2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings ... ACC
Boston College LB Luke Kuechly
Boston College LB Luke Kuechly
Posted Feb 11, 2010

The very, very early look at the teams before spring ball kicks in - The ACC

2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings

ACC Teams

CFN 2010 Pre-Preseason Rankings 
No. 1 to 15 | No. 16 to 30 | No. 31 to 45 | No. 46 to 60 
No. 61 to 75 | No. 76 to 90 | No. 91 to 105 | No. 106 to 120

Pre-Preseason Rankings By Conference
ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA | Ind.
MAC | M-West | Pac 10 | SEC | Sun Belt | WAC

- 2009 CFN Final Rankings
- 2009 CFN Pre-Preseason Rankings
- 2008 CFN Pre-Preseason Rankings
- 2007 CFN Pre-Preseason Rankings
- 2010 CFN Recruiting Rankings  

7. Virginia Tech
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 9
Virginia Tech figures to be where it is each season, near the front of the pack in the hunt for an ACC crown. As the Coastal Division gets tighter, with the likes of Miami, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina, there’ll be minimal margin for error. QB Tyrod Taylor has another season of eligibility left, meaning the backfield will be loaded with terrific athletes. While the defense has vacancies that need to be filled, that never seems to be too big of a problem for ace coordinator Bud Foster.

14. North Carolina
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 31
Now that Butch Davis has built a foundation in Chapel Hill, he’s looking to get the Heels over the hump and into the ACC title game with a team loaded with NFL players … at least on one side of the ball. The defense should be tremendous starting with DE Robert Quinn and DT Marvin Austin, along with linebackers Bruce Carter and Quan Sturdivant. The offense will be a work-in-progress until someone can step up and solidify the quarterback play. With the top four producers back, at least the young receivers figure to be much-improved.

16. Georgia Tech
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 13
Two years into this project, Paul Johnson has to like where has the program headed. The systems have been fully installed, the classes reflect those systems, and the kids have bought into the blueprint. Tech won 11 games and an ACC crown with a surprisingly small number of seniors, indicating minimal drop-off heading into 2010 and a realistic shot at repeating.

17. Miami
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 20
After a few years of building and assembling deep recruiting classes, Randy Shannon and Miami have been building to this point. There are plenty of returning starters on offense and defense, and depth doesn’t figure to be a concern. Following an up-and-down sophomore season, it’s time for Jacory Harris to turn the corner and reduce the number of his mistakes. Graig Cooper’s serious knee injury and Javarris James’ graduation mean the ‘Canes need to develop a new feature back in the offseason.

22. Florida State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 44
It’ll be the dawn of a new era in Tallahassee as Bobby Bowden gives way to Jimbo Fisher, who finally has the authority to make key decisions. He needs to find a new defensive coordinator that can fix the mess on that side of the ball. The offense, on the other hand, has far fewer worries. QB Christian Ponder was evolving before suffering a season-ending injury and Jermaine Thomas gets to run behind a line that returns completely intact.

27. Clemson
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 24
While there’s no easy way to replace C.J. Spiller, neither Andre Ellington nor Jamie Harper will be slouches in the running game. The offense needs the line to keep progressing and a go-to receiver to emerge in place of TE Michael Palmer and WR Jacoby Ford. The defense will be taking auditions all over, but especially in the back seven. Can someone light a fire under DE Da’Quan Bowers in the offseason? He has too many physical gifts to make just three sacks.

43. Boston College
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 48
Boston College could be tuning up in 2010 for a third Atlantic Division title in the last four years, especially if LB Mark Herzlich makes it back on the field. Last season was a bit of a transition period, meaning next year will feature far more stability. There’ll be no fewer than eight returning starters on both sides of the ball, which bodes very well for the program.

52. NC State
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 73
Naturally, the Pack wants to reverse the recent trend by getting back over .500 and contending in a wide-open Atlantic Division. First, it’ll need to determine if QB Russell Wilson will be under center or signing a contract to play Major League Baseball. If he bolts, the Mike Glennon era in Raleigh begins sooner than expected. The defense will get a lift from the return of LB Nate Irving, who missed the season following a car accident.

64. Wake Forest
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 76
There’s no panic at Wake Forest, though the staff is determined to avoid the kind of downward trend that impacts recruiting. Along with tightening up the defense, Jim Grobe’s top priority will be to find a successor to Riley Skinner in the offseason. Backup Ryan McManus is also a senior, so the competition will involve three unproven sophomores, Ted Stachitas, Brendan Cross, and Skylar Jones.

71. Duke
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 97
After winning four games in 2008 and five in 2009, David Cutcliffe plans to take the next logical step and lead Duke into the postseason. His biggest challenge may not be as daunting as it seems. Yes, all-conference QB Thaddeus Lewis has exhausted his eligibility, but the coach has recruited the position rather well. One of the heralded recruits, Sean Renfree or Sean Schroeder, will get his chance to be Cutcliffe’s next star pupil.

76. Maryland
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 109
While Ralph Friedgen will be back for a tenth season at his alma mater, the missive has been loud and clear: Deliver a winning season or else James Franklin sheds his coach-in-waiting label. Hey, at least the 2009 squad wasn’t littered with seniors, so plenty of familiar faces from the two-deep will be back. The battle between sophomore Jamarr Robinson and true freshman Danny O’Brien to succeed QB Chris Turner ensues in the spring.

81. Virginia
2009 Final CFN Ranking: 107
This mess at Virginia is now in the hands of Mike London, a former Al Groh assistant and the head coach of 2008 FCS national champ, Richmond. Naturally, he has to upgrade the talent in order to become more competitive, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The Cavs have no proven playmakers returning, but with London comes new hope and a promise that the defense will remain the backbone of the program. In two seasons as a defensive coordinator in 2006 and 2007, he had Virginia playing some of the best D in the ACC.

No. 1 to 15 | No. 16 to 30 | No. 31 to 45 | No. 46 to 60 
No. 61 to 75 | No. 76 to 90 | No. 91 to 105 | No. 106 to 120

Pre-Preseason Rankings By Conference
ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA | Ind.
MAC | M-West | Pac 10 | SEC | Sun Belt | WAC