My 2010 Season in Review: ACC Coastal

The College Football Season might be over and done with, but I had a few notes regarding how these teams preformed in 2010. I hope you enjoy the reading material! 

Virginia Tech 
After suffering disappointing back-to-back losses this season to Boise State and no-name James Madison in the beginning of the season, some people wondered if Virginia Tech would struggle this year. Though after the James Madison loss, Frank Beamer got his boys to regroup and they ended up winning the rest of the games on its schedule. Next season, the defense will have more depth but the Hokies lose signal-caller Tyrod Taylor. His experience will definitely be missed.

 The Hurricanes had one tumultuous season. For a team who I thought could go 9-3 at the beginning, ended up going 7-6. The spanking by Florida State and the embarrassing loss to Virginia certainly didn’t help Head Coach Randy Shannon keep his job. The sad thing is that Shannon was turning things around down in Miami and had a greater emphasis on being a good student and a better role model. It’s disappointing when your success is only measured by the amount of games you win. I hope he’s able to find another head coaching job sometime soon. For real, no one wants to be labeled as a Thug–He was just trying to clean up the school’s image. You can’t fault a guy for trying.  
Georgia Tech

This was a disappointing season for Paul Johnson and his Yellow Jackets. GT embarrassed the conference with its loss to Kansas in Week 2. This team has such a potent ground game (#1 in the NCAA in rushing) that it seems as if Johnson doesn’t work on other areas of their game…(119th in Passing). The Yellow Jacket defense had depth but ranked in the middle of the pack, surrendering on average 25 ppg. Johnson’s philosophy might need to change next season if the Yellow Jackets want to have any success.

North Carolina
Many thought UNC’s season was over before it even began when several of the team’s stars were ruled ineligible before the LSU game. However, as the season progressed the Tar Heels were never completely out of the conversation in the ACC race. And even without offensive threat Greg Little, this offense still amassed some solid yards. The Tar Heels ranked 25th in passing yards within the FBS (during the regular season). UNC ended up going 7-5, but it makes you wonder how their season would have gone if they played with a full roster this year.

I was rooting for Duke to improve on its 5-7 record from a season ago however it wasn’t meant to be. Truthfully, next season probably won’t be much better for the Blue Devils either.


Virginia finished 4-8 this year, but what the record doesn’t reveal is that some of those losses were within seven points or fewer.  It might not take head coach Mike London that long to turn Virginia in the right direction. UVA quite possible could be a sleeper team in the ACC in 2011.


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