ACC 2018 Spring Rankings & Analysis

ACC 2018 Spring Rankings & Analysis

2018 Spring Football

ACC 2018 Spring Rankings & Analysis


The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the ACC


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ACC 2018 Spring Rankings

Based on how good the teams appear to be this spring.

14. Virginia Cavaliers

The Cavaliers get back enough defensive talent to be okay, but it’ll be a fight to get back to a bowl game after losing some key parts of that D and needing to secure the quarterback situation. The team is fine, but there’s a ceiling on how good it can be in a deep ACC.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

13. Duke Blue Devils

The offensive line is a concern with just two starters returning, but the backfield is good, and Joe Giles-Harris is a special linebacker for an improved defense. Can QB Daniel Jones be steadier? Can the offense be more explosive? The D, though, gets back six of the top seven tacklers.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

12. Syracuse Orange

The receiving corps needs some help after losing Steve Ishmael and Ervin Philips, but with a veteran line and QB Eric Dungey back, it’ll be bombs away again. The defense has to be a whole lot better, and the linebacking corps has to be replaced, but seven starters are back on that side.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

11. Boston College Eagles

Potentially the wild card in the ACC race if the starting 22 can stay in one piece, AJ Dillon and the running game will be great behind a line that welcome back all five starters. The pass rush is a bit of a problem with Harold Landry gone, but the D is loaded with veterans. The question mark? QB Anthony Brown has to be healthy.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

10. North Carolina Tar Heels

There’s still a whole lot of work to do after a clunker of a 2017, but there’s just enough talent back for last year to be an aberration. The quarterback play will be stronger, and there are weapons, but just one starter is back up front. Everyone returns on the D line, but the production has to come.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

9. Pitt Panthers

Can the Pitt team that beat Miami show up every week? Finally, the defensive backs might be in place to stop someone from bombing away, but the offensive line needs an overhaul and Ben DiNucci – or Ricky Town – has to bring more to the quarterback production.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

8. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Losing QB John Wolford hurts, but Kendall Hinton is a veteran who can keep the offense rolling. All five starters return on the offensive line, but the defensive front loses some important parts from last year’s dangerous group of pass rushers. The secondary should be terrific.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

7. Louisville Cardinals

There’s no Lamar Jackson around anymore to carry the attack, but the offense should shine with all five starters back up front and a good group of receivers. Get ready for a slew of shootouts with the defense losing everyone from the secondary and line.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

6. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

The Yellow Jackets should be back to being great in ACC play again, with a terrific offensive line and a loaded backfield to get the ground game going. The D might need a whole lot of work in the secondary, and just four starters are back up front, but the O should control games.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

5. NC State Wolfpack

2017 was supposed to be the big year, and it was solid. Not amazing, but okay. Getting back QB Ryan Finley is the big break for an offense that needs to find more weapons and more starters up front. There’s no Bradley Chubb anymore on the defensive line, but it’s the whole front seven that has to be replaced. There’s depth, and the defense will be fine, but it’ll take a step back.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

4. Virginia Tech Hokies

The defensive side loses a whole lot of really, really good players, but it’ll still be good enough to get by if the offense does its part. The linebacking corps is the concern, but the offensive front will be a problem, too, with just two starters back. Even so, the skill guys are in place to put the Hokies in the Coastal title hunt.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

3. Florida State Seminoles

Willie Taggart isn’t going to step in and take FSU to the ACC championship, the team should be better than 7-5. The O line has to be a whole lot better, but the backfield is loaded enough to do what Taggart wants – hurry everything up. Just five starters are back defensively, but it’s Florida State. There’s talent.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

2. Miami Hurricanes

The defensive front might need a slew of new starters, but the linebacking corps will be among the best in the country, and the Turnover Chain-cranking secondary will be great. Can the offensive side be more consistent? The quarterback play needs to be better, but the skill guys are in place to shine behind a good-enough line.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

1. Clemson Tigers

This is a far better-looking team than the one that ended up with an ACC Championship on the way to the College Football Playoff No. 1 seed. The defensive front should be amazing at an all-timer of a level, the rest of the D is solid, and the offense has its footing with a great quarterback situation and a whole bunch of experience back.
– Spring Analysis | Schedule Breakdown

 

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