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ACC preseason football capsules

MARK WALLHEISER/ASSOCIATED PRESSFlorida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has gone 58-11 in five seasons with the program.
MARK WALLHEISER/ASSOCIATED PRESSFlorida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has gone 58-11 in five seasons with the program. AP

COASTAL DIVISION

DUKE

Head coach: David Cutcliffe (84-77 in 14 seasons overall; 40-48 in seven seasons at Duke).

2014 record: 9-4, 5-3 ACC.

Returning starters: Six on offense; six on defense.

Players to watch: Shaquille Powell (Sr., RB); Jeremy Cash (Sr., S); Max Skura (Sr., C); Ross Martin (Jr., PK).

Schedule

Sept. 3 at Tulane

Sept. 12 N.C. Central

Sept. 19 Northwestern

Sept. 26 Georgia Tech

Oct. 3 Boston College

Oct. 10 at Army

Oct. 24 at Virginia Tech

Oct. 31 Miami

Nov. 7 at North Carolina

Nov. 14 Pittsburgh

Nov. 21 at Virginia

Nov. 28 at Wake Forest

MIAMI

Head coach: Al Golden (55-56 in nine seasons overall; 28-22 in four seasons at Miami).

2014 record: 6-7, 3-5 ACC.

Returning starters: Four on offense; five on defense.

Players to watch: Brad Kaaya (Soph., QB); Joe Yearby (Soph., RB); Stacy Coley (Jr., WR); Artis Burns (Jr., CB); Deon Bush (Sr., S).

Schedule

Sept. 5 Bethune-Cookman

Sept. 11 at FAU

Sept. 19 Nebraska

Oct. 1 at Cincinnati

Oct. 10 at Florida St.

Oct. 17 Virginia Tech

Oct. 24 Clemson

Oct. 31 at Duke

Nov. 7 Virginia

Nov. 14 at North Carolina

Nov. 21 Georgia Tech

Nov. 27 at Pittsburgh

NORTH CAROLINA

Head coach: Larry Fedora (55-36 in seven seasons overall; 21-17 in three seasons at North Carolina).

2014 record: 6-7, 4-4 ACC.

Returning starters: Ten on offense; seven on defense.

Players to watch: Marquise Williams (Sr., QB); Ryan Switzer (Jr., RB); Mack Hollins (Jr., WR); Brian Walker (Jr., CB); Dajaun Drennon (Soph., DE).

Schedule

Sept. 3 at South Carolina

Sept. 12 NC A&T

Sept. 19 Illinois

Sept. 26 Delaware

Oct. 3 at Georgia Tech

Oct. 17 Wake Forest

Oct. 24 Virginia

Oct. 29 at Pittsburgh

Nov. 7 Duke

Nov. 14 Miami

Nov. 21 at Virginia Tech

Nov. 28 at N.C. State

PITTSBURGH

Head coach: Pat Narduzzi (first season as a head coach).

2014 record: 6-7, 4-4 ACC.

Returning starters: Eight on offense; seven on defense.

Players to watch: Chad Voytik (Jr., QB); James Conner (Jr., RB); Tyler Boyd (Jr., WR); Alex Officer (Soph., C).

Schedule

Sept. 5 Youngstown St.

Sept. 12 at Akron

Sept. 19 at Iowa

Oct. 3 at Virginia Tech

Oct. 10 Virginia

Oct. 17 at Georgia Tech

Oct. 24 at Syracuse

Oct. 29 North Carolina

Nov. 7 Notre Dame

Nov. 14 at Duke

Nov. 21 Louisville

Nov. 27 Miami

VIRGINIA

Head coach: Mike London (47-43 in seven seasons overall; 23-38 in five seasons at Virginia).

2014 record: 5-7, 3-5 ACC.

Returning starters: Five on offense; five on defense.

Players to watch: Matt Johns (Jr., QB); Albert Reid (Jr., RB); Quin Blanding (Soph., S); Demetrious Nicholson (Sr., CB).

Schedule

Sept. 5 at UCLA

Sept. 12 Notre Dame

Sept. 19 William & Mary

Sept. 25 Boise St.

Oct. 10 at Pittsburgh

Oct. 17 Syracuse

Oct. 24 at North Carolina

Oct. 31 Georgia Tech

Nov. 7 at Miami

Nov. 14 at Louisville

Nov. 21 Duke

Nov. 28 Virginia Tech

VIRGINIA TECH

Head coach: Frank Beamer (273-138-4 in 34 seasons overall; 231-115-2 in 28 seasons at Virginia Tech).

2014 record: 7-6, 3-5 ACC.

Returning starters: Eight on offense; six on defense.

Players to watch: Michael Brewer (Sr., QB); Marshawn Williams (Soph., RB); Bucky Hodges (Soph., TE); DE Ken Ekanem (Jr., DE); Kendall Fuller (Jr., CB).

Schedule

Sept. 7 Ohio St.

Sept. 12 Furman

Sept. 19 at Purdue

Sept. 26 at East Carolina

Oct. 3 Pittsburgh

Oct. 9 N.C. State

Oct. 17 at Miami

Oct. 24 Duke

Oct. 31 at Boston College

Nov. 12 at Georgia Tech

Nov. 21 North Carolina

Nov. 28 at Virginia

ATLANTIC DIVISION

BOSTON COLLEGE

Head coach: Steve Addazio (27-23 in four seasons overall; 14-12 in two seasons at Boston College).

2014 record: 7-6, 4-4 ACC.

Returning starters: Three on offense; six on defense.

Players to watch: Darius Wade (Soph., QB); John Hillman (Soph., RB); Connor Wujciak (Sr., NT).

Schedule

Sept. 5 Maine

Sept. 12 Howard

Sept. 18 Florida St.

Sept. 26 N. Illinois

Oct. 3 at Duke

Oct. 10 Wake Forest

Oct. 17 at Clemson

Oct. 24 at Louisville

Oct. 31 Virginia Tech

Nov. 7 N.C. State

Nov. 21 Notre Dame

Nov. 28 at Syracuse

CLEMSON

Head coach: Dabo Swinney (61-26 in seven seasons overall and at Clemson).

2014 record: 10-3, 6-2 ACC.

Returning starters: Five on offense; three on defense.

Players to watch: Deshaun Watson (Soph., QB); Artavis Scott (Soph., WR); MacKensie Alexander (Soph., CB); Mike Williams (Jr., WR).

Schedule

Sept. 5 Wofford

Sept. 12 Appalachian St.

Sept. 17 at Louisville

Oct. 3 Notre Dame

Oct. 10 Georgia Tech

Oct. 17 Boston College

Oct. 24 at Miami

Oct. 31 at N.C. State

Nov. 7 Florida St.

Nov. 14 at Syracuse

Nov. 21 Wake Forest

Nov. 28 at South Carolina

FLORIDA STATE

Head coach: Jimbo Fisher (58-11 in five seasons overall and at FSU).

2014 record: 13-1, 8-0 ACC.

Returning starters: Three on offense; seven on defense.

Players to watch: Jalen Ramsey (Jr., CB); Terrance Smith (Sr., LB); Reggie Northrup (Sr., LB); Roberto Aguayo (Jr., PK).

Sept. 5 Texas St.

Sept. 12 South Florida

Sept. 18 at Boston College

Oct. 3 at Wake Forest

Oct. 10 Miami

Oct. 17 Louisville

Oct. 24 at Georgia Tech

Oct. 31 Syracuse

Nov. 7 at Clemson

Nov. 14 N.C. State

Nov. 21 Chattanooga

Nov. 28 at Florida

LOUISVILLE

Head coach: Bobby Petrino (92-34 in 10 seasons overall; 50-13 in five seasons at Louisville).

2014 record: 9-4, 5-3 ACC.

Returning starters: Five on offense; six on defense.

Players to watch: Will Gardner (Jr., QB); Brandon Radcliff (Jr., RB); James Quick (Jr., WR); Sheldon Rankins (Sr., DE); Keith Kelsey (Jr., S).

Schedule

Sept. 5 at Auburn

Sept. 12 Houston

Sept. 17 Clemson

Sept. 26 Samford

Oct. 3 at N.C. State

Oct. 17 at Florida St.

Oct. 24 Boston College

Oct. 30 at Wake Forest

Nov. 7 Syracuse

Nov. 14 Virginia

Nov. 21 at Pittsburgh

Nov. 28 at Kentucky

N.C. STATE

Head coach: Dave Doeren (34-18 in four seasons overall; 11-14 in two seasons at N.C. State).

2014 record: 8-5, 3-5 ACC.

Returning starters: Six on offense; six on defense.

Players to watch: Jacoby Brissett (Sr., QB); Shadrach Thornton (Sr., RB); Matt Dayes (Jr., RB); Jerod Fernandez (Soph., LB); Josh Jones (Soph., SS).

Schedule

Sept. 5 Troy

Sept. 12 E. Kentucky

Sept. 19 at Old Dominion

Sept. 26 at South Alabama

Oct. 3 Louisville

Oct. 9 at Virginia Tech

Oct. 24 at Wake Forest

Oct. 31 Clemson

Nov. 7 at Boston College

Nov. 14 at Florida St.

Nov. 21 Syracuse

Nov. 28 North Carolina

SYRACUSE

Head coach: Scott Shafer (10-15 in two seasons overall and at Syracuse).

2014 record: 3-9, 1-7 ACC.

Returning starters: Six on offense; three on defense.

Players to watch: Terrel Hunt (Jr., QB); Adonis Ameen-Moore (Sr., RB); Rob Trudo (Sr., G); Marquez Hodge (Jr., LB).

Schedule

Sept. 4 Rhode Island

Sept. 12 Wake Forest

Sept. 19 Cent. Michigan

Sept. 26 LSU

Oct. 10 at South Florida

Oct. 17 at Virginia

Oct. 24 Pittsburgh

Oct. 31 at Florida St.

Nov. 7 at Louisville

Nov. 14 Clemson

Nov. 21 at N.C. State

Nov. 28 Boston College

WAKE FOREST

Head coach: Dave Clawson (93-88 in 15 seasons overall; 3-9 in one season at Wake Forest).

2014 record: 3-9, 1-7 ACC.

Returning starters: Six on offense; seven on defense.

Players to watch: John Wofford (Soph., QB); Cam Serigne (Soph., TE); Marquel Lee (Jr., LB); Brandon Chubb (Sr., LB).

Schedule

Sept. 3 Elon

Sept. 12 at Syracuse

Sept. 19 at Army

Sept. 26 Indiana

Oct. 3 Florida St.

Oct. 10 at Boston College

Oct. 17 at North Carolina

Oct. 24 N.C. State

Oct. 30 Louisville

Nov. 14 at Notre Dame

Nov. 21 at Clemson

Nov. 28 Duke

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