ACC Preview and Predictions

For each of the conference Predictions I will put in both the Predicted Finish according to Win-Shares, as well as my own personal predictions (which are largely very similar).


ACC Win-Shares


FSU – 9.51 (6.3)

Clemson – 8.77 (5.63)

Louisville – 6.92 (4.18)

NC State – 6.48 (3.63)

Boston College – 6.24 (2.98)

Wake Forest – 6.02 (2.78)

Syracuse – 4.49 (2.31)



Miami – 8.4 (5.18)

North Carolina – 7.45 (4.46)

Virginia Tech – 6.42 (4.11)

Pitt – 6.78 (3.98)

Virginia – 6.24 (3.59)

Duke – 6.01 (3.57)

Georgia Tech – 5.77 (3.3)


FSU over Miami in the ACC championship.


FSU and Clemson both round to 6, which would mean that the Atlantic Division winner will come down to the FSU v Clemson winner (pretty obvious). Also shows FSU and Clemson as the best 2 teams in the ACC. Also pretty obvious. It also shows over years past that Duke continues to improve, and that Boston College should have a good bounce back year (after winning only 1 game that shouldn’t be very hard).


Simplified Football Predictions


FSU – 11-1 (7-1)

Clemson – 11-1 (7-1)

Louisville – 8-4 (5-3)

NC State – 6-6 (3-5)

Boston College – 5-7 (3-5)

Wake Forest – 5-7 (2-6)

Syracuse – 3-9 (1-7)



UNC – 9-3 (6-2)

Miami – 8-4 (5-3)

Duke – 7-5 (5-3)

Pitt – 7-5 (4-4)

GT – 7-5 (4-4)

VT – 5-7 (3-5)

UVA – 5-7 (2-6)


FSU over UNC in the ACC Champ


SF has UNC finishing ahead of Miami and Duke finishing above what is expected. Atlantic remains the same.  I expect a largely better year for the ACC as FSU and Clemson will be top 10 teams. Louisville, UNC, and Miami should all challenge for or be top 25 teams. Pitt, Duke and GT will likely be teams that receive votes and at some point in the year will be ranked, but not finish there.


That is 9 bowl teams for the ACC

Fiesta Bowl – FSU (Playoff)

Orange Bowl – Clemson

Russell Athletic Bowl – UNC

Belk Bowl – Louisville

PinStripe Bowl – Miami

Sun Bowl – Pittsburgh

Tax Slayer Bowl – GT

Camping World – Duke

Quick Lane Bowl – NC State


  1. UNC went to the Russell bowl last year and I believe there is an unwritten rule in the 2nd tier and lower bowls that the same team does not go to the same bowl in back to back years. I look for Miami in the Russell bowl, UNC in the Belk, Louisville in the Music City, Pitt in the Pinstripe.

    I think Syracuse will be better than most people think. They have a lot of good skill position guys on offense and a coach that is able to play toward that strength. Their defense is another story, but I think they are better than last place.

  2. Confused Clemson Fan says

    Thought it was good until you showed Clemson at 10-2 losing a non conference game. Either you just are putting crap up or you truly believe a 14-1 Clemson team with all returning starters on offense will fall to a 7-6 Auburn team with no starting qb or a 3-9 South Carolina team which is pretty sad for you to state. After the disrespect I just saw I’m putting Florida state now at 9-3 losing to ole miss, Clemson, and Louisville. Sorry Dalvin Cook can’t carry your team like a qb can and Francois is no Winston.

    • Steve Poyner says

      Actually after watching Last Chance U, I have updated that, no longer have Clemson losing to Auburn. Was foolish of me.

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