College Football ACC Coastal Preview Podcast NCAA Predictions Odds From Mitch on Tonys Picks TV 8-1-2017

August 1, 2017

Mitch from Sports Chat Place guests on the Tonys Picks TV Show and offers his picks, predictions, previews and odds from the ACC Coastal Conference.

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ACC Coastal Preview
Virginia Tech—
Head coach Justin Fuente in his first year with the Hokies led the team to a 10-4 mark. They gave Clemson a game in the ACC Title contest losing 42-35 as a 10 ½ point underdog. It was a come from behind victory for the Hokies in the Belk Bowl with the 35-24 victory as a 7 point favorite. Three players battle for the starting quarterback position in camp. They return five starters on offense. A Playmaker at wideout is Cam Phillips and a lot of unknowns. Virginia Tech was 18th defensively allowing 340 yards per game. Hokies open with West Virginia on a neutral field. They travel to Miami and Georgia Tech and have Clemson, Pittsburgh and North Carolina at home.
North Carolina—
Tar Heels were 8-5 overall in 2016. They were beaten in the Sun Bowl by Stanford 25-23 as a 2 point underdog. They must replace Mitch Trubisky who put up good numbers for the Tar Heels last year and was a first round pick in the NFL. Junior Brandon Harris an LSU Transfer is the favorite to start at QB. Only five starters return on offense. Wide out Austin Proehl is a trusted option but the rest of the unit is a question mark. Tar Heels switch defensive coordinators after the team finished 12th against the pass by 109th against the run. North Carolina opens with Cal at home. They have home dates with Louisville, Notre Dame and Miami. They must travel to Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and NC State.
Miami—
Hurricanes finished 9-4 overall. They beat West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl 31-14 as a 2 ½ point favorite. The team must replace Brad Kaaya. N’Kosi Perry is the favorite to land the starting job but will be in a battle with 2016 backup Malik Rosier. Miami had the 27th ranked passing game offensively. On defense they held opponents to 18.5 points a game which was 12th best in college football. They have seven returners on offense and eight to the defense. In the non-conference they are at Arkansas St and travel in conference to Florida St, North Carolina and Pittsburgh. They get Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech at home.
Pittsburgh—
The Panthers finished at 8-5 a year ago. They fell to Northwestern in the Pinstripe Bowl 31-24 as a 4 ½ point favorite. USC transfer Max Browne is the favorite to win the job at starting quarterback. He is in his senior year and went 1-2 as a starter with the Trojans. Six starters are back on offense and only four to the defense. Two starters are back at wide out for Browne. Pitt was 10th in scoring last year with 40.9 points per game average. Improvement in needed defensively as the team was 127th against the pass allowing 333 yards per game. Opponents scored 35 points per game on the Panthers defense ranking 106th in the nation. Pittsburgh travels to Penn St and hosts Oklahoma St in the non conference. In the ACC the team travels to Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech and will host Miami, North Carolina and NC State.
Georgia Tech—
Yellow Jackets finished at 9-4 overall. They beat Kentucky 33-18 in the TaxSlayer Bowl as a 3 ½ point favorite. QB positing up in the air as the favorite has undergone foot surgery in the summer. The team has their running backs and wide outs back from last season. Georgia Tech is experienced on defense with eight starters back. This was a defense that was 39th in the nation in points allowed giving up 39 a game. The Yellow Jackets open with Tennessee on a neutral field and travel to Central Florida. They host Georgia. In conference they host Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. Georgia Tech is on the road to Miami and Clemson.
Virginia—
The Cavaliers were a disappointing 2-10 last year. Their last bowl appearance was in 2011. They return five on offense and eight to their defense. Senior Kurt Benkert returns as starting quarterback. He completed 56% of his throws last year. The offense struggled in 2016 as the team was 112th in total offense and 115th in scoring putting up 22.5 points per game. Non conference action includes home games to UCONN and Indians. They travel to Boise St. In the ACC the Cavaliers host Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. They go on the road to North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Louisville and Miami.
Duke—
It was a disappointing 4-8 year for the Blue Devils. It was the first time in four seasons that the Blue Devils failed to earn a bowl berth. Seven return on offense and five to the defense. Sophomore Daniel Jones returns as the starter at quarterback. He completed 62% of his passes last year. Offense is in need of improvement as the Blue Devils scored 23.3 points per game which was 110th in the nation. In the non-conference they get Northwestern and Baylor at home with Army on the road. In conference the team travels to North Carolina and Virginia Tech. They host Florida St, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech and Miami.
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