This is something that I'm going to start this season. It will be a general look at the conference teams; marquee games and players will be the usual focus. The ACC looks to be much more competitive on a national level than any time in the past. 6 different ACC teams are ranked in the Preseason Top 25, headlined by 2 schools in the top 5. The most impressive freshman in college football last season has returned to help the Seminoles defend their National Title. The ACC looks to be deep, and tough. Whoever wins the conference will have been tested every week. #21 North Carolina State Wolfpack 4-3 (2-1) Coaches: UNR AP: UNR Highest Position in Polls: #22 North Carolina State looks to continue the momentum they built last season. They have a trio of very talented QB's. Whether Coach decides to start Jacoby Brissett, Manny Stocker or Pete Thomas, the Wolfpack should be set under center. The Pack also have a set of very good running backs, Shadrach Thornton and Tony Creecy will help the ground game stay potent, and effective. The WR corp is solid, if unspectacular, but very young. This group of players should be around for several seasons and help lead NC State into the upper echelon of the ACC. Defensively NC State has an excellent group of DT. Unfortunately 4 of their 5 best at the position are upperclassmen. They will help the defense in the run game and shouldn't have trouble getting after the opposing QB in passing situations. The flip side of that coin is that if they don't the DB's will have a hard time stopping opposing WR. There is some athletic ability in the defensive backfield, but it needs to molded into on field production. #20 Virginia Tech Hokies 3-3 (1-1) Coaches: UNR AP: UNR Highest Position in Polls: Virginia Tech has been on an unprecedented run the last decade and a half. Beamerball served the Hokies well, and led them to several consecutive 10 win seasons and they haven't missed a bowl game in the better part of 2 decades. The VA Tech fans finally get to see Mark Leal take important snaps with the graduation of Logan Thomas. Leal is a little short for a pocket passer, but he has exceptional accuracy and a live arm. The Hokies lack a standout talent at WR, but they are all solid WR who can help in the passing game. JC Coleman is back to head the running game and the little guy can still outrun most players. With Leal next to him the option game could be a big focal point of the Hokie offense. The OL for VT will open holes and keep Leal off his back, the have the potential to be the best offensive line in college football. As usual, the Hokie defense is stacked. They shouldn't have any trouble slowing down even the most potent offensive attacks. The back 4 are particularly impressive; both safety spots are held down by seniors, and they will keep the young and talented CB's in proper position. Programs have been built to last on the backs of line play and defense, the Hokies look to do the same this season. #11 North Carolina Tar Heels 5-1 (2-0) Coaches: #8 AP: #8 Highest Postion in Polls: The Tar Heels had an interesting season last year, they were the worst team in college football in the turnover battle. A lot of that had to do with Bryn Renner trying to do to much, but it may not get better over night in Chapel Hill. UNC will be starting a new QB this year, and the battle is still raging right up to the first game of the season. Coach has yet to name a starter, but the rumors say that he will start the season with a 2 QB system. Ramar Morris and TJ Logan give the unnamed man a good runner to hand off to. The Tar Heels return an exciting WR corp headlined by Junior's TJ Thorpe and Quinshad Davis. The QB will have an easy time finding Davis on deep routes, his size and speed combo should help him out jump and out run smaller DB's. The defense for UNC is very good; DE is the weak link, but the other 9 players should be able to make up for it. The middle of the DL will be solid with 2 excellent DT, UNC has 4 very good OLB and a 5th one on the way with true freshman Steve Sutherland in the fold. Travis Hughes has all the tools to be one of the best LB in the country. The defensive backfield is deep, but very green. If they can step up their game UNC could be very hard to score against. #9 Miami Hurricanes 7-0 (5-0) Coaches: #1 AP: #1 Highest Position in Polls: Miami looks to be returning to the mountain that was vacated after Butch Davis left South Florida. It's been a long slog for the 'Canes but they are on the precipice of elite. With Duke Johnson leading the way the offense could be the most explosive in the conference. Johnson has incredible speed and acceleration; if he gets a sliver of daylight he can take it to the house from anywhere on the field. A quality group of WR and a very good QB will help him find all the space he wants. The Hurricanes will field an excellent defense, one that should be worthy of their heritage. The back 4 are excellent, and could be better than any group of DB's anywhere in the country. The scary part is that all 4 of them could return next season. The DL will be salty and the LB will be able to make plays anywhere on the field. Miami is an excellent team from top to bottom, and it would surprise no one to see them win the ACC and compete for a National Title. #4 Clemson Tigers 2-0 (0-0) Coaches: #16 AP: #16 Highest Position in Polls: Clemson lost the best QB in program history with the graduation of Tajh Boyd. Boyd was able to lead Clemson to the edge of elite, but not quite past the threshold. This season Chad Kelly will step under center for the Tigers. He'll have a good running back behind him, and a WR corp loaded with seniors. It is his first year as the starter but it will never be any easier for him. The OL is going to be good but not great. The defensive line will be the straw that stirs the drink for Clemson. They could be one of the most dominant in the country. If they can get to the QB the secondary has a chance to make big plays. #3 Florida State Seminoles 2-0 (0-0) Coaches: #5 AP: #5 Highest Position in Polls:The defending National Champions return the most electric QB in all of college football. Famous Jameis inserted himself into the Heisman Trophy conversation last season, and he could win it this year. The 1-2 punch of James Wilder and Devonta Freeman are still in Tallahassee to line up on Winston's shoulders, and there is an excellent corp of WR for Winston to find in the passing game. The defense will be led by an incredible front 4, and a dynamic back 4. The DL and DB will help FSU stop most offenses. FSU finally put all the talent to good use last season, there is no reason why they shouldn't be able to do it again this year. Key Matchups Several games look to factor into the ACC title run. Here's a look at some of the best. Week 5 Clemson vs Florida StateLast season this matchup was a top 5 matchup and it has the potential to be the same this season. It could be a defensive battle, or a high scoring shootout. Week 6 Virginia Tech vs North CarolinaTwo of the most talented teams in the ACC will battle it out. This could be a top 10 matchup, and both offenses are explosive. Week 7 Florida State vs MiamiNot only is this a rivalry game, it could be a title game preview. These two could very well be the class of the ACC. It should be a very exciting game Week 8 Florida State vs NC StateThe Seminoles face off against the only team to defeat them last season. You can bet the 'Noles will be out for revenge. Week 9 Clemson vs NC StateClemson snuck past the Wolfpack last season, and the Wolfpack got much better as the season went on. The momentum from last season may carry them through this one. Week 10 NC State vs North CarolinaThe North Carolina schools face off for the state title. This one should be a barn burner. Both teams could score often. Week 12 North Carolina vs MiamiCould be a division championship game. Both teams have the talent on both sides of the ball to be upper echelon. Set your DVR's. Week 13 Virginia Tech vs MiamiThe Hokies and the Hurricanes will meet and could decide one half of the conference. VT will want to win this one badly, and so will Miami.