Brendan From Old Virginia is probably the most industrious blogger in the ACC. He's heading up the first ACC Roundtable of the 2010 Football Season with your typical and atypical preseason questionnaire. Check out our answers to his questions...
1. At UVA we have made wholesale changes to everything this past offseason: the coaching staff, the offense, the defense, the uniforms, even the color of the equipment shed. What change or changes on your own team are you most looking forward to watching play out on the field this season?
2. Who is the next ACC coach to get fired, and when? And if you think that's your own coach, who would you like to see replace him?
3. How excited are you about your team's out-of-conferece lineup this year? How would you grade your program overall when it comes to scheduling OOC games?
4. What one player on your schedule (not in the ACC overall - your team's schedule only, and it doesn't have to be ACC) are you most worried will cause you pain and grief this year?
5. Conversely, provide us a little bulletin board material. Which team on your calendar are you absolutely positive that not only will you stomp their guts to China, but you'll gain the warmest, fuzziest feeling of immense satisfaction out of doing it?
6. It's been a loony offseason in the conference membership department, but the ACC sat out this round. Do you think the ACC is set at 12 teams for the long term? If not, which team(s) is/are most likely to be added, and which would you like to see?
7. Standard question for the finish: a) What do you expect out of your team, b) What kind of season would keep you content and happy, c) What kind of season would be a disappointment?
1. FSU fans are excited about having a real coaching staff and a real strength staff. Bigger defensive players are the the talk of the off-season.
2. Probably Tom O'Brien, largely because of awful luck with injuries in his time at state.
3. If there's a tougher non-conference schedule I'd like to see it. @ Oklahoma, Florida, and BYU. The schedule is stupid. All FSU needs is Florida and 3 cupcakes and it wouldn't ever hear a peep about poor scheduling in the media. As it stands now the voters will see a poorer record from an FSU team much better than some teams with a better W-L tally.
4. Has to be Allen 'I Kill alligators with shovels" Bailey. 6'4" 290 lb freak of a defensive end for the Canes.
5. Though FSU owes Wake a debt of gratitude for hastening the firing of Jeff Bowden in 2006, the guys from Winston Salem are probably in trouble come September 25th. Their defensive tackle situation is scary.
6. I think the ACC will be reactive rather than proactive. There aren't many teams the Carolina schools would accept due to academics that I'd want for Sports.
7. I expect better football to be played on the field with less distractions (coaches fighting each other, players stealing from each other, etc) off the field. Against a schedule like that of Boston College I'd expect 10-2, but against FSU's schedule I'd expect somewhere in the range of 7-5 to 9-3. If FSU is healthy and goes 7-5 or 6-6 I'll be very disappointed. If the 'Noles are heavily banged at already thin positions, however, I can see 6-6 or 7-5. 8-4 seems most likely.