ACC in the morning: More preseason predictions

July, 14, 2008
7/14/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

The ACC football kickoff must be getting close (well, that and college baseball is long done in the state of Florida) -- there's more of a buzz in the business today:

J.P. Giglio of the Raleigh News & Observer's ACC Now blog has his preseason predictions up this morning, and for the most part, we're on the same page. He gave the Seminoles a little more credit than I did, and I agree that team could be better than people think. Still, I don't think we'll see how good FSU can really be until the second half of the season. Maryland might be better than people think. Giglio also had NC State ahead of Boston College, which could very well happen, too.

Speaking of rankings ... You guys aren't the only ones who freaked out about Friday's stadium rankings.

Andrew Carter of the Orlando Sentinel, who is an NC State grad, was among the many who were displeased with my spot for the Wolfpack, so he came up with his own ranking in his blog, the Chopping Block. I like his list.

Carter also had a story on the overall health of FSU's athletic department. The biggest challenge new AD Randy Spetman has is to usher the department through the lingering effects of the academic fraud case. In that respect, I'd say Bobby Bowden has it tougher.

Speaking of the 'Noles ... The Tallahassee Democrat wrote about the healing process for fullback Marcus Sims and receiver Richard Goodman. The Democrat also wrote about how FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett will earn his money this season.

It wasn't exactly Miami-FIU, but it was a brawl nonetheless. If Miami and Florida State are high on any of these recruits, it could be indicative of problems to come. It was bad enough that one of the coaches was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be a dislocated knee. And he wasn't even playing.

Speaking of recruits ... nearly 200 recruits were in Blacksburg, Va., according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. It was the second of two camps this summer for the Hokies.

Rob Daniels of the Greensboro News-Record had this take on ACC expansion. It's all about the Benjamins, and Virginia Tech -- so far -- has been the biggest winner.

Speaking of winners ... why wait until October to break down the Clemson-Wake Forest game? Larry Williams of the Charleston Post and Courier has it now.

Elsewhere in the ACC, the Duke football team is up to more good deeds under David Cutcliffe. You've got to register for this one, sorry.

And, finally, here are eight reasons to be excited about ACC football this season, according to the Charlotte Observer.

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