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ACC Football Pick Em’ 2012 Conclusion

Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

The BCS Championship marked the end of the 2012-13 football season. The ACC had an up and down year. The regular season wasn’t kind to the ACC as it produced no legitimate national title contenders, but the postseason was much kinder to the league. The league, as a whole, went 4-2 in their bowl games including some big upsets over some very good teams.

Before the season began, I previewed every ACC team and made picks for every game that those teams played. My predictions turned out to be pretty good on some and not so great on others. I came really close with my predictions for Florida State and Clemson.

The two teams that let me down the most were Virginia Tech and North Carolina State. I, along with many others, predicted the Hokies to win the Coastal Division. However, no one expected such a huge regression from quarterback Logan Thomas. I had the Wolfpack as a preseason dark horse candidate in the Atlantic Division, and the pick looked pretty good when State upset FSU; then the wheels fell off.

The preseason team predictions weren’t the only ones that I made. I also made game predictions every week in my “Pick Em’” series. I was aiming for an .800 winning percentage and I came up just short. My final record for the 2012-13 season was 81-25, which was good enough for .764 winning percentage. So it’s time to close the book on this season for the Atlantic Coast Conference and time to look forward to 2013.

In 2013 Syracuse and Pittsburgh will join the conference, so it is a very exciting time. I also think that 2013 will be a good year for Florida State and that Virginia Tech will bounce back from this season. As the offseason progresses I will be covering recruiting in the conference as well as practices and spring games, so all of you will be prepared for the 2013 season’s start in September.