ACC's most overrated of 2008

January, 19, 2009
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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.

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