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5 Bold Predictions For ACC Football in 2014

ACC Football 2014: 5 Bold Predictions

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College football is nearing, and the new-look ACC will be an exciting conference to watch in 2014. Defending national champion Florida State will look to win the conference crown again this season, but it might not be as easy as some expect. Here are five bold predictions for ACC football in 2014.

5. Duke Johnson Will Be ACC Player Of Year Over Jameis Winston

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5. Duke Johnson Will Be ACC Player Of Year Over Jameis Winston

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Miami's Duke Johnson was one of two running backs named to the preseason All-ACC Team, along with Florida State's Karlos Williams. Johnson has come within 80 yards of 1,000 two seasons in a row, but the Hurricanes' back will experience his breakout year in 2014. He will eclipse the 1,000-yard mark with a game or two to spare, surprisingly winning the ACC P.O.Y. over former Heisman winner Jameis Winston.

4. Miami Won't Win The Coastal

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4. Miami Won't Win The Coastal

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According to many websites and media outlets, Miami is going to win the ACC Coastal division in 2014. That's bad news for Hurricane fans, however, because the media usually doesn't do a very good job of ranking that side of the ACC. Miami will undoubtedly be strong, but so will North Carolina and Virginia Tech. Georgia Tech could be the Coastal's 2014 surprise, and reigning Coastal-winner Duke will be in the mix as well.

3. Georgia Tech Will Finish 1st or 2nd In The Coastal

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3. Georgia Tech Will Finish 1st or 2nd In The Coastal

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Every single season the media picks Georgia Tech to finish near the bottom of the Coastal, and more often than not the Jackets completely exceed those expectations. The Yellow Jackets have been picked to finish an average of 3.2 in the Coastal in the Paul Johnson era, while Tech's actual finish averages out to 1.8. 2014 will be no different, as lightning fast quarterback Justin Thomas will have a chance to take the conference by storm.

2. New Addition Louisville Will Win 6 Conference Games

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2. New Addition Louisville Will Win 6 Conference Games

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Louisville is being overlooked a little bit heading into 2014, and that's probably because the Cardinals are new to the conference. But don't be fooled, Louisville will have a lot to say in the final outcome of the Atlantic division. The Cardinals have tough conference games against Miami (Sept. 1), Clemson (Oct. 11) and Florida State (Oct. 30). Expect Louisville to knock off Miami in the season opener, becoming the Atlantic's surprise in 2014.

1. Florida State Will Go Undefeated In ACC Play

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1. Florida State Will Go Undefeated In ACC Play

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This really isn't that bold of a prediction due to the fact that the 'Noles are expected to be a force again in 2014. FSU will have one of the best offensive lines in the nation, and having defending Heisman winner Jameis Winston under center doesn't hurt either. The Seminoles have tough conference road games against Louisville and Miami, but don't expect the reigning champs to falter. FSU's 2014 conference record will be unblemished.

Jacob Dennis is a writer at RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.