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
Atlantic champions Florida State
Coastal champions Georgia Tech
ACC Championship Game
Champions Florida State
  Runners-up Georgia Tech
ACC Championship Game MVP Dalvin Cook
ACC seasons
2014 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
#5 Florida State x$^   8 0         13 1  
#15 Clemson   6 2         10 3  
#24 Louisville   5 3         9 4  
Boston College   4 4         7 6  
NC State   3 5         8 5  
Syracuse   1 7         3 9  
Wake Forest   1 7         3 9  
Coastal Division
#8 Georgia Tech x   6 2         11 3  
Duke   5 3         9 4  
North Carolina   4 4         6 7  
Pittsburgh   4 4         6 7  
Miami   3 5         6 7  
Virginia Tech   3 5         7 6  
Virginia   3 5         5 7  
Championship: Florida State 37, Georgia Tech 35
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 1, 2015; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference football season was the 62nd season of college football play for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). It was played from August 2014 to January 2015.[1] 2014 was first season of play in the ACC for former American Athletic Conference member Louisville, which replaced ACC charter member 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 in 2014. 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 consisted of 14 members in two divisions. The Atlantic Division consisted of Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina State, Syracuse, and Wake Forest. The Coastal Division consisted of Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. The division champions, Florida State and Georgia Tech, met in December in the 2014 ACC Championship Game, played 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, North Carolina 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 had two 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 three bowl appearances and a conference title in the past five 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 rehired 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 led 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
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Final
Boston College AP RV RV
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CFP Not released  
Clemson AP 16 23 23 22 RV RV RV 24 21 22 19 18 RV 23 19 18
C 16 24 24 24 RV RV 25 22 20 21 19 17 RV 24 19 18
CFP Not released 21 21 19 22 21 18 17
Duke AP RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 24 22 19 25 RV RV RV
C RV RV RV RV 23 RV RV RV RV 24 20 19 25 RV RV RV
CFP Not released 24 22 21
Florida State AP 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 2
C 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2
CFP Not released 2 2 3 3 3 4 3
Georgia Tech AP RV RV 22 RV RV 24 17 16 12 10
C RV RV RV 23 RV RV RV 23 16 15 12 9
CFP Not released   24 22 18 16 11 12
Louisville AP RV 25 21 RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 24 21 20
C RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 23 20 20
CFP Not released 25 24 22 21 21
Miami AP RV RV RV
C RV RV RV RV
CFP Not released  
North Carolina AP 23 21 RV RV
C 23 23 25 25 RV
CFP Not released  
NC State AP RV
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CFP Not released  
Pittsburgh AP RV RV RV RV
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CFP Not released  
Syracuse AP
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Virginia AP RV RV RV RV
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CFP Not released  
Virginia Tech AP RV RV 17 RV
C RV RV 19 RV
CFP Not released  
Wake Forest AP
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CFP Not released  

Notre Dame partnership[edit]

Starting in 2014, Notre Dame is scheduled to play five games against ACC opponents annually.[2] Each ACC team will play Notre Dame at least once during a three year period.[10] Due to scheduling constraints however, the 2014 Notre Dame team will only play four ACC opponents, but will play six in 2015 to even out the schedule.[11]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 27 8:00 pm #8 Notre Dame Syracuse MetLife StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ ABC L 15-31   76,802
October 11 3:30 pm North Carolina #6 Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN NBC L 43-50   80,795
October 18 8:00 pm #5 Notre Dame #2 Florida State Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL ABC W 31-27   82,431
November 22 3:30 pm Louisville Notre Dame Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN NBC W 31-28   80,795
#Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Bowl games[edit]

Bowl eligibility[edit]

Bowl Results[edit]

Bowl game Date Site Television Time (EST) ACC team Opponent Score Attendance
Quick Lane Bowl December 26 Ford FieldDetroit, MI ESPN 4:30 PM North Carolina Rutgers RUT 21–40 23,876
Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl December 26 Tropicana FieldSt. Petersburg, FL ESPN 8:00 PM NC State UCF NCSU 34–27 26,675
Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman December 27 Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD ESPN 1:00 PM Virginia Tech Cincinnati VT 33–17 34,277
Hyundai Sun Bowl December 27 Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX CBS 2:00 PM Duke #15 Arizona State ASU 31–36 34,780
Duck Commander Independence Bowl December 27 Independence StadiumShreveport, LA ABC 3:30 PM Miami South Carolina USC 21–24 38,242
New Era Pinstripe Bowl December 27 Yankee StadiumNew York, NY ESPN 4:30 PM Boston College Penn State PSU 30–31 (OT) 49,012
Russell Athletic Bowl December 29 Orlando Citrus Bowl StadiumOrlando, FL ESPN 5:30 PM #17 Clemson Oklahoma CLEM 40–6 40,071
Belk Bowl December 30 Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, NC ESPN 6:30 PM #21 Louisville #13 Georgia UGA 14–37 45,671
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl January 2 Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX ESPN 12:00 PM Pittsburgh Houston HOU 34–35 37,888
College Football Playoff bowl games
Capital One Orange Bowl December 31 Sun Life StadiumMiami Gardens, FL ESPN 8:00 PM #12 Georgia Tech #7 Mississippi State GT 49–34 58,211
Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual January 1 Rose BowlPasadena, CA ESPN 5:10 PM #3 Florida State #2 Oregon ORE 59–20 91,322

Postseason[edit]

All Conference Teams[13][edit]

^ indicates that there was a tie in the voting

ACC Individual Awards[14][edit]

National Awards[18][edit]

References[edit]

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  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. 
  10. ^ Matt Fortuna (2013). "Clarifying Notre Dame's ACC arrangement". ESPN.com. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  11. ^ JJ Stankevitz (2014). "ACC deal another necessary change for Notre Dame". CSN Chicago. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "NCAA FBS (Division I-A) Football Standings - 2014". Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "ACSMA Announces 2014 All-ACC Teams". theacc.com. 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "2014 coaches' all-ACC football, award winners". USA Today. 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "Miami’s Johnson Named Winner of Brian Piccolo Award". theacc.com. 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Florida State's Cameron Erving Repeats as ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy Recipient". theacc.com. 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "Jim Tatum Award Goes To Helton". goduke.com. 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  18. ^ "College Football Awards - 2014". ESPN. 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2015.