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Georgia Tech Football Predictions

Georgia Tech Football Predictions

2015 Georgia Tech Football Predictions: 4th ACC Coastal (2014 record: 11-3) Head Coach:  Paul Johnson ACC Champion Odds: +195 National Championship Odds: +9500 Season Win Totals Over-Under Odds: Over 7.5 (-180), Under 7.5 (+140)   Offense Once again, the “rambling wreck” from Georgia Tech put on a solid Southern style performance as the 2014 Yellow Jackets put together another fine season. They did it the old-fashioned way with a great running attack and a stingy defense that kept opponents at bay all year long. The offense was led by a rushing attack that accounted for 342 YPG, making it the best rushing attack in the country. As a result, they were able to compile 37.9 PPG and a total of 476.5 YPG. The success of the 2015 offense rests squarely on the shoulders of returning JR QB Justin Thomas who was the backbone of that terrific rushing attack in 2014. Not only did he lead the team is rushing with 190 carries for 1,096 yards and 8 TDs, but he also did a great job of handling a conservative passing game where he threw for 1,719 yards and 18 TDs against only 6 interception. Unfortunately, it is going to be lonely in the backfield after the graduation of his two primary running mates in Synjyn Days (926 yards and 9 TDs) and Zach Laskey (853 yards and 9 TDs). Also graduating was the Yellow Jackets’ leading receiver in DeAndre Smelter who caught 35 passes for 715 yards and 7 TDs, which was just enough to keep defenses honest by not allowing them to stack the line against the run....
North Carolina Football Predictions

North Carolina Football Predictions

2015 North Carolina Football Predictions: 3rd ACC Coastal (2014 record: 6-7) Head Coach:  Larry Fedora ACC Champion Odds: +1300 National Championship Odds: +70,000 Season Win Totals Over-Under Odds: Over 8 (-115), Under 8 (-125)   Offense While the final record didn’t reflect it, the reality is the North Carolina offense played very well in 2014. They averaged 33.2 YPG on a total of 429.8 YPG of offense. The biggest issue with the overall performance had to do with consistency. There were games when the offense scored 40 or more points and looked unstoppable only to come back the next game against a weaker opponent and be unable to move the ball. In 2014, the offense was centered around a very talented quarterback in Marquise Williams who did a little bit of everything. He passed for a total of 3,068 yards with 21 TDs while also leading the team in rushing with 788 yards and 13 TDs. The good news, he will be returning for his senior year. The even better new is that his favorite target JR WR Ryan Switzer will also be returning after finishing the 2014 season with 757 yards receiving and 4 TDs. The running game will also get a boost by the return of the team’s best running back in T.J. Logan who accounted for 582 yards and 3 TDs. After factoring in the return of three offensive lineman, it is reasonable for Coach Fedora to expect a little more explosiveness and consistency out of this veteran unit. While the ACC looks like there is going to be a lot of turnover within the defenses,...
Miami Football Predictions

Miami Football Predictions

2015 Miami Football Predictions: 2nd ACC Coastal (2014 record: 6-7) Head Coach:  Al Golden ACC Champion Odds: +1600 National Championship Odds: +16,500 Season Win Totals Over-Under Odds: Over 5.5 (-300), Under 5.5 (+220)   Offense The Miami Hurricanes came away from the 2014 season feeling a little empty after squeezing into a bowl game only to lose the game and end the season with a losing record. They were an American football powerhouse in the 1980s and 90s, but the last 15 years have seen them produce ordinary team after ordinary team. That said, the Canes had one of its most productive offensive seasons in years. They scored an average of 29 PPG while compiling total yardage of just under 431 YPG, using a well-balanced offensive attack. Whatever success the offense has this year is going to have to be accomplished without the presence of superstar running back Duke Johnson who headed off to the NFL after a great 2014 season that saw him gain 1,652 yards rushing and 10 TDs. He will be replaced by SO RB Joe Yearby who had a decent season picking up 509 yards in a reserve role. The only other significant player returning on offense is SO QB Brad Kaaya who had a great freshman season with 3,198 yards passing and 26 TDs. His performance was reminiscent of the QB greats from Miami who trolled football fields during the Hurricanes’ glory days. With any improvement at all, he might be the answer to the question, “who can lead the Miami Fla Hurricanes back to the promised land?” In spite of the loss of...
Virginia Tech Football Predictions

Virginia Tech Football Predictions

2015 Virginia Tech Football Predictions: 1st ACC Coastal (2014 record: 7-6) Head Coach:  Frank Beamer (29th year) ACC Champion Odds: +600 National Championship Odds: +15,500 Season Win Totals Over-Under Odds: Over 8 (-115), Under 8 (-125)   Offense It’s good to see the senior most coach in America back for yet another season. In only his 29th year with the Hokies, Coach Beamer will be looking to redeem a program that had a tough season last year. With only 365.3 YPG leading to a scoring average of 24.1 PPG, the Hokies’ offense will be looking to get back on track after one of it’s worse seasons in recent memory. With 98 penalties and 26 turnovers, the team just never quite seemed to be mentally prepared to push the offense. With the return of all the skilled position players from last year’s team, Coach Beamer will be looking for the additional year of experience to translate into an explosive offense that plays with a lot more consistency and control. At quarterback, SR Michael Brewer returns after a productive 2014 season that saw him throw for 2,692 yards and 18 TDs. He will be looking to cut down on the mistakes he made that derailed more than a few drives. His backfield mates will again be SR RB J.C. Coleman and SO RB Marshawn Williams who both combined to rush for 1,008 yards and 8 TDs. Look for Williams to take over the role as the primary rusher. In the passing game, Brewer will again be working with his favorite target in SO WR Isaiah Ford who put up good numbers...
Wake Forest Football Predictions

Wake Forest Football Predictions

2015 Wake Forest Football Predictions: 7th ACC Atlantic (2014 record: 3-9) Head Coach:  Dave Clawson (2nd year) ACC Champion Odds: +13,500 National Championship Odds: +300,000 Season Win Totals Over-Under Odds: Over 3.5 (-125), Under 3.5 (-115)   Offense The 2014 season must have been particularly painful for first year Head Coach Dave Clawson. He had to sit by watch as his team became the worst offensive team in the country. Not only was the 2595 yards they gained the lowest in the nation, but it was the lowest in the nation by over 600 yards. Even more amazing was the fact Wake rushed for only 478 total yards on the season and they managed to gain one more yard than Washington State to keep from being the worst rushing offense in the country. Fortunately for Coach Clawson, last year’s team was left playing with a large group of freshmen in key positions. These same players return this year with a year of experience and an opportunity to be better prepared for the rigors of playing in the NCAA. At starting QB will most likely be SO John Wolford who threw for 2,037 passes and 12 TDs, though his 14 interceptions proved to be a bit of a problem. Hopefully, he show more poise and provide better leadership in 2015. He should be help by the return of SO TE Cam Serigne who led the team in receiving with 54 catches for 531 yards and 5 TDs. Beyond those two returnees, the rest of the starting positions would seem to be wide open. The offense doesn’t need to do much...
Syracuse Football Predictions

Syracuse Football Predictions

2015 Syracuse Football Predictions: 6th ACC Atlantic (2014 record: 3-9) Head Coach:  Scott Shafer (3rd year) ACC Champion Odds: +12,500 National Championship Odds: +250,000 Season Win Totals Over-Under Odds: Over 4.5 (-115), Under 4.5 (-125)   Offense At 17.08 PPG, Syracuse cane away from the 2014 season as one of the lowest scoring offenses in the country. They averaged 330 YPG which isn’t horrible, but they just had too many issues trying to get the ball into the end-zone. All season long, they scored a total of 18 TDs on offense, of which only 6 were through the air. If you can’t score in the ACC, you can’t win football games. There are times when a team is hit by a rash of graduations that rips through the team’s offense and leaves it starting back at square one. While Syracuse is losing most of its key skilled players, there is hardly anyway they could be worse off after last year’s offensive debacle. Perhaps the only significant loss would be that of leading rusher PT Gulley who ran for 614 yards and 1 TD. Will they really miss that? The extreme rebuilding process will get underway with a few veterans on the offensive line and the return of the two QBs who shared playing time last year. Of the two, SR Terrell Hunt might have been a little more effective because of his running ability. He passed for 983 yards and 1 TD plus 292 rushing yards for 6 TDs over 5 games as the starter. When he went down with an injury, then freshman Al Long stepped in and...