1. PITT WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
The crazy part about last season was how the Panthers only won seven games – they came up with eight victories in both 2015 and 2016 before dipping in 2017 – and they still ended up in the ACC Championship.
It helped that Miami didn’t have an offense and Virginia Tech was way, way down.
And now the Panthers have to tweak the offense from relying on the big run to getting more big plays out of the passing game.
The skill guys are promising, but they need to become amazing considering the line might be the team’s biggest early weakness.
The defense is in the same boat. There are good parts with the potential to be amazing, but the depth is an issue and there are way too many question marks.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 6
Ten of the 12 games are against teams that went bowling last season – Delaware and North Carolina are the outliers – and there are a whole bunch of problem games.
Miami beat Pitt last year, and now it’s better. Virginia Tech is stronger, too, and the game is on the road. Penn State, Duke, Syracuse and Georgia Tech are away from Heinz, too.
Pitt won’t be bad, but it’ll be a major struggle to get to six wins and a bowl game. It’ll do it, but it likely come down to the regular season finale against Boston College.