Prediction rewind

Before I start making bowl predictions, I figured I'd own up to the ones I made heading into the 2009 season.

Good call -- C.J. Spiller as preseason player of the year.

Bad call -- FSU as winner of the Atlantic Division.

Close call -- BC coach Frank Spaziani as coach of the year.

Calling off all bets -- I said I'd do up-downs until Ralph Friedgen told me I could stop if the Terps were the best team in the Atlantic Division.

On Aug. 19, I gave out a few preseason awards, and it's time to set the record straight before the year officially ends.

Virginia Tech's Jason Worilds didn't have quite the season I expected, and Derrick Morgan soundly won the defensive player of the year award. As for newcomer of the year, I'd give that one to Ryan Williams and call BC's Luke Kuechly the freshman of the year.

Miami linebacker Colin McCarthy made a case for comeback player of the year, but I think that has to go to NC State's Toney Baker.

The surprise team of the year? Boston College. Disappointment? Take your pick. It could be the Hokies, considering they were ranked as high as No. 4 in the country and had legitimate hopes at the national title. But Florida State and NC State were also facing higher expectations, and the Noles lost more than games -- they lost their legendary coach.

Here was how the final standings actually looked, followed by my preseason prediction:



Boston College/NC State

Florida State/Clemson

Wake Forest/Wake Forest

NC State/Maryland

Maryland/Boston College


Georgia Tech/Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech/Georgia Tech


North Carolina/North Carolina



Thank goodness for new seasons. Everyone starts off a winner.