2014 Atlantic Coast Conference football season

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2014 ACC football season
League NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)
Sport Football
Duration August 2014 to January 2015
Number of teams 14
Regular season
ACC Championship Game
ACC seasons
2015 →
2014 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic
Louisville   1 1         2 1  
NC State   0 0         3 0  
#1 Florida State   0 0         2 0  
Syracuse   0 0         2 0  
#22 Clemson   0 0         1 1  
Wake Forest   0 0         1 2  
Boston College   0 1         2 1  
Coastal
Pittsburgh   1 0         3 0  
Virginia   1 0         2 1  
Georgia Tech   0 0         3 0  
Duke   0 0         3 0  
North Carolina   0 0         2 0  
Virginia Tech   0 0         2 1  
Miami   0 1         2 1  
Championship: December 6, 2014
As of 02:19, 7 September 2014 (UTC); Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) football season is an NCAA football season that will be played from August 2014 to January 2015.[1] It will be the first season of play for former American Athletic Conference member Louisville who replace Maryland after their move to the Big Ten Conference. Although the Notre Dame football program is not a member of the ACC, it has an agreement to play five ACC schools per season in football starting this season. This is in return for access to the non-College Football Playoff ACC bowl line-up.[2][3] The Irish are not eligible for the ACC Championship Game.[4]

The Atlantic Coast Conference consists of 14 members in two divisions. The Atlantic division consists of Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina State, Syracuse, and Wake Forest. The Coastal division consists of Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.The division champions will meet in December in the 2014 ACC Championship Game, located in Charlotte, North Carolina at Bank of America Stadium.

Preseason[edit]

Preseason Poll[edit]

The 2014 ACC Preseason Poll was announced at the ACC Football Kickoff meetings in Greensboro, NC on July 23. Miami was voted to win Coastal division while Florida State was voted to win the Atlantic division and the conference. Jameis Winston of Florida State was voted the Preseason ACC Player of the Year.[5]

Atlantic Division poll[edit]

  1. Florida State – 780 (104 first place votes)
  2. Clemson – 660 (3)
  3. Louisville – 564
  4. Syracuse - 368
  5. North Carolina State – 326
  6. Boston College – 301
  7. Wake Forest – 136

Coastal Division poll[edit]

  1. Miami – 614 (26)
  2. Duke – 597 (33)
  3. Virginia Tech – 571 (23)
  4. North Carolina – 570 (27)
  5. Georgia Tech – 322 (1)
  6. Pittsburgh - 319 (2)
  7. Virginia – 142

Predicted ACC Championship Game Winner[edit]

  1. Florida State – 104
  2. Clemson – 2
  3. Virginia Tech - 2

Preseason ACC Player of the Year[edit]

  1. Jameis Winston, FSU - 99
  2. Vic Beasley, CLEM - 6
  3. Duke Johnson, MIA - 1
  4. Jamison Crowder, DU - 1
  5. Brenden Motley, VT - 1

Preseason All Conference Teams[6][edit]

Offense[edit]

Position Player School
Wide Receiver Jamison Crowder Duke
Rashad Greene Florida State
DeVante Parker Louisville
Tight End Nick O'Leary Florida State
Tackle Cameron Erving Florida State
Sean Hickey Syracuse
Guard Tre' Jackson Florida State
Laken Tomlinson Duke
Center Andy Gallik Boston College
Quarterback Jameis Winston Florida State
Running Back Duke Johnson Miami
Karlos Williams Florida State

Defense[edit]

Position Player School
Defensive end Vic Beasley Clemson
Mario Edwards, Jr. Florida State
Defensive tackle Luther Maddy Virginia Tech
Grady Jarrett Clemson
Linebacker Denzel Perryman Miami
Kelby Brown Duke
Stephone Anthony Clemson
Cornerback Kendall Fuller Virginia Tech
P. J. Williams Florida State
Safety Anthony Harris Virginia
Jeremy Cash Duke

Specialist[edit]

Position Player School
Placekicker Roberto Aguayo Florida State
Punter A. J. Hughes Virginia Tech
Specialist Ryan Switzer North Carolina

Coaches[edit]

The conference has 2 new head coaches for the 2014 football season. Wake Forest hired Dave Clawson from Bowling Green one week after 13 year coach Jim Grobe resigned after his fifth straight losing season.[7] Wake Forest athletic director, Ron Wellman, stated that their preference was to hire someone with experience coaching a private school. Clawson previously coached at FCS Fordham and Richmond before leading FBS Bowling Green to 3 bowl appearances and 1 conference title in the past 5 years. Louisville also changed coaches prior to the 2014 season. Former head coach, Charlie Strong, left the Louisville program following the 2013 season to take the head coaching position at Texas. [8] Following his departure, Louisville re-hired former head coach Bobby Petrino to a seven-year contract. [9] Petrino formerly coached Louisville from 2003-2006 before leaving to coach at Arkansas. He spent his 2013 season as the head coach of Western Kentucky where he lead the team to an 8-4 record.

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 Steve Addazio 2 20–17 7–6 4–4
Clemson Dabo Swinney 7 51–23 51–23 33–12
Duke David Cutcliffe 7 75–73 31–44 15–33
Florida State Jimbo Fisher 4 45–10 45–10 26–6
Georgia Tech Paul Johnson 7 155–71 48–32 31–17
Louisville Bobby Petrino 5 83–30 41–9 0–0
Miami Al Golden 4 49–49 22–15 13–11
North Carolina Larry Fedora 3 49-29 15-10 9-7
NC State Dave Doeren 2 26–13 3–9 0-8
Pittsburgh Paul Chryst 3 13–13 13–13 3–5
Syracuse Scott Shafer 2 7–6 7–6 4–4
Virginia Mike London 5 42–36 18–31 8–24
Virginia Tech Frank Beamer 27 264-132–4 224–109–2 62–18
Wake Forest Dave Clawson 1 90–80 0-0 0–0

Rankings[edit]

Legend
    Improvement in ranking
  Drop in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
RV Received votes but were not ranked in Top 25 of poll
  Pre Wk
1
Wk
2
Wk
3
Wk
4
Wk
5
Wk
6
Wk
7
Wk
8
Wk
9
Wk
10
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11
Wk
12
Wk
13
Wk
14
Wk
15
Final
Boston College AP RV
C RV
CFP Not released  
Clemson AP 16 23 23 22
C 16 24 24 24
CFP Not released  
Duke AP RV RV RV RV
C RV RV RV RV
CFP Not released  
Florida State AP 1 1 1 1
C 1 1 1 1
CFP Not released  
Georgia Tech AP
C RV
CFP Not released  
Louisville AP RV 25 21 RV
C RV RV RV RV
CFP Not released  
Miami AP RV
C RV
CFP Not released  
North Carolina AP 23 21 RV RV
C 23 23 25 25
CFP Not released  
NC State AP
C RV
CFP Not released  
Pittsburgh AP RV RV RV
C RV RV RV
CFP Not released  
Syracuse AP
C
CFP Not released  
Virginia AP RV
C RV
CFP Not released  
Virginia Tech AP RV RV 17 RV
C RV RV 19 RV
CFP Not released  
Wake Forest AP
C
CFP Not released  

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2013 ACC Composite Football Schedule - Week-By-Week
  2. ^ Schwab, Frank. "Notre Dame to the ACC, football not included... but football will have ACC feel to it". Yahoo! sports. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Hansen, Eric. "Swarbrick offers updates on hot topics". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Chip Patterson (December 20, 2013). "Notre Dame sets ACC schedule for 2014-16". CBSSports.com. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Defending National Champion Florida State Leads ACC Preseason Football Poll". Atlantic Coast Conference. 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "2014 Preseason All-ACC Football Team Announced". Atlantic Coast Conference. 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Wake Forest hires Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson". USA Today. 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "It's official: Charlie Strong to Texas". sportingnews.com. 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Joe Shad and Brett McMurphy (2014). "Louisville hires Bobby Petrino". ESPN.com. Retrieved 4 August 2014.