The media predicted the 2016 season would play out much like 2015 did, with the Tigers and Tar Heels meeting in the ACC title game.
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Here are teams in each conference moving in the right direction and those which struggled this summer.
Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer
Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said he prefers not to use a multi-QB system. As far as assigning jersey numbers for his players, that will be determined by who works the hardest in camp.
Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer
Coaches and players are participating in virtual reality in the ACC Digital Network suite. Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall plays fruit ninja, but he's low on the leaderboard. "Shows you how many video games I've played."
WATCH: ACC Football Media Days
Tune in as coaches and players from around the Coastal Division of the conference address the media at the 2016 ACC Kickoff. Live coverage on ESPN3
Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer
ACC Coastal division coaches and players pose for a group photo here on Day 1 of the ACC Kickoff. Those are three new faces in the coaches' row up front: Mark Richt, Bronco Mendenhall and Justin Fuente.
Can Mendenhall turn around the Cavs?
Under Bronco Mendenhall, BYU went to 11 bowl games and enjoyed five 10-win seasons. Virginia hasn't won 10 games in that span (since 2005).
The Bronco Mendenhall era begins
Virginia is seeking its first winning season since 2011 after allowing an ACC-worst 32.2 points per game last season. New coach Bronco Mendenhall is among the speakers at Day 1 of ACC Kickoff. Details
Five years ago, the ACC's future as a conference looked bleak, but with a television network launching and rights extended 20 years, the ACC's future now looks brighter than ever.
Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer
ACC commissioner John Swofford announces the news of the ACC Network with coaches and administrators by his side. Swofford jokes that he can no longer do his annual "dance" here -- when he was dancing around the media's TV questions.
The ACC is again top-heavy, and Clemson and Florida State are legitimate CFP title contenders. But don't sleep on the Coastal division either, especially with Miami on the rise.
ACC Kickoff begins Thursday and the Coastal coaches and players taking the mic. But first, commissioner John Swofford has an announcement.
The ACC, in partnership with ESPN, is launching its own conference network by August 2019.
Clemson's Watston looks to become a two-time winner
Cook one of eight running backs from ACC on watch list
New Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall no doubt will face questions about his transition from BYU and about who his starting quarterback will be.
Alabama's Calvin Ridley and Clemson's Artavis Scott are among the 14 players in total from the SEC and ACC to make the Biletnikoff Award watch list.
What Vegas expects from ACC teams
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook expects 10 wins from Clemson and FSU. It also projects Boston College to improve by three games.
To wrap up the regular season we can actually pull off a doubleheader, starting the day after Thanksgiving.
Deshaun Watson and Dalvin Cook don't need to worry about their jobs this summer. But each ACC team, even favorites Florida State and Clemson, has at least one key position battle to watch.
Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, who wants to implement a more aggressive defense, is one of several new Coastal assistants with work ahead.
Here are 10 ACC players returning from significant injuries in 2015 that could again be key contributors this season.
The Cavaliers ended Cleveland's 52-year title drought, which got us thinking: Which ACC football teams are currently enduring some ignominious streaks?
Even the very best teams have players and coaches who could be difference-makers ... or make no difference at all. Here are the biggest X factors on each of the ACC's 14 teams.
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