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2009 ACC Blogger Preseason Predictions

For the second straight year, the Virginia Tech blog Gobbler Country is polling the ACC blogosphere for some preseason predictions:
  • Predicted order of finish for both divisions (no ties please)
  • Conference champion
  • Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
  • Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
  • Preseason Rookie of the Year
This year, unlike last year, we are assured that there is adequate Atlantic Division representation so it won't be another Coastal Division tongue-bath. We hope, anyway.

On to our ballot (and note, we retain the rights to change these predictions between now and our series of season preview posts later in August).

ACC Atlantic
  1. Florida State
  2. Clemson
  3. Boston College - Some are quick to forget that this is still a defensive league and despite the losses we still have one of the best. Plus, NC State and Wake have to come to us. We'll get our Ws, don't worry about it.
  4. NC State
  5. Wake Forest
  6. Maryland
ACC Coastal
  1. Virginia Tech - not 100% sold on Hokies, certainly won’t be dominant and has little-to-no shot at the MNC with that non-conference sched, but until someone proves otherwise ...
  2. Miami (Fla.)
  3. Georgia Tech
  4. North Carolina
  5. Duke
  6. Virginia

Predicted ACC Championship Game Winner: Virginia Tech (yeah, it pains me too)
Offensive Player of the Year: C.J. Spiller (he'll be scoring TDs on the reg. Atlantic Division. Represent.)
Defensive Player of the Year: Mark Herzlich (yes, I know he's not playing this year. Doesn't matter. He's that good.)
Rookie of the Year: Desmond Scott, RB, Duke (who knows. As Russell Wilson proved last year, an injury here or an injury there could thrust some no-name rookie into the spotlight in a hurry.)

BONUS: Coach of the Year: David Cutcliffe (Triples ACC win total in year 2. Six wins but no bowl for the Dukies.)