As I referenced in Part I, I am very optimistic on the Hafley era. Yet at the end of the day, this is still his first year and he is a first-time head coach. He also inherited a patchwork roster and had his entire transition and training camp disrupted by a global pandemic. There are plenty of unknowns, but here is how it might play out if everything goes right. My actual predictions post Wednesday.
Best Case Scenario
at Duke. Win. BC looks much improved on D and win with ball control and rushing on offense. A good opener.
Texas State. Win. No scares for this unplanned game. BC handles them and the D looks strong again.
North Carolina. Loss. In their first early test, BC comes up a little short in a back and forth game. Optimism remains high.
Pitt. Win. Maybe I am taking them lightly, but I see us beating Pitt in all three of my scenarios.
at Virginia Tech. Win. The offense is coming around (with Jurk) and get its first big road win. BC now enters the Top 25.
Georgia Tech. Win. This is a game where the OLine wins the day and controls throughout.
at Clemson. Loss. This game gets a ton of hype in the run up. All the talking heads ask "is this the only team that might beat Clemson?" We don't as we can't outscore them. BC remains ranked.
at Syracuse. Win. I think BC can do what we did last year and run all over them.
Notre Dame. Win. Jurk's revenge. We help spoil their season. Opinions on Hafley move from well liked to beloved.
Louisville. Win. BC is flying high. This is a tough game, but we come out ahead.
at Virginia. Win. BC stays focused and finishes the season with a nice, no-nonsense win.
This would leave BC at 9-2 (8-2 in ACC play). Who knows what bowls will or will not happen. I also don't know if the Big Ten and Pac 12 will be able to play in all of their respective bowl partnerships. But in this scenario, I don't think BC makes the ACC Championship Game with two conference losses. I still think the ACC will protect their partners first and the bigger bowl will get priority. So, I see us to the Camping World Bowl (Orlando) against one of the bottom rung SEC teams. I think we win giving us an improbable 10 win season and a Top 15 ranking. This makes Hafley the hottest coach in the country (who may get hired away), but it is worth it for this sort of season.