The college football season is almost underway, and the ACC converged on Charlotte last week for the ACC Kickoff. At the Kickoff, 173 media members were polled, and they concluded that Boston College would finish fifth in the ACC Atlantic this season.
Seeing as they are the overwhelming favorites to win the entire ACC, it is unsurprising that Clemson was also picked to reign over the Atlantic as well. Syracuse was predicted to come in second, with Florida State behind them, followed by NC State, BC, Wake Forest, and Louisville, in that order.
Clemson, who dominated Alabama in the national championship last year by a final score of 44-16, is deserving of being the heavy favorites in the conference, and possibly even the nation. However, the rest of the predicted standings are questionable.
Syracuse is a popular dark horse pick in the ACC this season, with quarterback Tommy DeVito receiving much praise after his brief, yet effective appearances last season. Additionally, their defense was spectacular, finishing second in the conference in both sacks and interceptions, as well as finishing in the top half in scoring defense.
The rest of the division appears to be up for grabs, with Florida State, NC State, and BC all receiving a similar number of votes. It is perplexing that the media is so high on the Seminoles, considering how bad they played last season, finishing second-to-last in the division. NC State and Boston College are both schools that showed flashes of promise, something that Florida State never did.
Realistically, Clemson is the best team in the conference and will continue to be, as long as Trevor Lawrence is under center. The rest of the conference will have to seriously over-deliver if Clemson is to be caught, but the ACC will undoubtedly be an exciting conference full of close games this upcoming season.
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