Power Ranking Every ACC Football Team Heading Into 2014

Power Ranking Every ACC Football Team Heading Into 2014

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For John Swofford and the ACC, the conference not only boasts the current National Champions in the Florida State Seminoles, but due to conference re-alignment, the ACC also gains Louisville, a solid program for the last decade. Despite losing some star players like Sammy Watkins, Eric Ebron and Kyle Fuller to the NFL, the ACC is still loaded with talent.

While the season is still far away, here are my power rankings for each ACC division.

7. ACC Atlantic: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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7. ACC Atlantic: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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It seems like forever since the Wake Forest Demon Deacons made the Orange Bowl in 2006. This season, Wake Forest faces tough road games at Utah State, Louisville, Florida State and Duke and some home games against Clemson and Virginia Tech.

6. ACC Atlantic: Boston College Eagles

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6. ACC Atlantic: Boston College Eagles

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Much like the Demon Deacons, the Boston College Eagles have not been the same program that we are accustomed to seeing. Since losing Matt Ryan in 2008, the Eagles have been pretty much in rebuilding mode. Nothing gets easier this year as they travel to face Virginia Tech and Florida State and face tough competition at home in Pittsburgh, USC, Clemson and Louisville.

5. ACC Atlantic: North Carolina State Wolfpack

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5. ACC Atlantic: North Carolina State Wolfpack

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The North Carolina State Wolfpack struggled all last year, going winless inside the ACC and only finishing with three wins. The Wolfpack are yet another ACC program that is usually labeled as a success that has fallen on hard times. 2014 gets no easier as the Wolfpack face Clemson, Louisville and North Carolina on the road and Florida State at home.

4. ACC Atlantic: Syracuse Orange

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4. ACC Atlantic: Syracuse Orange

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The Syracuse Orange were able to sneak into a bowl game last year and defeated a very good Minnesota team. The Orange have had plenty of great players in the past, but in recent years, they have struggled to produce quality players who make it to Sundays. This year, the Orange face Notre Dame, Louisville, Florida State and Duke at home and Clemson and Pittsburgh on the road.

3. ACC Atlantic: Louisville Cardinals

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3. ACC Atlantic: Louisville Cardinals

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The Louisville Cardinals not only start in a new conference, but new head coach Bobby Petrino replaces Charlie Strong this year. New players will also replace former stars like Teddy Bridgewater and Marcus Smith. The Cardinals begin their first ACC season by playing Miami and Florida State at home and Clemson and Notre Dame on the road.

2. ACC Atlantic: Clemson Tigers

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2. ACC Atlantic: Clemson Tigers

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The Clemson Tigers will not rebuild after losing stars like Sammy Watkins and Tajh Boyd, but the Tigers will reload like they seemingly have over the past five years. However, a repeat of last year's success will be difficult for the Tigers as they travel to Georgia and Florida State and host teams like North Carolina, Louisville and their annual rivalry with South Carolina.

1. ACC Atlantic: Florida State

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1. ACC Atlantic: Florida State Seminoles

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The defending National Champion Florida State Seminoles will not only have to deal with the pressures of trying to repeat, but the Seminoles lost a lot of key players who led them to the National Title. The Seminoles' quest for a repeat has some stiff tests against Oklahoma State, Louisville and Miami on the road and Clemson, Notre Dame and Florida at home.

7. ACC Coastal: Virginia Cavaliers

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7. ACC Coastal: Virginia Cavaliers

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After a year filled with struggles, the Virginia Cavaliers will look to bounce back. But doing so will be hard especially without tackle Morgan Moses. The Cavaliers' quest for respectability includes tough games against UCLA, Louisville and Miami at home and BYU, Duke, Florida State and Virginia Tech on the road.

6. ACC Coastal: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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6. ACC Coastal: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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The Yellow Jackets appeared in the Orange Bowl a few years ago, but given what the team looks like now, that wouldn't appear to be the case. Georgia Tech's road back to glory will include several tough tests against Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh and Georgia on the road and Miami, Duke and Clemson at home.

5. ACC Coastal: Miami Hurricanes

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5. ACC Coastal: Miami Hurricanes

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After several years of being on probation, the Miami Hurricanes had a breakout year in 2013 and only look to get better in 2014. With running back Duke Johnson coming back after a torn ACL, the Hurricanes might get back to their glory days. Stiff tests against Louisville, Nebraska and Virginia Tech on the road as well as Duke, Florida State and Pittsburgh will make this a challenge.

4. ACC Coastal: Pittsburgh Panthers

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4. ACC Coastal: Pittsburgh Panthers

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After losing starting quarterback Tom Savage to the NFL, the Pittsburgh Panthers will have to find another signal caller to pick up where Savage left off. The Panthers will also have to replace first-round defensive tackle Aaron Donald on the other side of the ball. This year, the Panthers will host Iowa, Virginia Tech and Duke and travel to North Carolina and Miami.

3. ACC Coastal: North Carolina Tar Heels

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3. ACC Coastal: North Carolina Tar Heels

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The North Carolina Tar Heels will have to compensate for the losses of both TE Eric Ebron and QB Bryn Renner to the NFL on offense and solid defenders in DE Kareem Martin and S Tre Boston as well. The Tar Heels will look to improve on their 6-6 record with some tough tests against Clemson, Notre Dame and Miami on the road and Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh at home.

2. ACC Coastal: Virginia Tech Hokies

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2. ACC Coastal: Virginia Tech Hokies

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Although they have been a solid program since Frank Beamer became coach, the Virginia Tech Hokies have not been among the top teams in the nation for several years. The Hokies will look to turn that around, especially against North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Duke as well as Miami and Boston College at home.

1. ACC Coastal: Duke Blue Devils

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1. ACC Coastal: Duke Blue Devils

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The Duke Blue Devils are not just a basketball program anymore after last year's spectacular season. The Blue Devils will look to prove that last year was no fluke, but with stiff tests against Miami, Pittsburgh and Syracuse on the road as well as Virginia Tech and North Carolina at home, the Blue Devils will have their work cut out for them.