Very Early 2013 ACC Football Season W-L Predictions

Can Tajh Boyd and Clemson Live Up to Early Predictions and Win the ACC Championship?

Can Tajh Boyd and Clemson Live Up to Early Predictions and Win the ACC Championship?

With a nod to SB Nation’s Barking Carnival for the basis of this idea, we wanted to take a very early, top-line view of each ACC team’s prospects for 2013 with regard to schedule. What we’ve done to avoid diving into each and every game, however, is limit this look to just in-conference matchups (eight per team), and provide you with the basic info you’ll need on each squad. In particular, how much experience they have at the quarterback position, how long their respective coach has been there, and how many returning starters they have. Obviously, it takes more than just that information to surmise how a team will fare in a given year, but since it’s so early, this should be plenty to get a conversation going. All figures on returning starters are from Phil Steele.

Boston College Eagles: Coach: Steve Addazio (first year); Quarterback: Chase Rettig (fourth year); Returning starters: 14 (seven offense, seven defense); Projected conference W-L: 1-7

Clemson Tigers: Coach: Dabo Swinney (sixth year); Quarterback: Tajh Boyd (third year); Returning starters: 13 (seven offense, six defense); Projected conference W-L: 8-0

Duke Blue Devils: Coach: David Cutcliffe (sixth year); Quarterback: Anthony Boone (first year); Returning starters: 14 (seven offense, seven defense); Projected conference W-L: 2-6

Florida State Seminoles: Coach: Jimbo Fisher (fourth year); Quarterback: TBD; Returning starters: 10 (six offense, four defense); Projected conference W-L: 6-2

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: Coach: Paul Johnson (sixth year); Quarterback: Vad Lee (probable; first year); Returning starters: 16 (eight offense, eight defense); Projected conference W-L: 5-3

Maryland Terrapins: Coach: Randy Edsall (third year); Quarterback: C.J. Brown (probable; second year); Returning starters: 12 (seven offense, five defense); Projected conference W-L: 2-6

Miami Hurricanes: Coach: Al Golden (third year); Quarterback: Stephen Morris (second year); Returning starters: 19 (10 offense, nine defense); Projected conference W-L: 7-1

NC State Wolfpack: Coach: Dave Doeren (first year); Quarterback: TBD; Returning starters: 11 (five offense, six defense); Projected conference W-L: 0-8

North Carolina Tar Heels: Coach: Larry Fedora (second year); Quarterback: Bryn Renner (third year); Returning starters: 15 (six offense, nine defense); Projected conference W-L: 7-1

Pittsburgh Panthers: Coach: Paul Chryst (second year); Quarterback: TBD; Returning starters: 14 (five offense, nine defense); Projected conference W-L: 3-5

Syracuse Orange: Coach: Scott Shafer (first year); Quarterback: TBD; Returning starters: 13 (six offense, seven defense); Projected conference W-L: 4-4

Virginia Cavaliers: Coach: Mike London (fourth year); Quarterback: TBD; Returning starters: 14 (seven offense, seven defense); Projected conference W-L: 2-6

Virginia Tech Hokies: Coach: Frank Beamer (27th year); Quarterback: Logan Thomas (third year); Returning starters: 13 (four offense, nine defense); Projected conference W-L: 5-3

Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Coach: Jim Grobe (13th year); Quarterback: Tanner Price (fourth year); Returning starters: 16 (eight offense, eight defense); Projected conference W-L: 4-4

A couple additional notes:

  • The varying levels of uncertainty at the quarterback position obviously leave some of these predictions to change in the coming months. Once those situations are worked out, we’ll have a clearer picture on where those teams will fall.
  • In the same breath, seeing all that uncertainty at QB means that teams with veteran defenses may be able to feast on inexperience. Specifically, looking at Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech to potentially break out with regards to this note.
  • With 12 of 14 defenses bringing back at least half of their starters, expect a slight reversal from last year’s high-scoring games, back to defensive struggles all around the conference.
  • Of the three new coaches in the conference, Syracuse’s Scott Shafer could potentially have the most to work with, but I wouldn’t say that amount is overwhelming. The fact that all three are in the Atlantic division provides a very muddled hierarchy there, once you’re done putting Clemson and Florida State at the top.
  • While the projections up top place North Carolina and Miami at the top of the Coastal division pile, I do believe little separates the division’s top four (Miami, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech), meaning 7-1 can easily be 5-3 for any of them.
  • Due to lack of depth in Raleigh, I believe in Duke and Syracuse’s rebuilding projects more than I do NC State’s. This could come back to bite  me, but I think Dave Doeren’s squad is another year out from getting the personnel he needs for his system.

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6 thoughts on “Very Early 2013 ACC Football Season W-L Predictions

    • Honestly spent all of three minutes on each of those quick projections. But that was really the point. All of these were knee-jerk reactions now that we’ve gotten a couple weeks into spring practices and all. Any team (BC included) could easily win one or two more games than this initial look. At first glance, I think the Eagles’ absolute ceiling is likely five ACC wins (Syracuse, Wake Forest, Maryland, NC State, Virginia Tech), with the basement obviously being zero.

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