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  1. I swear, every year I've been here, Arizona has had lofty expectations only to fall way short. Does that happen again this year?
  2. With the help of Jumbo and Darman, I present to you the 1st and 2nd All-ACC teams for the 2020 season! 1st Team Offense QB: Benjamin Schuler, Florida State RB: Zahir Watts, Boston College FB: Maurice Ervin, Virginia Tech WR: Luke Cobb, Florida State WR: Adam Coles, Pittsburgh TE: Jonathan Greer, Virginia OT: Shawaun Holsey, Virginia OG: Cole Fay, Virginia Tech C: Tim Kerns, Pittsburgh OG: Aden Rosas, Virginia OT: Victor O'Connell, Georgia Tech K: Benjamin Rincon, Pittsburgh Defense DE: Josh Fenton, Georgia Tech DT: Tasura Lesa, Georgia Tech DT: Isaac Holley, NC State DE: Josiah Harden, North Carolina OLB: Shamar Addison, Florida State ILB: Darius Butler, Boston College OLB: Cameron Faulk, Virginia CB: Malachi Douglas, Clemson CB: Andrew Boyd, Boston College FS: Marquise Holliday, Clemson SS: Jonathan Norman, Virginia Tech P: Steven Tomlinson, Georgia Tech 2nd Team Offense QB: Grant McConnell, Pittsburgh RB: DeSean Dockery, Louisville FB: Anthony Smith, Syracuse WR: Josiah McCray, Clemson WR: Anthony Swanson, Georgia Tech TE: Brandon Hester, Louisville OT: Mahamadou Hooker, Virginia OG: Nicolas Quick, Clemson C: Aaron Peterson, Virginia Tech OG: Qio Alama, Florida State OT: Abdoulaye Taylor, NC State K: Leon Pack, Syracuse Defense DE: Tyler Ashworth, Florida State DT: Marcus Brown, Clemson DT: Nico McLeod, Florida State DE: Mahamadou Chavis, Virginia Tech OLB: Prince Matos, Louisville ILB: Ahmed Mark, Duke OLB: Chance McKenzie, Syracuse CB: Timothy Parks, Virginia CB: Bradley Nunn, Syracuse FS: Dylan Spann, Virginia Tech SS: Marlon Roland, Louisville P: Elliot Justice, Pittsburgh Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Here's to a great 2020 season for the best damn conference in the land!
  3. What was the thought process in putting in Dillon Scott over Jonathan Greer of Virginia? I'd figure that with Sitton leaving and with Rook staying, Greer would have been a heavy favorite to take a spot.
  4. There's some fantastic G5 representation on this list. I'm personally happy to see the C-USA and MAC get some representation in the form of Grady and Taylor, respectively. This is going to be a pretty good season!
  5. #NotAwful Love seeing these questions get answered. I think it can help newer members or teams in poor positions really find their footing. Can't wait for more of these!
  6. Florida State Seminoles 2019 Record: 10-3 (4-3 ACC) 4th in the ACC Atlantic It's hard to figure out what went wrong in Tallahassee last season, and that's surprising to say given the 10-3 finish. The 'Noles rode into the season with hopes of claiming the conference and playing in the playoffs once again, boasting a talented offensive trio and a super mean defense. However, the 'Noles tripped up against their three fellow Atlantic contenders, including a bizarre and shocking loss to Syracuse - their second consecutive loss to the Orange. Florida State is still primed to contend in 2020, returning their Heisman finalist quarterback with a potential 1st-round wide receiver and a still-loaded defense, but the loss of their top running back is just one of several bumps in the road. Notable Losses: RB Elijah Harden 5-8 187 Sr Gulf Coast Community College (Panama City, FL) 5.0 of 5.0 [speed] WR James Montgomery 6-1 161 (Sr) R.E. Lee (Montgomery, AL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] TE Martin Flores 6-4 247 (Sr) Grambling (Grambling, LA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blocking] DE Chad Armstrong 6-1 247 (Sr) Redemptorist (Baton Rogue, LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] DE Rex McKenna 6-2 254 (Sr) Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, GA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] CB Benjamin McNeil 6-1 167 (Sr) DeSoto County (Arcadia, FL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] SS Christopher Williams 5-11 184 (Sr) Pickens County (Reform, AL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] P Howard Lowe 5-9 163 (Sr) Thibodaux (Thibodaux, LA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Accuracy] There's a lot of pieces missing from a strong 2019 squad. Gone is the best running back in the conference (and among the best in the nation). Gone is Shuler's #2 receiver. Gone are both starting defensive ends. Gone are two leading players in a strong secondary. These are several key losses to a team that consistently is among the best teams in the nation. Harden is clearly the biggest hit; the offense had a perfect blend of passing and running last season, looking almost unstoppable in each facet. With Harden gone, the offense will almost certainly turn into a pass-first system. McNeil leaves a hole at cornerback, seeing the pecking order shift up one in an attempt to lock down top receivers. The loss of Williams leaves a larger hole at strong safety, leaving more work to do for D'Qwell Moore. Notable Returners: QB Benjamin Schuler 5-11 200 (Sr) West End (Walnut Grove AL) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pocket] WR Luke Cobb 6-5 198 Sr St. Cloud (St. Cloud, FL) 5.0 of 5.0 [Speed] OT Maximilian Page 6-4 278 (Jr) Archbishop McCarthy (FL, FL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Qio Alama 6-6 321 (Sr) Jasper County (Monticello GA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] C Joshua Rodgers 6-1 283 (So) Stephenson (Stone Mountain, GA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] OG Kofi Easley 6-7 288 (Sr) American (Hialeah FL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Caleb Pope 6-3 314 (Jr) Greensboro (Greensboro, AL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] DT Nico McLeod 6-6 292 (Sr) Hanceville (Hanceville AL) 4.0 of 4.0 [1-Gap] DT Oliver Ponce 6-5 327 (Jr) Northview (Bratt, FL) 4.0 of 4.0 [2-Gap] OLB Shamar Addison 6-0 243 (Sr) Wetumpka (Wetumpka AL) 5.0 of 5.0 [Coverage] ILB Graham Otto 6-0 245 (Sr) Northeast Jones (Laurel MS) 4.0 of 4.0 [Will] CB Sean Taylor 6-1 193 (Jr) Rockville (Rockville, IN) 3.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] FS D'Qwell Moore 6-3 203 Jr Miami Central (Miami, FL) 5.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] K Andrew Ryan 6-4 207 (Sr) Sebastian River (Sebastian FL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Accuracy] And this is why the 'Noles are scary once again. Not only do their return a Heisman finalist in Benjamin Schuler, but they return his favorite target and arguably the best receiver in the conference in Luke Cobb. The two were a deadly tandem last season, destroying secondaries to the tune of 1,269 yards and 11 touchdowns, both tops in the conference. In front of Schuler are five familiar faces; every member of the offensive line is pro-ready and was a starter last season, boding well for an offense that needs time to throw to likely be successful. Defensively, the pair of defensive tackles returns to clog up the middle and help JuCo transfer DE Tyler Ashworth in getting into opposing backfields. 1st round prospect Shamar Addison leads the linebackers after recording 31 tackles and 2 sacks last season. Sean Taylor is tasked with replacing Benjamin McNeil, and the corner has proven that he's capable of playing good receivers tough, picking off 5 passes and returning 3 for touchdowns during the 2019 campaing. D'Qwell Moore will anchor the secondary, covering for a weaker strong safety position with his great awareness and solid versatility. Despite losing a lot, the 'Noles return more than enough to remain title contenders. Potential Strengths: Maximum Protection - It's not often that you have five experienced pro-level linemen protecting you every snap. Schuler should have as much time as needed to find Cobb or any of his other targets, for not many defensive linemen or linebackers are going to be breaching this wall. It won't be perfect, but it's about as much as you can ask for if you're a quarterback that's not known for your mobility. Into the Brick Wall - Speaking of walls, this front seven is formidable against the run. Speaking from experience, this defense returns all the important members of a fearsome front seven and even adds Ashworth to strengthen the pass rush, but if there's one thing this group does best, it's stopping the run. Running backs in conference averaged 4.07 yards per carry last season, and those numbers are inflated thanks to a superb performance from Zahir Watts of BC. Quarterbacks can be a different story, although Dylan Bishop was a different breed. We should expect more of the same this year, although the front seven has to step it up against Watts and Kyle Palmer of Wake. Potential Weaknesses: Hit the Ground Passing? - The best part about the 'Noles' offense last season was its diversity; with Harden in the backfield, the offense was two-dimensional and at times impossible to stop. You'd key on Harden and the Schuler-Cobb connection would burn your secondary. Focus on the pass and Harden would zoom past your front seven. Harden graduated last season, and in his place steps...Richard Thurman? The offense should be completely one-dimensional this season, and it should be hard countered by any team with a good secondary (Clemson comes to mind). If there's anything this season that's going to keep Florida State from playing for a conference title, it's the lack of a running game. Taking Flight - The loss of Florida State's top corner and starting strong safety could pose problems this season. With Clemson returning Josiah McCray and others, their offense could do some damage to FSU's secondary. D'Qwell Moore is a fantastic free safety, and Sean Taylor definitely has potential, but hits at the second corner and strong safety could spell doom against stronger passing attacks. In a defense that looks solid in most places, those are two big holes that could prove troublesome as the competition gets stiffer. 2020 Schedule: Week 1: at Wyoming (Laramie, WY) Week 2: UMass (Tallahassee, FL) Week 4: Syracuse (Tallahassee, FL) Week 5: at Duke (Durham, NC) Week 7: Mississippi State (Tallahassee, FL) Week 8: at Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA) Week 9: Louisville (Tallahassee, FL) Week 10: Florida (Tallahassee, FL) Week 12: North Carolina State (Tallahassee, FL) Week 13: at Clemson (Clemson, SC) Week 15: at Wake Forest (Winston-Salem, NC) Week 16: Miami (FL) (Tallahassee, FL) What To Expect: The out-of-conference schedule is definitely manageable this season, with Wyoming and UMass being cakewalks and Florida and Mississippi State being in rebuilding phases. In conference, the only games that pose immediate problems are road games to Boston College and Clemson, both teams that took games over the 'Noles last season. With the holes that FSU has, I can see them losing to Clemson and narrowly beating BC, although the Watts problem still looms large. Louisville and Duke should provide tough challenges, but both should be wins. I foresee wins over Wyoming, UMass, Syracuse, Duke, Mississippi State, Boston College, Louisville, Florida, NC State, Wake Forest, and Miami (FL), and I see one loss to Clemson, leaving the 'Noles at 11-1 (7-1 ACC) and 2nd in the Atlantic. Best Case Scenario: There's only one thing that could be better: beating Clemson. The Tigers and Seminoles are the top two teams in the conference this season, and the winner is almost guaranteed a spot in Charlotte at the end of the regular season. A win in Clemson would ensure a 12-0 record, sending Florida State to the ACC Championship Game, where they should beat whoever comes out of the Coastal. At 13-0 and with an ACC crown, Florida State would be a Top 3 team in the College Football Playoff. Worst Case Scenario: The running game hits hard, and holes in the secondary prove costly. Zahir Watts runs over the 'Noles one more time, and DeSean Dockery of Louisville repeats Watts' performance a week later. Kyle Jefferson and his receivers give the 'Noles secondary a run for their money, but that should still stay in FSU's favor. At worst, the 'Noles should finish at 9-3 (5-3 ACC) and at 4th in the Atlantic, but even that would result in a second-consecutive letdown.
  7. Philly promptly reminds everyone why they were considered favorites to win the NFC East again.
  8. Late a day due to a plethora of work yesterday, but I'm always down to add to our wiki. Navbox ready to roll: New player page for SS Jake Leyva: New school page for Western Alamance High School: New page for the UMass Minutemen:
  9. Maybe I wanted to go to Huntington Special game just because Marshall is the team that got me into college football
  11. Virginia Tech Hokies 2019 Record: 6-7 (5-2 ACC) 3rd in the ACC Coastal It was all talk but little walk for the Hokies last season; with many talented pieces being saved for a 2019 run, it's safe to say that the end result fell very flat. While the offense came and went in strides, a leaky defense ultimately doomed the Hokies to a .500 regular season record, including a sad loss to rivals Virginia to end the season. 2020 was known to be a rebuilding year as early as the 2018 season, and now that it has finally arrived, we can fully understand why. The Hokies lose quite a few important pieces from last season, including the heralded Matthew Dobbs, and they lack the immediate talent to reload. Notable Losses: QB Matthew Dobbs 6-1 213 (Sr) Landstown (Virginia Beach, VA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Scrambling] RB Willie Lopez 5-11 199 (Sr) Kahuku (Kahuku, HI) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] WR Joseph Dickerson 5-11 158 (Sr) Sayre Area (Sayre, PA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Speed] OT Donald Reed 6-5 293 (Sr) Lakeland (Lakeland, FL) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OLB Dean Minter 6-1 238 (Sr) West Central (Hartford, SD) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] OLB Richard Ryan 6-3 230 (Sr) Theodore Roosevelt (Washington, DC) 4.5 of 4.5 [Coverage] At first it doesn't seem like a large quantitative amount, but the impact that these players left on the team is enormous. Dobbs is the obvious big name after being Tech's starter for four of the past five years, but Dickerson was his #1 target for most of that time. Donald Reed was a 1st-round offensive tackle, and the offensive line will take a huge loss with him gone. Both starting outside linebackers are gone, with Ryan being the more technically skilled and efficient of the two. Notable Returners: FB Maurice Ervin 5-8 207 (Sr) Patrick Henry Community College (Martinsville, VA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] TE Darnell Pierre 6-1 223 (Jr) Pleasant Grove (Pleasant Grove, UT) 4.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] C Aaron Petersen 6-4 255 (Sr) Jackson State Community College (Jackson, TN) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] OG Cole Fay 6-7 271 (So) Saint Albans (St. Albans, WV) 4.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] DE Mahamadou Chavis 6-0 250 (So) Tucker County (Hambleton, WV) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] CB Lucas Freeman 6-1 197 (So) Cummings (Burlington, NC) 3.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] SS Jonathan Norman 6-2 203 (Sr) Nassau CC (Garden City, NY) 5.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] P Erik Kline 6-2 169 (Sr) Cary (Cary NC) 4.5 of 4.5 [Accuracy] Ervin returns as Tech's leading rusher, and the fullback-turned-running back will be looked towards to carry the offense while breaking in a senior quarterback and a set of new receivers. The line looks stable however, with Peterson and Fay among a talented group of linemen, and Pierre provides reliable outside blocking and a solid target underneath for new quarterback Ralph Westfall. There are a few holes defensively again, but Chavis heads a slightly above average defensive line, and Freeman and Norman take charge of a young secondary that includes top corner recruit Trevor McKinney. Tech also returns one of the top punters in conference in Erik Kline, meaning the Hokies should win the field position battle more often than not. Potential Strengths: Ground Pound - Ervin was efficient on the ground in the Hokies' tumultuous 2019 campaign, and with an experienced offensive line in front of him (only two non-seniors), he should be gifted plenty of holes to gain chunks of yardage. The running game has to be as good as anticipated; the passing game won't do Ervin and Co. any favors. Pinning Them Deep - In a season where the offense is expected to do far less, Erik Kline might have the most important job on the team. If the offense is going to be predictable and/or runs into a team with a solid front seven, then Kline is going to have to put his leg to work, and he could do the defense many favors by consistently punting the ball 40-45 yards a kick. Of course, the defense will have to do their job, but it helps if they're not backed against the wall early. Potential Weaknesses: They Can Throw The Ball? - No Dobbs? No Dickerson? The situation is similar to that of last year's Miami, only way worse. Westfall doesn't have the arm that Dobbs had, nor does he have the game experience, and his receivers are a massive downgrade from last year's group (former RB Willie Lopez was the WR3 in a less than stellar passing game). As stated before, the running game will be leaned on to carry the offense, but that becomes too predictable all too often. Westfall has to prove the naysayers wrong if Tech is to find decent success on the offensive side of the ball. Youth in the Middle - With the departure of linebackers Minter and Ryan, Tech junior Ousmane Redding and freshman Jeffrey Benton to replace the two seniors. With Benton, you have a talented but very young player, and with Redding, you have a player that hasn't quite developed as expected, leaving two very vulnerable positions in the middle of the field. Redding, the more experienced of the two, will be tasked with helping the defensive line in pressuring the quarterback more often than not, and Benton will likely sit back in coverage to aid the secondary. Their inexperience could prove costly at times, especially considering some of the experience in the secondary. They have to be ready to fill in and play comfortably immediately, else teams could find success harassing the second layer of the field. 2020 Schedule: Week 2: Eastern Michigan (Blacksburg, VA) Week 3: Pittsburgh (Blacksburg, VA) Week 4: at Oklahoma State (Stillwater, OK) Week 5: North Carolina (Blacksburg, VA) Week 7: Nevada (Blacksburg, VA) Week 8: at Texas A&M (College Station, TX) Week 9: Clemson (Blacksburg, VA) Week 10: at Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA) Week 11: at Miami (FL) (Miami Gardens, FL) Week 13: Duke (Blacksburg, VA) Week 14: at Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA) Week 16: at Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) What To Expect: It's going to be rough in Blacksburg. The OOC is a little more favorable with EMU and a rebuilding Texas A&M on the schedule, but the cross-divisional slate is absolutely brutal, featuring a date with Clemson and a road trip to Boston College. I could foresee wins over EMU, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Miami, and Duke. Losses should come against Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State, Nevada, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Boston College, and Virginia, leaving the Hokies at 5-7 (3-5 ACC) and at 4th in the Coastal. The offense is going to struggle mightily this season, and the defense isn't strong enough to win games by themselves. Best Case Scenario: Westfall makes a lot of plays in the passing game, and the younger players in the defense play up to their potential. Trevor McKinney is a fantastic corner, creating a relatively tough secondary. Oklahoma State and Nevada suffer Top Player Loss Syndrome (Raheem and Akeel, respectively), and Matteo Rook (UVA) and Josh Beckett (GT) can't throw on this defense, resulting in a 9-3 record for the Hokies, finishing 2nd in the Coastal. Worst Case Scenario: The offense stalls as teams figure out that the Hokies really cannot throw the ball. Inexperience at linebacker and Trevor McKinney's growing pains lead to a leaky defense once again, and the Hokies lose close games to Duke and Texas A&M, finishing at a lowly 3-9 and in desperate need of a refresher on the offensive side of the ball.
  12. imo you left two of the best prospects off the board completely. Shamar Ware and Shane Easley out of PSU are both scary af
  13. Pittsburgh Panthers 2019 Record: 9-5 (6-1 ACC) 1st in the ACC Coastal Pittsburgh had a season for the ages in 2019, winning the Coastal for the second time in program history after having to replace decorated quarterback Luke Williams. The Panthers' five losses came to teams that finished the 2019 season in the Top 25, including four losses to playoff teams (three to championship game participants). With a solid dual-threat offense and a hearty defense, Pittsburgh was able to breeze through the Coastal en route to the conference title game in Charlotte, and despite the departure of quite a few key pieces from that squad, the Panthers will be looking to take the division once again in 2020. Notable Losses: RB Rodrigo Rogers 5-11 204 (Sr) Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, KS) 4.0 of 4.0 [Speed] TE Hunter Goodson 6-2 239 (Sr) Fort Scott CC (Fort Scott, KS) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blocking] OG Marc Kerns 6-1 270 Sr Middlesex County College (Edison, NJ) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] DT Michael McBride 6-4 313 (Sr) Pleasant (Marion, OH) 5.0 of 5.0 [2-Gap] OLB Joey Johnston 6-4 217 (Sr) Classical (Providence, RI) 3.5 of 3.5 [Coverage] SS Corey Davis 6-2 195 Sr Gateway (Monroeville PA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] Rogers wasn't heralded in Pittsburgh until his final season, where he exploded for 1,216 yards and 13 touchdowns in a more run-friendly offense. Losing Rogers leaves a big dent in an explosive offense, potentially forcing McConnell to throw the ball more. Also gone is Pitt's 3rd-leading receiver in Goodson, who recorded 596 yards and 8 scores in his senior season. Kerns was a rock on the line, and losing him alongside fellow guard Kenneth Sanchez might result in a few consistency issues on a line playing only two starters from last season. All-ACC defensive tackle McBride is gone after recording 8 sacks in his senior season, and Davis is no longer around to anchor a solid secondary. Losing McBride and Davis, two phenomenal players during their time at Pitt, will surely put a sting in the upcoming season. Notable Returners: QB Grant McConnell 6-4 198 Sr Orange County Community College (Middletown, NY) 4.5 of 4.5 [Scrambling] WR Adam Coles 6-0 198 (Jr) Parkersburg (Parkersburg, WV) 5.0 of 5.0 [Speed] WR Samuel Ritter 6-2 218 Sr Notre Dame (Lawrenceville, NJ) 4.0 of 4.0 [Target] OT Jaime Reyna 6-2 277 (Jr) Ohatchee (Ohatchee, AL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] C Tim Kerns 6-1 271 (Sr) LaFayette (LaFayette GA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] DE Messiah Pruitt 6-1 263 (Jr) L.E. Dieruff (Allentown, PA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Contain] ILB Abe Rock 6-3 235 (Jr) Trinity (Trinity, NC) 4.5 of 4.5 [Mike] CB Khalil William 6-0 173 (Sr) Mayer Lutheran (Mayer MN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Jeremiah Davis 6-1 202 (Jr) North East (North East, PA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] It's obviously great to return your starting quarterback from a successful campaign, and with the improvements of Coles and Ritter, the passing game should improve from last season. Kerns and Reyna are the only two returning members of the offensive line; their experience and leadership will be needed to keep the line sturdy. Pruitt was second in sacks to McBride, having recorded 4.5 in his sophomore season and returning as the most veteran player in the pass rush. Abe Rock is, well, a rock at inside linebacker, racking up 47 tackles last season and even picking up an interception. William and Davis will look to cover for a weaker secondary, coming in as two corners with a lot of experience against higher-end receivers (see Josiah McCray, Cameron Beatty, etc). Potential Strengths: Experience Downfield - We know the passing game is going to be great, but I'd say that's more because of the skill that Coles and Ritter bring to the table than it is McConnell's arm. In Coles, the Panthers have a 1,000-yard receiver, being a big threat to get past slower players in the secondary. Ritter provides a solid option #2, having picked up 624 yards himself in the same role last season. Goodson is a notable loss, having been McConnell's favorite target in the red zone, but Dovid Dobson has the hands to be a very capable threat. Sharp Corners - The Panthers have two skilled corners in Khalil William and Jeremiah Davis, with the former providing a nuisance to some of the better receivers in the conference. With Clemson off the schedule and with Florida State and Boston College being avoided, the toughest receivers Pittsburgh will likely face in conference are Cameron Beatty of Virginia, Sean Spaczek of Duke, and Omari Ruff of NC State, all opposition that William has handled in the past or can handle in the near future. Quarterbacks won't get many open looks with these on the field, but William and Davis will have to be on the top of their game to cover for a rather interesting secondary. Potential Weaknesses: Safety First? - Yes, I know inside linebacker to strong safety is a relatively safe transition, but not having a player who can play that position naturally could be damning potentially. Besides the fact that Simon Newman is an obvious step down from Corey Davis, he'll be having to adapt to the position in real time, and teams looking to contend can't really afford that. I could be wrong and Newman could play out of his mind, but it's a very major concern to me. In the Sack - Pittsburgh loses both McBride and defensive end Phillip Tillman, losing 8.5 of the teams' 14 sacks. While Pruitt does return (as the only returning starting player on the defensive line)and Matthew Waldron is certainly capable of keeping some pressure on the line, the loss of McBride will certainly be felt during the season. Pitt generated a ton of pressure last season thanks in part to McBride's explosiveness up the middle; losing him should be reflected in the decline of the number of sacks. Pitt should still be able to get to the quarterback, but with the pass rush expected to decline, quarterbacks could find the time to expose Pitt's safeties. 2020 Schedule: Week 2: at West Virginia (Morgontown, WV) Week 3: at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) Week 4: at Penn State (State College, PA) Week 5: at Oklahoma (Norman, OK) Week 7: Stanford (Pittsburgh, PA) Week 8: Virginia (Pittsburgh, PA) Week 9: North Carolina (Pittsburgh, PA) Week 10: at Duke (Durham, NC) Week 12: Miami (FL) (Pittsburgh, PA) Week 13: at Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA) Week 14: North Carolina State (Pittsburgh, PA) Week 15: at Syracuse (Syracuse, NY) What to Expect: That opening stretch is brutal. Playing four consecutive road games, including two against teams that should be contending for conference titles and one against a divisional rival, is absolutely insane. Fortunately for the Panthers, both Virginia Tech and Oklahoma are expected to take steps back, although the latter will still be a very tough opponent in Norman. Aside from the Virginia game (in Pittsburgh), the conference schedule definitely doesn't look scary, and Pitt should escape with at most one conference loss. Once again, though, Pittsburgh should get off to a slow start only to roar back in conference to be a top two team in the Coastal. I foresee wins against Virginia Tech, Stanford, North Carolina, Duke, Miami (FL), Georgia Tech, NC State, and Syracuse. Pitt should fall in games to West Virginia, Penn State, Oklahoma, and Virginia, leaving the Panthers at 8-4 (7-1 ACC) and 2nd in the Coastal. Best Case Scenario: The secondary plays much better than expected and makes life hard for passing threats (Foster at WVU, Rook at UVA). Rook is harassed at Heinz Field, and Pittsburgh walks away with yet another clean divisional record while also claiming the scalp of the Sooners, ending up as a Top 15 team at 10-2, playing in Charlotte for the second consecutive season. Worst Case Scenario: The defense takes more steps back and falters against most teams with a solid passing attack, letting Virginia, Duke, and Georgia Tech throw over them. 6-6 seems to be the floor for Pittsburgh, but that would be disappointing given the results of last season and the expectations this season.
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  15. Updated as of 4/17/17 at 12:35 EST Available Teams: AAC: Houston, Tulsa ACC: None Big Ten: None Big Twelve: None C-USA: Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, UTEP Independents: Army MAC: Bowling Green MWC: Utah State, UNLV PAC-12: None SEC: None

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