ImposterCauster

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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: http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=List_of_North_Carolina_State_Wolfpack_starting_quarterbacks New player page for SS Jake Leyva: http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Jake_Leyva New school page for Western Alamance High School: http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=Western_Alamance_High_School New page for the UMass Minutemen: http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=UMass
  9. Maybe I wanted to go to Huntington Special game just because Marshall is the team that got me into college football
  10. MA BOI #FIREUP
  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.
  14. Louisville Cardinals 2019 Record: 6-7 (3-4 ACC) 5th in the ACC Atlantic After an off 2018 season, the Cardinals made strides to reach the postseason in 2019. With the exception of a huge upset over Boston College, Louisville's season played out as expected, winning the games they needed to win and losing the games they were expected to lose. The Cardinals keep a lot of pieces from last year's squad and upgrade at a few pivotal positions, priming the Cardinals for a potentially special 2020 season. Notable Losses: FB Aboubacar Fair 5-9 252 Sr Evarts (Evarts KY) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] TE Eli Bryant 6-3 194 Sr Creek Wood (Charlotte TN) 3.0 of 3.0 [Receiving] Believe it or not, Louisville returns 21 of their 22 starters, including all 11 on the defensive side of the ball, from the 2019 campaign, although some of these players won't be starters this season. Their only "major" losses on the offensive side of the ball are that of Aboubacar Fair, the fullback, and Eli Bryant, the second-string tight end. Bryant did record 171 yards and a touchdown last season, but the Cardinals do have Aiden White ready to fill in for him. Notable Returners: QB Ayden Steele 6-3 194 (Sr) Evarts (Evarts KY) 3.5 of 3.5 [Hybrid] RB Maurice White 5-11 172 (Sr) Fulton City (Fulton KY) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed] WR Devon Sewell 6-2 216 Jr Port St. Lucie (Port St. Lucie, FL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Target] OG Mekhi Norwood 6-2 295 (Jr) Heber Springs (Heber Springs, AR) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] OT Theo Swift 6-5 321 Sr Kenwood (Clarksville, TN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] OLB Prince Matos 6-1 254 Jr Mt. Pleasant (Mt. Pleasant, TN) 3.5 of 4.5 [Blitz] ILB Beckett Ring 5-11 253 (So) Wynne (Wynne, AR) 3.0 of 4.0 [Will] Louisville's offense was definitely focused more on the run last season, and with the offensive line returning two talented veterans in Norwood and Swift, and with Steele taking the reigns under center one last time, the offense should be as potent as ever. White might not be the starter at back with the arrival of JuCo transfer DeSean Dockery, but he provides trusted depth. Defensively, 2019's MVP on this side of the ball, Prince Matos, captains a unit with a few solid and youthful additions. With 3.5 sacks and 2 interceptions last season, younger players like CB Logan Swain, DE Damian Holley, and ILB Beckett Ring can look up to Matos to make a play or inspire. Potential Strengths: Running Game - The strength of the Cardinals' offense last season only gets better in 2020. The highly-touted DeSean Dockery is expected to be a great improvement over Maurice White. The right side of the line returns as starters with Swift and Norwood providing sound coverage, and the left side introduces us to true freshman Brady Holmes, one of the hotter OT recruits this past recruiting cycle. Ayden Steele adds an extra element to the ground game, although he won't be relied on nearly as much this year. Louisville's ground game should be one of the better one's in the conference, and the expected explosiveness of Dockery behind a talented line should be enough to give most teams trouble. Linebackers - We discussed the return of Prince Matos, the do-it-all man for the Cards last year, but the introduction of Beckett Ring at inside linebacker should cover for a younger and lesser-talented defensive line. Matos was relied on to strengthen a weaker pass rush (3.5 of the teams 8 sacks) and cover for when the line couldn't get to the quarterback (38 tackles and 2 interceptions). Ring provides an upgrade in coverage against tight ends, replacing teammate Antoine Patton at the position. Hudson Tompkins is the weakest of this unit, but he has shown the ability to get to the quarterback as well, rounding out what should be a solid linebacker corp for Louisville. Potential Weaknesses: Safeties - Marlon Roland and Jacory McMillan both return after last season, combining for 68 tackles and 3 interceptions (all picks from Roland). This unit wasn't particularly strong in conference last season, with opposing quarterbacks averaging 7.34 yards per attempt and 247.28 yards per game (QBs being Benjamin Schuler, Josh Beckett, Randy Roberts, Blake Fry, Dylan Bishop, Elias Milner, and Jamel Armstrong). Matos was solid in coverage last season, and Ring should help out down the middle of the field, but neither linebackers can help on longer passes. Roland and McMillan will have to step it up in coverage for Louisville to be solid against the pass. Youth at Pivotal Positions - Louisville might be returning most of their starters from last season, but a few new additions are younger and a bit more raw. Logan Swain is the best example of this; the redshirt freshman corner definitely has the talent to be a shutdown corner in the coming years, but with Swain not being battle tested, many high-level receivers in the division, such as Josiah McCray and Luke Cobb) should be able to feast off his inexperience. Damien Holley should inject new life into a pass rush in need of assistance on the line, but like Swain, he'll struggle against more experienced lineman. The Cards add two freshman to the left side of the offensive line, and despite the talent that Brady Holmes brings to the table, quite a few defensive ends in the conference could give him quite the challenge. It's not a knock on talent for the Cardinals, but the inexperience of a few of these players has the potential to cost them games this year. 2020 Schedule: Week 2: at Illinois (Champaign, IL) Week 3: Georgia State (Louisville, KY) Week 4: at UAB (Birmingham, AL) Week 6: Boston College (Louisville, KY) Week 7: Clemson (Louisville, KY) Week 8: Kentucky (Louisville, KY) Week 9: at Florida State (Tallahassee, FL) Week 11: at North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC) Week 12: Syracuse (Louisville, KY) Week 13: at North Carolina State (Raleigh, NC) Week 14: at Wake Forest (Winston-Salem, NC) Week 15: Virginia (Louisville, NC) What To Expect: The Cardinals look much improved over last season, but they're still a ways away from challenging Clemson and Florida State for the Atlantic crown. A lot of these games are winnable, however, and there is potential to tie or break their school record of 7 wins, set in 2017 by Broletariat (now in his 5th season). Illinois, Clemson, and Florida State seem unwinnable for Louisville, and the game with BC should favor the Eagles. Louisville should be expected to beat Georgia State, UAB, Kentucky, UNC, Syracuse, and Wake Forest, and they'll likely be favorites against NC State. Virginia matches up solidly against Louisville, but to say that game is out of reach would be an underestimation of what Louisville can do. I predict Louisville to finish 7-5 (4-4 ACC), rising to 4th in the Atlantic division and tying the school record for wins in a season. Best Case Scenario: Louisville's newcomers play up to expectations, tightening the pass coverage and finally adding pressure to the quarterback, resulting in a solid senior day win over Virginia and a stunning upset over the Tigers in Week 7. Florida State and Boston College are two tightly-contested battles, and Illinois' offense struggles to find opportunities, but each of those teams will pull out a victory, but Louisville will still pull out 9 wins and a 3rd-place finish in the division. Worst Case Scenario: The freshman aren't quite prepared to carry their new burden, and Dockery isn't able to live up to the hype, leading to blowouts in their three big divisional games and an upset loss in Raleigh. Evan Grant does Evan Grant things and makes the Cardinals pay for last season's victory over Georgia State, and Louisville is left severely disappointed and without a bowl game at 5-7.
  15. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 2019 Record: 5-8 (4-3 ACC) 4th in the ACC Coastal 2019 was a year of growing pains down in Atlanta. The Touchdown Duo of Josh Beckett and Anthony Swanson finally got their time in the spotlight and played above standards, with Swanson earning the ACC Offensive Freshman of the Year. Woes in the running game bogged down the offense however, and Georgia Tech struggled to a 5-7 season record, including an embarrassing loss to rivals Georgia with bowl eligibility on the line. Fortunately, they Jackets were one of four teams with losing records to play in a bowl game. Unfortunately, the Jackets dropped yet another bowl game to an AAC foe, this time being UCF. While the offensive side of the ball gets older in most positions, a few key departures on the defensive side could make for another nervy season. Notable Losses: RB Victor Hill 5-6 221 (Sr) Loyola (Shreveport, LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Power] OG Daniel Lujan 6-6 272 (Sr) Seminole County (Donalsonville, GA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] C Charlie Millard 6-3 271 Sr J.S. Clark (Opelousas LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] ILB Devin Aguilar 6-2 237 (Sr) Lee Academy (Clarksdale, MS) 4.0 of 4.0 [Mike] CB Sean Benson 5-10 178 (Sr) Bayou Academy (Cleveland, MS) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Steve Williams 6-0 201 (Sr) Hunter-Kinard-Tyler (Neeses, SC) 4.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] FS Bradley Vaughn 41791 224 Sr Durant (Durant MS) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] K Clyde Smith 5-8 207 (Sr) Elkins (Elkins, AR) 4.0 of 4.0 [Power] Offensively, losing Victor Hill isn't huge in the sense that he wasn't a large part of the normally pass-heavy Yellow Jackets; however, losing an experienced play like Hill and replacing him with the young and inexperienced Bob Squires cannot possibly be any better. Losing two members of the offensive line also hurts, although Ronan Messina will be able to slide over and fill in for Lujan. The big losses come on the defense, where the Jackets lose their top cornerback in Sean Benson, their top safety-turned-third cornerback in Steve Williams, their starting free safety in Bradley Vaughn, and the lynchpin of their defense in Devin Aguilar. Aguilar and Benson in particular were huge contributors to a solid defense, and the defense will show some growing pains with subpar replacements. Smith was a decently reliable kicker, but the Jackets do have five other kickers to fill in (none with the power found in Smith's leg, however). Notable Returners: QB Josh Beckett 6-3 211 (So) Manchester (Manchester, GA) 4.0 of 5.0 [Pocket] FB Anthony Langley 6-1 219 (Jr) Crestview (Crestview, FL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] WR Anthony Swanson 6-0 229 (So) Schley County (Ellaville, GA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Target] TE Jahmir Rolle 6-1 216 (Jr) White Hall (White Hall, AR) 5.0 of 5.0 [Receiving] OT Victor O’Connell 6-7 271 (Sr) Pope (Marietta GA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] OG Ronan Messina 6-7 312 (Jr) Loganville (Loganville, GA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] OT Dylan Vaughn 6-4 269 (Sr) West Monroe (West Monroe LA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] DE Josh Fenton 6-0 251 (Sr) Calhoun Falls (Calhoun Falls SC) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] DT Tasura Lesa 6-6 303 (Sr) Athens (Athens AL) 4.0 of 4.0 [2-Gap] DT Noel Oliver 6-1 287 (Jr) Calhoun Falls (Calhoun Falls, SC) 4.0 of 4.0 [1-Gap] OLB Julian Tolbert 6-2 221 (Sr) Calhoun (Letohatchee AL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Coverage] SS Victor Browne 6-2 183 (Sr) Minor (Adamsville AL) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] What will make the Jackets scary this year is the offense. Beckett and Swanson were rumored to have spent the entire summer together to strengthen an already powerful connection, and the tandem will be ready to show that off this season. Rolle returns as a solid option underneath once again for Beckett, and three outstanding members of the offensive line will be able to give Beckett all the time he needs to make an impact. All-ACC selections Josh Fenton and Tasura Lesa will look to wreak havoc on offensive lines for the last time together; the tandem combined for 21.5 sacks last season. Tolbert and Oliver round out some needed experience in the front seven, and Browne looks to be the captain of a weakened secondary, though his impact will be needed after accounting for two interceptions last season (both returned for touchdowns). Potential Strengths: Pass, Pass, Pass - Few quarterbacks in the conference were as productive as Beckett, with the former freshman throwing for 3,631 yards (2nd ACC) and 24 touchdowns (5th ACC). His receiving corp remains mostly the same with the exception of Alexander Bundy being redshirted and Victor Hill graduating, meaning we should hopefully see Beckett complete more passes and throw less interceptions (his 15 were topped only by Kyle Jefferson). The experience offensive line will give Beckett more than enough time to find some openings, meaning this passing attack could be a lot deadlier than in previous years. Pass Rush - This is pretty much a given, with the defense returning the top two players in sacks recorded last season. Fenton was a beast off the edge, racking up 10.5 sacks and 36 tackles, while Lesa was a monster up the middle, picking up 11 sacks and 34 tackles. Noel Oliver should see more playing time this season, adding potentially another big body to this bulldozer of a pass rush. Offensive lines in the conference haven't gotten that much better, so expect Fenton and Lesa in particular to do their thing and hopefully sway games in favor of Georgia Tech. Potential Weaknesses: Run, Run, Run - For as good as this passing game is expected to be, the running game will be the complete opposite. Victor Hill wasn't great running the ball, only seeing 211 carries and getting 771 yards and 5 touchdowns off of them. Bob Squires will not be any better at picking up yards on the ground. Squires is a pretty big step back from Hill, and that's saying something. Tech should pull a 2019 Syracuse and turn to their fullback, Anthony Langley, to carry the load, but the ground game will still be another weakness yet again in what needs to be a year of improvement for the Jackets. Cutting Corners - Losing Sean Benson hurts, and when your best replacement is sophomore Dwayne Lloyd, you're going to run into some problems. When you're second cornerback is actually a free safety, you're going to run into some more problems. Tech is not deep at corner, and they're not very talented there either. With Josiah McCray, Adam Coles, and Sean Spaczek on the schedule, the defense is going to be scorched. The skill at safety isn't that great to cover for the corners, even if Browne is one of the better strong safeties in the conference. The pass rush might force a few bad passes here and there, but if they're unable to make an impact, Georgia Tech is going to see the ball fly. 2020 Schedule: Week 1: Georgia State (Atlanta, GA) Week 2: at Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL) Week 4: at Clemson (Clemson, SC) Week 6: North Carolina (Atlanta, GA) Week 7: Wake Forest (Atlanta, GA) Week 8: at Miami (FL) (Miami Gardens, FL) Week 9: at Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) Week 10: Virginia Tech (Atlanta, GA) Week 12: Auburn (Atlanta, GA) Week 13: Pittsburgh (Atlanta, GA) Week 14: at Duke (Durham, NC) Week 16: Georgia (Atlanta, GA) The Jackets are blessed with 7 home games, but they certainly won't come away with a perfect home record. Pittsburgh, Auburn, and Georgia seem slightly out of reach, though the rest of the home slate should be very manageable, with games against the always struggling Wake Forest and a rapidly declining North Carolina team on that slate. Virginia Tech loses a lot from last season, so that should be a strong rivalry win for the Jackets, and Miami both loses a lot and has a lot of young talent. I foresee wins against Georgia State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Miami (FL), Virginia Tech, and Duke. Tech should fall against Alabama, Clemson, Virginia, Auburn, Pittsburgh, and Georgia, meaning the Jackets should finish at 6-6 (5-3 ACC), good enough for 3rd in the Coastal. Best Case Scenario: The pass rush more than makes up for the secondary's woes, and Langley gets put in at running back and adds a very important element to the offense. Georgia and Virginia are overcome by strong passing performances and a powerful pass rush, and the Jackets pull off upsets to finish at 8-4, still 3rd in the division. Worst Case Scenario: The running game goes nowhere, and the offense becomes too predictable for teams with above average secondaries. Evan Grant runs into a weaker linebacker corp and tears off huge chunks of yards in another upset of an in-state team, and Duke's thriving expected aerial assault from Kyle Jefferson burns a subpar secondary, leaving the Yellow Jackets at 4-8, actually looking worse than they did a year ago.
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  19. Duke Blue Devils 2019 Record: 4-8 (0-7 ACC) 7th in the ACC Coastal The Blue Devils went on a rather crazy ride last season. After three strong wins to open the season, including a big one in Atlanta over Georgia State, Duke was only able to win only one of their final nine games. We saw the best and worst of Kyle Jefferson in his true freshman season, and we saw a defense that struggled heavily at times. 2019 was a step back after nearly reaching the postseason in 2018, but the 2020 season shows a lot of promise for a team primed to overcome a few major hurdles. Notable losses: WR Danny Paz 6-0 219 Sr Keefe Technical (Framingham MA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Target] DE Zachary Allen 6-2 250 (Jr) Westside (Clear Fork WV) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] OG Carter Walden 6-7 290 Sr Castlewood (Castlewood VA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] OG Colin Talbert 6-8 330 (Sr) Elkins (Elkins, AR) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] RB Jeffrey Galindo 5-11 221 (Sr) Saranac Lake (Saranac Lake, NY) 3.0 of 3.0 [Power] RB Joe McNeil 5-9 202 (Sr) East Greenwich (East Greenwich, RI) 3.0 of 3.0 [Power] OLB Travis Blackman 5-11 236 Sr L.E. Dieruff (Allentown PA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Coverage] Looking at what Duke lost during the offseason, you could argue that aside from Paz, the Blue Devils don't lose too much prodution. Allen failed to make his presence known in the backfield last season, and the two running backs, while being Duke's top two rushers, were outdone by Reginald Saunders of Virginia. Yes, Saunders had more yards alone than the two Duke backs combined. It always hurts to lose experienced members of the offensive line though, and Paz was a huge part of a pass-oriented offense, but aside from those two, Duke really isn't hurt by their offseason losses. Notable Returners: QB Kyle Jefferson 6-2 204 So Parkview (Lilburn, GA) 3.0 of 5.0 [Pocket] WR Sean Spaczek 6-2 201 Jr Wayne Hills (Wayne, NJ) 4.0 of 4.0 [Target] DE Omar Vasquez 5-11 236 Sr Danville Community College (Danville, VA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] DT Kai Betts 6-7 320 (Sr) Friends (Wilmington DE) 4.0 of 4.0 [2-Gap] ILB Ahmed Mark 6-3 242 (Sr) Dunbar (Washington DC) 4.5 of 4.5 [Will] CB Nehemiah Samuel 5-11 161 (Jr) Friends (Wilmington, DE) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Jeremy Easter 6-1 195 (Jr) Stebbins (Riverside, OH) 5.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] SS Brandon Brinkley 5-11 202 (So) Dreher (Columbia, SC) 3.0 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] For a defense that struggled mightily in 2019, they return a lot of big pieces for this season. Kai Betts and Ahmed Mark were big up the middle last year, with Betts recording 3.5 sacks and 39 tackles, and Mark getting 65 tackles on the year. With Vasquez expected to play a larger role and the secondary being a good year older, we could see more from that dynamic duo. Speaking of that secondary, Easter has to show that he's much improved from a 2019 season that lacked a lot of production. He and Brinkley will be relied on a lot this season, so they have to be able to step it up. With Paz gone on the offensive side of the ball, we should expect Spaczek, Duke's leading receiver last season, to get even more of the ball. Jefferson returns to the starting role after a mixed 2019, although we might see Bryce Thompson fill in if results go south once again. Potential Strengths: Secondary - On paper, this should be one of the best secondaries in the division. The Blue Devils return both starting safeties and their top two cornerbacks, with that group recording seven of Duke's eight interceptions last season. The secondary was a weak point in Duke's defense last season, but that shouldn't necessarily be the case this season. Easter, arguably the most talented player in this group, has to play up to standards this season; we can't see the kind of impact, or lack thereof, that he had last season. Duke's secondary should be much improved from last season, but will it be improved to the point where it can help Duke win games instead of losing them? That is yet to be seen. Aerial Attack - Jefferson had a very up-and-down freshman season, throwing for 2,815 yards and 19 touchdowns, but also throwing a conference-high 17 interceptions. Paz's departure definitely hurts, but the Blue Devils have added JuCo transfer Amari Nicholson and true freshman Dean Stinson, making for a potentially mean receiving corp. Kaden Lloyd returns as a trustworthy target for Jefferson, and tight end Owen Workman could add another dimension to the passing game. Jefferson (or Thompson, if he is to replace Jefferson) will have a plethora of targets to throw to this year, and that could give them the extra offensive boost that they've needed these past few years. Potential Weaknesses: Running Game - The ground game has always been less than stellar for Duke, and in Christian Collins' first season as starter, that could once again be the case. Collins easily has more potential than previous backs, but as inexperienced as he is, and with a less experienced line on the interior, it could be hard for Collins to find his footing this year. I could be very wrong about this, but I don't expect too much from Duke's newest running back this season. Offensive Line - Duke returns two starters from last season's line, both being at the tackle position. Both of those players are seniors as well. The other three will be first-timers, and although they are skilled, they are incredibly young. Adam Rapp is a slight improvement at center however, and David Coon was a highly-touted guard in the 2018 recruiting class. That said, experience does matter, and Coon isn't quite there yet. Expect the line to struggle to protect Jefferson and open holes for Collins, but don't be surprised if they play above expectations. 2020 Schedule: Week 1: at BYU (Provo, UT) Week 2: Western Michigan (Durham, NC) Week 3: at Tulane (New Orleans, LA) Week 5: Florida State (Durham, NC) Week 6: UNLV (Durham, NC) Week 7: at Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) Week 9: Miami (FL) (Durham, NC) Week 10: Pittsburgh (Durham, NC) Week 11: at Wake Forest (Winston-Salem, NC) Week 13: at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) Week 14: Georgia Tech (Durham, NC) Week 15: at North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC) What To Expect: In Darman's sixth full season with the program, this is arguably his most talented squad to date. The schedule provides them with many opportunities to pick up wins, and they could finally make the breakthrough and reach a bowl game. I would expect them to be a year or two away from beating the likes of Florida State, Pittsburgh, and Virginia, but the rest are either very winnable or complete toss-ups. I'd favor Duke to beat BYU, Tulane, UNLV, Miami (FL), Wake Forest, and North Carolina (for the first time ever, surprisingly), and I'd believe them to lose games against WMU, Florida State, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, and Georgia Tech. I predict Duke to finish 6-6 (3-5 ACC), putting them in 5th place in the Coastal Division, but with their first ever appearance in the postseason. Best Case Scenario: Duke matches up well against Georgia Tech, and with the game at home, they could be able to pull that off. Virginia Tech doesn't look nearly as strong this year, so that could be another demon that Duke overcomes. WMU was incredibly solid last year and should be just as good this year, but in Durham, Duke might have the pieces to avoid being toppled by the Broncos. Jefferson plays much better than he did last year, and the secondary is worlds improved, and Duke reaches a season-high 9 wins, being just behind Virginia and Pittsburgh in the Coastal. Worst Case Scenario: Jefferson shows more of the same signs from last season, throwing a ton of picks again and struggling to adapt without Paz. The secondary remains good on paper but average at best in practice. BYU is down but not out, and they're able to claim a win at home, and a revitalized Tulane gives Duke a run for their money in NOLA. Duke finishes with only 4 wins, and they'll be left to rue what could've been once again.
  20. @ACC I'm going to start working on Season Previews. I'm going in no particular order, but I can only do yours if you've been progressed and if you have your depth chart up. 

    1. Emperor_of_Orange

      Emperor_of_Orange

      Well, there's my incentive.

  21. It's very possible that we can have the best offense and the worst defense by the end of the season. At this point, I hope every game is as entertaining as this one gg Packers. That's a scary offense ya got there
  22. Is this the second tie ever?
  23. gg Loins. That's more of what I expected from us. Exciting game!
  24. Good game. Thanks, but let's face the facts here. I'm not a good coach. Good coaches would know what to do right about now and I don't.
  25. I don't know what to do.

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