— N.C. State’s Dave Doeren might be a touch underrated knowing the Wolfpack have a .641 winning percentage the last three seasons and have done an excellent job producing NFL talent.— Mad about your coach’s ranking? Don’t be. Eight coaches are ranked from No. 34-49, starting with Syracuse’s Dino Babers and ending with first-year Louisville coach Scott Satterfield. There’s not much separation between those coaches and they likely will shuffle in this range again in 2020.— Among returning coaches, Babers jumped 47 spots from last year’s overall rankings for the biggest gain. Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente had an 14-spot fall for the biggest drop. Mack Brown is back in the ACC with North Carolina. Is he really the No. 2 coach in the conference? Sporting News answered that question in its annual 1-130 coach rankings. Today, we’ll dig a little deeper into our ACC coach rankings. Brown is ranked No. 2 among ACC coaches behind Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who has won two national championships in the last three years. Swinney is the runaway at No. 1 in this year’s rankings. Brown, 67, is back after a five-year hiatus following his stint at Texas. We can defend this ranking, too.MORE: ACC 2019 early conference primerBrown is one of just five FBS coaches with a national championship. Brown made aggressive coordinator hires in getting offensive coordinator Phil Longo from Ole Miss and defensive coordinator Jay Bateman from Army. We have the feeling he’s out to prove the game hasn’t passed him by. That will translate to the Tar Heels competing for ACC Coastal Division championships sooner rather than later.Plus, the rest of the field is lumped together. With that in mind, here is a look at our ACC coach rankings: 2019 ACC Coach Rankings RankNameSchoolWLPCT.OVR1Dabo SwinneyClemson11630.79522Mack BrownNorth Carolina244122.667243David CutcliffeDuke111101.524274Dino BabersSyracuse3628.563345Dave DoerenNorth Carolina State6638.635356Justin FuenteVirginia Tech5138.573387Pat NarduzziPittsburgh2824.538428Dave ClawsonWake Forest6066.476459Bronco MendenhallVirginia11565.6394710Willie TaggartFlorida State5257.4774811Scott SatterfieldLouisville4716.7464912Steve AddazioBoston College3838.5006114Manny DiazMiami00.0006813Geoff CollinsGeorgia Tech1510.60069MORE: SN’s post-spring preseason top 25Quick reads — There is a strong argument to be made for Duke’s David Cutcliffe in the top 25 (or even higher) knowing he has led the Blue Devils to five winning seasons in the last six years.
MORE: NFL’s highest-paid QBs in salary, guaranteed money, contract valueSporting News takes a closer look: Rushing yards: Eric Dickerson, 2,105 (1984) Dickerson’s record has stood for more than 25 years. Only seven NFL players have rushed for more than 2,000 yards in a single season. Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 2,097 yards in 2012, is the last player to get closer to Dickerson’s record. Dickerson averaged 131.6 yards per game that season. Broken record? It would take 123.8 yards per game over 17 games to get there. Three running backs have averaged more than that since 2000: Peterson (131.1), Jamal Lewis (129.1) and Chris Johnson (125.4). It would take a special running back to get there. Passing yards: Peyton Manning, 5,477 (2013) Manning’s season is one of 12 in which quarterbacks have passed more than 5,000 yards since Dan Marino first did it with 5,084 yards in 1984. Eleven of those 12 seasons have happened since 2008, and Drew Brees has five of those seasons. Broken record? It might not take 17 games to do it. Jameis Winston passed for 5,109 yards in 2019, and Ben Roethlisberger passed for 5,129 yards in 2018. This record will get broken sooner rather than later, and the only question is how much more than 5,500 that record will be once we go to 17. Passing TDs: Peyton Manning, 55 (2013) Manning, Tom Brady (50) and Patrick Mahomes (50) are the only ones to hit the 50-TD threshold, and there have been 10 seasons with 40 or more TD passes. Manning, Dan Marino, Aaron Rodgers and Brees are the only quarterbacks to pass for more than 40 TDs more than once. Broken record? It won’t be easy, but Mahomes is a good bet to break this one, too. Quarterbacks who hit the 40-TD mark will become much more commonplace. Hey, 40 is the new 30. MORE: Ranking the NFL’s top 50 free agents for 2020Receiving yards: Calvin Johnson, 1,964 (2012) Megatron broke the single-season record with 1,964 yards in 2012, a record set by Jerry Rice with 1,848 in 1995. Since then, Julio Jones (1,871) and Antonio Brown (1,834) have put up monster seasons. Broken record? Yes, but it has to be done by a Hall of Fame-caliber receiver. We might get a 2,000-yard receiver with a 17-game schedule. Michael Thomas led the league with 1,725 yards in 2019. Receiving TDs: Randy Moss, 23 (2007) Moss caught 23 TDs in that magical season with Tom Brady, and the only other players with 18 or more in a single season are Rice (22), Mark Clayton (18) and Sterling Sharpe (18). Broken record? Considering Detroit’s Kenny Golladay led the league with 11 TDs last season, there’s a long way to go. The TD-reception leader averaged 14.5 TDs per season from 2010 to 2019. Moss’ record might be safe for years to come. Total TDs: LaDainian Tomlinson, 31 (2006) Tomlinson’s record will be hard to top given that only five running backs have piled up 25 TDs or more in a single season. That exclusive list also includes Shaun Alexander (28), Priest Holmes (27), Marshall Faulk (26) and Emmitt Smith (25). Broken record? No. Aaron Jones led the NFL with 19 total TDs last season. This record might stand even through an 18-game season. Scrimmage yards: Chris Johnson, 2,509 (2009) Johnson had a dream season for fantasy owners in 2009. It’s one of 11 seasons in NFL history when a player had more than 2,300 yards from scrimmage. It’s been done eight times since 2000. How will a 17-game schedule affect the NFL record book? That’s one of the secondary questions after the NFL reached an agreement with its players Sunday that extended the collective bargaining agreement through 2030. Several single-season records that are a treasured part of the 16-game format might be challenged when the league moves to 17 games. Others might be safe no matter what. Will that diminish the NFL record book? Broken record? Yes, and Christian McCaffrey, who had 2,392 yards from scrimmage last season, could do that if he stays healthy over the next few years. Sacks: Michael Strahan, 22.5 (2001) Strahan’s record has held up for two decades, despite some close calls from Jared Allen (22) and Justin Houston (22). J.J. Watt has two seasons with 20-plus sacks, and Aaron Donald had 20.5 in 2018. Broken record? Yes. There are enough elite pass rushers in the league to get to 20, and one of them will eventually break through.