Ty and Dan talk with Chip Patterson from CBSSports.com and discuss the impact of Jameis Winston at Florida State, the trajectory of Virginia Tech, North Carolina’s expectations, Maryland’s sneaky-goodness, Georgia Tech’s ceiling, potential Clemsonings and much more. Plus, more Solid Trivial, because it’s still technically the offseason.
ACC Preview with Chip Patterson (8/5)
Before getting to Chip, the latest Johnny Manziel news bubbles to the surface and Dan and Ty discuss how tired they are of talking about his shenanigans.
Chip then joins the guys and he too expresses how happy there won’t be any Johnny Football talk on today’s pod. Below are all 14 teams in the ACC and the pressing questions Chip answers about each, while looking into his crystal ball for the 2013 season.
Boston College – They were really bad last year. How does Steve Addazio go about repairing this team? The knock on Boston College has always been how difficult it is to recruit up north while being so far removed from the heart of the conference. Is that a legitimate complaint, and how has Addazio alleviated the recruiting problems at his new program?
Pitt – Is Pitt built to play in the ACC this year? Can they take the step up from playing in the Big East?
Syracuse – Syracuse lost a lot from 2012 going into 2013 and will also enjoy an increase in the level of competition. Did Doug Marrone leave a solid foundation for this program to build on before bolting to the NFL?
Virginia Tech – How will the relationship between new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler and quarterback Logan Thomas fair? Does it even matter given the Hokies’ problems at the other skill positions?
Virginia – The last two years for head coach Mike London haven’t been ideal. Can Virginia win in 2013? Do they have an identity?
Wake Forest – With a shift to a more run oriented system, can the Deacons finally put a decent offensive line in place to get the offense going?
North Carolina State – Dave Doeren inherits some talent and a decent team in his first year at NC State. How will his up-tempo offense work with the current personnel that was recruited to play more of a pro-style attack?
Georgia Tech – The Yellow Jackets’ offense is fun. We can all agree on that. But can new defensive coordinator Ted Roof set up his unit to make this team an ACC title contender?
Miami – Miami is positioned nicely this year. They can certainly reach the ACC title game and aspire for high accolades with the returning fire power on offense. Will the defense be able to hold up its end of the deal?
North Carolina – It’s unusual that this year’s squad’s strength will not be the defensive front seven, but, rather, the offense. Can the Tar Heels put up enough points for the team to be successful?
Clemson – This team looks all-around loaded, with maybe a few soft spots in the secondary. Is there any real concern on the defense? Most importantly, when does the Clemsoning occur?
Maryland – The guys have maintained that Maryland could be sneaky good this year, so is this the year they get back to a bowl game?
Duke – During the last two years, head coach David Cutcliffe has a roster with competitive, ACC-level talent. After collapsing down the stretch, yet, finishing just shy of winning a bowl game, is there reason for optimism in Durham? Can Duke hold it together on the back end of the schedule to make 2013 even better?
Florida State – The offense looks loaded at every skill position and this could be the best offensive line of the Jimbo Fisher era. Despite this, are the Seminoles in a position, where, as quarterback Jameis Winston goes, the offense goes? How much of the season rides on the Clemson and Florida games? Can Florida State actually improve on defense even though they lost a few key cogs to the NFL and graduation?
The guys close out the show with some Solid Trivial for Chip in the form of ‘90s trivia.