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2007 Midseason Report - ACC
Boston College QB Matt Ryan
Boston College QB Matt Ryan
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Oct 16, 2007


The best ACC players, coaches, surprises of the midseason and more. Scroll down for predictions for every team and every game.


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- 2006 CFN Midseason All-America Teams

Offensive Player of the Midseason

Matt Ryan, QB Boston College

Defensive Player of the Midseason
Chris Long, DE Virginia

Ten best ACC players in the first half of the season
1. Matt Ryan, QB Boston College
2. Tashard Choice, RB Georgia Tech
3.
Chris Long, DE Virginia
4. Durrell Mapp, LB North Carolina
5. Kenny Phillips, S Miami
6. DeJuan Tribble, CB Boston College
7. Hilee Taylor, DE North Carolina
8. Jamie Silva, LB Boston College
9. Vince Hall, LB Virginia Tech
10. Darrell Blackman, WR/KR NC State

Biggest Surprise – Wake Forest is still good
2006 really wasn't a fluke. The foundation put in place by Jim Grobe last year with a phenomenal run to an ACC title, and now it keeps on going with nice wins over Florida State and Maryland, and an improved defense that's been a rock against the run. While winning the Atlantic might be too tough with a loss to Boston College and Clemson coming up, this is still a bowl team that'll make plenty of ACC noise..  

Biggest Disappointment – (tie) Miami and Florida State ... again
Big coaching changes for both teams were supposed to make a big difference, and it was supposed to be a beginning of a resurgent season for each. Miami is inconsistent yet again, showing how good it could be against Texas A&M, and going into the tank against Oklahoma and North Carolina, while Florida State still has no running game and finally, after roughly three years, the quarterback situation might be settled.

The ACC Champion will be ... Virginia Tech over Boston College
The Hokies and Eagles will play on October 25th in Blacksburg, and will likely meet again for the whole ball of wax. The Hokie defense remains dominant, while the offense is doing just enough to get by. BC is fantastic, but it hasn't been impressive against mediocre teams, and still has to go on the road to play Virginia Tech, Maryland and Clemson, along with home games against Florida State and Miami.

Best Game of the First Half 
East Carolina 34 ... North Carolina 31 ... Sept. 8
ECU PK Ben Hartman missed three field goals, but he nailed a 39-yard shot with no time left on the clock to beat North Carolina. The two teams were in a shootout for three quarters, with Patrick Pinkney throwing three touchdown passes for East Carolina and UNC getting a huge day from Brandon Tate, but Hartman's field goal were the only points in the fourth. Pinkney connected with Chris Johnson on touchdown passes from 78 and 24 yards out, and Johnson added a four-yard touchdown run, while Tate caught touchdown.

Second Best Game
Wake Forest 31 ... Maryland 24 OT, Sept. 22
Third Best Game
Duke 20 ... Northwestern 14, Sept. 15

Worst Game of the First Half 
Virginia Tech 44 ... William & Mary 3, Sept. 22
Virginia Tech rolled out a 27-point first quarter on two Jud Dunleavy field goals, short runs from Branden Ore and Kenny Lewis, and a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown from Brandon Flowers. Just to add to the early blowout, Eddie Roay took a punt 60 yards for an early third quarter touchdown, and Ore scored on a 34-yard pass play. Tech outgained William & Mary 133 yards to five, allowing just a 22-yard Brian Pate field goal.

Coach of the Midseason Jeff Jagodzinski, Boston College
While Coach Jags inherited a heater of a team with the veteran leadership to bridge the coaching gap, he's done a great job of making the Eagles one of the nation's most complete teams with the nation's number one run defense, and a strong offense that can do a little of everything. Tom O'Brien might have been great, but he didn't get BC in the national title hunt.

Player who'll step up in the second half – Sean Glennon, QB Virginia Tech
Tyrod Taylor is a special player who'll end up making the Hokie offense shine, but with a great defense and the usual Hokie special teams, all the offense needs is someone who can be a decent game manager. After getting benched, Glennon should be just solid enough to win an ACC title with.    

Best performance so far -
Virginia Tech LBs Vince Hall and Xavier Adibi combined to make 21 tackles and three tackles for loss in the October win over Clemson.

Top Freshman – North Carolina QB T.J. Yates
The Tar Heel quarterback from the start, he's shown flashes of brilliance to go along with all the freshman mistakes. After seven games, he has ten touchdown passes and ten interceptions, throwing four against South Florida, and he has only thrown one touchdown pass in the last four games, after starting off the year throwing three in each of his first three games, but he appears to be a player to build around for the next four years. 

Coach who needs to have a big second half – Clemson's Tommy Bowden
Tiger fans want Clemson to become a major player in the national title hunt, but outside of an opening day win over Florida State, there hasn't been another impressive win, losing two straight to Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. Anything less than a nine-win season, with a bowl win and a win over South Carolina, might be enough to make a change.

Player who needs to have a big second half – Xavier Lee, QB Florida State
The Seminole offense has been turned over to Lee, who has struggled with his passing consistency, but has shown off the running skills that scares the heck out of defenses. If Florida State is going to be strong in the second half of the year, it'll only come with Lee's emergence.

Best remaining conference game – Boston College at Virginia Tech, Oct. 25
If you're a fan of rushing yards, look elsewhere. The two defenses should put on a great show with the whole world watching. If BC wins this, then it'll be time to start thinking national title.

Team Mid-Season MVPs & Predictions   
Atlantic

Boston College – QB Matt Ryan
predicted wins: Florida State, at Maryland, at Clemson, Miami
predicted losses: at Virginia Tech
predicted record: 11-1 

Clemson – LB Nick Watkins
predicted wins: Central Michigan, at Duke, Wake Forest
predicted losses: at Maryland, Boston College, at South Carolina 
predicted record: 7-5 

Florida State – LB Derek Nicholson
predicted wins: Miami, Duke, Maryland
predicted losses: at Boston College, at Virginia Tech, at Florida
predicted record: 7-5

Maryland – LB Erin Henderson
predicted wins: Virginia, Clemson, at North Carolina, at NC State
predicted losses: Boston College, at Florida State 
predicted record: 8-4

NC State – WR/KR Darrell Blackman
predicted wins: None
predicted losses: at East Carolina, Virginia, at Miami, North Carolina, at Wake Forest, Maryland
predicted record: 1-11

Wake Forest – CB Alphonso Smith
predicted wins: at Navy, North Carolina, NC State, at Vanderbilt
predicted losses: at Virginia, at Clemson
predicted record:
8-4

Coastal
Duke – QB Thaddeus Lewis
predicted wins: None
predicted losses: at Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, at Notre Dame, North Carolina
predicted record: 1-11

Georgia Tech – RB Tashard Choice
predicted wins: at Army, Virginia Tech, at Duke, North Carolina, Georgia
predicted losses: None
 
predicted record: 9-3

Miami – S Kenny Phillips
predicted wins: NC State, Virginia
predicted losses: at Florida State, at Virginia Tech, Boston College

predicted record: 6-6

North Carolina – LB Durrell Mapp
predicted wins: at NC State, Duke
predicted losses: at Wake Forest, Maryland, at Georgia Tech 
predicted record: 4-8

Virginia – DE Chris Long
predicted wins: at NC State, Wake Forest
predicted losses: at Maryland, at Miami, Virginia Tech
predicted record: 8-4

Virginia Tech – LBs Vince Hall and Xavier Adibi
predicted wins: Boston College, Florida State, Miami, at Virginia
predicted losses: at Georgia Tech
predicted record: 10-2