2010 College Football Predictions: ACC Is All About the Schedule in 2010

David CarterCorrespondent IAugust 11, 2010

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - OCTOBER 03:  Christian Ponder #7 of the Florida State Seminoles calls out the play in the first half against the Boston College Eagles on October 3, 2009 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Boston College Eagles
The first two games on the B.C. schedule look pretty easy. They have Weber State and Kent State back to back, which could pose to be a simple 2-0 start. Then you have Virginia Tech at home, which looks to me like could be their first loss of the season. Virginia Tech could be the team to beat in the ACC this year and I give them a 15% chance to win that game. After that it’s at home against Notre Dame, which looks like a great matchup. I see this one going down to the wire with the Irish pulling it out. N.C. State looks to be an easier opponent despite the game being in Raleigh. The October 16th game against Florida State could be the toughest game of the year for the Eagles. I just don’t see them going into Tallahassee and beating the Seminoles. Maryland looks like an easy win at home while Clemson looks like a close loss in my opinion. The November schedule looks to be an easy one with an easy home game against UVA and three road games against Wake Forest, Duke, and Syracuse. I see BC winning all of their November road games.


Clemson Tigers

The first two games on the schedule look to both be 50-point blowout wins. I mean c’mon: North Texas and Presbyterian? However the road game against Auburn after that seems to get a lot tougher. The Tigers vs. Tigers game will go down to the wire, and I think Auburn could pull it out because they are at home. Then it’s back at home against Miami which could possibly be their first (and possibly only) home loss of the year. They have interesting October road games against UNC and BC. I don’t know if they can beat the Tar Heels this year but the game against BC seems to look a little bit better. The Maryland and Georgia Tech home games could both be decent wins. N.C. State also looks to be a win, followed by a road loss to the Seminoles. Then I say they finish out the season with a blowout win over Wake Forest and a nail biter victory over the Gamecocks.


Duke Blue Devils

The Blue Devils’ schedule (as usual) looks pretty brutal. The only true win they look to have in the 2010 season is their first game against Elon. The Blue Devils continue with games against Wake Forest, Army, and the National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide. I say they put up a fair fight against the Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem, and then obviously getting crushed by Alabama, and then a decent win over Army. October looks to be the same result as their September schedule, they have tough games against Miami and Virginia Tech (both will be blown out losses). They also have road October games against Maryland and Navy. I think they could put up a decent fight against the Terps, but ultimately fall, and they could end up getting crushed by Navy. The November schedule starts with a win over Virginia, and then three straight blowout losses to Boston College, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina.


Florida State Seminoles

The September schedule for the Seminoles look interesting. The season opener against Samford will obviously be an easy one. I think the win will be followed by a tough loss to Oklahoma. The Sooners haven’t lost a home game in years and could end up taking a two-possession win over the Seminoles. They finish September with wins over BYU and Wake Forest. The road game against Virginia looks to be an easy one, but the game at Miami seems to look tougher. With the game being in Miami, I’m not sure the ‘Noles could pull that one out, but we’ll see. Maybe I could be wrong. The Boston College game could be an interesting one. One that I think they could win. The N.C. State game looks to be a blowout, and UNC could be a win as well but still a tough game. Clemson looks to be pretty tough but since the game is in Tallahassee, I’ll give the Seminoles the edge. Maryland is a blowout win while the regular season finale against the Gators looks to be like a great one. Despite that it’s in Tallahassee, I see the Gators winning it.


Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

The Yellow Jackets start out the year with an easy blowout win over South Carolina State of all teams. Then it’s on the road to Lawrence, Kansas to battle the Jayhawks, which is an opponent I see them beating. Then its another road game against the UNC Tar Heels. This could be the first true test of the year. I see the Tar Heels having a stronger squad this year, so I’ll give them the win. Then it’s back home against an easy N.C. State team. Then it’s an up and down October with wins over Wake Forest, Virginia, and Middle Tennessee. They wrap up October and start November with two tough road losses to Clemson and Virginia Tech. I see the Miami-GT game as a great one, but I don’t think the Yellow Jackets can pull that one out at home. The Duke game should be pretty easy while the rivalry game against Georgia will not be.


Maryland Terrapins

In a brutal season, the Terps will start out with a bipolar September with blowout wins over Morgan State and Florida International and losses to Navy and West Virginia. October will involve decent wins over Duke and Wake Forest, and they getting crushed by Clemson and Boston College. November will start out with them getting crushed by the Hurricanes in Miami, followed by a road win over Virginia (which could very well be their only road win of the year), and they end with home losses to Florida State and N.C. State.


Miami Hurricanes

Miami’s season will be very entertaining to follow. Here’s how I see it playing out: September looks weird with a blowout practice win over Florida A&M, and then they go up to Ohio and putting up a three-quarter fight against the Buckeyes but eventually losing, and then putting on a great show with the Pitt Panthers but also losing that one as well since it’s at Heinz Field. October looks just as entertaining. I say they play a great game and beat Clemson on the road, beating arch-rival Florida State at home, blowing Duke out of the clear blue sky, another close win over UNC, and another practice win over Virginia. At this point I’m looking at the Hurricanes being 6-2 heading into November. They start November with a great home win over the Terps, and hard-fought road win over Georgia Tech, and then winning a brawl over VT, and closing out the regular season with a win over South Florida. So after the September 23rd game against Pitt, things could get a little easier after a 1-2 start.


North Carolina Tar Heels

The UNC/LSU will be one of the more interesting ones to watch on opening weekend, but I see the Tar Heels actually pulling that one out since it’s at home. Two weeks after that, they get another tough one against Georgia Tech in which I also think they could win. They end September with a win over Rutgers. The start October with an easy win over East Carolina, and then a hard fought win over Clemson since it’s at home, an easy win over UVA, and their first loss of the year to Miami. If they lose to William & Mary, I will chop off my pinkie toe and sell it on E-Bay. I say that the November portion includes close losses to FSU and Virginia Tech,  followed by blowout wins over NC State and Duke.


N.C. State

The Wolfpack look like they are going to have a tough year. However they could start out pretty good if they can beat UCF. I think they will end September with losses to Cincinnati and Georgia Tech. They could follow that up with back to back home losses to Virginia Tech and Boston College. East Carolina looks to be a decent win followed by losses to FSU and Clemson. I think they could beat Wake Forest and Maryland but lose to UNC on November 20.


Virginia Cavaliers

UVA fans better prepare for a bad season. The first game could be a win against Richmond, but don’t be surprised if the Spiders pull off an upset. Obviously there’s no way they will beat USC. The VMI game looks to be a win, followed by October losses to Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and Miami. November is not looking too good either. I’m not even too confident that they can beat Duke this year. I see November losses to the Blue Devils, Maryland, Boston College and Virginia Tech.


Virginia Tech

It’s simple: if they can beat Boise State and Miami, they have a shot at something special. However I think Boise State could have enough in their tank to beat VT. After that, the Hokies could see nine wins in a row after the Monday night game. They have an easy win over James Madison and another over East Carolina. Road games against Boston College and N.C. State could both be wins. After that, they have a four game home stand against Central Michigan, Wake Forest, Duke and Georgia Tech. All of which can be four more wins. The road game against UNC will be tough one, but I do see them pulling it out. Again, If they beat Miami, they could see something special. The rivalry game against UVA shouldn’t be much of a contest.


Wake Forest

The Demon Deacons are going to have a very difficult season once again. The opener against Presbyterian will be their best performance of the year. The game against Duke will be an entertaining one. I don’t think they can beat Stanford, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Navy or Virginia Tech. The game against Maryland will be a tough one. And since it is in College Park, I’m going to give the edge to the Terps. The games against Boston College, N.C. State and Clemson could all be losses. But the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores could be an easier one.


1. Florida State 9-3 (7-1)
2. Clemson 8-4 (5-3)
3. Boston College 8-4 (5-3)
4. Maryland 5-7 (3-5)
5. N.C. State 4-8 (2-6)
6. Wake Forest 2-10 (0-8)

1. Miami (FL) 10-2 (8-0)
2. Virginia Tech 10-2 (7-1)
3. North Carolina 9-3 (5-3)
4. Georgia Tech 7-5 (4-4)
5. Duke 3-9 (1-7)
6. Virginia 3-9 (0-8)

ACC Championship Game Prediction: Florida State over Miami (FL)


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