Wednesday, August 27, 2008

ACC FOOTBALL PRESEASON REPORT

The ACC football season starts on Saturday, and TAH (with an assist from ESPN The Magazine) is here to tell you all you need to know. If you are looking for an in depth preview of your favorite team, click on. Go to Rivals.com or ESPN.com ‘cause you ain’t gonna get that here.

Here you get wit, wisdom and brevity.

Top to bottom, it goes like this:

1) CLEMSON – The Tigers return the ACC’s top QB in Cullen Harper as well as the best WR and RB (James Davis - right). There will be no stopping them, except for the one game each year they manage to lose to a team that should never beat them. To top it off, they now have two Blasers.
2) VIRGINIA TECH – TAH always says the key to good college football teams is the quality of play at quarterback. The Hokies have two starting QBs in Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor. Oops…not so fast. Now they only have one. (see below)
3) WAKE FOREST – The Deacons will continue to thrive with CB Alphonso Smith (8 picks last year) leading the defense. Speaking of I-N-T’s, signal caller Riley Smith will have to shake off his sophomore slump of 13 interceptions.
4) FLORIDA STATE – We put them here out of respect to a southern football powerhouse. Please, we beg you, don’t embarrass us.
5) BOSTON COLLEGE – Don’t look now but there was more to the Eagles than Matt Ryan. Unfortunately for them, all the talent is on defense. Their returning offensive starters account for 28 yards passing and 6 yards rushing per game.
6) MIAMI – If they stop suspending people, they could improve over last year’s debacle. They have a good RB (Javarris James) and some good ole Cane “tude,” but they are still a ways away from being back on top.
7) NORTH CAROLINA – The folks in Chapel Hill think Butch Davis can turn this thing around in two years. The Tar Heels are returning their top 8 rushers – talk about running back by committee. Davis or not, look for hoops talk to start in early October.
8) NC STATE – Nobody cares about N.C. State except N.C. State, and we don’t know why…A quarterback controversy will no doubt come to a head if Daniel Evans, Harrison Beck and freshmen Mike Glennon can’t figure out that their guys are wearing red.
9) VIRGINIA – Coach Al “Fire” Groh built his offense around sophomore QB Jameel Sewell and then tossed him off the team. Oops. The defense wasn’t that good with Jake Long, how good can they be now? They open with USC...jeez.
10) GEORGIA TECH – Can Paul Johnson’s veer offense, or whatever you want to call it, work in the ACC? Probably not in year 1. Since the coach only has a total of 16 career completions on his roster, running might be his only option. On the plus side they have a freshmen QB named Jaybo Shaw (r). Nice, Jaybo, NICE!
11) MARYLAND – Argghhhhhhhhhh. That’s the sound Coach Fridge makes when anybody says the word “quarterback.” The Terps have a transfer QB from Florida and a transfer safety from USC. Key to future success: more transfers from pigskin powerhouses.
12) DUKE – well, they’re Duke. The last time Duke won a regular season ACC game (fill in the blank) was still alive…

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