The ACC Coastal has been the little brother in the conference lately, with Clemson and Florida State holding court year after year lately. Teams have risen up to make a little noise here and there, but for the most part, it’s all been about the Atlantic Division. Well, this off-season, the little brother may have hit their growth spurt and the conference is on the rise. Who could flip things around the fastest? That’s what we want to find out from you.
It’s no breaking news that Pitt’s football team has a rather challenging schedule, but it just might be even rougher than the college football world realizes. A rash of solid hirings over the last two years has many wondering if the ACC is ready to challenge the top dogs of college football. We all are excited about Pat Narduzzi still around Oakland, but other teams took note in the Coastal and followed suit.
Miami, Virginia Tech, and Virginia all gave their program over to new leaders, on the field. Throw in the fact that Georgia Tech resembled a mash squad more than the Yellow Jackets and the Coastal could shock a lot of people this coming fall.
Leaving out the Panthers since there's sure to be a bias there, which one of the Coastal's teams will bounce to the top the quickest to threaten the likes of Clemson and Florida State? You don’t have to look very far to find critics of Georgia and Mark Richt parting ways. Well, the Bulldogs’ loss could be Miami’s gain. The Hurricanes have continued to recruit elite talent over the years, so could Richt walk straight into returning the Canes to the glory days and do it quickly?
They aren’t the only ones that seemed to have found a gem in their coaching search, as Virginia Tech selected the sexy pick, with Memphis’ Justin Fuente, who took Tigers from the dead to 19 wins in the last two years. BYU and Bronco Mendenhall parted ways to the delight of Virginia.
All are on Pitt’s schedule, so which one of these could turn into a mammoth game on the Panther schedule? Answer below.