1. NC STATE WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
NC State has a manageable schedule and a talented team to make a whole lot of noise, but once again, it’ll be very good, and then just misfire enough to be just outside of the ACC elite of the elite.
It’s not going beat Clemson for the Atlantic title.
Dave Doeren and staff have done a wonderful job over the years of keeping things moving despite the loss of key parts, and the school has managed to keep the continuity in place by signing its in-demand head man on until 2023. But there are way, way too many moving parts to this year’s team to expect a whole lot more than eight wins.
The offensive line has to come together fast. QB Ryan Finley was a special talent, the top two receivers are gone, the leading rusher is done, the defensive front six needs to make a few big replacements, and …
NC State will be very good again. But the rest of the ACC will be solid, too, meaning …
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 8
On the plus side, Clemson has to come to Raleigh, and the non-conference schedule is a layup if the Pack can get out of a trip to West Virginia with a win. But that’s asking a lot to win both of those games.
Going to Florida State, Boston College, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech might not seem all that daunting, but those four are going to be restaurant quality teams that will all likely go bowling. There are just enough landmines along the way to keep this from being the year the Pack breaks through and wins the ACC title.
However, this is a talented young team loaded with underclassmen. This will be a good year. 2020 should be fantastic.