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  1. KnightNoles

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    The Tigers come into this year with sky high expectations with Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins returning on offense while 2nd year DC Bret Venables leads the defense in which they played their best game against LSU in the final game of the 2012-2013 season. Clemson returns six starters on offense and seven on defense from a team that went 11-2 in 2012.

    The Season Will Be a Success If …: They win the ACC. The fact of the matter is that the ACC is a really weak and will probably only get weaker. With the notable exception of Florida State and possibly Virginia Tech, the reality is that this is a league without any true college football powerhouse.

    The Season Will Be a Failure If ...: They don’t’ win the ACC; which is o say, the season will be a failure if they don’t live up to expectations, thereby confirming the mostly frustrating legacy of Clemson football.

    Prediction: It could be a strange season for Clemson, and here’s why: I expect them to lose the opener against Georgia, and I expect them to lose the finale against Carolina. But I also expect them to win every game in between; yeah, the Oct. 26 matchup against Florida State could be tricky, and it very well could be the game that decides the ACC, but with Boyd at quarterback and a (hopefully) rejuvenated Watkins on the flank, this will be an exciting, exciting team to watch. They’re not national title material. But they’re certainly ACC title material. Just like they always should be.
     
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    Florida State has been reborn as a college football power—a team that has to be looked at, almost every year, as one that could make a run at the national crown, or at the very least, the ACC title. 2013 looks like a potentially challenging one for Fisher and his ‘Noles. A slew of talent has been lost to graduation, and with Clemson appearing strong yet again, Florida State will have their work cut out for them if they hope to win another ACC crown. Florida State returns six starters on offense and four on defense from a team that went 12-2, including 7-1 in the ACC, in 2012. Both the offense and defense will need to cope with heavy talent losses, and the ‘Noles ability to do so will go along way toward defining their season. A new QB will be broken in, most likely Jameis Winston, but will have plenty of weapons to use at wideout and then a rushing attack of Freeman and Wilder Jr.

    The Season Will Be a Success If ...: They at least hang with Clemson in the battle to win the league. The Tigers have more experience and just as much talent as the ‘Noles, but if there’s anything working in Florida State’s favor it might be the fact that Clemson is Clemson, and rarely does Clemson (historically speaking) react well when faced with high expectations.

    The Season Will Be a Failure If ...: They fail to find strong replacements for all of that lost talent and slip back into mediocrity.

    Prediction: Florida State should be able to beat the likes of Pitt and Maryland and the other ACC also-rans. They probably aren’t good enough to beat Florida, though, and even that Clemson game looks a bit tricky. Given the quarterback situation, I can’t rule out an upset loss along the way, either. Ten wins would be a success but nine wins is certainly a possibility, too.
     
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    The Terps were so close to breaking through a year ago. Can it build on that progress now that the QBs are off the DL? Maryland has to be better behind center. C.J. Brown, who led the team in rushing in 2011, is the frontrunner heading into summer. While he’ll continue to motor on the ground as the pilot of the attack, his main objective will be to get the ball in the hands of his skill players. Stefon Diggs and Deon Long are the front men for a dynamite corps of receivers, and three talented sophomore backs continue to push one another for reps.

    While the offense has to be better than in 2012, the defense is rebuilding around an average collection of holdovers. All four of last season’s All-ACC performers are gone, leaving the Terps with a talent—and leadership—void. The D has kept the team in a lot of games over the last two seasons. But that’s not likely to be the case this fall.

    The season will be a success if ...: the Terps increase their win total for a second consecutive year. Maryland was 4-8 last year, so might six wins and bowl-eligibility be on the 2013 to-do list? It won’t be easy, considering the defensive losses, but it won’t be impossible either. The team opens with Florida International and Old Dominion, and only Clemson and Florida State will be completely off limits. The key will be to stay healthy and build depth as the season unfolds. If the Terps aren’t ravaged by injuries by the Nov. 2 bye week, they’ll have a shot to bolster Broth's job security.

    The Season Will Be a Failure If ...: the Terps can't stay healthy again and have to scrape the bottom of the well for quarterbacks again.

    Prediction: An 8-4 season in which they lose to Clemson and Florida State and somehow drop another two. Maryland should be 2-0 by Week 3. If it can get to the halfway point of bowl-eligibility by mid-September, the beleaguered program will have a legitimate shot of making a poignant return to the postseason later in the year.
     
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    Like a young child on a long car ride, Miami and its fans have grown weary of waiting to reach their destination. The Hurricanes have been in NCAA limbo for close to two years, the victim of poor judgment by past athletes, and a botched investigation by the sport’s governing body. The mess has levied a heavy toll, both on the field and off. Miami will begin 2013 decidedly more talented on offense than defense. New coordinator James Coley’s attack shows no glaring weaknesses, from QB Stephen Morris and the Duke Johnson-led skill players to a line welcoming back all of last season’s starters. The D? Now that’s where the Hurricanes are going to struggle … again.

    The season will be a success if ...: the Canes win eight regular season games for the first time since 2009, and just the second time since 2005. For all of the obvious and not so obvious reasons, Miami has to move beyond the six and seven-win campaigns that have become the norm. There’s no game on the schedule that’s off limits, and non-conference meetings with Florida Atlantic, Savannah State and South Florida ought to ensure a fast start. Third year with the same staff. Veteran quarterback. The Hurricanes need to aim a little higher in 2013, with 8-4 being a reasonable goal. At Florida State. More than just the biggest rival on the schedule, a trip to Tallahassee serves as a measuring stick of where the Hurricanes are in the ACC pecking order. Miami has taken a submissive position in the series of late, losing the last three and six of the last eight. But the Canes have the edge at quarterback, with Stephen Morris, and new offensive coordinator James Coley knows a little something about Florida State after coaching under Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fisher since 2008.

    The Season Will Be a Failure If ...: the Canes continue to stay stagnant, they fall even more backwards and firings will take place. The encouraging news is that Golden has been gradually changing the culture at Miami, while improving the talent level with each recruiting class. The concern, of course, is that no one knows for sure if the dark clouds forming a canopy above Coral Gables have lifted. The Hurricanes are moving in the right direction, though, even if it seems sometimes as if the finish line in the windshield doesn’t get any smaller.

    Prediction: 7-5 or best case 9-3, heavy leaning on the Duke and Morris will be placed to carry the defense. Not really much to expect from the Hurricanes this year.
     
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    The Tar Heels won’t be completely out of the NCAA woods for another couple of years, but they survived 2012, a challenging and transitional year marked by a postseason ban during the first season of Larry Fedora’s tenure in Chapel Hill. The program went 8-4, scored a lot of points and was as good as any other Coastal Division squad. Yet, unlike 70 other FBS teams, it was not a part of the postseason, a dynamic likely to change in 2013. Now with Coach Webbs at the helm, North Carolina will be bowl-eligible and ACC title-eligible this fall. The clouds are beginning to lift around Chapel Hill. Brighter days are unequivocally ahead now that Carolina has endured its darkest days following the missteps of a prior coaching regime.

    The season will be a success if ...: the Tar Heels do no worse than last year’s 8-4 mark. Obviously, eight wins this season means an additional game in December. It’ll also mean that North Carolina is cruising in the right direction, maintaining its level of play despite losing five players to the 2013 NFL Draft. The Tar Heels might need to rally in November after opening with road trips to South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech in their first five games.

    The Season Will Be a Failure If ...: the Heels can't take that step forward, they have had some recent draft success but can't put together the good teams that are successful in which can be built upon.

    Prediction: I think the most surprising team to come out of the Coastal this year, if they can some how get past the Hokies then watch for the Heels to get into the ACCcg and possibly get to the Orange Bowl.
     
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    The Hokies are coming off their worst season in two decades, finishing 7-6 in a year that they were expected to once again compete for an ACC title. It never happened, and little went until a season-ending three-game winning streak averted a bowl-less postseason for the first time since 1992. Losers of more than half of its last 15 games, Tech entered the offseason knowing that a change of direction was needed. Bud Foster’s D is fine. Bud Foster’s D is always fine in Blacksburg. The 2013 version will be every bit as testy and assertive, bringing back nine starters, five of whom earned at least honorable mention All-ACC last fall. There’s talent, speed and experience at each level, though next-level CB Antone Exum suffered a knee injury during the offseason that has him questionable for the early stages of the season. If Tech is going to get back on track, it’ll be up to the offense to begin pulling a little more of the weight.

    The Hokies were abysmal with the ball last year, ranking 81st nationally in total and scoring offense. And they regressed down the stretch, averaging 19 points over the final six games. VT responded by replacing Beamer with Drunkensoldier, whose main priority will be to revamp the throwing motion and the confidence of QB Logan Thomas. No, Thomas wasn’t the only problem in 2012, but he sure was the cover boy of the futility. Virginia Tech is wading in uncharted waters. No 10-win season to look back on fondly. No additional hardware in the trophy case. The Hokies are working toward a recovery following an uncharacteristically sloppy campaign. The uber-consistent Beamer teams will go into a Drunkensoldier team that has enough talent on D—and the formula for success—to return to ACC contention, but only if the offense can take a quantum leap from last year.

    The season will be a success if ...: the Hokies capture the Coastal Division. The bar in Blacksburg is set no lower than winning the division and appearing in the ACC Championship Game. And that’s where it belongs. The Coastal is the weaker half of the league, and Virginia Tech has as much talent as any other contender for a crown. The Gobblers open with Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, but don’t have to face the best of the Atlantic Division, Clemson and Florida State.

    The Season Will Be a Failure If ...: the Hokies lose 4 or 5 games, the Coastal is the weaker of the divisions and really mediocre. A tough GT team, UNC, and a Miami team that is in constant rebuild mode are practically the only challengers. VT must get the Coastal crown and appear in the ACCcg.

    Prediction: The Hokies get back to being elite with their new hire as HC, at worst a 10-2 season with a loss coming in the opening game against Alabama and maybe a stumble before going into the ACCcg to punch their ticket to Miami for Oranges.
     
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    ACC Atlantic Winner: FSU
    ACC Coastal Winner: Miami
    Coach of the Year: Coach Knightnoles
    O-MVP: Duke Johnson RB (MIA)
    D-MVP: Jack Tyler MLB (Va Tech)
    Newcomer of the Year (FR/RS FR): Jameis Winston QB

    Give me your predicted record and/or outcome: Clemson Tigers 11-2 coming up short for and ACC title behind FSU. Will make a BCS bowl game which one not sure but a decent one haha.
     
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    ACC Atlantic Winner: FSU
    ACC Coastal Winner: Miami
    Coach of the Year: Coach Broth
    O-MVP: Duke Johnson
    D-MVP: Jack Tyler
    Newcomer of the Year (FR/RS FR): Yannick Ngakoue

    Give me your predicted record and/or outcome: 9-3 Maryland has a surprising bounce back season and falls short in close games against Clemson and FSU and drop one other game along the way, but set themselves up for the future with a top 30 recruiting class.
     
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    ACC Atlantic Winner: FSU
    ACC Coastal Winner: Virginia Tech
    Coach of the Year: Drunkensoldier
    O-MVP: Sammy Watkins (Clemson)
    D-MVP: Tracy Howard (Miami)
    Newcomer of the Year (FR/RS FR): Marvin Bracy (FSU) curveball, but easily the fastest player in the ACC

    Give me your predicted record and/or outcome: I say Miami will go 9-3 in the regular season and win a mediocre bowl but be limited to a piss poor recruiting class.
     
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    ACC Atlantic Winner: FSU
    ACC Coastal Winner: UNC
    Coach of the Year: trevorg234
    O-MVP: Sammy Watkins
    D-MVP: Tre Boston
    Newcomer of the Year (FR/RS FR): Jameis Winston

    Give me your predicted record and/or outcome: UNC should go 8-4.
     
  13. KnightNoles

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    ACC Atlantic Winner: Florida State
    ACC Coastal Winner: Virginia Tech
    Coach of the Year: Trevor
    O-MVP: QB Logan Thomas
    D-MVP: S Karlos Williams
    Newcomer of the Year (FR/RS FR): QB Jameis Winston

    Give me your predicted record and/or outcome: 11-1, 10-2... I can see us dropping an early game, trying to get accustomed to it and then maybe the Florida game or Bowl game.
     
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    DrunkenSoldier Luck Of The Irish

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    ACC Atlantic Winner: Florida State
    ACC Coastal Winner: Virginia Tech
    Coach of the Year: Broth262
    O-MVP: QB Sammy Watkins
    D-MVP: CB Kyle Fuller
    Newcomer of the Year (FR/RS FR): CB Kendall Fuller first big time :5stars: recruit in Blacksburg in awhile


    I predict ill be 12-0, but will probably lose to FSU in ACC Championship game
     
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