Sept. 26 Wake Forest
Oct. 3 Florida State
Oct. 10 at Virginia Tech
Oct. 17 NC State
Oct. 24 at Notre Dame
Oct. 31 Central Michigan
Nov. 14 at Virginia
Nov. 21 North Carolina
Nov. 28 at Maryland

 Clemson
Sept. 5 Middle Tennessee
Sept. 10 at Georgia Tech (ESPN)
Sept. 19 Boston College
Sept. 26 TCU
Oct. 3 at Maryland
Oct. 17 Wake Forest
Oct. 24 at Miami
Oct. 31 Coastal Carolina
Nov. 7 Florida State
Nov. 14 at NC State
Nov. 21 Virginia
Nov. 28 at South Carolina
 

Duke
Sept. 5 Richmond
Sept. 12 at Army
Sept. 19 at Kansas
Sept. 26 North Carolina Central
Oct. 3 Virginia Tech
Oct. 10 at NC State
Oct. 24 Maryland
Oct. 31 at Virginia
Nov. 7 at North Carolina
Nov. 14 Georgia Tech
Nov. 21 at Miami
Nov. 28 Wake Forest

Florida State
Sept. 7 Miami (ESPN)
Sept. 12 Jacksonville State
Sept. 19 at BYU
Sept. 26 South Florida
Oct. 3 at Boston College
Oct. 10 Georgia Tech
Oct. 22 at North Carolina (ESPN)
Oct. 31 NC State
Nov. 7 at Clemson
Nov. 14 at Wake Forest
Nov. 21 Maryland
Nov. 28 at Florida

Georgia Tech
Sept. 5 Jacksonville State
Sept. 10 Clemson (ESPN)
Sept. 17 at Miami (ESPN)
Sept. 26 North Carolina
Oct. 3 at Mississippi State
Oct. 10 at Florida State
Oct. 17 Virginia Tech
Oct. 24 at Virginia
Oct. 31 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 7 Wake Forest
Nov. 14 at Duke
Nov. 28 Georgia

Maryland
Sept. 5 at California
Sept. 12 James Madison
Sept. 19 Middle Tennessee
Sept. 26 Rutgers
Oct. 3 Clemson
Oct. 10 at Wake Forest
Oct. 17 Virginia
Oct. 24 at Duke
Nov. 7 at NC State
Nov. 14 Virginia Tech
Nov. 21 at Florida State
Nov. 28 Boston College

Miami
Sept. 7 at Florida State (ESPN)
Sept. 17 Georgia Tech (ESPN)
Sept. 26 at Virginia Tech
Oct. 3 Oklahoma
Oct. 10 Florida A&M
Oct. 17 at Central Florida
Oct. 24 Clemson
Oct. 31 at Wake Forest
Nov. 7 Virginia
Nov. 14 at North Carolina
Nov. 21 Duke
Nov. 28 at South Florida

North Carolina
Sept. 5 The Citadel
Sept. 12 at Connecticut
Sept. 19 East Carolina
Sept. 26 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 3 Virginia
Oct. 10 Georgia Southern
Oct. 22 Florida State (ESPN)
Oct. 29 at Virginia Tech (ESPN)
Nov. 7 Duke
Nov. 14 Miami
Nov. 21 at Boston College
Nov. 28 at NC State

NC State
Sept. 3 South Carolina (ESPN)
Sept. 12 Murray State
Sept. 19 Gardner-Webb
Sept. 26 Pittsburgh
Oct. 3 at Wake Forest
Oct. 10 Duke
Oct. 17 at Boston College
Oct. 31 at Florida State
Nov. 7 Maryland
Nov. 14 Clemson
Nov. 21 at Virginia Tech
Nov. 28 North Carolina

Virginia
Sept. 5 William & Mary
Sept. 12 TCU
Sept. 19 at Southern Miss
Oct. 3 at North Carolina
Oct. 10 Indiana
Oct. 17 at Maryland
Oct. 24 Georgia Tech
Oct. 31 Duke
Nov. 7 at Miami
Nov. 14 Boston College
Nov. 21 at Clemson
Nov. 28 Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech
Sept. 5 Alabama (Ga Dome, Atlanta)
Sept. 12 Marshall
Sept. 19 Nebraska
Sept. 26 Miami
Oct. 3 at Duke
Oct. 10 Boston College
Oct. 17 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 29 North Carolina (ESPN)
Nov. 5 at East Carolina (ESPN)
Nov. 14 at Maryland
Nov. 21 NC State
Nov. 28 at Virginia

Wake Forest
Sept. 5 Baylor
Sept. 12 Stanford
Sept. 19 Elon
Sept. 26 at Boston College
Oct. 3 NC State
Oct. 10 Maryland
Oct. 17 at Clemson
Oct. 24 at Navy
Oct. 31 Miami
Nov. 7 at Georgia Tech
Nov. 14 Florida State
Nov. 28 at Duke

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