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ESPN Names A "Darkhorse" ACC Team For 2018

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: A general view is seen during the College Football Sydney Cup match between Stanford University (Stanford Cardinal) and Rice University (Rice Owls) at Allianz Stadium on August 27, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Worldwide Leader has named a "darkhorse" ACC team for the 2018 season.

ESPN has named a "dark horse" ACC contender for the 2018 season. It's almost surely not who you think.

Boston College, which went 7-6 last season, is a potential contender in the ACC Atlantic Division. That's what ESPN college football writer David Hale thinks, anyway.

Hale says the Eagles are "poised" to be the division's dark horse. BC finished 4-4 in the conference last year. spoke to Boston College head coach Steve Addazio about his 2018 team. The Eagles played a lot faster in 2017 than they had previously. That's something to watch out for next season.

Maybe more than just talent, one thing that really changed last year was style. You guys ranked 15th in plays per game last year after being 110th the year before. What happened?

Addazio: One of the interesting things is, with our tempo, the plays we ran per game, we were in the top 15, and some of those games, we slowed down because we were winning. We changed who we are, restructured who we are, and I think we're on to something special right now. We have the ability to give you a spread or a pro-style offense with one grouping, with great, fast tempo. I think we're on the cutting edge of something good right now.

You can read ESPN's full interview with Boston College's head coach here.

Boston College opens the 2018 season on Sept. 1 against UMass.