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ACC 2015 Preseason Quarterback Rankings

By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 3 days ago
The ACC has a strong case as college football’s best conference for overall quarterback play in 2015. This league features plenty of proven options, rising stars and passers poised for a breakthrough year. In a 14-team conference, it’s rare to see few teams with concerns under center, but the ACC is relatively stable at quarterback in 2015. Clemson’s Deshaun Watson leads...

ACC Will Be the League Left Out of College Football Playoff

By Braden Gall, 4 weeks 19 hours ago
Everyone doesn’t deserve a trophy. College football isn’t little league baseball and not everyone should be invited to the College Football Playoff party. The Big 12 found out the hard way last year what that feels like and has been crowing about it and attempting to fix it all offseason. With all due respect to former colleague Mike Leach, exclusivity is a good thing. It...

North Carolina 2015 Fall Camp Preview and Key Position Battles to Watch

By Jon Kinne, 1 month 16 hours ago
Larry Fedora came to North Carolina in December 2011 with a great offensive reputation based on his success as a coordinator at Oklahoma State and as the head coach at Southern Mississippi. In no time, the Tar Heels offense improved, averaging 13 more points per game in 2012 than they did in ‘11. Now Fedora must fix the other side of the ball and he has brought in a well-known...

ACC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2015

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 1 day ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year. In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2015, Athlon asked coaches in the ACC to talk anonymously about their...

The ACC’s Top 15 Heisman Candidates for 2015

By Jon Kinne, 1 month 4 days ago
There have been 78 Heisman Trophies given out to 77 different players and only three times has the award gone to an ACC representative. On each of those occasions, a Florida State quarterback was the recipient — Charlie Ward in 1993, Chris Weinke in 2000, and Jameis Winston in 2013. As a result, many analysts may be looking elsewhere for 2015 Heisman contenders. But for quite some...

College Football's Top Coordinator Hires for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 6 days ago
Coordinator changes in college football can have an immediate impact on either side of the ball. Every year, it seems a handful of teams show significant improvement in the win column or on the stat sheet as a result of a coordinator change. Last season, TCU’s offense improved to one of the best in the nation after the hire of Doug Meacham as the team’s play-caller. Which...

Picture Day 2015: ACC Coaches Captioned

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 2 weeks ago
It was picture day at ACC Media Days 2015 on Tuesday. There is just something hilarious about this photo of 14 grown adult men in golf shirts posing together. Some look happy, some look angry, some look like they have no idea what they're doing posing for a class photo. So here are a few captions. (Feel free to send your ideas to @AthlonSports.) First row (left to right): ...

College Football's Top 25 Non-Conference Games for 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 2 weeks ago
There is a lot that is still unknown about the College Football Playoff Committee. One thing that was learned about the new postseason format in year number one is that the voters value strength of schedule. Teams have ramped-up non-conference scheduling almost instantly (See: No. 4 below) and the results are a healthy list of top-level games. It may take a few full seasons for...

College Football's Top 50 Players for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Kickoff for the 2015 college football season is just around the corner. With fall camps underway, it won’t be long before teams are officially preparing for the opening week. With the season countdown under 15 days until kickoff, it’s time to take a look at the best 50 players in college football for the upcoming year. Ranking the best 50 players in college football is no...

Top 10 ACC Non-Conference Games of 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
The College Football Playoff Committee proved the general trend of tougher scheduling last fall.  The ACC may not get a team in the playoff and may not be one of the better Power 5 conferences. However, no one can blame the ACC for taking it easy in the non-conference.  There are nearly two dozen great non-conference games in the ACC in 2015.  AwayHomeDate1.Oct....