2020 ACC Preview: Cards, Canes Headline Deep LeagueSeason Preview
Heading into 2020, the ACC looks stronger than it has been since 2016, when it sent a record 10 teams to regionals (since tied by the SEC). In 2016, Louisville (No. 2) and Miami (No. 6) were the ACC’s two highest-ranked teams in the preseason, and they lived up to the billing, winning their respective divisions and reaching the 50-win mark overall. This year, the Cardinals and Hurricanes are once again the ACC’s favorites, as Louisville is ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history and Miami isn’t far behind at No. 3.
The ACC also has a very strong middle tier after those two front-runners, who are joined in the Top 25 rankings by No. 12 Florida State, No. 15 Duke, No. 16 NC State, No. 18 Wake Forest, No. 19 Georgia Tech and No. 23 North Carolina. Virginia and Clemson join those teams as regional teams in our projection, which would give the ACC 10 regional teams for just the second time ever. But Boston College and Virginia Tech both have the look of very dangerous sleepers who could easily jump up in the standings, while first-year coach Link Jarrett and second-year coach Mike Bell are working hard to rebuild Notre Dame and Pittsburgh, respectively.
Our conference preview includes:
- Projected Order of Finish
- Preseason Awards
- Top Prospects
- Top Prospects, 2020 Draft
- Top Prospects, 2021 Draft
- Top Freshmen
- Team by Team Breakdowns
Bold indicates 2019 regional team, and records are from 2019. Teams are listed in order of projected 2020 finish.
Projected Regional Team (10): Louisville, Miami, Florida State, Duke, NC State, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia, Clemson
Player of the Year: Patrick Bailey, C, NC State
Pitcher of the Year: Reid Detmers, LHP, Louisville
Freshman of the Year: Nate Savino, LHP, Virginia