We are now about a fortnight away from games being played on the field instead of offices and back rooms at Carolina and Miami. What a concept!
It is also about time for me to make the 2011 version of my Fearless Predictions. There are, of course, a seemingly-limitless supply of predictions floating around cyberspace. They range from the ‘official’ ones from various ACC media to those of most anybody with a Web site. I might as well shine in and demonstrate that mine can be just as incorrect as anybody else’s.
Many newspapers, magazines, Web sites, etc., often make their prediction after a careful analysis of each team’s returning starters, depth charts, perceived strength and weaknesses, quality of schedule, etc. I do none of that.
Here are this year’s picks. As always, these predictions are guaranteed to be correct unless they are not.
1] Florida State- Good News: The Noles have a substantial lead over the Canes in the Annual August Backness Sweeptstakes.
Bad News: It is the AUGUST Backness Sweepstakes.
2] NC State- Good News: Tom O’Brien keeps quietly constructing his program without all the drama from across the RTP.
Bad News: The whole ‘Glennon as your QB’ thing didn’t succeed as planned at Tech.
3] Clemson- Good News: Each and every year, the Tigers have a highly-rated recruiting class.
Bad News: Each and every year, those highly-rated recruiting classes accomplish little.
4] Boston College- Good News: The Eagles seem to be getting further away from single-handedly creating a financial disaster of the ACC Championship Game.
Bad News: They still haven’t headed back to the Li’l E.
Bad News: The murder rate around campus is still astronomical.
6] Wake Forest- Good News: The Deacs have an outstanding tailgating situation and Tech plays there again this year.
Bad News: 2006 keeps getting smaller in the rear view mirror.
1] Georgia Tech- Good News: Well, since, for fear of offending the Weauxf Gods, I never pick my own Tech to win the division, Who?
Bad News: Johnson is still a jerk and algroh still coaches the defense.
2] Virginia Tech- Good News: With half the Coastal’s teams either on NCAA probation or awaiting it, this division will get easier to win.
Bad News: The Hokies are a couple of strategic injuries away from the Belk [!] bowl.
Bad News: Give the NCAA a little time.
4] North Carolina- Good News: The scandal at Miami makes the one at Carolina seem not quite so bad.
Bad News: Plenty of good seats remain in the brand spanking new Butch Mahal.
5] Virginia- Good News: It is now the second year since the Hoos algrohed algroh.
Bad News: London is still dealing with algroh’s mess.
6] Duke- Good News: The basketball team is undefeated in China.
Bad News: More people are getting up early to watch Coach K’s games on ESPNU than will be watching any of Coach Cut’s.