If you've been paying attention all week, you'll know which teams are my picks to win their respective divisions in the ACC before I even release them Sunday. What do you think?
Atlantic Division2. ClemsonWhy are the Tigers second? Quarterback Kyle Parker's decision to return to Clemson this season moves the Tigers up in the preseason poll. He completed 56 percent of his passes last season for 2,526 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Now, if the Tigers can just prove there's viable life in their backfield in the post-C.J. Spiller era, they could challenge for the division title. Four starting offensive linemen return to a Dabo Swinney-coached team that finished third in the ACC last season in scoring offense (31.1 points per game) on its way to a 9-5 record. Four of Clemson's five losses last season came by five points or less. Clemson must replace two starters in a secondary that was mostly responsible for the Tigers leading the conference in pass defense (163 yards per game), but All-American free safety DeAndre McDaniel (eight interceptions last season) is back, along with three starting defensive linemen.Players to watch: RB Andre Ellington (had 68 carries for 491 yards and four touchdowns last season; averaged 7.2 yards per carry); DE Da'Quan Bowers (had 58 tackles last season, including 11 for losses; could be an early NFL Draft pick next April if he decides to leave Clemson after his junior season)Season opener: vs. North Texas, Sept. 4
Coastal Division2. MiamiWhy are the Hurricanes second? Miami coach Randy Shannon will have no shortage of offensive weapons to employ, as quarterback Jacory Harris (60 percent completions with 3,352 yards, 24 touchdowns and 17 interceptions), running backs Graig Cooper (695 rushing yards last season) and Damien Berry (616 rushing yards) and the five leading pass-catchers are all back from last season's 9-4 team. Expectations are high, but the schedule is challenging. Among Miami's non-conference foes, it must play at Ohio State, at Pittsburgh and against South Florida. In the ACC, Miami travels to Clemson and Georgia Tech, and hosts Florida State and Virginia Tech. Miami's defense, which returns seven starters, must keep from imploding on occasion like it did last season giving up 32 points per game in its four losses. Having five of the starting front seven from last season returning, including defensive end Allen Bailey (seven sacks) and linebacker Colin McCarthy (95 tackles), should help.Players to watch: WR Leonard Hankerson (had 45 catches last season for 801 yards and six touchdowns); CB Brandon Harris (led ACC last season with 17 passes defended, including two interceptions)Season opener: vs. Florida A&M, Sept. 2