|After double-digit wins and breathrough bowl victories, Clemson and Florida St. are the early favorites in 2013. (US Presswire)|
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The 2012 review series is nearing completion, and Jim Young (@ACCSports) was kind enough to take some time to revisit the season that was in the ACC for the Eye On College Football Podcast.
Jim joined the show in August to preview the season, so we open with a review of our expectations. My expectations were perhaps a little lofty for the conference, particularly in the Coastal Division, but we discuss how the new era ahead in 2013 -- before Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Louisville come on in 2014 -- allows for a brand new chapter in the league's lore to be written.
I apologize for running longer than expected on the podcast but hope you can find the timestamps below for your favorite teams. Also be sure to check out the ACCSports.com Podcast that Jim does with Hayes Permar -- also a friend of Eye On College Football.
0:00 -- Revisiting expectations from the preseason podcast
4:15 -- Do not mistake some of our negativity, Florida State had a great season -- first ACC championship since 2005, first BCS bowl win since 2000, etc. But offensive woes in big games and massive coaching turnover are reasons for concern.
8:30 -- Improved play along Clemson's offensive line allowed the Tigers to take yet another step forward under Chad Morris' direction. We also discuss how the Chick-fil-A Bowl win was signature not just because of the opponent but also as a bounce back from the South Carolina loss at home.
11:30 -- The conversation regarding NC State is twofold: Where did Tom O'Brien have the program before his dismissal, and what is Dave Doeren's plan for the future.
16:30 -- Jim and I pick out some of the areas in which Wake Forest can take what went wrong in 2012 -- like injury issues along the offensive line -- and make them strengths in 2013.
20:30 -- Maryland's defense was strong, and Stefon Diggs was a wizard. But all the good was eventually negated by massive injury issues that included, but was not limited to, three season-ending injuries for quarterbacks.
25:45 -- Georgia Tech is like the mob. Just when we are ready to give up on the Yellow Jackets, they pull us back in. We try to crack the mystery that was the 2012 season in Atlanta.
29:00 -- Does the recent news about Miami's suspended investigation make it the Coastal Division favorite for 2013? A lot of it will depend on if Stephen Morris can click with James Coley the way he did in 2012 with Jedd Fisch.
32:30 -- North Carolina put up a lot of points in Larry Fedora's first season in Chapel Hill, but what will the offense look like without star running back Gio Bernard?
36:45 -- After a brief battle with my office phone, we dive into the many questions surrounding the Virginia Tech program. Is the recent coaching turnover a sign of correcting issues or just grasping at straws?
39:30 -- Duke's bowl eligibility made a great midseason story, but now the challenge will be meeting a new level of expectations from an invested alumni/fan base.
44:20 -- Jim predicted a step back for Virginia in 2012 in August. But does the massive staff turnover mean there was something wrong behind the scenes? We give a thumbs up to the hires of Tom O'Brien and Jon Tenuta as Mike London looks to rebound in 2013.
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