Hurricane season starts Friday as the boys in orange and green take on FAU in the season opener, and expectations are already riding high. The ACC media has already picked Miami as the likely winner of the ACC's coastal division, but now "the worldwide leader in sports," ESPN, has spoken. The vast majority of their college football analysts think the 'Canes are a sure thing to win their division and head to the ACC championship game for the first time. A few even think the team will win the ACC outright and head to the Orange Bowl for the first time in years.
Of the 17 college football "experts" who weighed in on divisional races, 13 picked the 'Canes to win the Coastal for the first time since entering the ACC. The remaining four picked North Carolina.
Meanwhile, the Clemson Tigers are the favorite in the Atlantic division. Though, FSU also picked up five votes there.
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Three of the twenty who weighed in on the ACC outright think the Hurricanes will take the conference this year. Though four put their money on FSU and the rest are rooting for Clemson.
Four separate analysts are predicting an epic FSU vs Miami showdown in the ACC Championship game, a scenario the ACC (and not to mention ESPN's ratings-hungry brass) has long dreamed about. Though, they're split over who would eventually win, with two picking the 'Canes and two picking the Noles.