College Football Predictions Review: ACC

 

If you joined us last week for our recap of my college football predictions, you know what we are in for this week. Except this week we are going to turn it up a bit because FINALLY WE GET TO THE CONFERENCES THAT ACTUALLY MATTER! THE POWER FIVE!

Excuse my excitement, but these are the conferences people really care about, with all apologies to the smaller conferences.

First up for the Power 5 conferences? The ACC!!!!

So, without further ado…..

 

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14. Virginia Cavaliers

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Record: 2-10

Predicted Record: 6-6

Bowl Game: No bowl game

Predicted Bowl Game: St. Petersburg Bowl vs. Cincinnati


13. Duke Blue Devils

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Record: 4-8

Predicted Record: 5-7

Bowl Game: No bowl game

Predicted Bowl Game: No bowl game


12. Syracuse Orange

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Record: 4-8

Predicted Record: 3-9

Bowl Game: No bowl game

Predicted Bowl Game: No bowl game


11. Boston College Golden Eagles

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Record: 6-6

Predicted Record: 7-5

Bowl Game: Quick Lane Bowl vs. Maryland

Predicted Bowl Game: Military Bowl vs. Temple


10. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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Record: 6-6

Predicted Record: 5-7

Bowl Game: Military Bowl vs. Temple

Predicted Bowl Game: No bowl game


9. NC State Wolfpack

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Record: 6-6

Predicted Record: 6-6

Bowl Game: Independence Bowl vs. Vanderbilt

Predicted Bowl Game: Quick Lane Bowl vs. Minnesota


8. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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Record: 8-4

Predicted Record: 4-8

Bowl Game: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Kentucky

Predicted Bowl Game: No bowl game


7. Pittsburgh Panthers

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Record: 8-4

Predicted Record: 7-5

Bowl Game: Pinstripe Bowl vs. Northwestern

Predicted Bowl Game: Pinstripe Bowl vs. Kansas State


6. Miami Hurricanes

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Record: 8-4

Predicted Record: 9-3

Bowl Game: Russell Athletic Bowl vs. West Virginia

Predicted Bowl Game: Belk Bowl vs. Arkansas


5. North Carolina Tar Heels

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Record: 8-4

Predicted Record: 10-2

Bowl Game: Sun Bowl vs. Stanford

Predicted Bowl Game: Sun Bowl vs. Utah


4. Florida State Seminoles

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Record: 9-3

Predicted Record: 12-0

Bowl Game: Orange Bowl vs. Michigan

Predicted Bowl Game: College Football Playoff vs. Alabama, National Championship vs. Michigan


3. Virginia Tech Hokies

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Record: 9-4

Predicted Record: 6-6

Bowl Game: Belk Bowl vs. Arkansas

Predicted Bowl Game: Independence Bowl vs. Texas A&M


2. Louisville Cardinals

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Record: 9-3

Predicted Record: 9-3

Bowl Game: Citrus Bowl vs. LSU

Predicted Bowl Game: Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Wisconsin


1. Clemson Tigers

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Record: 12-1

Predicted Record: 11-1

Bowl Game: College Football Playoff vs. Ohio State

Predicted Bowl Game: Orange Bowl vs. Ohio State

How Did I Do?:

Welp, it was fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

My streak of predicting every single conference winner correctly hit a brick wall the very first second we entered the Power 5 conferences. That’s just my luck though. I can predict how every single crappy college team is going to do, but when it matters? I shit the bed. And yes, I’m talking entirely about my Florida State National Championship pick. Obviously I was extremely high on the Seminoles heading into this season. I honestly thought they looked like the best team on paper, but apparently I didn’t study Alabama’s roster close enough. Oh well, lesson learned. Depending on who comes back, the Seminoles might have one of the most experienced teams next season. Maybe I was just a year off?

As for the rest of the ACC? I wasn’t that bad actually. I was a little off on Clemson as I thought they would ride Florida State’s coat tails all season. That turned out to be the opposite as Clemson is making their second appearance in the College Football Playoff against Ohio State (I did pick Clemson to face Ohio State in a bowl game, so I got some points there!). Louisville? I absolutely nailed at 9-3. Obviously I knew Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals were going to come in and take the college football world by storm (insert eyeroll emoji). The Cardinals are likely losing half of their starters to graduation, so there’s no telling how this team will look next season, but Jackson is coming back for sure so there’s that.

As for the rest of the conference? I was pretty good. I nailed NC State’s record. I was only one game off of Miami, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Boston College, Syracuse, and Duke which is REALLY good all things considered.

The teams I whiffed on? Virginia Tech I thought would need a little more time under new head coach Justin Fuente, but they proved me wrong. I didn’t think Georgia Tech was that good on paper, but the Yellow Jackets were quietly one of the ACC’s best teams. And as for Virginia? Well, let’s not talk about that mess. I was seriously let down by Bronco Mendenhall and company. Consider that a lesson learned.

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