CBS Sports examined “ACC spring football overreaction: Clemson’s attack returns, Miami starts hot under Cristobal. ” The overreaction to CBS predicts that the Miami football team will win the ACC Coastal Division. Miami and Pittsburgh should be favorites in the early preseason at ACC Coastal.
Pittsburgh is a defensive ACC champion. The Panthers must replace ACC Player of the Year quarterback Kenny Pickett. Pickett was the only QB selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The Miami football team returns QB Tyler Van Dyke who will be one of the pre-season favorites for ACC Player of the Year.
Miami signed 16th place in the top freshmen and eighth place among transfers. Many of Miami’s 11 signed transfers are expected to start and have an impact. The 2022 schedule with the exception of playing in Texas A&M in the third week gives Miami a chance to get off to a good start.
Miami hosts Bethune-Cookman at the opening of the season, Southern Mississippi in the second week and Middle Tennessee State after playing for Texas A&M. Mario Crisobal is one of the four first-year head coaches at ACC Coastal. Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and North Carolina are the only coastal schools with returnee coaches.
The Hurricanes will win the ACC Coastal Crown: First-year coach Mario Cristobal has done well enough on the transfer portal in recent months that this team should be able to build last season’s ACC rating of 5-3.
The Canes, who are bringing back aspiring star Tyler Van Dyke as quarterbacks, finished second last season on the Coastal behind Pitt. However, the Panthers are replacing star quarterback Kenny Pickett, most of his offensive staff and (potentially) star receiver Jordan Addison.
And there’s nothing particularly intimidating about the other teams in the division.
Miami must play Clemson in their second ACC crossover game besides Florida State. The Hurricanes host North Carolina and Pittsburgh in games that could decide the Coastal Division. North Carolina must replace QB Sam Howell who is the leading adder of all time in the program’s history.
Miami lost three in a row to North Carolina. Defeating North Carolina and Pittsburgh would significantly increase Miami’s chances of winning the Coastal. Virginia returns QB Brennan Armston, won in Miami last season and hosts the Hurricanes 2022. Mario Cristobal caused a stir in Coral Gables.