ACC's most overrated of 2008
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Here is a look at the ACC's most overrated of 2008:
MOST OVERRATED PLAYER: Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper. He was picked as the preseason Player of the Year and the first-team quarterback. He was benched, won his job back, and finished as the ACC's leading passer, but was too inconsistent, didn't always make smart decisions and didn't earn first OR second team all-conference honors.
MOST OVERRATED COACH: In all fairness, I don't think there WAS an overrated coach or coordinator in the ACC. In fact, I think the coaches in the ACC did some of their best jobs this season. You could argue that former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden was overrated this season, but so was his team. And the coordinators who are no longer in the league certainly weren't overrated, but I would argue Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning falls into the underrated category.
(SECOND) MOST OVERRATED TEAM: North Carolina. The Tar Heels were picked to finish second in the Coastal Division and came close at third, but never lived up to the preseason hype or the regular-season ranking. UNC popped and out of the top 25 and finished the season out. Granted, there were numerous injuries and it was a heck of an improvement from a year ago, but it wasn't the championship-caliber season some might have envisioned.
MOST OVERRATED LOSS: Alabama 34, Clemson 10. It seemed as if the world -- and the ACC -- was caving in, but clearly, the Crimson Tide were better than everyone thought. So was the ACC.
MOST OVERRATED UNIT: This is a toss-up. Is it Maryland's veteran offensive line? Virginia Tech's, which had two juniors and two seniors? Or Georgia Tech's defensive line? Well, the best defensive line in the ACC turned out to be at Boston College, and the best offensive line was either at Florida State or Boston College. I'm going to go with Maryland's offensive line, which had three seniors and a junior and allowed 28 sacks this season.
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State