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ACC Football: Predicting the Biggest Upsets in 2020

Kenny Pickett and Pitt would love to take down Notre Dame at home

Outside of Clemson, the topsy-turvy nature of the ACC has made upsets plentiful. The simple fact that each of the seven Coastal Division teams has won one division title in the past seven years tells you all you need to know.

 

But in 2020, the term upset takes on a whole different meaning. As such, assuming games are played, the potential for an underdog to knock off a favored opponent is even greater.

 

Here are six games involving ACC teams that are primed for an upset.

 

Note: Schedule is subject to change.

 

6. Georgia Tech over Virginia, Oct.17

Both teams currently have an open date the week prior, so the schedule is irrelevant from that perspective. But the Cavaliers will have already played (in terms of the current schedule) Georgia, Clemson, and North Carolina. They may be looking at this game as a breather, and an improved Georgia Tech team could be up for the challenge.

 

5. Duke over Wake Forest, Oct. 3

Duke does have a tough game at Pittsburgh the week before, but this is a sandwich game for the Demon Deacons. They face Notre Dame the Saturday prior to heading to Durham and then host Miami six days after. The Blue Devils' defense could slow Wake down just enough to allow quarterback Chase Brice to lead Duke to victory.

 

4. Virginia over Virginia Tech, Nov. 28

There are two schools of thought on this game. One is that Virginia Tech will come out angry after having its 15-game winning streak in this rivalry snapped last year. But Virginia, with the monkey now off its back, could play with extra confidence. In a year when home-field advantage may be limited, we'll go with the latter.

 

3. Florida State over Miami, Nov. 7

Until the Hurricanes go through a season without a major hiccup against a team they should beat, they will always be on this list somewhere. Maybe, like last year, it comes against Georgia Tech. Maybe it will be at Wake. Regardless, it will happen and the guess here is that Mike Norvell has the Seminoles coming into their own by early November.

 

2. Notre Dame over Clemson, Nov. 7

Okay, so it's unlikely that Clemson loses to anyone. But if it's going to happen, the best bet is in South Bend. Ian Book is back to lead a Notre Dame team that is beginning to believe that they can play with the nation's best.

 

1. Pittsburgh over Notre Dame, Oct. 17

To make that game against Clemson truly meaningful, the Irish are going to have to go through their schedule to that point unscathed. That won't be easy, and the October trip to Heinz Field will be very difficult. The Panthers have been a thorn in the Irish's side on more than one occasion, and their defense could give Brian Kelly's team a ton of problems.

 

— Written by Jon Kinne, who has been part of the Athlon Contributor Network for three years, covering the ACC and Notre Dame. Follow him on Twitter @JonRKinne.

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