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Southern Pigskin's top five ACC offensive lines for 2018.

1. Boston College: Four starters return, most notably awards candidate Chris Lindstrom at tackle, to an accomplished, veteran unit that keyed the Eagles' successes in 2017. Boston College and Mississippi State were the only two power five offenses in the country last season to average at least 220 yards rushing per game and give up 15 sacks or less. Up front, consistent play paved the way for running back AJ Dillon's 1,589 yards and 14 touchdowns, the latter being the most by a freshman in college football a year ago. Lindstrom and fellow senior Aaron Monteiro have a combined 66 career starts to their credit.

2. Wake Forest: There is a balanced core across the front five with the likes of center Ryan Anderson, guard Phil Haynes and tackle Justin Herron. Experience is also a major asset as the first-team will feature four redshirt seniors and a redshirt junior. The 20 sacks surrendered last fall are the fewest by the Demon Deacons this decade, literally half the total given up just two years ago. Notably, Wake Forest finished second in the ACC in total offense in 2017, finishing 17th nationally with 465.8 yards per game.

3. NC State: Veteran redshirt seniors Terrone Prescod and Tyler Jones give the Wolfpack a strong all-conference punch at guard and tackle, respectively. Remarkably, Jones has played every single snap of NC State's last 20 ACC games. This group helps elevate talented quarterback Ryan Finley as the Wolfpack ranked fifth nationally this past fall by allowing just 13 sacks in 13 games. With 1,480 yards and 109 points from their final three games, there is great momentum leading the offense forward, productivity which, in many ways, starts up front.

4. Clemson: All-American candidate Mitch Hyatt is a fixture at tackle and one of the best in all of college football. He started his first game as a true freshman and has not looked back, helping take the Tigers to three straight College Football Playoff appearances. Fifth-year center Justin Falcinelli is another leader and proven producer up front. A force on the ground, Clemson rushed for 40 touchdowns last season, finishing in the top ten in the country and ahead of the likes of Alabama, Auburn and Penn State.

5. Virginia Tech: Senior tackle Yosuah Nijman has developed into an absolute force at 6'7'', 322 pounds and is, in many ways, the prototype. He is back healthy after missing the second half of the schedule. Pass blocking was a strength for the Hokies last fall and should be once again this season. Redshirt seniors Kyle Chung, son of former Virginia Tech All-American lineman Eugene Chung, now an assistant for the Philadelphia Eagles, and Braxton Pfaff form an experienced duo at guard.