Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/14/12
Here is a look at the ACC as we head into spring football.

12. North Carolina - To be honest, I do not think the Tar Heels are the worst in the ACC; however, with their latest sanctions (you can read an article here) it taints the program and without being able to go to a bowl game, there is really no point to playing. It will be interesting how Larry Fedora deals with this team and the loss of scholarships.

11. Duke - Out of the basement? Not really. The Blue Devils have never really had too good of a football team and that trends continue. I was impressed though with their recruiting class.  It was better than I thought.

10. Maryland - Who is going to be the quarterback is the biggest question I believe that goes against this team. I believe the Terps will fall one game short of being bowl eligible.

9. Boston College - I have them ranked really low, but this could be the surprise team to watch out for. They return plenty of depth.

8. Virginia - The losses on defense will impact this team too much to make a play for any divisional crown.

7. Georgia Tech - The Yellow Jackets are not replacing the talent they are losing and until you can do that then you will not be a great team. Tech will still give some team's headaches though.

6. Miami - Having a top ten recruiting class is great; however, I do not think Miami will be able to capitalize on their talent this year. Next year this team will be absolute scary, but you have to get the talent to buy into the system.

5. Wake Forest - I am excited about seeing Wake play this year.  While I don't think they'll win the ACC or be in the conference championship game, they will finish in the top five.

4. NC State - The offense is returning for another season and the defense has had good players added to it so watch out, the Pack could be the winner of the ACC this year.

3. Clemson - I think for the Tigers, replacing the lines will be their biggest challenge. If they can overcome that, hello Orange Bowl.

2. Virginia Tech - Prediction - Tech will have the best defense in the nation. Their offense will be decent, but they should be able to get to the conference championship pretty easily.

1. Florida State - I don't believe they will contend for the National Championship. but they can definitely win the Orange Bowl with this team. They put an over the top recruiting class this year.


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