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ACC Second-Half Predictions and Midseason Review

Kelly Bryant, Clemson Tigers Football

Kelly Bryant, Clemson Tigers Football

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. 

Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt

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

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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

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