3 Bold, Nutty, Second Half ACC Predictions To Throw At The Wall And See If They Stick
1. A whole Slew Of Big Name Teams WOn’T Go Bowling
With the disappointing season so far has come a whole lot of uncertainty when it comes to filling out bowl slots. Everyone outside of Clemson, Miami and Virginia Tech are just average enough to knock each other off.
Boston College might have four wins, but it also still has to play Miami, Virginia Tech, Clemson, FSU and Syracuse. It also has to deal with Louisville, and even if things go well, it might come down to the Kentucky game to get six wins.
Georgia Tech isn’t a sure-thing to get to a bowl game. Neither is Pitt, and neither is 3-3 Florida State, who has Clemson, at NC State, at Notre Dame and Florida still to go.
Duke is 4-1 and should go bowling, but it’s not a lock with road dates at Georgia Tech, Pitt, Miami and Clemson to deal with. All of this mediocrity means …
2. Trevor Lawrence Will Lead Clemson To 13-0 And The College Football Playoff
It might not seem like that bold a call, but considering last year’s loss to Syracuse, and the near-misses against the Orange and Texas A&M this season, 13-0 isn’t a given.
Clemson really, really, really needed the two week break after rolling by Wake Forest 63-3. Of course the team was playing well, but after the Kelly Bryant stuff, and with Trevor Lawrence banged up against Syracuse, it was a good time to take a collective deep breath.
Lawrence is talented enough to grow into a No. 1 overall draft pick in 2021, and he’s got the skills to guide this ultra-talented team through a not-that-bad slate – including road games at Florida State and Boston College, and a home date against South Carolina – to get to the ACC Championship against Miami unbeaten.
3. Florida State Will Ruin Notre Dame’s Dream
Watch out for FSU to be a second half team, with a bit more of an offense, the defense still strong, and with a running game that will finally show up. The Noles aren’t going to beat Clemson in Tallahassee, but they’ll give NC State a hard time on the road, and they’re going to be more than just a speed bump for Florida.
And they’re going to shock the world by screwing up Notre Dame in South Bend.
The Irish have to fly to San Diego to play Navy. A week later, they have to face Northwestern in Evanston. November 10th should be right around the time when the dog days of the season start to kick in, a veteran quarterback like Deondre Francois should come in with a bit of an attitude, and the D will be in place to slow down this suddenly great Notre Dame attack.