ACC Team Season Grades: Coastal
2019 Team Season Grades
ACC Atlantic | Coastal
AAC East | West | Big Ten East | West
Big 12 | C-USA East | West
Independents | MAC East | West
MW Mountain | West | Pac-12 North | South
SEC East | West | Sun Belt East | West
Duke Season Grade: C+
It’s sort of hard to dog Duke too much considering it finished exactly where the preseason prediction lined up, but after starting 4-2, to drop five straight in a bad ACC and miss out on a bowl game wasn’t okay. Closing out with a win over Miami at least made things look a wee bit better.
Georgia Tech Season Grade: C-
It’s not fair to punish Georgia Tech for making a call that it would be a whole lot better than it was. It was supposed to be a total rebuild of a season as the program shifted styles and gears, and that’s exactly what it was, but still … this was ugly. Losing to Citadel, dropping seven games in eight, and not finding any offensive punch made it a long campaign.
Miami Season Grade: C-
There was SO much momentum and excitement. Manny Diaz brought the energy, a slew of transfers boosted up the talent, the defense was loaded with great veterans, and … ugh. The offense didn’t show up on regular basis, there were two losses to Conference USA teams, a bowl game shutout to Louisiana Tech, and it was a losing season for a team with the talent to have at least played for the ACC Championship.
North Carolina Season Grade: B+
The original call was that the team might be better with Mack Brown taking over a good group, but the schedule was going to be too full of landmines to do anything special. It was an uneven year – beating South Carolina and Miami, pushing Clemson, and losing to Appalachian State – but it could’ve been even better. Two wins were by four points or fewer, but five of the losses were by seven points or fewer.
Pitt Season Grade: B
The Panthers had a strange way of playing up or down to the competition, but they were in the mix for the Coastal title until late, won eight games and a bowl, and were at least entertaining. It was a solid year that teetered on disaster, but didn’t get there – six of the wins were by a touchdown or less.
Virginia Season Grade: A
So what that the Cavaliers got walloped in the ACC Championship and lost to Florida in the Orange Bowl. They were in the ACC Championship and Orange Bowl, AND they beat Virginia Tech – everything else was gravy. It would’ve been nice to beat a bad Miami team, but that’s nitpicking. There weren’t a lot of wins over decent teams, but being the No. 2 team in the ACC wasn’t bad.
Virginia Tech Season Grade: B
It was a good bounceback season after a losing campaign in 2018, but the Hokies lost to Virginia with a shot at playing for the ACC Championship, and they lost the Belk Bowl to Kentucky. There weren’t that many great wins, but overall it was roughly the year the program was supposed to have.