2014 Atlantic Coast Conference football season
|2014 ACC football season|
|League||NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)|
|Duration||August 2014 to January 2015|
|Number of teams||14|
|Atlantic champions||Florida State|
|Coastal champions||Georgia Tech|
|ACC Championship Game|
|Finals MVP||Dalvin Cook|
|2014 ACC football standings|
|No. 5 Florida State x$^||8||–||0||13||–||1|
|No. 15 Clemson||6||–||2||10||–||3|
|No. 24 Louisville||5||–||3||9||–||4|
|No. 8 Georgia Tech x||6||–||2||11||–||3|
|Championship: Florida State 37, Georgia Tech 35|
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. 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. The Irish are not eligible for the ACC Championship Game.
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.
- 1 Preseason
- 2 Coaches
- 3 Rankings
- 4 Notre Dame partnership
- 5 Bowl games
- 6 Postseason
- 7 References
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.
Atlantic Division poll
- Florida State – 780 (104 first place votes)
- Clemson – 660 (3)
- Louisville – 564
- Syracuse - 368
- North Carolina State – 326
- Boston College – 301
- Wake Forest – 136
Coastal Division poll
- Miami – 614 (26)
- Duke – 597 (33)
- Virginia Tech – 571 (23)
- North Carolina – 570 (27)
- Georgia Tech – 322 (1)
- Pittsburgh - 319 (2)
- Virginia – 142
Predicted ACC Championship Game Winner
- Florida State – 104
- Clemson – 2
- Virginia Tech - 2
Preseason ACC Player of the Year
- Jameis Winston, FSU - 99
- Vic Beasley, CLEM - 6
- Duke Johnson, MIA - 1
- Jamison Crowder, DU - 1
- Brenden Motley, VT - 1
|Wide Receiver||Jamison Crowder||Duke|
|Rashad Greene||Florida State|
|Tight End||Nick O'Leary||Florida State|
|Tackle||Cameron Erving||Florida State|
|Guard||Tre' Jackson||Florida State|
|Center||Andy Gallik||Boston College|
|Quarterback||Jameis Winston||Florida State|
|Running Back||Duke Johnson||Miami|
|Karlos Williams||Florida State|
|Defensive end||Vic Beasley||Clemson|
|Mario Edwards, Jr.||Florida State|
|Defensive tackle||Luther Maddy||Virginia Tech|
|Cornerback||Kendall Fuller||Virginia Tech|
|P. J. Williams||Florida State|
|Placekicker||Roberto Aguayo||Florida State|
|Punter||A. J. Hughes||Virginia Tech|
|Specialist||Ryan Switzer||North Carolina|
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. 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. Following his departure, Louisville rehired former head coach Bobby Petrino to a seven-year contract. 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|
|Florida State||Jimbo Fisher||4||45–10||45–10||26–6|
|Georgia Tech||Paul Johnson||7||155–71||48–32||31–17|
|North Carolina||Larry Fedora||3||49-29||15-10||9-7|
|NC State||Dave Doeren||2||26–13||3–9||0-8|
|Virginia Tech||Frank Beamer||27||264-132–4||224–109–2||62–18|
|Wake Forest||Dave Clawson||1||90–80||0-0||0–0|
|Improvement in ranking|
|Drop in ranking|
|Not ranked previous week|
|RV||Received votes but were not ranked in Top 25 of poll|
Notre Dame partnership
Starting in 2014, Notre Dame is scheduled to play five games against ACC opponents annually. Each ACC team will play Notre Dame at least once during a three-year period. 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.
|Date||Time||Visiting team||Home team||Site||TV||Result||Attendance|
|September 27||8:00 pm||#8 Notre Dame||Syracuse||MetLife Stadium • East Rutherford, NJ||ABC||L 15-31||76,802|
|October 11||3:30 pm||North Carolina||#6 Notre Dame||Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, IN||NBC||L 43-50||80,795|
|October 18||8:00 pm||#5 Notre Dame||#2 Florida State||Doak Campbell Stadium • Tallahassee, 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.|
The following players were selected to the All-ACC teams for 2014.
^ indicates that there was a tie in the voting
ACC Player of the Year
Rookie of the Year
Coach of the Year
Offensive Player of the Year
Offensive Rookie of the Year
Defensive Player of the Year
Defensive Rookie of the Year
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