The picks: ACC game-by-game '09

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Today’s dead-tree edition featured an ACC preview, including predicted records for each team.

And it’s only fair to run down what went into each of those picks.

While it would be easy to just line teams up in a row and figure the selections would be static, a season doesn’t work that way. So there are some surprises tossed in here; whether they work out or not is anyone’s guess.

But here’s the rundown of how each prediction was arrived at, with a swing game in italics that gave me the most consternation while making a selection:

ATLANTIC DIVISION

BOSTON COLLEGE (6-6, 2-6)

W: Northeastern, Kent State, Wake Forest, @Notre Dame, Central Michigan, North Carolina

L: @Clemson, Florida State, @Virginia Tech, N.C. State, @Virginia, @Maryland

CLEMSON (8-4, 4-4)

W: Middle Tennessee, Boston College, Texas Christian, @Maryland, Coastal Carolina, Florida State, Virginia, @South Carolina

L: @Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, @Miami, @N.C. State

FLORIDA STATE (9-3, 6-2)

W: Jacksonville State, @Brigham Young, South Florida, @Boston College, Georgia Tech, @North Carolina, N.C. State, @Wake Forest, Maryland

L: Miami, @Clemson, @Florida

MARYLAND (7-5, 4-4)

W: James Madison, Middle Tennessee, Rutgers, @Wake Forest, Virginia, @N.C. State, Boston College

L: @California, Clemson, @Duke, Virginia Tech, @Florida State

N.C. STATE (8-4, 5-3)

W: South Carolina, Murray State, Gardner-Webb, Duke, @Boston College, Clemson, @Virginia Tech, North Carolina

L: Pittsburgh, @Wake Forest, @Florida State, Maryland

WAKE FOREST (7-5, 3-5)

W: Baylor, Stanford, Elon, N.C. State, @Clemson, @Navy, @Duke

L: @Boston College, Maryland, Miami, @Georgia Tech, Florida State

COASTAL DIVISION

DUKE (4-8, 1-7)

W: Richmond, @Army, North Carolina Central, Maryland

L: @Kansas, Virginia Tech, @N.C. State, @Virginia, @North Carolina, Georgia Tech, @Miami

GEORGIA TECH (9-3, 6-2)

W: Jacksonville State, Clemson, @Miami, North Carolina, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, @Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, @Duke

L: @Florida State, @Virginia, Georgia

MIAMI (8-4, 5-3)

W:@Florida State, Florida A&M, @Central Florida, Clemson, @Wake Forest, Virginia, Duke, @South Florida

L: Georgia Tech, @Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, @North Carolina

NORTH CAROLINA (7-5, 3-5)

W: The Citadel, @Connecticut, East Carolina, Virginia, Georgia Southern, Duke, Miami

L: @Georgia Tech, Florida State, @Virginia Tech, @Boston College, @N.C. State

VIRGINIA (5-7, 3-5)

W: William & Mary, Indiana, Georgia Tech, Duke, Boston College

L: Texas Christian, @Southern Mississippi, @North Carolina, @Maryland, @Miami, @Clemson, Virginia Tech

VIRGINIA TECH (9-3, 6-2)

W: Marshall, Nebraska, Miami, @Duke, Boston College, North Carolina, @East Carolina, @Maryland, @Virginia

L: vs. Alabama, @Georgia Tech, N.C. State

Patrick Stevens

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