College Football: 2008 ACC Preview: Part Two

September 8th, 2008
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Part Two: Projected Standings & Player Awards


Players of the Year: QB Cullen Harper (Clemson) and DB Alphonso Smith (Wake Forest)


Coach of the Year: Tommy Bowden (Clemson)


Newcomers of the Year: RB Josh Haden (Boston College) and DE DaQuan Bowers (Clemson)


Three Best Non-Conference Games

1.  Clemson vs. Alabama (in Atlanta; August 30th): How good is Clemson? We’ll find out in the season opener.

2.  Florida @ Florida State (November 29th): After getting embarrassed in the Swamp last year, can the ‘Noles knock off the Gators?

3.  North Carolina @ Rutgers (September 11th): Some people think Carolina can give Virginia Tech a run. This game will be a good early gauge for UNC.


Key Conference Games

Atlantic: Clemson @ Wake Forest (October 9th): Wake’s lost the last two in this series, and they’ll need to protect their turf if they want to play for the ACC crown.

Coastal: Virginia Tech @ North Carolina (September 20th): Nine days after Rutgers the Heels get the division favorites in Chapel Hill. The winner is in good shape to win the Coastal.


How they’ll finish

Atlantic: 1. Clemson                                Coastal: 1. Virginia Tech

2. Wake Forest                                                  2. Miami

3. Florida State                                                  3. North Carolina

4. Maryland                                                       4. Georgia Tech

5. Boston College                                              5. Virginia

6. NC State                                       6. Duke