1. Clemson: The Tigers' hopes are as high entering the 2013 season as they have been in a long time, and they should be with Tajh Boyd back under center and difficult games against Georgia and Florida State at home.
2. Florida State: The Seminoles had a lot of turnover in player personnel (only 10 starters return) and on the coaching staff (six assistant coaches left), but Jimbo Fisher's program has recruited well enough the past few years to overcome that and still have a strong year.
3. Miami: Al Golden's program continues to improve while trying to fight through an ongoing NCAA investigation. The Hurricanes, who would have won the ACC Coastal Division title and played in the ACC championship game last year if they had not pulled out of the game because of the investigation, have 19 returning starters, including talented quarterback Stephen Morris.
4. North Carolina: Bryn Renner, one of the most accurate quarterbacks in ACC history, is back to lead head coach Larry Fedora's team. Last year's Tar Heels set a program record for points in a season on their way to an 8-4 season. Like Miami, North Carolina has had the NCAA swirling around the program for some time.
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5. Virginia Tech: The Hokies stumbled to a 7-6 finish in 2012, the program's first season without double-digit wins since 2003. The Hokies have 15 returning starters, including nine on defense. It's probably time for quarterback Logan Thomas to live up to all his hype.
6. Georgia Tech: After going 20-7 in the first two seasons, head coach Paul Johnson's program has gone 21-19 the past three. Fifteen starters return, although one of the new starters is quarterback Vad Lee. Ted Roof takes over as the defensive coordinator, which could give the Yellow Jackets a boost.
7. N.C. State: Dave Doeren takes over as N.C. State's head coach after two strong years at Northern Illinois. The Wolfpack have five starters back on each side of the ball and must replace talented quarterback Mike Glennon.
8. Virginia: After going 4-8 in the first season and then 8-5 in year two, the Cavaliers dropped back to 4-8 in Mike London's third season. Sophomore David Watford has been named the starter at quarterback.
9. Pittsburgh: The Panthers have been going through a period of transition. Paul Chryst took over the program last year, and the Panthers enter the ACC this season after years in the Big East. Pittsburgh has been stuck on six wins the past two seasons.
10. Syracuse: Scott Shafer steps in as the Orange's head coach, replacing Doug Marrone, who left for the NFL's Buffalo Bills. Shafer will have to find a new quarterback as Ryan Nassib has moved on to the NFL. Syracuse won eight games last year, the most for the program since winning 10 in 2001.
11. Duke: The Blue Devils finished 6-7 last year and reached a bowl for the first time since 1995, but they must rebuild quickly and replace talented quarterback Sean Renfree and record-setting wide receiver Conner Vernon.
12. Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons have gone 19-30 the past four seasons, including 5-7 last year. They have 15 returning starters.
13: Maryland: The Terps' final season in the ACC could be a difficult one after a 4-8 performance in 2012, including just two wins in ACC play. They have 11 returning starters.
14. Boston College: The Eagles enter their first season with Steve Addazio as their head coach with a program that has been on a steady decline since winning 11 games in 2007. Fifteen starters return.