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The most pressing questions for every Power 5 conference

With the completion of spring football, we updated our 2017 top 25 with a new No. 1: Ohio State. As we get closer to the start of the season, here are the most pressing questions in each Power 5 conference.

Three burning questions for the ACC

  1. Will it be Florida State’s turn on the ACC championship seesaw?

Defending national champion Clemson and Florida State have combined to win each of the past six ACC championships. After the Seminoles won three in a row from 2012-14, the Tigers won each of the past two. But FSU seems poised to return to the top, especially with quarterback Deondre Francois coming back for his second season as a starter and the Tigers still searching for Deshaun Watson‘s replacement. Of course, FSU might have to survive a Nov. 11 trip to Clemson to win the ACC Atlantic.

  1. Is reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson the favorite again?

There has been only one two-time Heisman Trophy winner (Ohio State running back Archie Griffin in 1974 and ’75), and for good reason. Jackson was sacked a whopping 46 times last season, and the Cardinals’ inability to protect him during a three-game losing streak really dampened what might have been a special season in 2016. Along with making changes along the offensive line, Louisville coach Bobby Petrino wants Jackson to play under center more and develop as a downfield passer.

  1. Is there a true challenger in the ACC Coastal?

It would probably have to be Miami, which will need departed quarterback Brad Kaaya‘s replacement to play very well this coming season. Hurricanes coach Mark Richt still hasn’t picked between Malik Rosier and Evan Shirreffs, but whoever wins the job will have some nice weapons around him. Defending Coastal champion Virginia Tech has to replace a boatload of skill players, including quarterback Jerod Evans and top receivers Isaiah Ford and Bucky Hodges. North Carolina is basically starting from scratch on offense after losing quarterback Mitch Trubisky and six other starters. When it’s all said and done, Georgia Tech might end up being the pick.

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