Dec 5, 2020; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Rex Culpepper (17) hands off to running back Sean Tucker (34) in the first quarter versus the Notre Dame Combating Irish at Notre Dame Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
Which college football groups from the Power Five conferences are bound to complete at the bottom of the league standings this season?
A handful of conferences have multiple last place departments so 2 teams, in some cases, will have the worst total spot in their league. They have a cupcake non-conference schedule prepared against Ohio, Rutgers, Albany and Liberty, so this group could begin 4-0 … then end up 0-8 inside the ACC. The offending line is bad, Tommy DeVito had a weak stretch behind the bad front and might lose his job to Mississippi State transfer Garrett Shrader, and the defense, while bringing back many of last years starters, is just awful. Maybe the experience sneaks in a few wins in conference play, but the Orange are in pole position to be the ACC Atlantics worst.
It might be a 3-1 start to the year, which is great, however the ACC schedule ramps up the strength on the 2-9 group from one year back.
The talk is constantly on the best of the best in college footballs Power Five conferences, and rightfully so. Conversation on the College Football Playoff and the powerhouse schools draws out energy and passion in the fanbases. Its exciting and community-building for the sport.
However, not everyones season goes according to plan. Some fall below expectations due to injuries, poor play, or outdoors circumstances. A handful of schools are rising in the early years of a coachs tenure.
Others, sadly for them, location last in their conferences. Its a harsh result for the long season, and hellacious year, of preparation, fight, and results. Groups just do not have enough to remain competitive, particularly in the uneven landscape of college football.
For the Power Five conferences, this sticks out more than any other FBS school. A handful of conferences have numerous last location departments so 2 teams, in many cases, will have the worst total spot in their league. Whos going to be the worst of the worst in 2021?
The ACC, besides Clemson, North Carolina and maybe Miami, is going to be complicated. Most of the conference is just fodder for the Tigers and Tar Heels, fighting for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and so on in their respective departments.
The ACC Atlantic has a few competitors for last location, particularly with Clemson ensuring everybody at least one loss on their resume prior to faltering in other places. Somebody will ultimately drop to the bottom, though, and thats Syracuse.
Keep in mind when the Orange mattered a few years ago? They were 10-3 in 2018, rolling to No. 15 in the final top 25 of the season. It looked like a development signal for a school long known for basketball; perhaps not at the greatest level to prosper, however nevertheless a favorable sign.
Because then, Dino Babers team is 6-17, including 1-10 in the reduced COVID-19 season. Not excellent.
The head coach might be on the hot seat if Syracuse has another rough go-around, which is on the horizon. They have a cupcake non-conference schedule planned versus Ohio, Rutgers, Albany and Liberty, so this team might begin 4-0 … then complete 0-8 inside the ACC. The offensive line is bad, Tommy DeVito had a weak stretch behind the poor front and might lose his task to Mississippi State transfer Garrett Shrader, and the defense, while reviving the majority of in 2015s beginners, is just terrible. Possibly the experience sneaks in a couple of wins in conference play, but the Orange remain in pole position to be the ACC Atlantics worst.
As for the Coastal Division, Duke is going to have a difficult time handling their schedule. They have three soft nonconference video games, with Northwestern sprayed in the middle. It might be a 3-1 start to the year, which is fine, however the ACC schedule ramps up the strength on the 2-9 team from one year back.
The offensive line permitted a laundry list of sacks in 2020, injuring the death game and failing to establish the run. Possibly another year of experience will help but by how much?
Heaven Devils have a bit more upside since of their returning starters, though, so they might edge Syracuse in total record.