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2013 ACC football previews, team by team: Advanced stats and 10 things to know

National title hopefuls Clemson and Florida State lead the way, but the ACC's loaded with some interesting depth this year. Bill Connelly previews each school, one by one.

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FSU keeps inching closer

Florida State has improved in all three years under Jimbo Fisher. Though turnover, both on the roster and coaching staff, could prevent the 'Noles from pulling it off for a fourth straight year, let's not pretend they're going to fall very far. For more FSU, visit Tomahawk Nation.

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Hokies march toward ... 2014

Frank Beamer knows bounce-backs. He's pulled off quite a few of them at Virginia Tech, and he could engineer another one, but it probably won't be until 2014. A mostly light schedule should easily keep a two-decade bowl streak alive, but the Hokies will be building more for the future than for the present. For more VT, visit Gobbler Country.

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Clemson's ready ... maybe

Yes, Clemson has disappointed in the past. Yes, thanks to a pretty aggressive (and almost unfair) preseason ranking, the odds are decent that the Tigers will disappoint again. But Dabo Swinney is building elite depth to go alongside his stars, and the schedule certainly smiles on Death Valley this year. For more Clemson, visit Shakin' the Southland.

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Rams, bandits, and UNC

UNC has weathered an NCAA storm and won 39 games in the last five years. Life is better for the Heels than it was when Butch Davis took over, but can Larry Fedora and his second-year Heels kick things up a notch or two?

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Pitt holds steady amid change

Pitt has mastered the art of overachieving in unimpressive fashion, but has weathered a series of awkward coaching changes. Can that continue after quite a bit of turnover and roster issues? For more Panthers, visit Cardiac Hill.

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NC State tries to move beyond average

Tom O'Brien's legacy at NC State: he built a perfectly average program. Fast-riser Dave Doeren will now see if you can do something more in Raleigh. He's passed the tests he's been given thus far, but don't expect much in 2013. For more NC State, visit Backing the Pack.

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Miami finds traction

With a young squad, Miami looked pretty damn good last November. If the Hurricanes can escape a further postseason ban when (or if) the NCAA finally announces its sanctions for the Nevin Shapiro scandal, they could certainly continue that momentum and find themselves in the ACC title game this December. For more Canes, visit State of the U.

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Where's GT headed under Johnson?

After showing extra promise in his first two seasons, Paul Johnson has basically settled into a Chan Gailey groove, averaging right around seven wins per season. Can a new defensive coordinator improve a unit that held back another fun, successful Flexbone offense? For more Jackets, visit From the Rumble Seat.

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BC and the curse of 3

Boston College will have quite more weapons than you realize in Steve Addazio's first season at the helm. But the Eagles will have to seal the deal in every winnable game to reach the postseason for the first time in three years. For more Eagles, visit BC Interruption.

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A new era for Syracuse

Doug Marrone sold while his stock was high, but he left the Syracuse program in infinitely better shape than it was when he arrived. Can Scott Shafer raise the Orange's recruiting and avoid a temporary dropoff? And doesn't it feel right that Syracuse finishes the season with Pitt and Boston College? For more Cuse, visit Troy Nunes Is an Absolute Magician.

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Highs, lows, and Virginia

Virginia probably wasn't as good as its record in 2011 or as bad as its record in 2012. But head coach Mike London is certainly feeling some pressure heading into his fourth season in Charlottesville. Can some big staff changes and another nice recruiting class help to turn things back around for the Hoos? For more UVa, visit Streaking the Lawn.

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Wake Forest and the cat-and-mouse game

Injuries, youth, and a small margin for error conspired against Wake Forest in 2012. Can offensive tweaks and defensive health lead to another bounce back for Jim Grobe and his Demon Deacons? For more Wake, visit Blogger So Dear.

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Maryland forgets 2012 ever happened

No team should have to go through what Maryland went through last year from an injuries standpoint. But through the travails, a ridiculously young Terrapins squad gave reason for hope. Can the 2013 team break through, or are Randy Edsall's Terps still a year away? For more on the Terps, visit Testudo Times.

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Duke aims for Belk II

The recipe Duke followed for making a bowl game last year could certainly be replicable again for David Cutcliffe and his Blue Devils at some point. But it still requires some breaks. For more Duke, visit SB Nation's Duke Basketball Report and Blue vs. Blue.

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