Five ACC teams ranked in AP’s top 25 preseason
GREENSBORO, NC (theACC.com) – Five Atlantic Coast Conference teams are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll released Monday. The five teams are second in all conferences and match the league’s highest all-time total on four occasions (2017, 2010, 2005, 2004).
No. 4 Clemson leads the way and is joined by No. 13 NC State, No. 16 Miami, No. 17 Pitt and No. 22 Wake Forest. Clemson has been ranked in the preseason AP Top 5 each of the past six seasons — the second-longest active streak in the nation.
NC State tied its highest-ever preseason ranking in the AP poll, matching the 1975 Wolfpack, which also started the year at No. 13. Wake Forest earned its highest-ever ranking in the the preseason poll at No. 22. Defending ACC champion Pitt holds his best preseason spot since 2010.
Clemson, who posted its 11th consecutive double-digit winning season with a 10-3 finish in 2021, was chosen as the ACC’s preseason favorite in a poll of 164 ACC media members. end of July. The Tigers were also named the likely winners of the Atlantic Division. Miami was picked to finish atop the Coastal Division after a 7-5 campaign last season that included wins in five of the last six games.
Pitt and defending Atlantic Division champion Wake Forest each finished 11-3 in 2021, and NC State is coming off a 9-3 season.
The 2022 ACC football season begins Saturday, August 27 (week zero), when Florida State hosts Duquesne at 5 p.m., followed by North Carolina which hosts Florida A&M at 8:15 p.m., both on the ACC Network. This is the first August season opener for the league since 2019.
The ACC will be featured throughout Labor Day weekend (September 1-5) with 12 games over a five-day period. No other leagues play on all five days. It’s the fourth time in the last six years that the ACC has played for five straight days in Week 1.
Labor Day weekend begins Thursday, Sept. 1 with both last year’s ACC Division Champions in action. ACC and Coastal Division champion Pitt hosts West Virginia at Heinz Field at 7 p.m. on ESPN, and Atlantic Division champion Wake Forest opens against VMI in Winston-Salem at 7:30 p.m. on the ACC network. On Friday, Sept. 2, Virginia Tech plays Old Dominion at 7 p.m. on ESPN, while Duke hosts Temple at 7:30 p.m. on ACC Network.
Saturday’s slate includes the first league game of the year with Louisville at Syracuse at 8 p.m. on ACC Network. Other September 3 games include North Carolina at Appalachian State at noon on ESPNU, NC State at East Carolina at noon on ESPN, Rutgers at Boston College at noon on ACC Network, Richmond at Virginia at 12:30 p.m. on RSN and Bethune-Cookman in Miami at 3:30 p.m. on ACC Network.
On Sunday, Sept. 4, Florida State travels to New Orleans to take on LSU at Caesars Superdome in Allstate Louisiana’s kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. The following night at Chick-fil-A’s kickoff game on Labor Day Monday, Georgia Tech hosts Clemson at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta at 8 p.m. on ESPN.