Kickoff Week in the ACC will be a litmus test, as there are three key showdowns with SEC teams. Also, two teams open their season in Ireland.
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Hokies could get two shots at the SEC
Virginia Tech will face Tennessee at Bristol Motor Speedway in Week 2. Brett McMurphy projects the Hokies to face another SEC foe in bowl season. Bowl projections
Will Clemson collect all ACC awards?
Our Mark Schlabach thinks Clemson is the team to beat in the ACC. He also makes his picks for the rest of the ACC awards.
- Offensive player of the year: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
- Defensive player of the year: Derwin James, S, Florida State
- Coach of the year: Dabo Swinney, Clemson
- Freshman of the year: Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State
Clemson and Florida State appear to be legit CFP contenders. But how would the ACC's elite teams fare in the other Power 5 conferences? Quite well, actually... especially in the Big Ten.
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New Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente announced another classy gesture in continuing Frank Beamer's legacy at the school. Each week, a special teams player will wear Beamer's No. 25 as a tribute to the groundbreaking work he did with that unit during his Virginia Tech career. "When opposing coaches and fans hear the term Hokies, the first thing that pops into many of their minds is blocked punts and big plays in the kicking game," Fuente said. "Coach Beamer revolutionized the college game by putting such a priority on special teams. With his blessing, we'll honor a player every week and pay homage to the tradition of excellence at Virginia Tech."
With the season finally approaching, an exciting slate of matchups awaits the ACC and its fans this fall.
With Dalvin Cook of Florida State leading the way, the ACC could push the SEC as the conference with the best collective group of running backs.
Justin Fuente replaces longtime Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, but can he boost the Hokies into Coastal contention?
Justin Fuente doesn't want to tear down what Frank Beamer built at Virginia Tech. But the new coach knows that to be successful, he has to be himself.
With schedules that vary in difficulty, do Coastal teams that face an easier Atlantic division slate have an advantage?
There's plenty of talent in the ACC, with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson at the top of the list of our all-conference team.
Garnet and gold, Clemson's orange, and Miami's too. Pitt's classic look and Louisville's angry birds, who's uniforms are the best?
The Virginia Tech Hokies released a special uniform for the "Battle at Bristol" with a bit of dramatic flair.
How about we celebrate the weekend by cracking open the ACC mailbag
Now is as good a time as any to unveil our ACC preseason position rankings. Today, we rank the front seven.
How Bucky Hodges projects as a pro
Virginia Tech's versatile 6-foot-7, 245-pound tight end is an adequate blocker, writes Todd McShay. His technique needs work and NFL teams may have questions about an off-field incident. McShay's top TE prospects (Insider)
Veterans like Derwin James (FSU) and Josh Harvey-Clemons (Louisville) give the Seminoles and Cardinals the ACC's most complete secondaries.
Clemson enters the season with the ACC's best group of pass-catchers, a unit featuring good size, veteran savvy, and exciting young talent.
Will the ACC move to a nine-game conference schedule? Two teams who voted for eight games in 2014, Virginia Tech and Pitt, could be swayed to change.
Evans has high boom-or-bust potential
Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans threw 38 TDs and just three INTs at the junior college level last season. His game may or may not translate to the ACC, but one SEC assistant said that his school "wanted him" bad. "We thought he was the real deal," he said. Breakout players (Insider)
No matter who you like as the No. 1 stable of backs, we all can agree the ACC is loaded with proven commodities at the position.
Record-setting Clemson signal-caller Deshaun Watson tops our preseason quarterback rankings in the ACC.
Wood Brothers Racing unveiled a Virginia Tech-themed car that will compete in upcoming NASCAR races at Bristol Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway this year.