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Pre-Spring ACC Power Rankings

By Southern Pigskin Staff
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Power ranking the ACC Atlantic and Coastal divisions and predicting the conference champion ahead of spring practice.


1. Clemson -- The Tigers should be a playoff team again, led by one of the greatest defensive lines in college football history.

2. Florida State -- Willie Taggart steps in for Jimbo Fisher, and while Cam Akers and Jacquez Patrick will lead the offense, the hope is that Deondre Francois will be good to go.

3. NC State -- Ryan Finley was one of the best quarterbacks in the conference last year and his return should help to mitigate some of the personnel attrition on defense.

4. Boston College -- Safety Lukas Denis and running back AJ Dillon were two of the ACC's best at their respective positions in 2017.

5. Wake Forest -- Despite losing some key contributors on either side of the ball, the Demon Deacons return significant production in all three phases.

6. Louisville -- Bobby Petrino has his work cut out for him trying to replace a former Heisman winner at quarterback, with some key departures on defense, as well.

7. Syracuse -- Quarterback Eric Dungey is back for his senior campaign, but gone are his two leading receivers from last year's team.


1. Miami -- The Hurricanes came up short of a CFP berth, but the heart and soul of last year's team -- the secondary -- brings back most of its significant contributors.

2. Virginia Tech -- Signal caller Josh Jackson will look to build on a successful freshman campaign, as Bud Foster's defense tries to fill some big shoes.

3. Duke -- No team in the ACC returns as much production from a year ago as the Blue Devils, inlcuding star linebacker Joe Giles-Harris.

4. Georgia Tech -- The Yellow Jackets bring back nearly every ball carrier that saw playing time in 2017, save J.J. Green.

5. North Carolina -- Larry Fedora's group faced unbelievably bad injury luck last year, but it did provide some meaningful experience to a team that returns a lot of production.

6. Pittsburgh -- The Panthers will look to carry some momentum from their late season win over then-undefeated Miami into 2018.

7. Virginia -- The Cavaliers have the unpleasant task of replacing Quin Blanding, Micah Kiser, and Andrew Brown on defense, whilst replacing Kurt Benkert at quarterback.