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Miami has a favorable schedule to repeat the type of year they had in 2017. The key for Mark Richt’s Canes will be Malik Rosier. He started off the year strong for the Canes last year, but the wheels fell off at the end of the season. This year he will be without some of his talent from last year with Berrios and Herndon both gone. Look for Ahmmon Richards to put up some big numbers at receiver and be Rosier’s go-to guy. The defense brings back their back half with most of the secondary returning as well as the linebackers. The big question will be on the D-line; can they be as disruptive as last year? Miami avoids Clemson in the regular season, and if everything goes to plan they should have a date with the Tigers in the conference championship.
Virginia Tech had quite the offseason of losing guys to dismissal or ineligibility, as well as losing defensive co-coordinator in April. The defense lost 9 of the 10 leading tacklers from a year ago. The offense loses some of their talent as well and a lot will be riding on Justin Jackson to have an improved Sophomore season. While I like Justin Fuente as a coach, I believe the Hokies will take a back this year, due to inexperience, especially on defense. This team is built for the future, this year may be bumpy for Hokie fans.
Pitt, Duke, UNC, Georgia Tech: I combined these four schools, because I believe that they are all going to beat each other in the regular season, and how they end up at the end of the year is a total guessing game.
Pitt needs to be more consistent, they play to their opponents level more often than not. They have pulled off some major upsets in the last couple years, and have nearly been upset by FCS foes themselves. Pitt has a question mark at QB as well as the defensive backfield. After the opener versus Albany, the season can be a total roller coaster. I see Pitt winning 5-7 games
Duke lead by Coach Cutcliffe, has been competitive the last few years, I expect more of the same from them this year. Duke like Pittsburgh needs to be more consistent, they started 4-0, lost 6 straight, then won 3 in a row to finish the year. Duke brings back some talent on both sides of the ball, but the schedule in the ACC will be tough I see another 6-6 season, which is nothing to frown at if you’re a Blue Devil fan.
UNC finished 3-9 last year, and you could make the argument that they were most deprived by injury in the country. If healthy, this team will be much better than last year. The offense will rebuild upfront replacing 4 O-lineman, but the receiving corps brings back some depth. The defense brings back a lot of experience all over the place. I can see the heels going 5-7 or 6-6 and sneaking into a bowl.
Georgia Tech will always be interesting because teams need to be disciplined to defend the Paul Johnson triple option. Taquon Marshall will be back leading the offense as well as much of the offensive line. Defense will be lead by new coordinator Nate Woody from App State, they will look to improve as well. As I have said before, the middle of the pack is a total toss up I see the Yellow Jackets at 6-6 or 7-5.
Virginia… Good luck.
Picks & Predictions:
Miami OVER 9.5 Wins