Wednesday, July 29, 2009

2009 ACC Blogger Preseason Predictions

For the second straight year, the Virginia Tech blog Gobbler Country is polling the ACC blogosphere for some preseason predictions:
  • Predicted order of finish for both divisions (no ties please)
  • Conference champion
  • Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
  • Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
  • Preseason Rookie of the Year
This year, unlike last year, we are assured that there is adequate Atlantic Division representation so it won't be another Coastal Division tongue-bath. We hope, anyway.

On to our ballot (and note, we retain the rights to change these predictions between now and our series of season preview posts later in August).

ACC Atlantic
  1. Florida State
  2. Clemson
  3. Boston College - Some are quick to forget that this is still a defensive league and despite the losses we still have one of the best. Plus, NC State and Wake have to come to us. We'll get our Ws, don't worry about it.
  4. NC State
  5. Wake Forest
  6. Maryland
ACC Coastal
  1. Virginia Tech - not 100% sold on Hokies, certainly won’t be dominant and has little-to-no shot at the MNC with that non-conference sched, but until someone proves otherwise ...
  2. Miami (Fla.)
  3. Georgia Tech
  4. North Carolina
  5. Duke
  6. Virginia

Predicted ACC Championship Game Winner: Virginia Tech (yeah, it pains me too)
Offensive Player of the Year: C.J. Spiller (he'll be scoring TDs on the reg. Atlantic Division. Represent.)
Defensive Player of the Year: Mark Herzlich (yes, I know he's not playing this year. Doesn't matter. He's that good.)
Rookie of the Year: Desmond Scott, RB, Duke (who knows. As Russell Wilson proved last year, an injury here or an injury there could thrust some no-name rookie into the spotlight in a hurry.)

BONUS: Coach of the Year: David Cutcliffe (Triples ACC win total in year 2. Six wins but no bowl for the Dukies.)


BCMike said...

My take...

1. Florida State
T2. Clemson
T2. Boston College
T2. NC State
5. Wake Forest
6. Maryland

ACC Coastal

1. Virginia Tech
2. Georgia Tech
3. North Carolina
4. Miami (Fla.)
5. Duke
6. Virginia

I agree with most of what you guys think, except I think it's going to be a two-horse race in the Coastal with VT and GT.

Brian said...

BCMike, no ties. Play by the rules!

Jeff and I only really disagreed on the Georgia Tech pick. I originally had GT #2 like you, but I do have doubts about the Yellow Jacket defense. Jeff likes the Canes to turn it around.

conlonc said...

I've got the right one babay! (uh-huh)


Da U

ACCCG winner

Riley Skinner

Morgan Burnett

Josh Adams

I went with my dark horse lineup so I can brag when I get one right!