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Duke or North Carolina: Which Team Finishes Higher in the Coastal in 2014?

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago
The ACC Coastal should be one of the toughest divisions to predict in 2014. After all, Duke won the league with a 6-2 conference record last season and three teams finished tied at 5-3 just behind the Blue Devils.Considering how close the top six teams in the division are, another 5-3 record might be enough to finish second and 6-2 will probably win the division.Duke and North Carolina are both...

Ranking the ACC's Quarterbacks for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The ACC isn’t the deepest conference in terms of quarterback talent for 2014, but it clearly has the No. 1 passer in the nation in Florida State’s Jameis Winston. After a standout freshman season, Winston heads into 2014 with potential to lead the Seminoles to back-to-back national titles, as well as repeat as the Heisman Trophy winner.While Winston is clearly the No. 1 quarterback,...

The All-ACC Team of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 3 months 3 weeks ago
All-conference teams are a great indicator as to who is the best in each league. Earning first-team honors more than once is a pretty good sign that you were one of the best at your position during your career. The rare three-time (or even four-time) all-league selection makes you one of the best college football players of all-time.As the College Football Playoff Era begins in 2014, Athlon...

15 Best Teams That Did Not Win the NCAA Tournament

By Nathan Rush, 3 months 3 weeks ago
The best team doesn’t always win the NCAA Tournament. Many of greatest rosters ever assembled failed to cut down the nets in the one-and-done, single-elimination Madness of March. These are the 15 best teams that never won the NCAA Tournament.1. 1991 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels(34–1, 18–0 Big West)Coach Jerry TarkanianLost to Duke, 79–77, in Final FourVegas was the...

Ranking the ACC's College Football Coaches for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 4 months 1 day ago
Ranking college football coaches is no easy task. Similar to any position on the field, statistics may not tell the full story when judging a coaching tenure.While it’s difficult to rank coaches, this aspect of college football is arguably the most important to winning a national or conference title. No matter how much talent a program has, winning a national title is difficult if the...

The ACC's Top 25 Players of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 4 months 2 weeks ago
The ACC has experienced some peaks and valleys during the BCS Era. It began with three consecutive BCS title game appearances followed by massive expansion with the additions of marquee programs Miami, Virginia Tech (2004) and Boston College (’05).However, the league continued to fall behind its big league brethren on the field with a horrendous record in BCS bowls (5-13) and off the field...

Top 10 ACC Defensive Backs of the BCS Era

By Braden Gall, 4 months 3 weeks ago
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS Championship Game, conference realignment and mega-dollar contracts for conferences, programs and coaches. But the elite athletes had a huge, if not the...

Ranking the ACC's College Football Coaching Jobs for 2014

By Athlon Sports, 4 months 3 weeks ago
Every college football program is unique and has its own set of challenges. But some programs are clearly better than others.So what exactly determines the best job in a conference or in college football? Each person’s criteria will be different, but some programs already have inherent advantages in terms of location, money and tradition. Texas, USC, Florida and Alabama are some of the...

ACC Football 2014 Spring Preview and Storylines

By Steven Lassan, 5 months 1 week ago
The ACC has experienced a few changes through realignment over the last couple of years, and the final piece of the puzzle appears to be the addition of Louisville as the No. 14 team in the league. Maryland is off to the Big Ten, and the Cardinals will slide into the Atlantic Division in 2014. Stability is crucial for the ACC, as the conference seems to have momentum after what transpired on the...

Ranking the ACC's Football Rosters for 2014

By Braden Gall, 5 months 1 week ago
Love or hate football recruiting, it matters. Coaching, support staffs, financial situations and even a little bit of luck goes into winning football games, but having great players always helps too.So recruiting rankings are just one facet of a deliberate and in-depth equation that helps Athlon Sports project the college football season every year.When the staff sits down to hash out the Athlon...