Though the ACC has not had a team finish in the top 10 of the polls since Virginia Tech finished ninth in 2007, it would be inaccurate to say that the conference does not have elite talent and potential.
The depth in the ACC has been one of the main reasons for a lack of a championship contender, as lesser teams such as Virginia and NC State have often played spoiler to favored opponents.
While Florida State is expected to take the Atlantic division, you can never count out the Boston College Eagles, who silently seem to win eight or nine games every year.
Meanwhile, the Coastal division is a complete toss-up heading into the season, as slight favorites Virginia Tech must be wary of North Carolina, Miami, and Georgia Tech if it is to find itself in the ACC Championship game.
Heading into the 2010 season—in which several teams are on the verge breaking into and staying in the national spotlight—let's take a look at some story lines that will be interesting to follow through the preseason and into the regular season.