2019 ACC Preview

Atlantic Division

PlaceTeamWin-Share (Conf)Record (Conf)Rating
1Clemson Tigers10.3 (6.9)11-1 (7-1)4.93
2FSU Seminoles8.4 (5.3)9-3 (6-2)4.43
3Syracuse Orange6.8 (3.7)8-4 (4-4)4.00
3BC Eagles6.3 (3.5)7-5 (4-4)3.92
3NCSU Wolfpack6.8 (3.7)7-5 (4-4)3.90
6WF Demon Deacons5.5 (2.7)6-6 (3-5)3.63
6Louisville Cardinals4.9 (2.6)5-7 (3-5)3.58

Coastal Division

PlaceTeamWin-Share (Conf)Record (Conf)Rating
1Miami Hurricanes7.7 (4.7)9-3 (6-2)4.06
2Duke Blue Devils6.9 (4.6)7-5 (4-4)4.02
2Virginia Tech Hokies8.0 (4.5)7-5 (4-4)3.94
4Virginia Cavaliers7.3 (4.0)6-6 (3-5)3.94
4Pittsburgh Panthers5.6 (3.3)6-6 (3-53.63
4UNC Tar Heels6.1 (3.6)5-7 (3-5)3.87
7GT Yellow Jackets4.5 (2.4)4-8 (2-6)3.45

Championship Game

Clemson over Miami

Notes

A year ago Clemson went undefeated and won their 2nd title in 3 years. There is little reason to think Clemson will not win the ACC again in 2019 and make it to their 5th straight playoff. However they do have a lot of inexperience on the defensive side of the ball and going against a tough offensive minded coach early on before they get settled could end up in a Clemson defeat. But even with a loss (not uncommon even for Playoff bound Clemson teams) they will win the ACC and likely face Alabama in the National Championship game again.

A year ago Clemson went undefeated and won their 2nd title in 3 years. There is little reason to think Clemson will not win the ACC again in 2019 and make it to their 5th straight playoff. However they do have a lot of inexperience on the defensive side of the ball and going against a tough offensive minded coach early on before they get settled could end up in a Clemson defeat. But even with a loss (not uncommon even for Playoff bound Clemson teams) they will win the ACC and likely face Alabama in the National Championship game again.

We do expect both Florida schools to rebound this year and have much better seasons. However still being a year or 2 away from competing with Clemson. Syracuse looks to have another good season and potentially sit either at the bottom of the top 25 or just outside the top 25 again.

This makes 11 bowl teams for the ACC. They had 11 last year as well.

Clemson in the playoffs as the 2 seed. FSU and Miami in the top 15. Syracuse in the top 25.

Bowl Projections

TeamBowl Projection
ClemsonFiesta Bowl (CFP Semifinal)
FSUOrange Bowl
MiamiCamping World Bowl
SyracuseBelk Bowl
DukeHyundai Sun Bowl
BCNew Era Pinstripe Bowl
VTFranklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
NCSUWalk-On’s Independence Bowl
VirginiaMilitary Bowl
PittsburghQuick Lane Bowl
Wake ForestBad Boys Mower Gasparilla Bowl

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