1. CHARLOTTE WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
There are enough good players returning that bowl eligibility is more than possible. Last year’s team was close, but it was missing a passing game, a pass rush, and the offensive consistency and punch to get over the hump.
This year’s team should have a better passing attack. It’s got the pieces in place under Will Healy and the new coaching staff – including one of Conference USA’s best kicking games – to be just a wee bit better.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 6
It’s going to take a few upsets to get there, but the team that was able to get by Florida Atlantic and Southern Miss should be even stronger.
Beating Gardner-Webb and UMass is a must, but in the first half of the season, the 49ers have road games against Appalachian State, Clemson, FIU and WKU – they have to win one of those, and it’s not going to be against the Tigers.
They have to take out UTEP on the road, and find a few upsets in the mix at home against teams like Middle Tennessee and North Texas, but with the new coaching staff and the experience returning, the 49ers should be one win stronger.