CBS Sports’ recently projected win totals for every team in the ACC, picking the Tigers to knock off FSU in the regular season with the two teams having a rematch in Charlotte.
Here is what they had to say about each team.
Over/under 10.0 wins
- Wins: at Duke, Charleston Southern, FAU, Florida State, at Syracuse, Wake Forest, at Miami, at NC State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, at South Carolina
- Losses: Notre Dame
To pull back the curtain a little bit, placing Notre Dame as a loss is my acknowledgement that predicting any team to 12-0 is a fool’s errand. In other words, I do not see a clear-cut loss on a schedule that is extremely favorable in terms of the home-road draw. Death Valley is one of the best home-field advantages in college football and the Tigers get their three toughest opponents (Florida State, Notre Dame, North Carolina) at home. I think the Fighting Irish are a comparable team to Clemson so we’ve slid that marker over to the loss column, but this is still an easy over play for me. Pick: Over 10 (+105)
Over/under 9.5 wins
- Wins: Southern Miss, at Boston College, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Duke, at Wake Forest, at Pitt, Miami, North Alabama, at Florida
- Losses: LSU, at Clemson
It’s been a half-decade or so since we’ve seen Florida State enter the season with expectations of competing for an ACC title and nearly a full decade since the Seminoles’ last conference crown. But the post-division setup allows Florida State room to drop a regular-season game to Clemson and remain in the conference title hunt, which is exactly what I’m expecting with a projected 7-1 ACC record. The Seminoles will be favored by at least a touchdown in every other conference game, and with the depth that Mike Norvell has built I think this team is prepared to seriously contend for a conference title. Pick: Over 9.5 (-145)
Clemson and Florida State have released depth charts ahead of this weekend’s matchup at Death Valley.
Clemson vs Florida Atlantic: Depth Charts
The ninth-ranked Tigers will travel to Duke to face off with the Blue Devils. Kickoff is set for 8 pm and the game will be televised by ESPN.