North Carolina–yes, North Carolina–edges Georgia Tech in ACC Coastal

 In just six short years (1995-2000) Butch Davis built a national championship program at Miami but left for the NFL before he could really enjoy the fruits of his labor.

He exited Coral Gables after the 2000 season (one in which he should have played for the national championship but got squeezed out by Florida State, a team Miami beat in the regular season) to take a big money offer from the Cleveland Browns. But on the way out he told a friend that he was leaving “at least one national championship” and maybe more behind in Miami.

Davis was right. In 2001 Miami won the national championship under Larry Coker and in 2002 was favored to repeat with a team that was stocked full of NFL draft choices. The Hurricanes lost in double overtime to Ohio State in the BCS championship game, played at the Fiesta Bowl.

The point is, Davis knows what a very good college football team is supposed to look like and he knows how to recruit great players. So when North Carolina hired him on Nov. 13, 2006 it was with the expectation that Davis would eventually be able to stockpile enough talent to get the Tar Heels back into the race for the ACC championship, which they haven’t won since 1980.

North Carolina’s ACC title drought in football will finally come to an end in 2010 as the Tar Heels will win the Coastal Division and beat Florida State to win its first conference championship in 30 years.

 “We have a good group of veteran players who know they might have an opportunity to do something special,” said Davis.

Yes, I know. A lot of people are going to pick Virginia Tech to not only win the ACC title, but to compete for the BCS championship as well. I know I’m going against the grain of conventional wisdom here because the Hokies are going to be absolutely loaded on offense. Bud Foster is one of the best defensive coordinators of this generation but I just see too many holes in the wrong places on that side of the ball. And did we mention the Virginia Tech schedule? The Hokies open with Boise State, a consensus top five pick in the preseason. They also have back-to-back-to-back games with Georgia Tech (Nov. 4), at North Carolina (Nov. 13), and at Miami (Nov. 20). That’s tough.

In fact, I’ve got Georgia Tech finishing ahead of Virginia Tech. The Yellow Jackets, the defending ACC champs, lost four NFL draft choices (two on each side of the ball) but the offense will be good as long as quarterback Joshua Nesbitt stays healthy. And if Al Groh’s new 3-4 defense jells early and Tech can win at North Carolina on Sept. 18, the Jackets will be in the hunt at the end.

I could be completely wrong here but hey, it’s May. A lot can happen between now and August. But for now, here is our Spring review of the ACC Coastal:

 

1. NORTH CAROLINA

**–Last season: 8-5, 4-4 ACC; lost to Pittsburgh 19-17 in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

**–Coach: Butch Davis, 71-38 in nine years, 20-18 in three years at North Carolina.

**–Key losses: DT Cam Thomas, DE E.J. Wilson, OT Kyle Jolly.

**–Returning starters: Offense 10, defense 9, specialist 2.

**–Players to watch: DT Marvin Austin, S Deunta Williams, LB Quan Sturdivant, DE Robert Quinn.

**–What we learned: The Tar Heels are loaded with NFL players on defense. Nine starters return from a unit that led the ACC (269.62 ypg) and intercepted 19 passes and returned them for 508 yards—an ACC record. Seven of the returning nine players have started 22 or more games in their careers. “If we can find some depth and certain positions we have a chance to have a pretty solid defense,” said Davis. Davis is actually being modest as North Carolina could have the best defense in all of college football. North Carolina is also due to win the close games this season. Of five losses in 2009, three were by a combined total of six points: Florida State (30-27), N.C. State (28-27), and Pittsburgh (19-17).

**–What we still don’t know: Can quarterback T.J. Yates hold on to his job? Yates, a senior from Marietta (Pope H.S.) has started 31 games at North Carolina but the last two seasons have been marked by injury and inconsistency. He came under significant criticism last season when he threw for 2,136 yards with 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Redshirt freshman Bryn Renner showed arm strength and athleticism this spring. Yates is going to start the first game of the season against LSU at the Georgia Dome, but if he struggles, Tar Heel fans are going to start clamoring for the talented newcomer. “T.J. has so much experience and he has learned that he doesn’t have to put the offense on his shoulders,” Davis said. “It is a long season and we have to have more than one quarterback who can win a game for us.” Yates is going to be under a lot of pressure because good quarterback play—or the lack of it—is the one thing that could keep North Carolina from having a big season.

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 vs. LSU (Georgia Dome, Atlanta).

 

 

2. GEORGIA TECH

**–Last season: 11-3, 7-1 ACC; beat Clemson 39-34 in ACC championship game; lost to Iowa 24-14 in Orange Bowl.

**–Coach: Paul Johnson, 127-46 in 13 years, 20-7 in two years at Georgia Tech.

**–Key losses: RB Jonathan Dwyer, DE Derrick Morgan, S Morgan Burnette, WR Demaryius Thomas.

**–Returning starters: Offense 7, defense 8, specialist 2.                                           

**–Players to watch: QB Joshua Nesbitt, RB Anthony Allen, CB Jerrad Tarrant, LB Brad Jefferson.            

**–What we learned:  Georgia Tech now has a defensive identity. The fact is Georgia Tech tried a lot of different things on defense last season to the point where players were confused and uncertain. That has changed with the arrival of new coordinator Al Groh. Groh, who has been the head coach at Wake Forest, Virginia and the New York Jets, installed a 3-4 defense that will allow Georgia Tech to be more aggressive. Georgia Tech has a clear identity with Paul Johnson’s offense and now it will be the same on defense. The Yellow Jackets will now recruit to this system. “I think it is a simpler system that allows guys to just go play,” said Johnson. “We’ve got some good athletes on that side of the ball. I like what I saw over there.”

**–What we still don’t know: Georgia Tech lost four difference makers—Dwyer, Morgan, Burnette, and Thomas—to the NFL Draft. Can the Yellow Jackets replace that big-play potential? Morgan and Thomas were taken in the first round. Dwyer, the 2008 ACC offensive player of the year, fell to the sixth round but has first or second round talent. Burnette was a very underrated safety. Johnson believes that the program has recruited well enough to absorb the losses. Last season, Johnson recalled, the experts said that Georgia Tech would take a dip because it would everybody’s second look at the option offense. Tech won the ACC championship.  “I think we’ve got some other good players,” he said. “We’ve got 15 starters back from our team that won the league. We’re not ready to throw in the towel; we’re going to still show up. Those guys were good players and (now) somebody else will have an opportunity.”

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 vs. S.C. State.

 

 

3. VIRGINIA TECH

**–Last season: 10-3, 6-2 ACC; beat Tennessee 37-14 in Chick-fil-A Bowl.

**–Coach: Frank Beamer, 229-115-4 in 29 years, 187-92-2 in 23 years at Virginia Tech.

**–Key losses: TE Greg Boone, OT Ed Wang, DE Jason Worilds, FS Kam Chancellor, DT Cordarrow Thompson.

**–Returning starters:  Offense 8, defense 5, specialist 2.

**–Players to watch: RB Ryan Williams, RB Darren Evans, QB Tyrod Taylor, WR Jarrett Boykin.

**–What we learned: The Hokies are loaded on offense. Let’s start at the running back position, where Virginia Tech has an embarrassment of riches. Sophomore Ryan Williams became the first freshman to ever lead the ACC in rushing (1,655 yards) and scoring (22 touchdowns) last season. He was the All-ACC running back and was easily the choice for the conference rookie of the year. But the reason Williams got a shot last season was that Darren Evans, the 2008 rookie of the year, was injured and sat out the season. Now both are back. And there are some incredibly talented runners waiting in the wings like David Wilson and Tony Gregory so Beamer will probably redshirt a running back who could start for any other team in the conference. Tyrod Taylor, who led the ACC in passing efficiency, is back for his senior season. WR Jarrett Boykin averaged 20.9 yards per catch last season. If a couple of new starters can be found on the offensive line, this has a chance to be Beamer’s best offense since Michael Vick led the Hokies to the national championship game in 1999.

**–What we still don’t know: By the standards of defensive coordinator Bud Foster, 2009 was an average year. The Hokies finished second in the ACC behind North Carolina in total defense and No. 12 nationally. There are some major holes to be filled as six starters are gone, including both defensive ends (Jason Worilds, Nekos Brown), a really good outside linebacker in Cody Grimm, and a free safety (Kam Chancellor) who started 41 career games and was basically the quarterback of the defense. “This is going to be the first time in a long time that we’ve had to replace so many starters up front,” Foster said. “We’re going to be as young this year as we’ve been in a long, long time. There are a lot of question marks.” Some of those questions need to be answered soon because the Hokies open the 2010 season on Sept. 6 against Boise State at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Boise State returns 21 of 22 starters from a team that went 14-0 last season and beat TCU in the Fiesta Bowl. Beamer, being the special teams guru, is worried about finding a new punter and placekicker.

**–Opening game: Sept. 6 vs. Boise State, FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

 

4. MIAMI

**–Last season:  9-4, 5-3 ACC; lost to Wisconsin 20-14 in Champs Sports Bowl.

**–Coach: Randy Shannon, 21-17 in three seasons at Miami.                    

**–Key losses: RB Jevarris James, OT Jason Fox, LB Darryl Sharpton, CB Sam Shields.

**–Returning starters: Offense 6, defense 8, specialist 2.

**–Players to watch: QB Jacory Harris, LB Sean Spence, RB Graig Cooper, CB Brandon Harris.

**–What we learned: The ‘Canes look like they are finally ready to break out. Miami went 9-4 last season against a very difficult schedule. But there was the nagging sense that the Hurricanes could have been even better. Shannon said recently that this was the best spring Miami has had since he became head coach in 2007. Part of that was because the Hurricanes finally have enough depth to have competition at almost every position. Quarterback Jacory Harris, who is set to begin his third season, sat out the spring while he recovered from an injury to this throwing hand. Shannon said on an ACC coaches’s call on April 21 that Harris would be back to throwing “within the next two weeks.” Harris suffered the hand injury on Nov. 14 against North Carolina and played the final three games wearing a brace. This schedule, by the way, is still ridiculous with non-conference trips to Ohio State (the Big Ten favorite) and Pittsburgh (a favorite to win the Big East) in September.

**–What we still don’t know: Who is going to be the featured running back? Jarvarris James (492 yards) is gone and Graig Cooper (Miami’s leading rusher with 695 yards) suffered a severe knee injury in the Champs Sports Bowl last December. His status for the 2010 is still uncertain but Cooper’s rehab, which is supposed to take 4-6 months, is ahead of schedule. Shannon spent the spring looking at four candidates: Damien Berry, Storm Johnson, Mike James, and Lamar Miller (who is the fastest back on the team). No one, Shannon said recently, separated themselves from the pack during spring practice but it looks like Berry,   a senior who had 616 yards last season despite not seeing action until the fifth game, will be the starter. Shannon has also said that he wants his defense to be “a little nastier” this season. Can the Hurricanes, who were fifth in the ACC in total defense (329.62 ypg), give Shannon his wish? They can with more players like Allen Bailey (Sapelo, Ga.), who can play end or tackle and will be an All-American this season, and LB Sean Spence, who is set for a big junior year after injuries limited him to 10 games in 2009.

**–Opening game:  Sept. 2 vs. Florida A&M.

 

5. DUKE

**–Last season: 5-7, 3-5 ACC. 

**–Coach:  David Cutcliffe, 53-44 in nine years, 9-15 in two seasons at Duke.

**–Key losses: QB Thaddeus Lewis, DT Vince Oghobasse, LB Vincent Rey.

**–Returning starters: Offense 9, defense 6, specialist 2.           

**–Players to watch: QB Sean Renfree,  OT Kyle Hill, C Bryan Morgan, WR Donovan Varner.

**–What we learned: Sean Renfree will replace Thaddeus Lewis (46 career starts) at quarterback but Renfree missed spring practice while he recovered from knee surgery. Renfree did participate in 7-on-7 drills, however. “Sean was actually able to do more than we thought he would be able to do and that was a position,” Cutcliffe said.  Cutcliffe, however, had a couple of young, talented quarterbacks to work with during the spring in redshirt freshman Sean Schroeder and true freshman Brandon Connette, who enrolled last January. Another talented quarterback, Anthony Boone, arrives this summer. Connette, from Corona, Calif., was very impressive this spring, said Cutlciffe. “I like our athleticism at quarterback,” Cutcliffe said. “These are maybe four guys who are as talented as I’ve been around at any one time in a program. They are just young.” The good news for all the quarterbacks is that four of five starters return on the offensive line and two of them, C Bryan Morgan (25 career starts) and tackle Kyle Hill (24 career starts) will push for post-season honors. Duke also returns a 1,000-yard receiver in Donovan Varner, who led the ACC with 65 catches.

**–What we still don’t know: Can Duke overcome its youth, especially on defense? When Duke gathers in August to begin preseason practice, 54 of its 83 scholarship players will be freshmen or sophomores. Nine of Duke’s 14 defensive linemen will be freshmen. “We are much faster and more athletic on defense but we are a whole lot younger,” said Cutcliffe. “Between graduating some good players (DT Vince Oghobaase had 44 career starts) and dismissing some others, we’re going to be in a position where we really have to grow quickly there.” Cutcliffe has reassigned some duties on his defensive coaching staff and DC Marion Hobby, the former Tennessee defensive tackle, will be calling more of the signals.

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 vs. Elon.

 

6. VIRGINIA

**–Last season: 3-9, 2-6 ACC.

**–Coach: Mike London, 24-5 in two seasons, first season at Virginia.

**–Key losses: CB Chris Cook, WR Vic Hall, OT Will Barker.

**–Returning starters: Offense 6, defense 6, specialist 2.

**–Players to watch:  CB Ras-I Dowling, LB Steve Greer, QB Marc Verica, DE Matt Conrath.

**–What we learned: Mike London has a lot of work to do but the defense has a chance to be decent. London, a former assistant at Virginia, won a Division I-AA national championship at Richmond in 2008 before returning to Charlottesville to replace the departed Al Groh for this season. London earned his stripes as a defensive coordinator at Virginia (2006-07) and if the Cavaliers are going to be at all competitive in 2010, the defense will have to carry the load.  London installed a 4-3 defense, replacing the 3-4 which was favored by Groh, now the defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech.

**–What we still don’t know:  Who are going to be the playmakers? Wide receiver Kris Burd (31 catches) is back but after that the pickings seem pretty slim from a unit that finished dead last in the ACC in total offense and scoring offense. Fifth-year senior Mark Verica threw for over 2,000 yards in nine starts in 2008 and appears to be the likely replacement at quarterback for Jameel Sewell. There are two freshman quarterbacks, Ross Metheny and Michael Strauss, who got a good look in the spring.  Verica has experience (he completed 63.8 percent of his passes in 2008 but also had 16 interceptions) but didn’t help himself by completing only 8 of 23 passes with two interceptions in the spring game. We also don’t know who the starting running back will be. Right now it appears to be sophomore Torrey Mack, the leading returning rusher who had 73 yards last season. There isn’t a whole lot to get excited about on the offensive side of the ball. This season has a chance to be pretty ugly for the Cavaliers.

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 vs. Richmond.

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324 comments Add your comment

P-Man

May 6th, 2010
8:28 am

ACC is going to be wide open this year!

Worm

May 6th, 2010
8:32 am

I wouldn’t bet on North Carolina..They already have a QB battle and getting beat in the dome by Ellis Shoe will not help in the opener..VT,Tech and then NC..NC is still a year away.

juvenal

May 6th, 2010
8:32 am

QB play will determine this div…

Old School

May 6th, 2010
8:34 am

Interesting picks. Like you say, things could change. Will be interesting to see how you view the races in your picks just prior to the season come August. So, Tony, if things pan out as you predict in May, where do you see the Tar Heels, FSU, Tech, and Clemson in the national rankings come mid-December. Hey, I know making predictions about 4 months beore the first kickoff, much less 6 1/2 months from now.

Ormewood

May 6th, 2010
8:39 am

Worm, NC is not a year away. They will have huge graduation and early entry (Quinn) losses after this season. I’m not saying they’re going to be elite this year, but there’s a much stronger chance this year than next. The schedule, while very difficult, helps too. They get both Techs at home. Next year, they will be a 6-8 win team.

m

May 6th, 2010
8:40 am

There is nothing worse than some sec homer gomer trying to act like he knows something about ACC football.

You are totally underestimating Paul Johnson. Jackets roll again. Mark it down.

And, as always, Thank God and Greyhound that gomer gailey, the worst coach in history, is gone forever.

Fat American

May 6th, 2010
8:40 am

Tony, Virginia Tech Third??? Not so fast my friend! I can’t wait to see VT destroy Boise State!

MMA is stupid

May 6th, 2010
8:43 am

ACC Coastal….ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Wow

May 6th, 2010
8:45 am

GT IS IRRLEVANT!!! The ACC is Irrlevant!!

MMA is stupid

May 6th, 2010
8:48 am

Hey m is back. Nice to see you crawled out of your mom’s basement to spew the same old boring crap.

You will get beat again this November in Athens…mark that down.

Charlie Bama

May 6th, 2010
8:51 am

Davis’ best friend in the race to the ACC [wet and cold] championship game in December is, well . . . . the rest of the ACC. The ACC will present a lot of “gimmes” to UNC this season, well within a club’s grip length of the hole (no parallel with the Charlotte stadium intended). That said, I’m not convinced the Tar Heels can win an ACC champ match-up with Clemson, FSU or whoever from whatever that other division is called.

Alphare

May 6th, 2010
8:56 am

If NC plays Tech with a short week’s preparation, they will be toast.

Tech has good offense. If Tech’s defense improves, Tech will be my favorite to win ACC again.

Coach Al G. is the key.

Captbob

May 6th, 2010
8:58 am

Don’t think N.C. has the QB play to win the Division Tony. Va. Tech looks like the winner this year, Bud Foster ALWAYS has a good defense and their offense is loaded! Can Ga. Tech find a big play receiver to take Thomas place, and can the new defense improve over last years dismal performance?

Jacket Backer

May 6th, 2010
9:05 am

i wouldn’t give up on GT just yet……that said, VT is the team that scares me more than the others, and we have to play them up there…..can’t wait for the fall……its gonna be fun!!

Go Jackets!!!

JB

May 6th, 2010
9:13 am

I’m a Dawg fan but my take on Tech is they will always be well coached with Johnson but they did lose some key players and i know Tech has a depth problem…by that I mean i know they have 85 players, but are they front line ACC capable. They will be good this year thanks to Johnson, but I don’t see them winning 11 games. i say 8, maybe 9.

DawginLex

May 6th, 2010
9:21 am

m comes out of hibernaton after the 30-24 run it down your throat beatdown at the bobby dodd cesspool.

what were some of those predictions again?

56-18 nerds?
UGA might not score?
Tech won’t need their kicker since they will score so many TD’s, a FG wont be needed.

Tony,

VT is going to win this division. GT will finish second and UNC 3rd. GT will lose to VT at VT and either to UNC on the road or Miami at home and to UGA. 9-3 with 2 ACC losses.

Boise State will lose to VT in the opener. LSU/UNC will be a great game and if LSU were to lose, Miles head is closer to the chopping block and off to Ann Arbor in 2011.

SimpleDawg

May 6th, 2010
9:25 am

Early season fireworks may not determine who’s really good and who’s not, but they will sure make for some very interesting conversation.

Look for LSU to beat UNC in the CFA Game…..UNC will need a few games to get their sea legs.

Va Tech should outscore Boise State, but a Va Tech loss will send an early shock through the ACC.

The ACC looks to have several teams who would be a tough game for anyone, depending on match ups….UNC, FSU, VT, GIT, and maybe Clemson and Miami.

GT ALL THE WAY!

May 6th, 2010
9:26 am

TB, i have to disagree with you on this big time. Nc has a terrible offense and Yates stinks and so is their play calling plain and simple! We saw what tech did last year a 24-7 win in atlanta and i expect tech will improve on defense by large! If the defense steps up and Groh does what he is capable of, this team will lay the hammer on some people. I think the winner of Gt and Vt wins the ACC. Miami will lose 5 games this year, mark it down! UNC will finish 3rd. I don’t know who will win the GT,VT game but that will be the one who takes this cake. CPJ is an elite coach and i expect this offense to roll this season. Hill is a 6-4 wr with 4.4 speed on the edge, and a ton of weapons in the backfield. Sleep on tech all you want guys, we bring home another ACC title this year! Nesbitt will throw and rush for over 1,000 yards again and i expect a nice season from him. Pick your poison with our backfield, it’s stocked all over and we won’t miss a beat pounding the ground game! I can’t wait until athens to be those flea bags 2 straight in their own backyard and i hope we ruin the hedges again and then you can let the whining begin! Ugay will suck this year also as they play a pathetic schedule and will still lose to usc,ark,fl, auburn and tech. Yep, another trip to shreveport with top ten recruiting classes! Great to be a yellow jacket!!!!!

THWG (((((2009 ACC CHAMPIONS)))))))

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 6th, 2010
9:31 am

Tony,

You really need to do a story on Robert Quinn. The young man is a incredible student, and in High School was a HS State wrestling champ. Had his Senior season ended w/ a Brain tumor and at initially didnt even know if he would be able to play football again, much less at this high of a level.

His parents are of modest finances, his mother and a bother were employee’s of a fast food restuarant. This young man has worked so hard to get back to were he was and he had his family right by his side.

He is truly an inspiration to alot of college football fans. A side note is in the fact that he was High School teammate with Carlos Dunlap, perhaps a more gifted athlete, but who did not have the self motivation the Robert has displayed thus far.

GT ALL THE WAY!

May 6th, 2010
9:38 am

Boise state gets drummed by VT and i agree that UNC will fall to LSU, The tigers are tough in the dome. Expect a low scoring game and close. I think UNC will lose a heartbreaker to LSU. The big 4 in the coastal can compete with anyone, and i think miami will push ohio state, but i will go with the home team in the end. However, OSU does not want to overlook harris at qb. The guy is talented but is up and down. He played great vs tech last year, but our defense gave him an hour to sit back and throw all night. I don’t think OSU will let that happen. ACC has a shot to earn alot of respect this season. We will see how this plays out.

THWG

XpatHeel

May 6th, 2010
9:45 am

Tony, you finally got it right. Heels have a perfect storm schedule, get an open date extra week to prep for GT and get them at home; and get VT at home. The Offense everybody wants to rag on was decimated by injuries last yr., esp. the O-line. You’ll see a different result this year, and expect to see Renner early. He’s the real deal. It’s going to be hard not to predict the Heels take it all when the D is going to be throwing shut outs.
And btw, the top 4 from the Coastal would give fits to anybody in the sec.

Angus

May 6th, 2010
9:45 am

I suppose the top four in the Coastal are fairly close, but picking UNC to win it?

I wouldn’t bet on UNC until they actually do something.

UNC, the last 4 years in the ACC: 2-6, 3-5, 4-4, 4-4.

They’ve yet to break .500 under Davis and even lost to UVA last year (yikes!).

Jake

May 6th, 2010
9:50 am

Tony, I thought you moved from Greensboro to Atlanta to avoid the ACC, but being a College Football writer, I fully understand.

mdk222

May 6th, 2010
9:55 am

I like to see someone pick a team besides VT Tony, but I’m going to have to disagree with you. GT will win the division and the title once again this season. Out of the 4 players we lost to the NFL, Morgan will be the only one we truly miss. Our secondary is plenty deep enough to replace Burnett. Stephen Hill will step up and replace Bay Bay no problem. And Anthony Allen will do fine as a replacement for Dwyer at B-back. If the 3-4 defense can take root and give our offense enough room to work with we’ll be fine and the only game I see us losing is at VT. Other than that this team is rolling this year.

DP

May 6th, 2010
10:09 am

The UNC-LSU and Va Tech-Boise State games early are huge if the ACC wants to get back on the BCS map. They’ve got to win at least one of those or the league’s credibility is out the window for another year.

DP

May 6th, 2010
10:11 am

m, you sort of disappeared after middle of the pack SEC teams Georgia and South Carolina ran it down the throats of ACC championship game participants Georgia Tech and Clemson.

UGAY in the Papa Johns Bowl

May 6th, 2010
10:12 am

GT all the way- THAT WAS AWSOME!

UGAY in the Papa Johns Bowl

May 6th, 2010
10:13 am

Gordon

May 6th, 2010
10:13 am

UNC will get demolished by LSU in Atlanta and then they will fold just like Butch’s Miami teams were know for doing after being punched in the face. The Coastal winner will once again be the winner of the VT vs. GT match up, just like it has been ever year since the ACC expansion.

Brownsub Player

May 6th, 2010
10:14 am

The Miami Hurricanes will win the ACC and compete for the BCS Championship. The Tar Heels have a good defense but their offense is terrible. V. Tech has lots of holes to fill on both lines of scrimage and the NFL loses will hurt GT bad. Miami has the most balance team of the big 4 in the ACC Coastal and we will be battle tested before ACC play starts. Miami had 6 turnovers against UNC and still made a game out of it. This year we have them at home and there will be no turnovers. Miami will beat them by 14 easily. Miami was the only team to dominate GT last year. We shut GT down. 95 yars rushing and we have the blueprint to do it again. Miami has VT at home and we will edge them out on the scoreboard. GO CANES!!! 2010 ACC Champs.

VTizzle

May 6th, 2010
10:14 am

Hey Mr. Barnhart, Who in the world is Codaro Thompson? That name has never been on a VT roster. I can see how you think our defense could struggle, but you just contradicted yourself with “Bud Foster is one of the best defensive coordinators of this generation”. Look, I get it… our front 7 is young, but we can reload just like you’re saying GT will on both offense and defense. Please explain this theory…

How is Georgia Tech > Virginia Tech when they play in Lane Stadium this year?

HugoStiglitz

May 6th, 2010
10:25 am

These are decent picks. It could go this way. The ACC coastal is so loaded that pretty much anything could happen.

RomeDawg

May 6th, 2010
10:31 am

Being honest, the ACC is second rate compared to the SEC. It’s hard to get fired up about a conference that might put a team in the top 10. What a joke. The ACC reminds me of the WAC. A couple of OK teams, but never any great ones. I do agree that UNC is the dark horse team but if I were betting I would put my money on VT. Tech will go back to being a 7 win team just like when Gailey was there. Does anyone else think Paul Johnson resembles a California Raisin? You know you’re fat when your nose has a fat wrinkle on it.

Tony Barnhart

May 6th, 2010
10:34 am

VTizzle, you’re right. Codaro Thompson was not on the roster but CORDARROW Thompson was, as you know. He started 27 games and was a free agent NFL Draft pick. My apologies for writing his name incorrectly.

TB

Dave in San Diego

May 6th, 2010
10:38 am

Am I crazy for always expecting VT to win the ACC Coastal until they’re mathematically eliminated? And even then checking my math? The Hokies have been the least bad team in the ACC almost every year since the Big East raid, and even after last year it’s hard to believe that will not be the case.

Delbert D.

May 6th, 2010
10:40 am

I really didn’t see much in North Carolina last year. They will very likely finish ahead of Virginia and Duke, but I can’t see them taking down VT, GT and Miami. Tech’s time of possession last year was 42 minutes against UNC. Tech got 24 points in those 42 minutes, and UNC got 7 in their 18 minutes.

Dan

May 6th, 2010
10:41 am

GT was better than VT the past two years, VTizzle. The only reason VT won two years ago was because of that horrible helmet to helmet call on 3rd & 13. We pretty much drilled y’all in 2009 and Bud Foster’s vaunted D couldn’t stop our high school offense (not that anyone really did).

asunc

May 6th, 2010
10:43 am

Gordon I don’t think you’re quite accurate with that “fold just like Butch’s Miami teams were know for doing after being punched in the face” business. Last year, after a 3-0 start Carolina lost 3 of their next 4 culminating in a punch in the face by FSU on a Thursday night in Chapel Hill. They then proceeded to go to Blacksburg and beat Virginia Tech the very next game and start a 4 game win streak.

Dan

May 6th, 2010
10:45 am

RomeDawg, the ACC is hardly second rate. Comparing it to the WAC just shows how stupid you are.

Dawgboy

May 6th, 2010
10:57 am

Enjoy the waning years of the ACC because when expansion comes along that conference is going to get ravaged.

HBTD

May 6th, 2010
11:02 am

Tony. Doesn’t really matter. Tech will lay their proverbial annual egg on November 27th. At least Miami will get a boost from the UNC fan base. I heard the Orange Bowl and Miami COC cringed last year when they learned tech would be representing the a she she.

HBTD

May 6th, 2010
11:04 am

Dan

May 6th, 2010
10:45 am
RomeDawg, the ACC is hardly second rate. Comparing it to the WAC just shows how stupid you are.

You tell’em Dan. tech reminds me a lot more of the teams in region 7 AAAAA with that high school offense pee jay runs.

wesleywhatwhat

May 6th, 2010
11:06 am

lol. north carolina???

stick to SEC football, tony.

Let's play Bama now

May 6th, 2010
11:08 am

I realize it won’t be easy winning on the road, GT at: Clemson, VT, UNC, Wake(looking for revenge), Kansas, UGA…but the Jackets will be the ultimate road warriors and do some serious road kill to their opponents. UNC-ain’t happening. I realize GT lost at Chapel Hill two years ago but CPJ will ensure that won’t happen again.

BTW, I find it comical that UGAY’s answer to not being ranked in Sports Illustrated’s top 25 was that SI doesn’t know them. Well SI sure knew you two years ago when they preranked you number one and put you on the cover only to make fools out of them and yourselves. hahahahahahhahahah

Dan

May 6th, 2010
11:12 am

That high school offense has averaged 35 a game against UGA, HBTB.

wesleywhatwhat

May 6th, 2010
11:16 am

the winner of the GT/VT game has gone on to win the ACC coastal division and the ACC championship the past 3 years.

i have yet to hear a convincing argument that the same thing won’t happen in 2010.

Let's play Bama now

May 6th, 2010
11:20 am

you know I also have to laugh at you dogpoops on here. Before each opponent last year, the poop doggy dogs would always comment that so and so is too good and GT can’t win. Then we would win and the poops would say “oh they weren’t any good anyway” …One of many things GT has done right over the years is not allowed Miami to win the Coastal and that says alot. The Canes have yet to do that which I find comical since everyone thought they would be the dominant team. I was in Miami in 2005 for the game when the Canes were ranked 3rd in the country and heading to the BCS only to be upset by GT 14-10. There were comments from the players in the Miami newspaper before the game that said they didn’t even know what conference this was much less who GT is. Now it is 2010, GT has beat them four out of 5 times and Miami still has not won the Coastal. Larry Coker ultimately had to step down because of not beating GT and getting the job done. You cannot make that up. Of course now, the dogpoops mouth off that Miami isn’t any good. The ACC Coastal division has got your punk @ss SEC East division beat hands down. You know for such a powerful and almighty SEC east division that you think you are, only FL is ranked by SI.

HBTD

May 6th, 2010
11:21 am

Dan. Like I said, it reminds me of Region 7, AAAAA.

Dan

May 6th, 2010
11:25 am

Then explain why y’all seem to have so much trouble stopping it, HBTB.

HBTD

May 6th, 2010
11:28 am

Dan. Welcome back to earth. Our former DC was woefully inadequate.