Florida State, Virginia Tech Favored In ACC
The ACC is trying to make a case that they’re among the strong super conferences but that argument isn’t going over so well. Last season, Florida State was highly-ranked in the Top 25 heading into the season but an embarrassing four-game losing streak proved the preseason pundits wrong. As for the eventual ACC winner, Clemson, they were crushed 70-33 but Big East champs West Virginia in the Sugar Bowl.
This season, the cast of contenders remains the same. Florida State is favored overall but Virginia Tech is expected to win their division in the ACC rather easily, and Clemson will challenge the Seminoles for the other spot in the ACC Championship Game.
College football odds makers may list the Seminoles as the overall favorites but bettors are second-guessing Jimbo Fisher’s squad after last year’s flop. Have the Seminoles learned from their mistakes or are they still a few bricks short of a load?
Clemson, who won the conference last season, also faces their set of questions. Everyone knows that they have elite athletes on the team and have the potential to have the best offense in the conference with quarterback Tahj Boyd and All-American receiver Sammy Watkins back. But the Tigers slumped down the stretch of the season and were then blown out by the Mountaineers. Prior to last season, this was a team with a reputation as being mentally weak as well, so no one is certain whether 2011 was just a one-year aberration for the Tigers.
The true consistent in the ACC is the Virginia Tech Hokies, who again have a vaunted defense that should carry them to the title game. Frank Beamer and company build strong defenses and this year’s version will be one of the best in the nation. If they can see some growth in their offense – especially from quarterback Logan Thomas – they could be in good shape.
The ACC should be a three-team race this season but all three teams have flaws and the winner will be the one who best overcomes their weaknesses. As far as a national scale, though, the ACC still has a long way to go to catch up to conferences like the SEC.