The ACC Conference always takes a backseat to all of the other BCS qualifying conferences, except for the former Big East, newly named the American Athletic Conference.
Pittsburgh and Syracuse are the new additions to the ACC this season, after they left the Big East's successor conference.
The battle for the Atlantic Division title will come down to Clemson and Florida State again.
Florida State will miss quarterback EJ Manuel on the offensive end and a majority of its players on defense, along with defensive coordinator Mark Stoops. Don’t count the 'Noles out though, they have a favorable schedule and still have the talent to win 10 games.
The game between Florida State and Clemson in Death Valley on Oct. 19 should be a de facto game for the Atlantic Division. Just as it has been the past two seasons, whoever comes out of this division should win the ACC Championship.
The Coastal Division is more of a mystery.
A 6-6 Georgia Tech team ended up playing for the ACC Championship last season because North Carolina was placed on a one-year bowl ban and Miami (FL) self-imposed a bowl ban on itself for the second year in a row.
If Miami (FL) can manage to not get a bowl ban for a third straight year, they could be the top dog in the Coastal Division. The Hurricanes have most of their offense back, including senior quarterback Stephen Morris and 2nd team All-American running back Duke Johnson.
ACC Conference Predictions
Atlantic Division W-L Coastal Division W-L
Clemson 11-2, 8-0 (ACC) Miami (FL) 9-4, 6-2 (ACC)
Florida State 10-2, 7-1 (ACC) Virginia Tech 9-3, 5-3 (ACC)
NC State 8-4, 4-4 (ACC) North Carolina 8-4, 5-3 (ACC)
Maryland 7-5, 4-4 (ACC) Georgia Tech 7-5, 5-3 (ACC)
Wake Forest 5-7, 2-6 (ACC) Pittsburgh 6-6, 3-5 (ACC)
Syracuse 4-8, 2-6 (ACC) Virginia 5-7, 3-5 (ACC)
Boston College 4-8, 1-7 (ACC) Duke 5-7, 1-7 (ACC)
Clemson over Miami (FL)