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Pittsburgh Football Predictions

Pittsburgh Football Predictions

2015 Pittsburgh Football Predictions: T-5th ACC Coastal (2014 record: 6-7) Head Coach:  Pat Narduzzi (1st year) ACC Champion Odds: +3000 National Championship Odds: +70,000 Season Win Totals Over-Under Odds: Over 6 (-125), Under 6 (-115)   Offense New Panthers’ head coach Narduzzi is faced with the task of returning this once proud football program to respectability. In recent years, the team has had difficulty finding the kind of talent that is necessary to compete in a major conference like the ACC. He will be starting with an offense that played like Jekyll and Hyde for most of the 2014 season. At the beginning and end of the regular season, the offense looked fine, rolling up big points. It was a stretch of five games in the middle of the season when the offense went on sabbatical and looked lost. Overall, they scored 31.8 PPG on 435.4 YPG of total offense. Maybe the reason Narduzzi took this position was the fact the offense is returning all three of it’s best offensive players. Any discussion about this offense has to start with All-American candidate JR RB James Conner who had a huge 2014 season with 1,765 yards and 26 TDs. It doesn’t hurt that the man handing him the ball will be JR QB Chad Voytik who did a fine job with the passing game in 2014. For his part, he threw for 2,233 yards and 16 TDs with only 7 interceptions. He will be helped by the return of his favorite target in JR WR Tyler Boyd who caught 78 passes for 1,261 yards and 8 TDs. It’s this three-headed...
Duke Football Predictions

Duke Football Predictions

2015 Duke Football Predictions: T-5th ACC Coastal (2014 record: 9-4) Head Coach:  David Cutcliffe ACC Champion Odds: +700 National Championship Odds: +50,000 Season Win Totals Over-Under Odds: Over 7 (-150), Under 7 (+110)   Offense It took Coach Cutcliffe 7 seasons, but he finally put a football product on the field of which he could be very proud. They didn’t do it with mirrors, luck or deception, they did it by playing good solid football on both sides of the ball. The 2014 offensive unit put up decent numbers with almost 400 YPG of total offense that led to them scoring just over 32 PPG with only 15 turnovers. Compared to other teams in the past, that was a very good offensive performance for the Duke Blue Devils. If they have any designs on repeating their fine 2014 performance in 2015, they are going to have to do it with a new group of players due to graduation. Gone from last year’s squad are starting QB Anthony Boone (2,700 yards passing, 19 TDs) and leading receiver Jamison Crowder (85 receptions, 1,044 yards, 6 TDs). That bad news is somewhat offset by the return of the team’s two best running backs in SR Shaquille Powell (622 yards rushing, 2 TDs) and SO Shaun Wilson (604 yards rushing and 5 TDs). At this point in time, it is not clear who will take the reins at quarterback. The logical choice would be RS JR Thomas Sirk. However, he only threw 14 passes last season and it remains to be seen if he is ready to takeover the job as starter. After...
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...