2017 Three Sentence College Football Team Previews: ACC
Quick three sentence previews giving you what you absolutely need to know about every ACC team going into the 2017 season.
2017 ACC Previews: Quick Version
You’re a busy person.
You have places to go, things to do, lives to lead. You don’t have time to read hundreds of thousands of words about college football things, especially with the season just around the corner.
Or, you have nothing to do. You have plenty of time on your hands, but you don’t really care that much about teams other than your own. However, you’re a college football fan and you’d like to have a general sense of what’s going on with all 130 teams.
So here you go. Here’s what you absolutely you need to know about every team – previewing the ACC here – in three sentences, with links to the full blown team previews if you’d like to dive in further.
Read these, get smarter, move along.
Boston College Eagles
– The normally slow and stodgy Boston College offense that ranked 127th in the nation is trying to move the ball faster and be more up-tempo to start keeping up the pace.
– DE Harold Landry might be the nation’s top pass rusher, leading another great defense that should be good enough to keep the team alive against most ACC teams.
– The offensive line should grow into a major strength with four starters returning to go along with – potentially, and hopefully – more explosive playmakers.
– Boston College Team Preview | Schedule & Prediction
– The offense might lose a ton of talent – QB Deshaun Watson, WR Mike Williams, RB Wayne Gallman, and on and on and on – but the attack shouldn’t slip all that much if and when QB Kelly Bryant gets a few more live reps under his belt.
– The defensive line will be among the best in the nation, with the tackle combination of Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins almost unfairly amazing to anchor the interior.
– This is still among the most talented teams in the country with the skill to be back in the national title chase, but the schedule – Auburn, at Louisville, at Virginia Tech, at NC State, at South Carolina, Florida State – might be too nasty to get through without at least two losses.
– Clemson Team Preview | Schedule & Prediction
Duke Blue Devils
– With QB Thomas Sirk transferring to East Carolina, the offense is all about whether or not Daniel Jones can be consistently great with all the other top skill guys back.
– While the defense won’t be anything special, the linebacking duo of Joe Giles-Harris and Ben Humphreys will be stat-sheet fillers and good veterans to work around.
– With such a mediocre D, it’s this simple – the offense has to be more explosive, more consistent, and be just good enough to keep up the pace in all of the winnable games.
– Duke Team Preview | Schedule & Prediction
Florida State Seminoles
– While there’s little concern about the overall talent level of the offensive main men, and QB Deondre Francois has the upside to be amazing, it’ll all come down to a rebuilt O line that has to deal with Alabama to start the season.
– The secondary might be the best in college football, and it might not even be close with safeties Derwin James and Nate Andrews back after missing last season hurt, and CB Tarvarus McFadden a superstar ball-hawker.
– While Clemson’s defensive tackles are the best in the conference, if not the country, Florida State’s aren’t far behind with NFL upside in the interior.
– Florida State Team Preview | Schedule & Prediction
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
– As always, the Georgia Tech option attack will be fantastic with four of the top running backs returning and Matthew Jordan – who’s fine after a foot injury – the next great wizard under center to run the show.
– The back seven of the defense will more than hold its own, but the line has to come up with a few pass rushing options and needs to get behind the line on a regular basis.
– Overall, the team needs more reliable playmakers who can come up with difference-making stops on defense, and home runs to break out the always-dangerous offense.
– Georgia Tech Team Preview | Schedule & Prediction
– Reigning Heisman-winner Lamar Jackson will be Lamar Jackson again, but the rest of the offense might need time to come together with most of the key receivers done and the line needing some revamping.
– Based solely on experience, with nine starters back, there’s a chance the defense is far better than it was late in the season as long as the line holds up against the more dangerous runners.
– Louisville will be blown off in a division with Clemson and Florida State hogging all of the limelight, but if the O line can keep Jackson in one piece, the system and skill are in place to beat anyone on the slate.
– Louisville Team Preview | Schedule & Prediction
– Everything is in place for Miami to win the Coastal Division, but among Malik Rosier, Evan Sherriffs and N’Kosi Perry, one of the quarterbacks has to become an instant star.
– The defense is going to be special after living through the true freshman growing pains of last year’s group that finished 20th in the nation.
– Even with the questions at quarterback, and with a few key defensive replacements, there’s no excuse to not win the Coastal – this should be the most talented team in the division by far.
– Miami Team Preview | Schedule & Prediction
North Carolina Tar Heels
– Former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris is getting every chance to replace Mitchell Trubisky, but the offense is going to take a step back no matter what.
– For the first time in a while, the defense has to come though and carry the offense at times, starting with a strong linebacking corps and a veteran secondary that has upside, but has to come up with more than one interception.
– On experience, it’s going to be a struggle to get through an improved ACC, but the schedule is a big plus – there’s no Florida State or Clemson – and most of the tough games are at home.
– North Carolina Team Preview | Schedule & Prediction
North Carolina State Wolfpack
– If you’re looking for a deep, deep sleeper in the ACC chase – or, at least, a thorn in everyone’s side – this is it, with a potentially devastating defense to go along with a veteran, efficient offense.
– The D line isn’t as good as Clemson’s or Florida State’s, but it’s in the discussion with a defensive end trio – led by Bradley Chubb – that’ll dominate at times.
– Former Boise State QB Ryan Finley had a good first season for the Wolfpack, and he’ll have plenty of time to work behind a veteran line that was terrific in pass protection.
– NC State Team Preview | Schedule & Prediction
– It’s not a rock-solid lock with Ben DiNucci just good enough to make it a competition, but USC transfer QB Max Browne – who’s biggest sin was not being Sam Darnold – should be able to step in and make the Pitt passing game fantastic again.
– The really, really bad pass defense has talent, experience, and depth, but the pass rush has to improve, and the corners can’t continue to be left out to dry.
– There might not be as many great stars as Florida State, Clemson, and Miami can brag about, but the Panthers have just enough interesting playmakers – like RB/WR Quadree Henderson and S Jordan Whitehead – to work around.
– Pitt Team Preview | Schedule & Prediction
– The offense should be fun, fun, FUN, with a passing game that’ll keep up the pace with just about everyone in the conference in shootout after shootout.
– Just a rumor throughout last season, the horrendous defense – particularly the disastrous run D – has to continue to overcome a youth movement even with ten starters returning.
– As long as QB Eric Dungey can avoid getting hurt again – not even remotely a given – he’ll bomb away to a devastating receiving corps that should give secondaries major fits all year long.
– Syracuse Team Preview | Schedule & Prediction
– This should still be the worst team in the loaded ACC, but the Cavaliers have two of the best defensive players in the conference – and the country – in S Quin Blanding and LB Micah Kiser.
– Former Missouri Tiger Marvin Zanders was supposed to be a a factor in the quarterback discussion, but he transferred, leaving the gig up to Kurt Benkert to not only handle the offense, but to do everything possible to stay in one piece.
– There’s just enough talent and experience to be in the mix against a slew of mediocre teams on the schedule, but there’s going to be little margin for error after having so many problems in head coach Bronco Mendenhall’s first year at the helm.
– Virginia Team Preview | Schedule & Prediction
Virginia Tech Hokies
– The quarterback situation will be a debate into the season no matter who takes over the starting job, with Josh Jackson the most experienced option with the safest upside, but with former Nebraska Husker A.J. Bush and freshman Hendon Hooker likely to see time.
– As long as the run D is more consistent, and assuming the line will be revamped in a hurry, the defense should be more than good enough to make up for any concerns on offense.
– It’s going to be a battle to win the Coastal again with Clemson on the slate and a trip to Miami to deal with, but if the Hokies don’t win the division, they’ll be right there in the race until the end.
– Virginia Tech Team Preview | Schedule & Prediction
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
– After a breakthrough bowl season, the offense – as mediocre as it was – has the upside to be far, far better with nine starters returning and solid depth to work around.
– The return of Duke Ejiofor gives the Demon Deacon line an all-star pass rusher who’ll help the line dominate in the backfield from time to time.
– The team isn’t built to get into any sort of a firefight, needing to control the clock, take advantage of every opportunity, and not get down early – ever.
– Wake Forest Team Preview | Schedule & Prediction