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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Conference Previews: The ACC

2005 Standings
Florida State5-38-5
Boston College5-39-3
North Carolina State3-57-5
Wake Forest3-54-7

Virginia Tech7-111-2
Miami (Fla.)6-29-3
Georgia Tech5-37-5
North Carolina4-45-6

Gerry's Pick: Throughout most of its history, the Atlantic Coast Conference has been more of a kingdom than a democracy, with Bobby Bowden and his tribe of Seminoles reigning supreme. While some of his championship teams have had ugly records (the 2005 installment lost 5 games), King Bobby has found a way to win this conference with alarming regularity. I predict more of the same in 2006. While the Seminoles of this decade differ starkly from the high-powered offensive juggernauts of the 1990's, FSU's roster is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. I don't see a national title contender emerging from the ACC, but the Seminoles are still the class of this conference. Florida State

Gerry's Predicted Conference Standings

Florida StateVirginia Tech
ClemsonGeorgia Tech
Boston CollegeMiami (Fla.)
MarylandNorth Carolina
North Carolina StateVirginia
Wake ForestDuke

Chris' Pick: This is one of the weakest years the ACC will see. Miami is going to have a disappointing season behind junior quarterback Kyle Wright (however, it will be enough to win the Coastal Division); Virginia Tech's one-trick pony offense has left town (criminal or no criminal, he was a Vick); and the tobacco-road basketball trio will find themselves at the bottom once again. In these circumstances, Florida State looks like the best pick, but I also like the dark horse in Georgia Tech. I won't go against Bobby Bowden and the Seminoles though, as they will prove they are the better team against Miami -- twice. Florida State

Chris' Predicted Conference Standings

Florida StateMiami (Fla.)
ClemsonGeorgia Tech
Boston CollegeVirginia
North Carolina State
Virginia Tech
North Carolina
Wake ForestDuke

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