ACC Midseason Top 10 Players, Coach Rankings, Bowl Projections

ACC Midseason Top 10 Players, Coach Rankings, Bowl Projections


ACC Midseason Top 10 Players, Coach Rankings, Bowl Projections


ACC Midseason Top 10 Players, Coach Rankings, Bowl Projections

The ACC’s best players, best coaches, and bowl projections at the midseason.

[jwplayer PkCtjTd4-boEY74VG]

ACC Midseason Top Ten Players

1. DE Bradley Chubb, Sr. NC State

Chubb’s been the league’s dominant force over the first half with 35 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss and constant pressure behind the line. He crushed Syracuse, shoved around Louisville, and came up huge against Florida State.

Not based on talent as much as overall performances, the rest of the top performers of the first half of the season have been …

2. QB Lamar Jackson, Jr. Louisville
3. QB Ryan Finley, Sr. NC State
4. LB Micah Kiser, Sr. Virginia
5. LB Dorian O’Daniel, Sr. Clemson
6. QB TaQuon Marshall, Jr. Georgia Tech
7. QB Josh Jackson, Fr. Virginia Tech
8. DE Duke Ejiofor, Sr. Wake Forest
9. LB Joe Giles Harris, Soph. Duke
10. S Lukas Denis, Jr. Boston College

ACC Midseason Predictions For Every Team

ACC Midseason Coach Rankings

1. Dabo Swinney, Clemson

Who reloads this fast after losing Deshaun Watson, Wayne Gallman, Mike Williams, Jordan Leggett, Artavis Scott, and Ben Boulware? No, the Tigers aren’t as good as the 2015 and 2016 versions – a certain Houston Texan really is irreplaceable – but Swinney has done a magnificent job of putting together another national title contender without any lag time whatsoever.

Based on what they were able to do over the first half of the season considering the talent returning and expectations …

2. Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia
3. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech
4. Dave Doeren, NC State
5. Dave Clawson, Wake Forest
6. David Cutcliffe, Duke
7. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech
8. Mark Richt, Miami
9. Bobby Petrino, Louisville
10. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State
11. Dino Babers, Syracuse
12. Larry Fedora, North Carolina
13. Steve Addazio, Boston College
14. Pat Narduzzi, Pitt

ACC Midseason Predictions For Every Team

ACC Midseason Bowl Projections

Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews

Bowl Tie-Ins & Affiliations

Notre Dame is eligible for any ACC bowl tie-in as long as it’s within one game of the team eligible for the slot, except the Orange Bowl.

The ACC champion goes to the Orange Bowl if it’s not in the College Football Playoff. If the ACC plays the Big Ten in the Orange Bowl, the ACC should get another team – at least it has the opportunity – into the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

College Football Playoff: Sugar Bowl

Clemson vs. Alabama 

1. Capital One Orange Bowl

Miami vs. Wisconsin

Since the Big Ten – Michigan – played in the last Orange Bowl last year, the SEC could be in next to face the ACC, but it’s not a sure thing. Both the Big Ten and SEC are guaranteed three appearances each over a 12-year span. The Orange will likely take the highest-ranked team available, and the next projected SEC team would be a better fit for the Chick-fil-A Peach.

2. Camping World Bowl

NC State vs. West Virginia

First Tier

Citrus Bowl

Virginia Tech vs. Auburn

Belk Bowl

Florida State vs. Tennessee

Hyundai Sun Bowl

Georgia Tech vs. UCLA

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Louisville vs. Nebraska

Franklin American Mortgage Music City

Wake Forest vs. Vanderbilt


TaxSlayer Bowl

The ACC is hand-in-hand with the Big Ten in these two bowls. In 2015, the ACC played in the Music City and the Big Ten was in the TaxSlayer. In 2016, the ACC was in the TaxSlayer and the Big Ten in the Music City. Expect the ACC to go to the Music City.

Second Tier

Independence Bowl

Virginia vs. UAB

Military Bowl

Duke vs. Navy

Quick Lane Bowl

No ACC Team Projected Available

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

Conditional if American Athletic or Conference USA can’t fill the spot.

Birmingham Bowl

Conditional if American Athletic or SEC can’t fill the spot.

Bowl Tie-Ins & Affiliations

More Bowl Projections