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ACC 2011 Odds Preview

The ACC has fallen off in recent seasons, as former national championship contenders Florida State and Miami have struggled. This season, though, the ACC starts off with two legitimate BCS Championship contenders in Florida State and Virginia Tech, and it's conceivable they could meet in a battle of unbeatens for the ACC Championship.


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Florida State Seminoles

The Seminoles return eight starters on each side of the ball from a team that lost the ACC title game last year. FSU loses QB Christian Ponder, but expects good things from new starter EJ Manuel. As well, they might have the best defense in the league. The 'Noles also get Miami at home, and avoid Virginia Tech and North Carolina.

Virginia Tech Hokies

Virginia Tech, which has won three of the last four ACC championships, returns 12 starters from a team that went undefeated in the conference last year. However, they lose QB Tyrod Taylor and seven starters on defense. The schedule is kind, though, with Clemson, Miami, and UNC all coming to Blacksburg.

Miami Hurricanes

The 'Canes were going to be contenders in the ACC this year, with seven starters back on both sides of the ball for new head coach Al Golden, but the recent allegations of funny business have created great uncertainty for this season. Whatever team Miami eventually fields has to play at Virginia Tech, UNC, and FSU.

North Carolina Tar Heels

The Heels are another team that's gone through some off-season turmoil, with the firing of head coach Butch Davis in July. New head coach Everett Withers inherits 13 returning starters, including six of the defensive front seven, from a team that went 4-4 in the ACC again last year - but they lose their starting QB and top three rushers.

Maryland Terrapins

After going 5-3 in the conference last year the Terrapins return seven starters on both sides of the ball for their first year under new head coach Randy Edsall.

Clemson Tigers

The Tigers get back 14 starters, nine on offense, from a team that went 4-4 in the conference last year. And three of those loses came by six points or less.

Boston College Eagles

Boston College also returns 14 starters, nine on offense, from a team that won its last five regular-season games last year.

North Carolina State Wolfpack

The Pack gets 13 starters back, eight on defense, after going 5-3 in the conference last year. But they'll have to replace QB Russell Wilson, who transferred to Wisconsin.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

The Yellow Jackets return 12 starters from a disappointing 4-4 ACC campaign of last year, and lose their QB and leading rusher.

Virginia Cavaliers

The Cavs get back a league-high 18 starters for their second season under head coach Mike London.

Duke Blue Devils

Duke has 14 starters back, including eight on an offense that averaged 25 points per game last year.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Wake Forest gets back 17 starters as it tries to return to ACC contention.