Friday mailblog

Here we go ...

John in Greenville, N.C., writes: Thanks for a great blog! Read it everyday and love the info you provide. What do you think UNC's chances are of winning the coastal?

HD: As good as Virginia Tech's. As good as Georgia Tech's. As good as Miami's. You get the idea. Look, I picked the Canes to win the division, but anyone who follows this league knows it's wiiiide open. Nobody has truly separated themselves like in the Atlantic Division with Clemson and FSU. There are a lot of good teams, no great ones yet, but if Larry Fedora can motivate his team to win eight games KNOWING there is no bowl game in sight, I have no doubt he'll have them a contender this year, even with some heavy losses.

Wes Parcell in Radford, Va., writes: Do you think that UVA has a chance to make a run in the ACC Coastal this year?

HD: Notice the Hoos weren't mentioned in the above answer. It's not because they don't have the pieces in place -- I think Mike London put together one of the best staffs in the country this offseason. It's because I think it's going to take this year to get it all together. With two new coordinators, some questions at quarterback, and a few other positions that simply need to play better, I think they're still a step behind -- and they've also got one of the most brutal schedules in the country. BYU, Oregon, Clemson, at Miami ... good luck.

Steve in Arlington, Va., writes: Heather, is it a lock that Louisville replaces Maryland in the Atlantic Division, or could a bit of creative realignment be in store? It seems like the ACC is setting up to remove all the drama from the championship game if FSU, Clemson, and Louisville are basically playing for the league title within the Atlantic Division for the foreseeable future...

HD: It's a lock, and no, it's not going to remove the drama from the ACC championship game. You can still have Florida State-Miami in the title game. You can have Clemson-Virginia Tech. I say bring it. It's going to make the ACC's Atlantic Division one big, bad division.

Mike in Miami, Fla., writes: Rank your ACC heisman candidates. Boyd, Watkins, Morris, Duke Johnson and Stefon Diggs are clearly the top 5.. Tough to rank em. Morris easily can have a fantastic sleeper heisman season with all the weapons and outstanding offensive line.

HD: Mike, I think you got it ... 1. Tajh Boyd, 2. Sammy Watkins, 3. Duke Johnson, 4. Stephen Morris, 5. Stefon Diggs. I think you HAVE to start with Boyd and Watkins simply because they are on the ACC's best team and will be in the national spotlight. Then I turn to Miami because a) I think they will win the Coastal and b) the offensive line returns every starter. The only reason I rank Duke ahead of Morris is because of what he can do in the return game, but I reserve the right to swap them every week during the season. You are smart to include Diggs. He is an outstanding athlete, but he's playing for the Terps in a tough division. Not sure he'll get the credit he deserves.

Sean in Boston writes: HD, other than not having to suffer through Spazball anymore what should BC fans look forward to? Is a bowl possible this year?

HD: Hate to bust your bubble, Sean, but I'd be really surprised if the Eagles went to a bowl. If I had to do a bowl projection right now, they wouldn't make the cut. It's too early to judge Steve Addazio, but it's not too early to judge recent recruiting classes at BC. As for something to look forward to? How about quarterback Chase Rettig? It should be a smooth transition for him with Ryan Day back on the sideline. It's Rettig's fourth OC in as many seasons, but hey, at least this time it was a familiar face.