Clemson- Florida State and Miami are the only two teams in the ACC sitting on a better stockpile of raw talent than Dabo Swinney is at Death Valley. Despite this the Tigers are one of those teams that seem unable to ever live up to any expectations. Swinney is attempting to buck that trend and spent some time this spring taking his staff on a field trip to visit Mack Brown and Texas to learn how they do it. C.J. Spiller is the real deal but I still don’t anticipate these guys are going to suddenly get it together and make a run at the ACC title.
VT- Frank Beamer has won the ACC Title three times in the five years since the Hokies defected from the Big East with the same simple formula. Beamer and his assistants take relatively unspectacular kids and coach them up to play great defense and outstanding special teams. OC Bryan Stinespring could probably stand a lesson in play calling from any 12 year old that plays NCAA Football on his PS3 or XBox but who am I to argue with the Hokies overall formula for success. It works for them. Beamer spent the spring hashing out his backup QB situation and it looks like Ju Ju will back up Tyrod. No I didn’t make that up. Regardless just having Sean Glennon out of the QB rotation has to be good for a few extra points per game in 2009. The Hokies lost very little to graduation and I expect another outstanding Bud Foster Defense and some "Beamer Ball" to keep them in the thick of the ACC title race in 2009. That will definitely be the case if Tyrod Taylor finally comes into his own a little bit and shows some of those Mike Vick/ Bryan Randall type skills the Hokies recruited him for.
UVA- Groh’s Cavs are a train wreck. He even fired his own son this off season. I'm sure everyone is looking forward to Christmas at the Groh house now! Don’t expect any kick saves in any time soon. I’ll be surprised if Groh can hang onto his job beyond 2009.