ACC Second-Half Predictions and Midseason Review

Athlon reviews the ACC and looks ahead to the second half of 2016.

At the halfway point of the 2016 college football season, the ACC has two teams poised to challenge for a playoff spot. Clemson is the frontrunner after a thrilling 42-36 victory over Louisville on Oct. 1, but the Cardinals remain in the mix – provided they can win out and get some help from other teams. Florida State was considered the preseason favorite to win the ACC, but the Seminoles lost to Louisville and North Carolina, effectively eliminating this team from the playoff mix. As usual, there’s a lot of uncertainty on the Coastal side. North Carolina’s win over Miami moves the Tar Heels even with Virginia Tech for the top spot in the division. The Hokies have an edge in the tiebreaker thanks to a win over North Carolina, but coach Justin Fuente’s team still has to play Miami and faces a road trip to Pitt.

 

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has been the ACC’s top performer through the first half of the season, with Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price garnering three out of the four votes for midseason defensive player of the year.

 

At the midpoint of the 2016 college football season, here are Athlon’s picks for awards and a projection for the final standings for the ACC:

 

ACC Midseason Awards and Second-Half Predictions

 

Offensive Player of the Year

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Jon

Kinne

Adam

Kurkjian

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Lamar Jackson

QB, Louisville

Lamar Jackson

QB, Louisville

Lamar Jackson

QB, Louisville

Lamar Jackson

QB, Louisville

 
Defensive Player of the Year

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Jon

Kinne

Adam

Kurkjian

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @JonRKinne @AdamKurkjian

Ejuan Price

DL, Pitt

Ejuan Price

DL, Pitt

Marquel Lee

LB, Wake Forest

Ejuan Price

DL, Pitt

 

Freshman of the Year (Offense)

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Jon

Kinne

Adam

Kurkjian

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Deondre Francois

QB, FSU

Deondre Francois

QB, FSU

Deondre Francois

QB, FSU

Deondre Francois

QB, FSU

 

Freshman of the Year (Defense)

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Jon

Kinne

Adam

Kurkjian

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Dexter Lawrence

DL, Clemson

Dexter Lawrence

DL, Clemson

Dexter Lawrence

DL, Clemson

Dexter Lawrence

DL, Clemson

 

Coach of the Year

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Jon

Kinne

Adam

Kurkjian

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Bobby Petrino

Louisville

Bobby Petrino

Louisville

Bobby Petrino

Louisville

Bobby Petrino

Louisville

 

Coordinator of the Year

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Jon

Kinne

Adam

Kurkjian

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @JonRKinne @AdamKurkjian

Brent Venables

DC, Clemson

Dino Babers

HC, Syracuse

Mike Elko

DC, Wake Forest

Dave Huxtable

DC, NC State

 

Best Coordinator Hire for 2016

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Jon

Kinne

Adam

Kurkjian

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @JonRKinne @AdamKurkjian

Manny Diaz

DC, Miami

Manny Diaz

DC, Miami

Manny Diaz

DC, Miami

Manny Diaz

DC, Miami

 

Newcomer of the Year (JUCO or Transfer)

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Jon

Kinne

Adam

Kurkjian

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Jerod Evans

QB, Va. Tech

Kurt Benkert

QB, UVA

Jerod Evans

QB, Va. Tech

Amba Etta-Tawo

WR, Syracuse

 

Biggest Surprise Through Seven Weeks

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Jon

Kinne

Adam

Kurkjian

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @JonRKinne @AdamKurkjian

Florida State's

Defense

Lamar Jackson

QB, Louisville

Kurt Benkert

QB, UVA

Mitch Trubisky

QB, UNC

 

Must-See Game of Second Half

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Jon

Kinne

Adam

Kurkjian

@AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @JonRKinne @AdamKurkjian

Clemson at

Florida State

(Oct. 29)

Clemson at

Florida State

(Oct. 29)

Clemson at

Florida State

(Oct. 29)

Clemson at

Florida State 

(Oct. 29)

 

Projected Order of Finish
 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Jon

Kinne

Adam

Kurkjian

  @AthlonSteven @AthlonMitch @JonRKinne @AdamKurkjian
Atlantic

 

     
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ACC Title        
 

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Event Date: 
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 21:43

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