ACC Football: Who Will Win the Conference in 2011?

Gary BrownCorrespondent IIApril 10, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Head coach JimboFisher of the Florida State Seminoles is doused with water in the final seconds of their 26-17 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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ACC football looks to make another step toward being considered among the top BCS football conferences.

There is work to do at the bottom, as Duke and Wake Forest will continue to underperform, but look for Virginia to take a small step forward in the second year of Mike London’s regime as head coach.

The top of the ACC should be strong this year with Miami, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Clemson battling it out for the top spot in the conference at the end of the season.

Here are some other ACC football facts to keep in mind:

  • In 2010 the ACC produced nine bowl teams
  • Virginia Tech, Florida State, Maryland and N.C. State all finished in the top 25 when the final AP football poll was released
  • The ACC is second to only the SEC in the number of first-round picks in the NFL draft

Here is our prediction for how the ACC race turns out in 2011.

Coastal Division

  1. Miami
  2. Virginia Tech
  3. North Carolina
  4. Georgia Tech
  5. Virginia
  6. Duke

Atlantic Division

  1. Florida State
  2. Clemson
  3. N.C. State
  4. Maryland
  5. Boston College
  6. Wake Forest

When Florida State and Miami meet for the ACC title in the conference championship game, expect Jimbo Fisher’s Seminoles to take the league title and automatic BCS bid.

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