Season prediction Part I: best-case scenario
I wish I knew how the season would go. There are times when I think this is going to be the miracle season where everything falls into place. Other times I think we’re headed into a buzz saw and a long offseason of “I told you BC couldn’t compete in the ACC.” My actual and official game-by-game prediction will come later in the week. In the meantime, here is my best-case scenario prediction. I’ll post my worst-case next. I won’t predict 13-0 National Championship or 0-11, as I want to keep the best and worst somewhat viable.
Best Case Scenario
At BYU. Win. The travel and altitude doesn’t impact the Eagles. BC rolls over a still adjusting BYU team.
Army. Win. BC overpowers Army. The team and Quinton Porter are playing with a lot of confidence heading into FSU.
FSU. Win. Riding the hot start and fan excitement, BC defeats FSU in the school’s ACC debut. FSU struggles at Quarterback and BC’s defense is shaping up to be one of the better units in the conference.
At Clemson. Win. Clemson, still adjusting to its new offense, struggles and BC remains unbeaten.
Ball State. Win. BC avoids the previous season’s nail bitter and soundly defeats the MAC cellar dweller. At this point, BC breaks into the Top 10 and pundits start asking “Can BC win the conference?”
Virginia. Win. In a game that means more to TOB than any other, BC defeats UVA in a hard fought contest.
Wake Forest. Win. After letting the previous two games against the Demon Deacons slip through their fingers, BC controls the whole way through. Quinton Porter and Will Blackmon erase any bad Wake memories by hooking up for three touchdowns.
At Virginia Tech. Loss. The road to Pasedena hits a bump. BC loses a matchup between two Top 10 teams. The ESPN Thursday Night crew hands out plenty of moral victory pats on the back to the Eagles for their hot start and adjustment to the conference.
At North Carolina. Loss. Even in a dream season, BC still has to have a WTF? loss. Instead of taking care of a team they defeated in North Carolina 11 months ago, costly mistakes keep the game even. The Heels steal it in the end.
NC State. Win. BC avoids the three game losing streak. The defense, cold and offensive line prove too much for the Wolfpack.
At Maryland. Win. BC wins as Maryland struggles for the second straight season.
Despite defeating the ‘Noles head to head, FSU finishes the season with a better conference record and represents the division in the first ACC Championship Game.
Any disappointment over missing out on the Championship Game is lifted when BC is selected for the Gator Bowl. The excitement reaches a frenzy when it is announced they will face Notre Dame. BC defeats the Irish…again. The team finishes with a 10-2 record and in the Top 10 in both season-ending polls.
Stay tuned for Part II -- the worst-case scenario