ACC Articles

Qadree Ollison
It is true that Clemson won the national title in large part because of their stars. Deshaun Watson and Mike Williams and Ben Boulware were big producers as well as being leaders for the Tigers.   But it is very rare for a player to arrive...
Jon Kinne
21 hours ago
Nick Saban, Alabama Football
Ranking all 130 college football head coaches is an impossible task. But with the 2017 season right around the corner, Athlon Sports is continuing its countdown to Week 1 by evaluating all 130 coaches and ranking them from best to worst.  ...
Steven Lassan
1 day ago
Dabo Swinney
Looking into the crystal ball for the 2017 ACC season, you see many of the same teams at the top of the food chain.   Programs like Clemson, Florida State and Louisville in the Atlantic Division look to be the favorites again, while Miami...
Adam Kurkjian
1 day ago
Ryan Finley
NC State needed to win its regular season finale against bitter in-state rival North Carolina to become bowl eligible. Not only did the Wolfpack go on the road and defeat the Tar Heels 28-21, but they followed that up with a convincing 41-17...
Antwan Staley
4 days ago
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Football
The 2017 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2017 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of...
Steven Lassan
1 week ago
Herschel Walker, Georgia Football
The inaugural edition of Athlon Sports was published in 1967, the same year that a running back named O.J. Simpson led the USC Trojans to the national championship. As we celebrate 50 years of covering the sport, we thought it would be fun to take...
Athlon Sports
1 week ago
Jimbo Fisher
After winning five straight games to close 2016, including a thrilling 33-32 Orange Bowl victory over Michigan, Florida State is expected by many to pick up where it left off. All-Americans like running back Dalvin Cook and defensive end DeMarcus...
Mike Ferguson
1 week ago
M.J. Stewart
In college football, you can have a difficult schedule because you play some of the top-ranked teams in the land. But you can also have a difficult slate by facing quality opponents each week with very few easy games during the course of the year...
Jon Kinne
1 week ago
Mark Walton
Since joining the ACC in 2004, the Miami Hurricanes have yet to win a conference championship, let alone the ACC Coastal Division. Last season, Virginia Tech claimed the Coastal, the Hokies’ sixth division title since they also joined the...
Antwan Staley
1 week ago
Ranking All 130 College Football Teams for 2017
Ranking all 130 college football teams is no easy task, but with the first Saturday of action on Aug. 26 approaching quickly, it’s never too early to see how every FBS program stacks up for 2017. At the top, Alabama leads the way as Athlon...
Steven Lassan
1 week ago
Micah Kiser, Virginia Football
Nothing went right for head coach Bronco Mendenhall in his first season at Virginia, begining with an opening home loss to FCS member Richmond. The Cavaliers stumbled to 2-10 as both sides of the ball struggled mightily. Mendenhall has experience...
Athlon Sports
1 week ago
Christian Wilkins
Projecting wins and losses before any college football season is a difficult endeavor.   For example, in 2016, who would have predicted that Clemson’s toughest challenges on the way to a national title would be Pittsburgh and NC State...
Jon Kinne
2 weeks ago
Harold Landry, Boston College Football
Boston College finished strong, winning its final two games to become bowl eligible and then beating Maryland in the Quick Lane Bowl. The heat isn’t completely off of head coach Steve Addazio, however, as the Eagles need to make significant...
Athlon Sports
2 weeks ago
Mark Richt’s first season with the Miami Hurricanes was a tale of streaks. Miami won its first four games of the 2016 season, only to lose the next four to Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.   But the...
Antwan Staley
2 weeks ago
Zaire Franklin, Syracuse Football
Dino Babers’ first season at Syracuse produced just four wins as one of the nation’s most productive passing attacks couldn’t overcome one of the most generous defenses. The offense should continue to improve with nine returning...
Athlon Sports
2 weeks ago
Daniel Jones, Duke Football
After leading Duke to four straight bowl games, head coach David Cutcliffe’s Blue Devils stumbled to a 4-8 record last season. There could be a potential rebound thanks to the emergence of a young quarterback, but the defensive outlook is...
Athlon Sports
2 weeks ago
Nick Saban
FCS football is fun and features plenty of talent. Games against FBS opponents can serve purposes, as they are oftentimes displays of in-state support and, of course, are big paydays that FCS programs need to survive.   But some games just...
Matt Fortuna
2 weeks ago
Duke Ejiofor, Wake Forest Football
Wake Forest went to and won a bowl game last season, but it could be tough to pull off a repeat of either feat this fall. The Demon Deacons remain a relatively young team and depth is at a premium, so the key players must stay healthy. The offense...
Athlon Sports
2 weeks ago
Deondre Francois, Florida State Football
The ACC stuffed the trophy case last season and claimed the top spot among college football’s conferences. Clemson defeated Alabama for the national title, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy, Florida State defeated...
Steven Lassan
3 weeks ago
NCAA Top 25
College football’s 2017 season starts on Aug. 26 and concludes with the national championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta. The season is still a few months away, but it's never too early to project and rank college football's top...
Steven Lassan
3 weeks ago
Larry Fedora, North Carolina Football
After a three-year run which saw North Carolina win the ACC Coastal in 2015 and finish no worse than a tie for third the other two seasons, the Tar Heels are practically starting over. Six starters return on each side, but the offense is looking to...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
Deon Cain
Clemson’s first national title since 1981 was a blast for everyone involved. But once the regular season kicks off on Sept. 2, despite the championship and the heavy personnel losses, expectations will remain sky high.   In order...
Jon Kinne
3 weeks ago
Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech Football
Thanks to a strong finish, Georgia Tech enters 2017 with momentum in what looks to be a crowded ACC Coastal Division. The Yellow Jackets return plenty of experience, but will be breaking in a new starting quarterback and have some questions up...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago
Sam Darnold
It goes without saying that you need a good quarterback in order to be a successful college football team. While it may not wholly determine a team’s success each season if they have a quality signal-caller behind center, one doesn’t...
Bryan Fischer
3 weeks ago
Qadree Ollison, Pittsburgh Football
Pittsburgh beat a pair of conference champions (Clemson, Penn State) last season, but the 2017 Panthers are going to look a lot different. More than half of the starting lineup is gone as the offense will be led by a graduate transfer quarterback...
Athlon Sports
3 weeks ago

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