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ACC Football Predictions – 2013 Season

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Clemson and Florida State appear to be the class of the ACC this season, and the matchup between the two will likely decide the eventual conference champion. The Coastal division is much more wide-open as it looks like a toss-up between the top three teams in the division. However, each of the top teams is flawed enough to leave the door open for a surprise team to sneak into the CCG. Let’s get to it.



  • 1. Clemson 11-1 (8-0): The offense was explosive a year ago and returns star QB Tajh Boyd, but the losses of WR DeAndre Hopkins and RB Andre Ellington will sting. Roderick McDowell is capable of filling in for Ellington (and let’s not forget that Boyd is no slouch on the ground), but WR Sammy Watkins will need to rebound in a big way in order to replace the production lost with Hopkins. The line should be a strength, but a lot hinges on the WR position. The defense should be fine; DE Vic Beasley is a capable replacement for departed Malliciah Goodman and the rest of the front seven is back in full force. The non-conference schedule is brutal with a season-opening bout with Georgia and the annual season finale at South Carolina. Those two games will make it tough for the Tigers to run the table, but only a date with FSU should stand between Clemson and an 8-0 run in the ACC.
  • 2. Florida State 10-2 (7-1): Freshman QB Jameis Winston appears to have won the keys to the offense and he has plenty of talent to make him feel comfortable, most notably Rashad Greene and a loaded WR group. The line is also well stocked and FSU boats two capable runners in Devonta Freeman and James Wilder. Expect the Seminoles to take a step back from last season’s 39 points per game, but the offense should still be a threat no matter who lines up under center. On defense, the key will be replacing all four starters on the defensive line. Bjoern Warner and Cornellius Carradine can’t simply be replaced, but rising star Mario Edwards and a pair of solid tackles should have the line playing better than expected. Overall, the schedule is fairly friendly and even with a new QB the Seminoles should make a run at double-digit wins. (more…)