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Miami Football: Ranking the Toughest Games on Their Schedule

By Antwan Staley, 6 days 12 hours ago
The 2017 campaign was a tale of two seasons for the Miami Hurricanes. They began the year 10-0 as they won the ACC Coastal Division and were a contender to be in the College Football Playoff. But the Hurricanes lost their final three games, all by double digits.   Now the Hurricanes will look to improve from last season, but the road will not be easy as Miami will open the year in...

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Toughest Schedules for 2018

By Kyle Kensing, 6 days 12 hours ago
College football scheduling lacking complete uniformity is one of the sport's beautiful quirks, or a frustrating point of contention, depending on your perspective. The fact that teams within the same conference can play very different slates might not be ideal for determining the College Football Playoff, but it does contribute to the variety that differentiates college football from other...

Ranking the ACC's College Football Coaches for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 week 12 hours ago
It's tough to rank the ACC coaches prior to the 2018 college football season. When Boston College's Steve Addazio, Syracuse's Dino Babers and Pitt's Pat Narduzzi rank at the bottom of the list, that's a good sign of how deep the ACC is in terms of coaching talent. At the top of the conference, Clemson's Dabo Swinney is the unquestioned No. 1 coach for 2018. Miami's...

Virginia Football: 2018 Cavaliers Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 1 day ago
Virginia began 2017 with low expectations but finished as one of the ACC's biggest surprises by reaching its first bowl game since 2011. In order for the Cavaliers to replicate last year's success, they have to replace a 3,000-yard passer (Kurt Benkert) and jump-start an offense that averaged only 20.1 points in ACC games last fall. Junior college transfer and former Arizona State...

North Carolina Football: 2018 Tar Heels Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 5 days ago
The North Carolina Tar Heels' three wins in 2017 were the program's fewest since 2006. The climb back to a winning record starts at quarterback. North Carolina's offense ranked last in the ACC by averaging just 19.3 points in conference games and needs Chazz Surratt or Nathan Elliott to emerge as the clear answer. The Tar Heels are stocked with talent at the skill positions, but...

Syracuse Football: 2018 Orange Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 5 days ago
The Syracuse Orange appear close to a breakthrough in Dino Babers' third season. Led by a high-powered offense, Syracuse should be in the mix for its first bowl bid since 2013. When healthy, quarterback Eric Dungey is among the best in the ACC. However, Dungey has struggled to stay in the lineup in each of the last three years. If Dungey is sidelined again, Babers has a capable...

Duke Football: 2018 Blue Devils Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 1 week 5 days ago
After slipping to 4-8 in 2016, the Duke Blue Devils rebounded to 7-6 and earned the program's fifth bowl appearance since 2012. David Cutcliffe's team returns one of the ACC's top quarterbacks in Daniel Jones, while linebacker Joe Giles-Harris and cornerback Mark Gilbert are two of the league's best defenders. However, that may not be enough for Duke to break the .500 mark. The...

The Most Shameful College Football Games of 2018

By John Coon, 1 week 6 days ago
Games matching FCS teams against FBS teams can serve a useful purpose. The big paychecks from FBS schools shore up the budget for FCS programs. Playing FBS schools also offers FCS teams a chance to put themselves on the college football map with an upset victory.   That doesn't mean all of these games make sense. Some are such bad mismatches on paper that the FBS opponent can...

ACC Football 2018 Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
Clemson is once again the pick to win the ACC title for the 2018 college football season, but the conference has continued to improve its depth in recent years. In Athlon's 2018 ACC predictions, 12 of the league's 14 teams are projected to reach at least six victories. Miami took a step forward under coach Mark Richt last season by winning its first Coastal Division title and are the...

Pittsburgh Football: 2018 Panthers Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 2 days ago
Back-to-back 8-5 seasons gave way to a 5-7 record for Pittsburgh in 2017, although the campaign ended on a high note with an upset of then-undefeated Miami. If Pat Narduzzi's team is to rebound this fall plenty of new playmakers will need to emerge on both sides of the ball. The defense returns seven starters but will have a new coordinator running things. The offense has a solid backfield...
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