ACC football is back, let the masses rejoice! With CFB returning to national attention and the season beginning, the diehard fan bases of each university are ready to anoint themselves the National Champion. Clearly there is a schedule like no other that will require navigation, a little luck and some dominating play over the long haul. Remember, eve with the new system; a loss will ruin your season and could remove a shot to play for the national title. The ritual that is TV and tailgating has returned to rescue the masses once again. The ACC is back and so is the defending National Champion, Florida State. Football is back and let’s gets things rolling.
Sports bars, job sites and cubical mazes are filled with conversations centered on college football. Who will win the ACC? Is this the year for Florida State, Louisville, Boston College, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Clemson, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Duke, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, or Miami? Will an ACC team win the National Title? This time of year there are always more questions than answers. That is where the Sports Unbiased writing staff comes in.
The crack staff at Sports Unbiased is once again up to the challenge of answering those very questions. The following writers weighed in- Jared Cortes, JR Williams, Adam Solowiei and, Zach Bigalke. Each member of the staff that participated did so without contact from others. The results were tallied and the consensus was determined.
This time around the staff was asked to pick who will win Atlantic Coast Conference. Below you will see which team each writer picked and the Sports Unbiased consensus pick. Our lead college football writer, Zach Bigalke, will also be offering a portion of his 2014 ACC preview. We will also give you the ability to weigh in through the use of polls. Each category will have a poll and a national consensus when that poll closes. Check the results, voice your opinion, and make your picks. Let’s see who got it right and who got it wrong over the coming months. Don’t forget to cast your vote in all the polls to help determine the national consensus.
|Adam Solowiei||Florida State|
|JR Williams||Virginia Tech|
|Jared Cortes||Florida State|
|Zach Bigalke||Florida State|
|SU Consensus||Florida State|
Preview and Rankings
After nearly a decade of SEC dominance, it was only fitting that the other southeastern conference was the league that finally ended the streak of national championships compiled by Alabama, Auburn, Florida, and LSU. And it was fitting that the league earned the honors thanks to an undefeated season by Florida State. After all, the Seminoles were the powerhouse that played in the first three BCS championship games from 1998 to 2000, winning the 1999 edition 49-26 over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl. A fallow period marked much of the beginning of the 21st century for FSU as they transitioned from the long tenure of Bobby Bowden to a new era of leadership under Jimbo Fisher.
The ACC continues to balloon in size, accepting new member Louisville to replace the departure of Maryland for the Big Ten as well as joining in affiliation with Notre Dame and welcoming the Fighting Irish as a non-football member of the league. From its eight-team roots in 1953, to its expansion to a dozen teams over the 2004 and 2005 seasons, the conference has exploded into a 14-team loop stretching from Boston to Miami along the Atlantic seaboard and more than 500 miles inland toward Kentucky and Indiana. Like every other league the names themselves are becoming far more nebulous, mere branding as conferences jockey for position and try to remain relevant in the new era.
In 2014 the ACC has the benefit of having the defending national champion in its corner as it looks to gain a spot in the four-team bracket at the end of the year. It also has the detriment of its next two best teams also being clustered in the same division as the last BCS champion standing. The league is heavily skewed toward the Atlantic, with the Seminoles looking over their shoulder at Clemson and Louisville squads that lose key components but return plenty of talent to keep Jameis Winston and crew on their toes throughout the regular season.(READ MORE)