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Polling the Fizz: 2023 ACC Football Predictions

Clemson Tigers

Syracuse’s opening night clash with Colgate is just three weeks away and getting closer by the day. Last week, the preseason ACC poll came out, in which the Orange were picked to finish 10th out of 14 teams. Here’s what Team Fizz has to say about the upcoming ACC football slate.


Florida State- 3 votes

Adam: “It’s as simple as this. A 6th year quarterback against a true sophomore. Jordan Travis is one of the best players in the country and a heisman front runner. He has what it takes to lead FSU to the college football playoff and beyond. Cade Klubnik was good last year in the small amount of time he saw. But with a new offensive coordinator there’s just too much risk in picking the tigers.”

Clemson- 2 votes


Virginia- 3 votes

Virginia Tech- 1 vote

Boston College- 1 vote

Francesco: “BC had one playmaker last year in Zay Flowers, and he’s now a Baltimore Raven. Their offensive line has seemed to always have some talent on it in recent years, but, looking up and down the roster, there’s not much talent to be found. It will be a race to the bottom between BC, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Virginia Tech.”


Georgia Tech- 2 votes

Liam: “In a year where the depth from top-to-bottom in the ACC is among the best its ever been, there aren’t many bad answers here. I’m rolling with the Yellow Jackets because they put on a very respectable performance in Brent Key’s first eight games at the end of last season- a pair of road ranked wins over Pitt and North Carolina as well as a victory over Duke, the team many considered to be the best in the Atlantic. Additionally, with the exception of November clashes with Clemson and Georgia, GT’s schedule doesn’t give off terrible difficulty. Key preached growth and continuing last season’s momentum at the ACC Kickoff a few weeks ago- we’ll see a little more of that from the Yellow Jackets in 2023.”

Boston College- 1 vote

Ethan: “Despite losing Zay Flowers, who went 22nd overall on April’s NFL Draft to the Baltimore Ravens, Boston College should have a strong season in Jeff Hafley’s 4th season as head coach. With his two first full recruiting classes now fully entrenched in the program, Hafley has the players he wants to be playing for the Eagles, and a presumptive starting quarterback in Emmett Morehead after the departure of Phil Jurkovec. BC has disappointed in recent years but should be a frisky team in 2023, keep your eye on the Eagles.”

NC State- 1 vote

Louisville- 1 vote


North Carolina- 2 votes

Tyler: “The Tar Heels have something special on their hands with quarterback Drake Maye. He’s got a great arm and the ability to run, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him have a Heisman-caliber season. However, Maye still has his work cut out for him. UNC’s top two receivers last year in terms of receiving yards, Josh Downs and Antoine Green, have departed for the NFL. 

The defense has many more issues to deal with. North Carolina is coming off a season in which it had the worst ranked defense in the ACC in points allowed, yards allowed, and sacks. If the Tar Heels give up more than 30 points per game again, then don’t be surprised if they disappoint this year.”

Miami- 2 votes

NC State- 1 vote


8th- 2 votes

9th- 1 vote

10th- 1 vote

11th- 1 vote

This is the first of a few “Polling the Fizz” pieces we’ll have for you over the next couple weeks. Stay tuned next week for when we talk offensive superlatives.

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