Preseason predictions -- ACC style

August, 25, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

It's time again for some predictions -- including a few switcharoos.

Considering everything that happened on the field and off this summer, here are my updated preseason picks for 2008:

Atlantic Division winner -- Clemson. It's 2008. What happened in the past is irrelevant to the potential oozing on this roster. This is the best team Tommy Bowden has had, and it's the best team in the league. No excuses. If the Tigers come undone, it will only be because they beat themselves.

Coastal Division winner -- Virginia Tech. Young talent and coaching still give these guys the edge, despite the indefinite suspension of receiver Zach Luckett this summer, and the fact there was little separation between quarterbacks Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor.

ACC champion -- Clemson. Try and stop their running game, they'll throw it to Aaron Kelly or Tyler Grisham. A healthy Jacoby Ford could mean the difference in a few games. "Bandit" end Ricky Sapp has been unstoppable this summer, and the offensive line is coming together.

Offensive Player of the Year -- Cullen Harper. His poise this season will be immeasurable, and despite all of the talent he's surrounded by, Harper is the one managing this offense. He's also arguably the best quarterback in the league.

Defensive Player of the Year -- Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech. He's an excellent pass rusher on the brink of a breakout season in his first year as starter. His athleticism and speed make him one of the top NFL draft prospects for 2009.

Rookie of the Year -- Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson. He's expected to play 25-30 snaps a game, and will give the defense a boost with his pass-rushing abilities. Odds are he's one of the few freshmen in the country who actually live up to the hype.

Coach of the Year -- Frank Beamer. With all of the talent on Clemson's roster, Tommy Bowden should win. Beamer? He should be holding open tryouts. In order to have a chance at the ACC title, Beamer is going to have to do one of his better jobs, considering what he's lost.

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