In what might come as the greatest non-shocker in college football history, the Florida State Seminoles are the overwhelming favorites to win the ACC title this year.
On Day 2 of ACC Media Days, FSU received 104 of 108 first place votes, according to reports, and Noles Quarterback Jameis Winston received 99 of 108 first place votes.
Clemson came in second and had two first place votes.
But with recruiting in Tallahassee going as well as ever, expectations even higher for the Seminoles coming off a national championship, and Jimbo Fisher at the top of his coaching game, it appears we’re back to the 1990s. The ACC is Florida State and then a huge competition for second place.
Only this time Florida State is doing it with 14 teams in the conference, not 9. Nobody in the ACC looks like they will come even close to what the Seminoles’ talent will be like over the next few years, so this looks to be a repeat of 15 years ago.
It wouldn’t be shocking to me if Fisher’s squads ran off another consecutive string of Top 5 finishes either.
Miami Picked to Win Coastal
The restoration of the dominant Florida State-Miami rivalry might be near. We know how great the Seminoles are, but the Hurricanes are on their way back up. ACC media voters have predicted an FSU-Miami ACC Championship, which is something everybody thought would be a given at least every other year when Miami joined the conference in 2004. It hasn’t worked out like that, though.
But finally, with Miami on the right track, the rivalry that used to stop the college football world could be restored, and that will be great for the game.
Duke-UNC Rivalry Transitioning to Football
Although Miami is picked to win the Coastal, Duke and North Carolina are both in the mix, each having received more first-place Coastal votes than the Hurricanes. Could this be the start of something special in football?
We all love the Duke UNC rivalry in college basketball, Wouldn’t it be nice if that rivalry became intense in college football as well? Both programs are on the right track, and the future looks good as long as UNC can shed this investigation issue.
Louisville picked third in ACC Atlantic
In what comes as a surprise, Louisville was picked to finish third in the ACC Atlantic behind FSU and Clemson. It’s not that the Cardinals don’t have a bright future ahead in the conference with Bobby Petrino at the helm, but you would think there would be some growing pains expected with a new quarterback, a new system, and a tougher schedule all facing them this year.
I’m not sure I would have put Louisville ahead of Boston College for this year. There’s a good bit to look forward to with a lot of the ACC expected to be pretty good this year, and Louisville is not yet ready for the grueling stretch that will come with their new schedule. At least not this year.
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