ESPN's 2018 ACC Overview

This isn't exactly a preview, because it doesn't come close to exploring every team in the ACC, but it's a solid high-level overview of the conference: http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/24309760/college-footbal....

Before the start of the season, the Four-Letter has Virginia Tech playing in two of its five most important ACC conference games.

Sept. 3: Virginia Tech at Florida State

The Hokies have had a miserable offseason, with off-field issues, injuries and transfers on top of the loss of a host of veteran talent to the NFL. The Seminoles are turning the page on the Jimbo Fisher era, and while they're saying all the right things about Willie Taggart, there are obvious questions about how the transition will unfold. We'll learn a lot about the two teams most likely to challenge Clemson and Miami for division titles right off the bat.

Nov. 17: Miami at Virginia Tech

Last year's route by Miami marked a clear turning point in Coastal Division supremacy, but a lot can change in a year. Sure, the Canes are still the heavy favorite to win the division again in 2018, but going on the road to Blacksburg this late in the season will still be a huge chore, and it won't be surprising if this is a head-to-head showdown to effectively determine which team moves on to Charlotte for the ACC Championship Game.

The Hokies are No. 5 in ESPN's league power rankings.

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Last year's route by Miami marked a clear turning point in Coastal Division supremacy

Rout*, Andrea.

When they first uploaded the story the other day the first paragraph talked about how Miami led the Atlantic division last year. They're definitely not in mid-season form over at the 4 letter.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

That sounds exactly like their mid-season form to me.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

"but there's definitely some pressure on Fedora now to get the ship righted"

I agree, not a good history with navigating his team in storms.

Boston College @ 4?

The AJ Dillon hype is real

BC plays @wake, @purdue, @ncsu, v.louisville, v.miami, @vt, v.clemson and @fsu.

If they improve upon last years 7-6, I will be surprised.

Boston College ahead of us in ACC power rankings is the perfect example of the ESPN ACC team desperately grasping at straws to make the ACC sound more interesting this season. Some of the stats they used to prop up Clemson last year as they walked the conference against vastly inferior opponents were honestly hilarious.

I've been highly critical of ESPN in the past because I feel like they fail to offer any interesting or in-depth analysis that you wouldn't expect the average sports fan to know. In this situation I actually like that they put BC at #4 because at least they were willing to take a risk and value a team differently than the average person might. It's not as if BC has a massive fan base or national appeal that they are trying to tap in to (i.e. the annual "U is back" claims).

Also I would agree that BC is under the radar and will be better than expected this year. I would point out though that I think it's possible their record won't reflect that due to the schedule (Miami and Clemson are likely losses at home and they don't have any guaranteed wins on the road). It's hard to see them challenging for the conference but it wouldn't surprise me if they give us all we can handle come November.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

You just described a trap game... great.

Why in the hell would ESPN put BC at 4?? someone please explain their thought process on this. I see nothing that puts BC top 8 besides Dillon. Any team with stupid Scot as OC won't be successful. Actually, when Scot tries to run the ball up the gut on 3rd and 10 Dillon may just pull one thru for Scot every once in awhile.

I don't know what a Hokie is but God is one of them- Lee Corso

After their loss to us they started rolling on teams, with the only loss being against NC STate (17-14 Loss). THey beat UL and they destroyed FSU (35-3). They have found their identity; Your hate for Scott as OC is misplaced since as it conforms with what Lefty wants.

I was at that Louisville game. It was a bad time.

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

Because when you have a offensive line coach that works as hard as the BC coach does, Lefty's offense seems to work. BC isn't bad and their offensive beats you into submission with the run.

They also have a good offensive line for said offensive line coach to coach.

Leonard. Duh.

LOLUVA at 14... its their year though!! Another exciting season of 2-10 football!!

I don't know what a Hokie is but God is one of them- Lee Corso

I work in Charlottesville now. The whole 'this is the year' thing is very much the buzz around here.

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

The Poster Formerly Known As The Spirit Of Bernard Basham

And yet Bronco isn't even being mentioned for a warm/hot seat.

Yeah a lot of hoos tell me they think he's a good coach. And I'm always like 'yeah he's pretty alright.'

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

I have a lot of respect for Bronco, he's trying to change the culture into a program that gives fucks. That's not easy and it's not going to happen quickly.

I thought he was changing the culture into one that does hard things together. Like making toast and breaking a paver with a sledgehammer.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

Don't forget playing basketball on FieldTurf with cleats and helmets.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

#extendbronco

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#extendbronco

I'm hearing the same from my 'hoo? acquaintances. That'll last until the Richmond game. I'll be at a crab picking in Deltaville (aka, hooville east) with a whole bunch of them on the day after. Methinks their buzz will be considerably less buzzy at that point. Maybe my methinks should be more mehopes, but I honestly and 110% think they could lose that game.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

You hang out with hoos?!

Let's see...known them for 35 years, free crabs, free beer, chance to stick it in yet again? Yeah, I've been known to. A feller gets tired of preachin' to the choir, you know? Those folks made it possible for me to attend a bunch of VT/UVA games over the years, and I guarantee I was the loudest Hokie in their 50 yd line seats. And for the record, one of them is actually a Hokie who ended up working there for decades and is one of only two people to have a tree on the UVA grounds named for him. And like they say, keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. Oh, and did I mention free beer? Also, for the record, never seen a Zima in any of their hands.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

chance to stick it in yet again

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Wait, one of two trees named for people on UVA's campus is named for a VT alum?

That's rich.

Yep, rich indeed.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

You mentioned crabs and sticking it in again in the same sentence. You might want to rethink those friends...

I word things just so you guys have something to riff off of. One day, when I'm gone, you'll appreciate me.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Already do fish!!! Stay around for a national championship or 5.

I appreciate all the support, and I appreciate all the hate I am getting. I will continue to work as hard as I can to be the best I can be and bring this team a championship. Go Hokies 🐔 - Josh Jackson

Well thanks, Mr. Boster. B'lieve I will!

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

I also work in cvilli and the buzz is real. They think that they have more talent and will be better even with the losses from last years team. They also think Bronco has turned things around and that he is killing it in recruiting. Zima must have some kind of delusional additive in it because I just don't understand what they are thinking.

1-0 every week

I'm around a lot of monied wahoos, some of which are more pragmatic, although quite a few of them seem to have a glimmer of hope in Bronco. I eagerly await the crushing of their dreams.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

Most of my Hoo acquaintances are very bullish on them this year and they love Bronco.

Although the one difference was when one of my Hoo friends heard my dad and I talking about the Hokie Club and she just flat out said, "I'm never giving UVA any money until they fix the football problem."

Neither of us encouraged her to change her mind.

two teams most likely to challenge Clemson and Miami for division titles

The Hokies are No. 5 in ESPN's league power rankings.

Math is hard.

How is BC going to challenge Miami?

Virginia Tech and FSU were both second ranked in their division. BC was ahead of us, but third in their division.

Narrator: Math IS hard

i dont like ESPN

Hokies, Local Soccer, AFC Ajax, Ravens

Anyone else catch this gem in the Swofford Q&A? (emphasis mine)

In 2016-17, the ACC brought in $418.1 million, compared to $650 million for the SEC and $513 million for the Big Ten. How much has that gap hurt the conference [...]?

JS: I don't think it's hurt the conference in any way.

Bartender, I'll take two of whatever that gentleman is drinking.

"Those who jump into the void owe no explanation to those who stand and watch."
--unknown

Didn't swofford go to unc for a fake degree? Makes sense

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

With leadership like that who needs adversaries

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

Swofford can go sex his own body.