2011 Atlantic Coast Conference football season
|2011 ACC football season|
|League||NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)|
|Duration||September 1, 2011 – January 4, 2012|
|Number of teams||12|
|Season MVP||David Wilson|
|Atlantic champions||Clemson Tigers|
|Coastal champions||Virginia Tech Hokies|
|ACC Championship Game|
|2011 ACC football standings|
|#22 Clemson x†||6||–||2||10||–||4|
|#23 Florida State||5||–||3||9||–||4|
|#21 Virginia Tech x‡||7||–||1||11||–||3|
|Championship: Clemson 38, Virginia Tech 10|
|† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 10, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll
The 2011 ACC football season is an NCAA football season that will be played from September 1, 2011, to January 4, 2012. The Atlantic Coast Conference consists of 12 members in two divisions. The Atlantic division consists of Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina State and Wake Forest. The Coastal division consists of Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. The division champions will meet on December 3 in the 2011 ACC Championship Game, located in Charlotte, North Carolina at Bank of America Stadium.
- 1 Preseason
- 2 Coaches
- 3 ACC vs. BCS opponents
- 4 Rankings
- 5 Bowl Games
- 6 Postseason
- 7 References
The 2011 ACC Preseason Poll was announced at the ACC Football Kickoff meetings in Pinehurst, NC on July 25. Virginia Tech was voted to win Coastal division while Florida State was voted to win the Atlantic division and the conference. Montel Harris of Boston College was voted the Preseason ACC Player of the Year.
Atlantic Division poll
- Florida State – 420 (65 first place votes)
- Clemson – 286 (4)
- North Carolina State – 270
- Boston College – 224 (2)
- Maryland – 211
- Wake Forest – 80
Coastal Division poll
- Virginia Tech – 421 (66)
- Miami – 328 (4)
- North Carolina – 287
- Georgia Tech – 226 (1)
- Virginia – 132
- Duke – 96
Predicted ACC Championship Game Winner
- Florida State–50
- Virginia Tech–18
- Boston College–1
Preseason ACC Player of the Year
- Montel Harris, BC - 26
- E. J. Manuel, FSU - 14
- Luke Kuechly, BC - 12
- David Wilson, VT - 8
- Danny O'Brien, MD - 4
- Andre Ellington, CLEM - 3
- Lamar Miller, MIA - 2
- Sean Spence, MIA - 1
- Brandon Jenkins, FSU - 1
|Wide Receiver||Conner Vernon||Duke|
|Dwight Jones||North Carolina|
|Tight End||George Bryan||NC State|
|Tackle||Blake DeChristopher||Virginia Tech|
|Andrew Datko||Florida State|
|Omoregie Uzzi||Georgia Tech|
|Quarterback||EJ Manuel||Florida State|
|Running Back||Montel Harris||Boston College|
|Defensive end||Brandon Jenkins||Florida State|
|Quinton Coples||North Carolina|
|Defensive tackle||Tydreke Powell||North Carolina|
|Linebacker||Luke Kuechly||Boston College|
|Jayron Hosley||Virginia Tech|
|Eddie Whitley||Virginia Tech|
|Specialist||Greg Reid||Florida State|
During the offseason, two ACC schools, Maryland and Miami, hired new head coaches. Maryland bought out the last year of 10 year coach, Ralph Friedgen's contract. They hired Randy Edsall who had been the head coach at UConn for 12 years. Miami fired their head coach of 4 years, Randy Shannon, at the conclusion of the Hurricanes' regular season. They in turn hired coach Al Golden, who was the 5 year head coach of Temple. In an unexpected turn of events, on July 27, 2011, UNC chancellor Holden Thorp announced that the UNC Board of Trustees decided to dismiss Butch Davis as the head coach of the football team. The announcement came a week before the start of fall training camp. The firing was cited as being due to the investigations by the NCAA into academic fraud, impermissible benefits, and talking to agents in the 2010 season. The next day on the 28th, Everett Withers, the defensive coordinator of the past 3 years, was named as the interim head coach.
NOTE: Stats shown are before the beginning of the season
|Team||Head Coach||Years at School||Overall Record||Record at School||ACC Record|
|Boston College||Frank Spaziani||4||16–11||16–11||9–7|
|Florida State||Jimbo Fisher||2||10–4||10–4||6–2|
|Georgia Tech||Paul Johnson||4||133–52||25–15||16–8|
|North Carolina||Everett Withers||1||0-0||0-0||0-0|
|NC State||Tom O'Brien||5||100–70||25–25||14–18|
|Virginia Tech||Frank Beamer||25||240–118–4||198–95–2||46–10|
|Wake Forest||Jim Grobe||10||100–96–1||67–63||34–51|
ACC vs. BCS opponents
The Atlantic Coast Conference had a losing season vs. BCS opponents in 2011 with a record of 8 wins and 13 losses. In rivalry games vs. BCS opponents the ACC went 1-4 with the only win coming from the Florida State Seminoles over the Florida Gators. The ACC also had three teams play Notre Dame in 2011 and recorded a 0-3 record against the Fighting Irish.
NOTE:. Games with a * next to the home team represent a neutral site game
|September 1||Wake Forest||Syracuse||Syracuse|
|September 3||Northwestern||Boston College||Northwestern|
|September 10||Rutgers||North Carolina||North Carolina|
|September 17||Oklahoma||Florida State||Oklahoma|
|West Virginia||Maryland||Maryland–West Virginia rivalry||West Virginia|
|Kansas||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech|
|September 22||NC State||Cincinnati||Cincinnati|
|September 24||Kansas State||Miami||Kansas State|
|October 8||Louisville||North Carolina||North Carolina|
|November 5||Notre Dame||Wake Forest||Notre Dame|
|November 12||Maryland||Notre Dame||Notre Dame|
|November 19||Miami||South Florida||Miami|
|Boston College||Notre Dame||Holy War||Notre Dame|
|November 26||Florida State||Florida||Florida-Florida State rivalry||Florida State|
|Georgia||Georgia Tech||Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate||Georgia|
|Clemson||South Carolina||Battle of the Palmetto State||South Carolina|
|Improvement in ranking|
|Drop in ranking|
|Not ranked previous week|
|RV||Received votes but were not ranked in Top 25 of poll|
|Bowl Game||Date||Stadium||City||Television||Matchup/Result||Attendance||Payout (US$) per team|
|Allstate Sugar Bowl||January 3, 2012||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||New Orleans, LA||ESPN||Michigan 23, Virginia Tech 20||64,512||$17,000,000|
|Discover Orange Bowl||January 4, 2012||Sun Life Stadium||Miami Gardens, FL||ESPN||West Virginia 70, Clemson 33||67,563||$17,000,000|
|Advocare V100 Independence Bowl||December 26, 2011||Independence Stadium||Shreveport, LA||ESPN2||Missouri 41, North Carolina 24||41,728||$1,100,000|
|Belk Bowl||December 27, 2011||Bank of America Stadium||Charlotte, NC||ESPN||NC State 31, Louisville 24||58,427||$1,000,000|
|Champs Sports Bowl||December 29, 2011||Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium||Orlando, FL||ESPN||Florida State 18, Notre Dame 14||68,305||$2,125,000|
|Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl||December 30, 2011||LP Field||Nashville, TN||ESPN||Mississippi State 23, Wake Forest 17||55,208||$1,700,000|
|Hyundai Sun Bowl||December 31, 2011||Sun Bowl Stadium||El Paso, TX||CBS||Utah 30, Georgia Tech 27||48,123||$1,900,000|
|Chick-fil-A Bowl||December 31, 2011||Georgia Dome||Atlanta, GA||ESPN||Auburn 43, Virginia 24||72,919||$3,350,000|
ACC Individual Awards
ACC Player of the Year
Offensive Player of the Year
Defensive Player of the Year
Rookie of the Year
Offensive Rookie of the Year
Defensive Rookie of the Year
Coach of the Year
- "2011 ACC Football Schedule". CBS Interactive. 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
- "ACC Football Kickoff #ACCfbk Media Tabs Florida State as 2011 Favorite". CBS Interactive. 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
- "2011 Preseason ACC Football Team Announced". CBS Interactive. 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
- Prisbel, Eric; Yanda, Steve (December 18, 2010). "Ralph Friedgen out as Maryland football coach". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
- "Miami fires coach Randy Shannon", ESPN.com, November 27, 2010
- UNC Athletic Comm. (2011). "UNC Announces Coaching Change". insidecarolina.com. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
- "Everett Withers Named Carolina's Interim Head Football Coach". tarheelblue.com. 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
- "Virginia Tech and Clemson Dominate All-ACC Football Teams". theacc.com. 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
- "Hokies' Wilson Voted ACC Player of the Year". theacc.com. 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- "Eagles' Kuechly Named ACC's Top Defender". theacc.com. 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- "Tigers' Watkins Tabbed as ACC's Top Rookie". theacc.com. 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
- "Deacons' Noel Voted ACC's Best Rookie on Defense". theacc.com. 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
- "Virginia's London Named ACC Coach of the Year". theacc.com. 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
- "UNC's Giovani Bernard Named 2011 ACC Brian Piccolo Award". theacc.com. 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
- "Virginia Tech's Danny Coale Honored with ACC's Jim Tatum Award". theacc.com. 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
- "Luke Kuechly of Boston College University Wins 27th Annual Collegiate Butkus Award". thebutkusaward.com. 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
- "Fayetteville native Dwayne Allen wins Mackey Award as nation's top tight end". fayobserver.com. 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
- "Luke Kuechly wins Lombardi Award". bceagles.com. 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
- "Amerson Wins 2011 Jack Tatum Award". gopack.com. 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011.