ACC Second-Half Predictions and Midseason Review

Athlon reviews the ACC and looks ahead to the second half of 2017.

The 2017 college football season has reached the halfway point in the ACC, and it’s time to hand out midseason awards and make a few predictions for the second half of the year. Clemson suffered its first loss of the season against Syracuse in Week 7, but coach Dabo Swinney’s team is still squarely in the mix to earn a trip to the CFB Playoff. The Tigers have a showdown at NC State on Nov. 4, which should allow quarterback Kelly Bryant to return to full strength. The Wolfpack hit the midpoint of the season on a six-game winning streak after losing to South Carolina in the opener. Led by standout play at the line of scrimmage and quarterback Ryan Finley, NC State should finish with its best record under coach Dave Doeren’s watch. Florida State lost quarterback Deondre Francois to a season-ending knee injury in the opener, and the Seminoles are just 2-3 after five games. With freshman quarterback James Blackman directing the offense and Cam Akers poised to take on more carries as the season progresses, Florida State will be one of the more interesting teams to watch in the second half of the year. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is once again putting up huge numbers, but the Cardinals have stumbled to 4-3 due to a lackluster defense. In the Coastal, Miami is the favorite to reach Charlotte, with Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech bringing up the second tier. Virginia has showed marked improvement in coach Bronco Mendenhall’s second year and is 5-1 through six games. 

 

Editors Mitch Light and Steven Lassan, along with contributors Bryan Fischer and Jon Kinne offer their up their picks for midseason awards and second-half predictions in the ACC. 

 

ACC Midseason Awards and Second-Half Predictions

 

Offensive Player of the Year

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Bryan

Fischer

 

Jon

Kinne

 

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

Bryan

Fischer

Jon

Kinne

Bradley Chubb

DE, NC State

Bradley Chubb

DE, NC State

Bradley Chubb, 

DE, NC State

Bradley Chubb

DE, NC State

 

Freshman of the Year (Offense)

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Bryan

Fischer

Jon

Kinne

Josh Jackson

QB, Virginia Tech

Josh Jackson

QB, Virginia Tech

Josh Jackson

QB, Virginia Tech

Josh Jackson

QB, Virginia Tech

 

Freshman of the Year (Defense)

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Bryan

Fischer

Jon

Kinne

Brenton Nelson

S, Virginia

Brenton Nelson

S, Virginia

Brenton Nelson

S, Virginia

Brenton Nelson

S, Virginia

 

Coach of the Year

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Bryan

Fischer

Jon

Kinne

Dave Doeren

NC State

Bronco Mendenhall

Virginia

Bronco Mendenhall

Virginia

Dave Doeren

NC State

 

Coordinator of the Year

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Bryan

Fischer

Jon

Kinne

Eliah Drinkwitz

OC, NC State

Eliah Drinkwitz

OC, NC State

Brent Venables

DC, Clemson

Eliah Drinkwitz

OC, NC State

 

Best Coordinator Hire of 2017

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Bryan

Fischer

Jon

Kinne

Jay Sawvel

DC, Wake Forest

Jay Sawvel

DC, Wake Forest

Jay Sawvel

DC, Wake Forest

Jay Sawvel

DC, Wake Forest

 

Newcomer of the Year (JUCO or Transfer)

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Bryan

Fischer

Jon

Kinne

Dee Delaney

CB, Miami

Dee Delaney

CB, Miami

Dee Delaney

CB, Miami

Dee Delaney

CB, Miami

 

Biggest Surprise Through Seven Weeks

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Bryan

Fischer

Jon

Kinne

Virginia

Florida State

With a Losing

Record

Louisville's 

Lackluster

Defense

Virginia

 

Must-See Game of Second Half

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Bryan

Fischer

Jon

Kinne

Clemson at

NC State

Clemson at

NC State

Clemson at

NC State

Clemson at

NC State

 

Projected Order of Finish
 

Steven

Lassan

Mitch

Light

Bryan

Fischer

Jon

Kinne

Atlantic
       
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
         
Coastal
       
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
         
ACC Title
       

 

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Event Date: 
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 21:32

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