BOZICH | Ten things we didn't learn at ACC Football Kickoff
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – ACC Kickoff is over – and Florida State got out of Pinehurst without another one of Jimbo Fisher’s players splashing onto the police blotter. Victory.
The rest of the drill was pretty basic. Clemson was the pick to win the Atlantic Division. Georgia Tech is the favorite to win the Coastal. And Clemson, perhaps because the Tigers have quarterback Deshaun Watson, the ACC’s pre-season player of the year, is the pick to win the league.
That’s not enough news for football junkies. Here are 10 Things We Didn’t Learn at ACC Kickoff.
1. HOTTEST SEAT – Al Golden, Miami. No bowl victories (0-2). No control of South Florida recruiting. Bronze-medal winning percentage of 56 percent over four blah seasons. Four consecutive losses to end last season. No love from former players who made The U The U.
Paging Jimmy Johnson.
2. PAY ATTENTION TO – Dave Doeren of North Carolina State. The Wolfpack jumped from three wins to eight in one season – and some are predicting that N.C. State will vault Louisville and finish third in the Atlantic Division.
State scheduled four putts in the leather to start the season. Their first real game will be Louisville’s visit on Oct. 3.
3. MOST UNDERRATED -- The ACC is a league with a solid lineup of underrated coaches. How can you knock the work Paul Johnson has done at Georgia Tech?
David Cutcliffe has won 19 games the last two seasons at Duke.
The wise guys have stopped underrating and starting admiring Johnson and Cutcliffe.
I’ll give my vote to Steve Addazio of Boston College. He’s won seven games in back-to-back seasons and delivered two victories over Virginia Tech and one over Southern Cal.
4. BEST TRANSFER – U of L defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is going to use Josh Harvey-Clemons at safety but he moves as if he could play cornerback, he hits like a linebacker and he rushes the quarterback like a defensive end.
5. BEST FRESHMAN – The Seminoles are going to need more offense. Halfback Jacques Patrick is already 6 feet 2 and more than 230 pounds. He also turned down scholarships from Ohio State, Alabama and Georgia.
6. GAME OF THE YEAR (NON-LEAGUE) – Notre Dame at Clemson (Oct. 3) and Ohio State at Virginia Tech (Sept. 7) have great storylines. But Louisville Auburn delivers on more levels, especially with that ACC vs. SEC vibe on opening weekend.
7. GAME OF THE YEAR (LEAGUE) – Georgia Tech at Clemson Oct. 10. Looks like a preview of the ACC championship game.
8. REMEMBER THIS GUY? Larry Fedora struggled to figure it out at North Carolina. He changed offensive coordinators last season. Now he’s changed defensive coordinators, fetching former Auburn national championship coach Gene Chizik from the discard pile.
9. BEST NFL PROSPECT – Nobody is expecting much from Pittsburgh, but the Panthers have two likely first-round 2016 NFL Draft picks – thunderous running back James Connor and receiver Tyler Boyd, the only player in ACC history to register 1,000 yards in his freshman and sophomore seasons.
10. SPEAKING OF PITT, CAN YOU NAME THE PANTHERS’ COACH? – It’s not Johnny Majors. Nor Jackie Sherrill. Nor Dave Wannstedt.
Todd Graham has been gone since 2011. Paul Chryst hung out for a few hours. I believe it’s Pat Narduzzi, the former Michigan State defensive coordinator, who had some support the last time the Louisville job was open.
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