2016 Atlantic Coast Conference football season

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2016 ACC football season
Atlantic Coast Conference logo.svg
LeagueNCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision
SportFootball
DurationSeptember 2016 to January 2017
Number of teams14
2017 NFL Draft
Top draft pickMitchell Trubisky (North Carolina)
Picked byChicago Bears, 2nd overall
Regular season
Season MVPLamar Jackson (Louisville)
Top scorerLamar Jackson (126 points)
Atlantic championsClemson
  Atlantic runners-upLouisville
Coastal championsVirginia Tech
  Coastal runners-upNorth Carolina
ACC Championship Game
ChampionsClemson
  Runners-upVirginia Tech
ACC seasons
2016 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 1 Clemson xy$#   7 1         14 1  
No. 21 Louisville x   7 1         9 4  
No. 8 Florida State   5 3         10 3  
NC State   3 5         7 6  
Wake Forest   3 5         7 6  
Boston College   2 6         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Coastal Division
No. 16 Virginia Tech xy   6 2         10 4  
North Carolina   5 3         8 5  
No. 20 Miami   5 3         9 4  
Pittsburgh   5 3         8 5  
Georgia Tech   4 4         9 4  
Duke   1 7         4 8  
Virginia   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Clemson 42, Virginia Tech 35
    1. – College Football Playoff champion
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference football season will be the 64th season of college football play for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). It will be played from September 2016 to January 2017. The Atlantic Coast Conference consists of 14 members in two divisions. The Atlantic Division consists of Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina State, Syracuse, and Wake Forest. The Coastal Division consists of Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. The two division champions will meet on December 3 in the 2016 ACC Championship Game. The game was originally scheduled to be played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, but on September 14 the conference announced that the game would be moved to a neutral venue outside of North Carolina due to the controversy surrounding the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (commonly known as House Bill 2, or HB2).[1]

Preseason[edit]

Preseason Poll[edit]

The 2016 ACC Preseason Poll was announced following the ACC Football Kickoff meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 21–22.[2] North Carolina and Clemson were each selected to repeat in their respective divisions. Deshaun Watson of Clemson was once again voted the Preseason ACC Player of the Year.[3] It was voted on by 191 media members, all of which were in attendance for the ACC Football Kickoff.

Atlantic Division poll[edit]

  1. Clemson – 1,293 (148 first place votes)
  2. Florida State – 1,176 (42)
  3. Louisville – 961 (1)
  4. North Carolina State – 704
  5. Boston College – 441
  6. Syracuse – 426
  7. Wake Forest – 347

Coastal Division poll[edit]

  1. North Carolina – 1,238 (121)
  2. Miami – 1,108 (50)
  3. Pittsburgh – 859 (14)
  4. Virginia Tech – 697 (3)
  5. Duke – 597 (2)
  6. Georgia Tech – 588 (1)
  7. Virginia – 261

Preseason ACC Player of the Year[edit]

  1. Deshaun Watson, CLEM – 164
  2. Dalvin Cook, FSU – 18
  3. Elijah Hood, UNC – 4
  4. Brad Kaaya, MIA – 2
  5. Lamar Jackson, LOU – 2
  6. DeVon Edwards, DU – 1

Preseason All Conference Teams[edit]

Offense[edit]

Position Player School
Wide Receiver Artavis Scott Clemson
Isaiah Ford Virginia Tech
Travis Rudolph Florida State
Tight End Jordan Leggett Clemson
Tackle Roderick Johnson Florida State
Mitch Hyatt Clemson
Guard Dorian Johnson Pittsburgh
Tyrone Crowder Clemson
Center Jay Guillermo Clemson
Quarterback Deshaun Watson Clemson
Running Back Dalvin Cook Florida State
Elijah Hood North Carolina

Defense[edit]

Position Player School
Defensive end DeMarcus Walker Florida State
Ejuan Price Pittsburgh
Defensive tackle Carlos Watkins Clemson
DeAngelo Brown Louisville
Linebacker Ben Boulware Clemson
Keith Kelsey Louisville
Devonte Fields Louisville
Cornerback Cordrea Tankersley Clemson
Des Lawrence North Carolina
Safety Derwin James Florida State
Quin Blanding Virginia

Specialist[edit]

Position Player School
Placekicker Greg Huegel Clemson
Punter Justin Vogel Miami
Specialist Ryan Switzer North Carolina

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Coaches[edit]

Note: Stats shown are before the beginning of the season

Team Head coach Years at school Overall record Record at school ACC record
Boston College Steve Addazio 4 27–23 14–12 8–16
Clemson Dabo Swinney 9 61–26 61–26 48–14
Duke David Cutcliffe 9 84–77 40–48 24–40
Florida State Jimbo Fisher 6 58–11 58–11 40–8
Georgia Tech Paul Johnson 9 166–74 58–35 38–26
Louisville Bobby Petrino 7 104–39 62–18 12–6
Miami Mark Richt 1 145–51 0–0 0–0
North Carolina Larry Fedora 5 55–36 21–17 21–11
NC State Dave Doeren 4 34–18 11–14 6–18
Pittsburgh Pat Narduzzi 2 8–5 8–5 6–2
Syracuse Dino Babers 1 37–16 0–0 0–0
Virginia Bronco Mendenhall 1 99–43 0–0 0–0
Virginia Tech Justin Fuente 1 26–23 0–0 0–0
Wake Forest Dave Clawson 3 93–88 3–9 2–14

Rankings[edit]

Legend
    Improvement in ranking
  Drop in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
RV Received votes but were not ranked in Top 25 of poll
  Pre Wk
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Final
Boston College AP
C
CFP Not released  
Clemson AP 2 (16) 2 (2) 5 5 5 3 (1) 3 (2) 4 3 3 3 5 4 3 3 1 (60)
C 2 (7) 2 (2) 3 (1) 3 (1) 3 (1) 3 (2) 3 (1) 3 (1) 3 (1) 3 (1) 2 (2) 5 3 3 3 1
CFP Not released 2 2 4 4 3 2
Duke AP
C RV RV
CFP Not released  
Florida State AP 4 (5) 3 (4) 2 (4) 13 12 23 14 13 12 19 20 17 15 12 10 8
C 4 (1) 3 2 (1) 14 12 23 16 15 14 19 18 15 14 12 10 8
CFP Not released 22 18 17 14 12 11
Georgia Tech AP RV
C RV
CFP Not released  
Louisville AP 19 13 10 3 (6) 3 (6) 7 7 7 5 5 5 3 11 16 15 21
C 23 15 10 4 4 8 7 7 5 5 6 3 11 15 14 20
CFP Not released 7 6 5 11 13 13
Miami AP RV 25 25 15 14 10 16 RV 20
C RV RV 25 19 14 10 17 RV RV 23
CFP Not released  
North Carolina AP 22 RV RV RV RV 17 RV 22 21 18 15 RV
C 20 RV RV RV 23 16 RV 21 20 17 13 24 25 RV
CFP Not released 21 17
NC State AP RV RV
C RV RV RV
CFP Not released  
Pittsburgh AP RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 24 22 RV
C RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV
CFP Not released   25 23
Syracuse AP
C
CFP Not released  
Virginia AP
C
CFP Not released  
Virginia Tech AP RV RV 25 17 RV 25 23 18 RV RV 19 18 16
C RV RV 19 RV 25 17 22 RV RV 18 19 16
CFP Not released 19 14 23 22
Wake Forest AP RV RV
C RV RV RV
CFP Not released  

Postseason[edit]

Bowl games[edit]

Legend
  ACC win
  ACC loss
Bowl game Date Site Television Time (EST) ACC team Opponent Score Attendance
New Era Pinstripe Bowl December 26 Yankee StadiumNew York, NY ESPN 2:00 PM No. 23 Pittsburgh Panthers Northwestern Wildcats L 24–31 37,918
Quick Lane Bowl December 26 Ford FieldDetroit, MI ESPN 2:30 PM Boston College Maryland W 36–30 19,117
Camping World Independence Bowl December 26 Independence StadiumShreveport, LA ESPN2 5:00 PM North Carolina State Wolfpack Vanderbilt Commodores W 41–17 28,995
Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman December 28 Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD ESPN 3:30 PM Wake Forest Demon Deacons Temple Owls W 34–26 26,656
Russell Athletic Bowl December 29 Camping World StadiumOrlando, FL ESPN 5:30 PM Miami Hurricanes No. 16 West Virginia W 31–14 48,625
Hyundai Sun Bowl December 30 Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX CBS 2:00 PM North Carolina Tar Heels No. 18 Stanford Cardinal L 25–23 42,166
Belk Bowl December 30 Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, NC ESPN 5:30 PM No. 22 Virginia Tech Hokies Arkansas Razorbacks W 35–24 46,902
Orange Bowl December 30 Hard Rock StadiumMiami Gardens, Florida ESPN 8:00 PM Florida State Seminoles Michigan Wolverines W 33–32 67,432
Taxslayer Bowl December 31 EverBank FieldJacksonville, FL ESPN 11:00 AM Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Kentucky Wildcats W 33–18 43,102
College Football Playoff bowl games
Fiesta Bowl (CFP Semifinal) December 31 University of Phoenix StadiumGlendale, AZ ESPN 7:00 PM No. 2 Clemson Tigers No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes W 31–0 70,236
CFP National Championship January 9 Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL ESPN 8:00 PM No. 2 Clemson Tigers No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide W 35–31 74,512

* Rankings based on CFP rankings

All-conference teams[edit]

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ACC individual awards[edit]

Home game attendance[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7 Total Average % of Capacity
Boston College Alumni Stadium 44,500[12] 22,728 24,203 44,500† 34,647 30,644 36,220 192,942 32,157 72.27%
Clemson Memorial Stadium 81,500[13] 78,532 79,590 83,362 81,200 80,609 81,048 81,542 565,883 80,840 99.19%
Duke Wallace Wade Stadium 40,000[14] 35,049 21,077 25,201 20,613 38,217 39,212 179,369 29,894 74.74%
Florida State Doak Campbell Stadium 79,560[15] 75,831 77,584 77,102 78,025 73,917 78,342† 460,801 76,800 96.53%
Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd Stadium 55,000[16] 49,992 41,916 53,932† 53,047 47,609 43,886 42,136 332,518 47,502 86.37%
Louisville Papa John's Cardinal Stadium 55,000[17] 53,127 55,632 55,121 55,218 51,218 54,075 324,391 54,065 98.30%
Miami Hard Rock Stadium 65,326[18] 60,703 57,123 65,685 58,731 51,796 57,396 351,434 58,572 89.66%
North Carolina Kenan Memorial Stadium 63,000[19] 56,000 54,500 33,000 58,000 41,000 59,000† 301,500 50,250 79.76%
NC State Carter–Finley Stadium 57,583[20] 57,774 57,810 58,200 58,200 56,443 57,789 56,263 402,479 57,497 99.85%
Pittsburgh Heinz Field 68,400[21] 50,149 69,983 45,246 47,425 40,254 35,425 34,049 322,531 46,075 67.36%
Syracuse Carrier Dome 49,262[22] 31,336 32,184 32,288 33,838 34,842† 32,340 196,828 32,804 66.59%
Virginia Scott Stadium 61,500[23] 49,270† 35,211 39,522 40,882 34,824 39,867 239,576 39,929 64.92%
Virginia Tech Lane Stadium 66,233[24] 62,234 60,054 63,712 63,507 65,632† 63,120 378,259 63,043 95.18%
Wake Forest BB&T Field 31,500[25] 24,398 25,972 25,162 27,938 25,334 31,152† 24,866 184,822 26,403 83.82%

Bold – Exceeded capacity
†Season High

NFL Draft[edit]

Round # Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
1 2 Chicago Bears(from San Francisco) Mitchell Trubisky Quarterback North Carolina
1 7 Los Angeles Chargers Mike Williams Wide Receiver Clemson
1 12 Houston Texans(from Philadelphia via Cleveland) Deshaun Watson Quarterback Clemson
1 29 Cleveland Browns(from Green Bay) David Njoku Tight End Miami
2 41 Minnesota Vikings(from Cincinnati) Dalvin Cook Running Back Florida State
2 51 Denver Broncos DeMarcus Walker Defensive End Florida State
2 61 Green Bay Packers Josh Jones Safety NC State
3 91 Los Angeles Rams(from Kansas City via Buffalo) John Johnson Safety Boston College
3 97 Miami Dolphins Cordrea Tankersley Cornerback Clemson
3 102 Seattle Seahawks Nazair Jones Defensive tackle North Carolina
3 105 Pittsburgh Steelers James Conner Running Back Pittsburgh
4 113 Los Angeles Chargers Rayshawn Jenkins Safety Miami
4 115 Arizona Cardinals(from Carolina) Dorian Johnson Guard Pittsburgh
4 118 Philadelphia Eagles Mack Hollins Wide Receiver North Carolina
4 133 Dallas Cowboys Ryan Switzer Wide Receiver North Carolina
4 140 New York Giants Wayne Gallman Running Back Clemson
4 142 Houston Texans(from Cleveland) Carlos Watkins Defensive tackle Clemson
5 150 New York Jets Jordan Leggett Tight End Clemson
5 152 Carolina Panthers Corn Elder Cornerback Miami
5 160 Cleveland Browns(from Minnesota via NY Jets) Roderick Johnson Tackle Florida State
5 163 Buffalo Bills(from Denver via New England) Matt Milano Linebacker Boston College
5 168 Oakland Raiders Marquel Lee Linebacker Wake Forest
5 171 Buffalo Bills(from Dallas) Nathan Peterman Quarterback Pittsburgh
5 179 Arizona Cardinals T. J. Logan Running back North Carolina
5 180 Minnesota Vikings(from Kansas City) Danny Isidora Guard Miami
6 186 Baltimore Ravens(from San Francisco) Chuck Clark Safety Virginia Tech
6 196 New Orleans Saints Al-Quadin Muhammad Defensive end Miami
6 200 New York Giants(from Indianapolis via New England and Tennessee) Adam Bisnowaty Tackle Pittsburgh
6 201 Minnesota Vikings(from Washington) Bucky Hodges Tight end Virginia Tech
6 206 Los Angeles Rams(from Miami) Sam Rogers Fullback Virginia Tech
6 213 Pittsburgh Steelers Colin Holba Long snapper Louisville
6 215 Detroit Lions(from New England) Brad Kaaya Quarterback Miami
6 216 Dallas Cowboys(from Kansas City via New England) Marquez White Cornerback Florida State
7 219 Minnesota Vikings(from Cleveland via San Francisco) Stacy Coley Wide receiver Miami
7 229 San Francisco 49ers(from New Orleans) Adrian Colbert Cornerback Miami
7 230 Washington Redskins(from Philadelphia via Minnesota) Josh Harvey-Clemons Safety Louisville
7 233 Carolina Panthers(from Indianapolis via Cleveland) Harrison Butker Kicker Georgia Tech
7 234 Los Angeles Rams(from Baltimore) Ejuan Price Linebacker Pittsburgh
7 237 Miami Dolphins(from Tampa Bay) Isaiah Ford Wide receiver Virginia Tech
7 240 Jacksonville Jaguars(from Miami) Marquez Williams Fullback Miami
7 242 Oakland Raiders Elijah Hood Running back North Carolina
7 245 Minnesota Vikings(from Kansas City) Jack Tocho Cornerback NC State
7 252 Cleveland Browns(from Denver) Matthew Dayes Running back NC State

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