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July 23, 2013

Clemson, Miami favorites in ACC

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GREENSBORO, N.C. —

“I hope they’re not as inaccurate as they were last year,” Miami coach Al Golden said. “I think, from our standpoint, I hope that the adversity that we encountered and obviously endured the last two years with the NCAA has prepared us for this, and that we’re not really thinking ahead. ... We’re internally focused and driven and we’re not worried about what anybody says about us, good or bad.”

Boyd, the ACC player of the year in 2012, broke his own league records with 36 touchdown passes and 46 TDs responsible for. He received 105 votes in the preseason balloting — no other player got more than four.

“He easily could have gone on” to the NFL, Swinney said. “He wants to win. He has some unfinished business, and it’s exciting to see where we are now, and where we were when I was sitting in his den back in December of 2008. It kind of makes me dizzy to think about it.”

Expectations weren’t terribly high for either of the ACC’s two new faces. Pittsburgh was picked fifth in the Coastal while Syracuse was the sixth-place selection in the Atlantic.

The bottom of the league standings has a familiar feel.

Duke, which is coming off its first bowl appearance since the 1994 season, once again was picked at the bottom of the Coastal. The Blue Devils have been a last-place pick — either in their division or overall in the ACC — in 13 of the past 14 years.

And Boston College was selected last in the Atlantic for the second time in five years. The Eagles fired Frank Spaziani after they went 2-10 last year and his replacement says he has “no problem” with that prediction.

“Is that something you want to see? No, you don’t want to see that,” new BC coach Steve Addazio said. “But is it realistic? Yeah. I mean, what are you judging it off of? Well, you’re judging off of what you saw the finish be. The finish wasn’t real good, so we’ve got to change that.”

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