Clemson Still King of the ACC
Sophomore quarterback and Heisman trophy candidate Trevor Lawrence leads an offense which has seven returning starters going into the season. The Tigers offense finished third in the nation averaging over 527 yards and 44 points per game.
The Tigers offense scored 77 on Louisville, 63 on Wake Forest, 59 on Florida State, and 56 against rival South Carolina. The scary thing for this year’s opposition as all signs point to them being even better this season.
Lawrence is joined by standout junior running back Travis Etienne, who ran for 1,658 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Sophomore wide receiver Justyn Ross averaged more than 21 yards per catch, and junior wide receiver Tee Higgins scored 12 touchdowns last season.
The replacement of the Tigers dominant defensive line is a concern. Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell, Dexter Lawrence, Austin Bryant, and Albert Huggins. All are now playing on Sunday. The Tigers have recruited well and hope that Justin Foster, Xavier Thomas, along with some other sophomores and freshman can step up.
The defense relied on the defensive lines ability to stop the run and pressure the quarterback last year. The experienced secondary will need to hold the fort until the defensive line comes into their own. The secondary boasts NFL talent in Derion Kendrick and AJ Terrell at defensive back. The team also has veteran safeties K’Von Wallace and Tanner Muse.
The total win number is at 11.5 for Clemson. Clemson will be favorite in every game, and you should expect a wayward performance that leads to at least one close game. But, this is built to go worse than 11-1. I have them finishing at that record and winning the ACC Championship.
ACC Conference Predictions (Episode 1)
The first part talks about Clemson, Florida State, and the remaining teams in the Atlantic Division. The second part talks about Miami, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and the remaining teams in the Atlantic Division.