18 for ’18: 18 key offseason topics: No. 6, which team in each Power Five conference has the potential to be a disappointment?
18 for ’18: No. 6 Possible Disappointments In Each Power Five Conference
18 for ’18 Offseason Topics
18: Power 5 Coach Hot Seat Rankings
17: Power 5 Projected Win Totals & Swing Games
16. Best Longshot National Championship Teams
15. Group of 5 vs. Power 5 Upset Alerts
14. Every Power Five Team’s Letdown Game
13. Breakout QBs You Need To Know
12. Already Great Players About To Explode
11. Every Power Five’s Sleeper Team
10. Five Key Returning Injured Stars
9. Top Make Or Break QB Battles
8. Crazy Predictions That Might Be Right
7. Group of Five Teams In CFP Hunt
No, really. Who saw Florida State clunking in a horrible 7-6 season?
Tennessee and Florida not going bowling … and being among the SEC’s worst teams?
Or how about a 3-9 North Carolina, or a 6-7 UCLA, or 4-8 Nebraska?
Those are the teams from the Power Five conferences that didn’t come through last season. And the teams from each league that might not be up to hopeful snuff this year are …
ACC: Boston College
It’s all relative for a program that had a hard time simply coming up with a conference win for way too long, but after two 7-6 seasons and two straight bowl appearances, at the very least, Boston College is supposed to be a part of the winning mix.
That’s going to be tough.
The team has talent, and it might just be better overall, but the schedule is going to make it more of a fight to get to at least seven wins.
Start with the quarterback situation, hoping Anthony Brown can return right away from a knee injury. If he can’t, it’s uh-oh time.
AJ Dillon returns to run behind a great line that returns all five starters, ten starters are back on defense, and …
At Wake Forest. At Purdue. At NC State. At Virginia Tech. At Florida State.
Last year’s team might have blown out a dead-team-walking Florida State, and it got by Lamar Jackson and Louisville, but it mostly beat the mediocre and lost to the good. Start with those five road games, and there’s a lot of good on the slate.
Throw in the home games against Temple, Louisville, Miami and Clemson, and there’s a big problem for the Eagles.
That’s not to say they can’t and won’t be able to get to a bowl game again, but it’s going to be a tough fight.