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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Final verdicts: Contenders and pretenders

By Heather Dinich

Dear Duke, Maryland and Boston College:

The rest of the ACC has written you off this year. How’s that for some bulletin board material this spring and summer?

Of the 14 programs in the ACC, those were the only three in which at least 90 percent of the fan base reading this blog agreed stood no chance this fall in the ACC race. Virginia Tech? Welcome back.

Over the past two weeks, colleague Andrea Adelson and I have given our take on whether the unranked teams in the ACC are going to be pretenders or contenders in 2013. Florida State and Clemson were left out of the mix because they are expected to be ranked in most preseason top 25 polls, and therefore automatically qualify as contenders. You had your chance to weigh in and vote on each team. There were only three that we disagreed on: Pitt, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest. We don’t think you’re giving those teams enough credit in their respective divisions. We obviously didn’t make strong enough arguments to convince you of that.

The numbers are fluid, as you can still vote at any time, but here are the results from the series, as of Wednesday morning:

PITT:

Our take: Contender
Your take: Pretender The vote: 66 percent

DUKE

Our take: Pretender
Your take: Pretender
The vote: 90 percent

VIRGINIA

Our take: Pretender
Your take: Pretender
The vote: 85 percent

VIRGINIA TECH

Our take: Contender
Your take: Contender
The vote: 67 percent

MIAMI

Our take: Contender
Your take: Contender
The vote: 74 percent

GEORGIA TECH

Our take: Contender
Your take: Pretender
The vote: 59 percent

NORTH CAROLINA

Our take: Contender
Your take: Contender
The vote: 57 percent

WAKE FOREST

Our take: Contender
Your take: Pretender
The vote: 89 percent

NC STATE

Our take: Pretender
Your take: Pretender
The vote: 84 percent

MARYLAND

Our take: Pretender
Your take: Pretender
The vote: 91 percent

SYRACUSE

Our take: Pretender
Your take: Pretender
The vote: 78 percent

BOSTON COLLEGE

Our take: Pretender
Your take: Pretender
The vote: 92 percent