Clemson enters 2016 as the defending ACC champion and one of the favorites to return to the College Football Playoff. The Tigers boast one of the nation’s most explosive offenses, led by Heisman Trophy contender quarterback Deshaun Watson. What’s scary is that Dabo Swinney’s offense could be even better this season considering the return of wide receiver Mike Williams, who went for a team-best 1,030 yards receiving in 2014 before missing basically all of last season after suffering a neck injury in the opener.
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Here are 14 statistics, one for every team, to help get you up to speed on what awaits the ACC this fall.
15: Opponent offensive touchdowns allowed by Boston College in 2015
The Eagles may have lost defensive coordinator Don Brown to Michigan over the offseason, but that side of the ball is still expected to be the strength of this team as Jim Reid takes his place. Despite some key personnel losses, this should be another stingy unit.
20: Receiving yards by Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams in 2015
For as explosive as Clemson's offense was last year, quarterback Deshaun Watson and Co. did it all - for the most part - without the services of primary receiver Williams, who injured his neck in the first game of last season. He returns to give the Tigers even more firepower this fall.
9.5: Number of sacks returning from Duke’s defense
The Blue Devils were tied for 114th in the nation in sacks per game last season, mustering up just 17 in 13 games. It's not likely to see that number dramatically jump this season, as not as single player returns that had at least two sacks in 2015.
6.8: Florida State running back Dalvin Cook's career yards per rushing attempt
There may not be a faster running back in the nation than Cook, who followed up a brilliant freshman campaign with an even better sophomore one. Running behind what will be an experienced offensive line, Cook can build on a 2015 season where he averaged 7.4 yards per carry and 19 touchdowns.
3.17: Penalties per game called on Georgia Tech in 2015
There are plenty of reasons why Paul Johnson is considered one of the top coaches in the ACC, but his ability to instill discipline into his squad should be right up there. This mark was good for second in the country last season, coincidentally, behind Johnson's former program, Navy.
1.73: Tackles for a loss per game by Louisville’s Devonte Fields in 2015
Despite the loss of defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins to the NFL Draft, the Cardinals should be strong in the front seven again. Fields has to be considered one of the best edge rushers in the game, as this mark tied for him for third in the country to go along with 11 sacks.
+11: Miami’s turnover margin in 2015
The Hurricanes will be under quite the microscope this season as former Georgia head man Mark Richt takes over in Coral Gables. If his team can replicate the type of success it had in this statistic, where the Hurricanes were ranked 10th in the country, then his maiden voyage at his alma mater may prove successful.
16: Sacks allowed by North Carolina in 2015
Quarterback Marquise Williams is gone, but Mitch Trubisky takes over behind what should be one of the strongest offensive lines in the country. In 14 games last season, the Tar Heels, who return four starters up front, barely allowed over one sack per game.
202.1: Rushing yards per game by NC State in 2015
No, Georgia Tech is not the only team in the ACC with a fearsome rushing attack. With the loss of quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the NFL, expect the Wolfpack to lean even heavier on the ground game, with senior Matt Dayes returning as the team's leading rusher.
12.23: Possessions per game for Pittsburgh in 2015
While the fast-paced, up-tempo spread has become the norm in college football, it has not been part of the plan in Pittsburgh since Todd Graham left for Arizona State. The Panthers prefer to slow things down now, as this figure was good for tied for fourth in the nation among slowest offenses.
9: Teams that made a bowl game last season on Syracuse’s 2016 schedule
Without question, Dino Babers' first year as the head coach at Syracuse will be a challenging one, even though he returns one of the most experienced teams in the league. The schedule is a killer, as bowl teams like Notre Dame, South Florida and UConn augment an already difficult league slate.
18: Interceptions thrown by Virginia quarterbacks in 2015
There's only so much a team can accomplish if it keeps turning the ball over. As new coach Bronco Mendenhall takes over after coming over from BYU, this is an issue he will have to address, as just seven teams threw more interceptions than the Cavaliers did last season.
.335: Third-down conversion rate of Virginia Tech’s opponents in 2015
Death, taxes and a strong defense from coordinator Bud Foster. Although legendary head coach Frank Beamer has retired and former Memphis coach Justin Fuente has taken over, Foster, an assistant in Blacksburg since 1987, should ensure his side of the ball will be steady once again.
7.42: Opponents tackle-for-a-loss per game against Wake Forest in 2015
Getting behind the chains is one of the worst things to happen in any offensive drive, but the Demon Deacons were pretty proficient at it last year. On an offense that had many problems, Wake kept going backwards, as only nine teams were worse in this statistic last season.
— Written by Adam Kurkjian, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and is a reporter for the Boston Herald. He has covered the World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup playoffs, Boston Marathon and Little League World Series, among other events from the high school, college and pro ranks. Follow him on Twitter @AdamKurkjian.