The year 2020 has been a long, strange trip to say the least. There was a while when everything was up in the air, including the college football season. Some conferences threw in the towel on a fall football season. Others, like the ACC, not only chose to have a season but even added a new team — although it's only for this year.
A new schedule and temporary format in the ACC only add to the outrageous possibilities for 2020. With that in mind, let's make some OUTRAGEOUS* predictions for the ACC during the 2020 college football season.
Outrageous College Football Predictions for the ACC in 2020
Boston College goes bowling
When the 2020 Athlon Sports College Football preview first hit shelves in the spring, it had Boston College picked to finish dead last in the ACC's Atlantic Division, with a record of 4-8. Now, with a revamped 11-game schedule and the immediate eligibility of Notre Dame transfer Phil Jurkovec at quarterback, the new Boston College slate looks to have no fewer than seven winnable games. I'm betting they win six and finish the season with a winning record.
North Carolina has a losing record
The Tar Heels were a sexy pick to win the Coastal Division before the new schedule came out. Now they are a marked team that won't sneak up on anyone. They face a slate with seven or eight teams similar in talent and led by coaches every bit as good as Mack Brown. North Carolina will not live up to the preseason hype.
Clemson loses twice
Everyone is high on the Tigers, and for good reason. They return Trevor Lawrence — the face of college football — and are coming off two consecutive national championship game appearances. They have some holes to fill, however, and also have a road slate that doesn't do them any favors. They'll head north to face a talented Notre Dame team in November and finish the season on the road in Blacksburg against a Virginia Tech Hokies squad that returns 18 total starters on offense and defense. Don't be shocked when Clemson loses both games.
Lousiville makes it to the ACC Championship Game
Scott Satterfield's Cardinals are going to be the most talented team on the field in every game they play, outside of their trip to Notre Dame. Navigating the season with that one loss will be enough for them to punch a ticket to the title game.
Notre Dame wins the ACC
People have been clamoring for Notre Dame to join a conference for years. How upset are those same people going to be when they join one for one season, win it all, and then go back to being independent? The Irish return one of the best offensive lines in the country, a fifth-year quarterback with 20 wins as a starter and a College Football Playoff appearance, and what should be an elite defense. Their toughest game on paper is Clemson, at home, in the cold. The Irish run the table and take down Louisville in the title game.
*Remember, "outrageous" can be defined as "wildly exaggerated or improbable," and "very bold, unusual, and startling." These are "outrageous" predictions and should be treated as such.
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo!, SBNation, USA Today and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.