Who Needs Bill Simmons?

The Confidential will step in:

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Notwithstanding this satire, the Confidential is a big fan of Simmons–even owning two of his books.  But he has gotten a bit stale of late, no?  It was fun when he shared our misery–misery that only a fan of a down team or school could appreciate.  The worst thing that happened was the Boston area teams thriving.  The next worst thing was deciding that his readers cared more about the NBA than baseball/football.  Easy for us to say, we don’t have a big NBA gig.  Carry on, Sports Guy, carry on.

The Football Over-Unders for 2015: Louisville

This article is another in a series of articles in which the Confidential opines regarding the over/under for football wins in 2015.  We’ll take a cursory look at the schedule and determine what we think is the point where folks will struggle to select “over” or “under.”  We hope people will share their comments as to “why” they are going over/under.  If you disagree with our over/under choice, of course, feel free to let us know too.  The next team up: Louisville.  We are going with an over/under of 9.5 regular season wins.

  1. September 5 vs Auburn (Atlanta, GA)
  2. September 12 vs Houston
  3. September 17 vs Clemson
  4. September 25 vs Samford
  5. October 3 @ NC State
  6. October 17 @ Florida State
  7. October 24 vs. Boston College
  8. October 30 @ Wake Forest
  9. November 7 vs Syracuse
  10. November 14 vs. Virginia
  11. November 21 @ Pittsburgh
  12. November 28 @ Kentucky

Likely losses: Auburn, @Florida State

Likely wins: Samford, @ Kentucky, Syracuse, @ Wake Forest

Summary:  Could you imagine if Louisville beats both Auburn and Clemson in the first three weeks of the season?  It would be difficult to envision Louisville not being in the top 5.  This is a fairly difficult schedule, as trips to NC State and Florida State also loom in the first six weeks.  If Louisville is 3-3, they can still get back to 9-3 by sweeping the second-half.  If Louisville is 4-2, then 10-2 is the upside.  The heart may say wins over Auburn, Florida State, and Clemson.  The brain says two out of those three are losses… or two are wins and then a surprise loss elsewhere.  The Confidential goes with an over-under of 9.5 wins.

What do you think?  Over or under?  Let us know.

Prior discussions: Florida State Georgia Tech Wake Forest Pitt Virginia Virginia Tech

The Football Over-Unders for 2015: Virginia Tech

This article is another in a series of articles in which the Confidential opines regarding the over/under for football wins in 2015.  We’ll take a cursory look at the schedule and determine what we think is the point where folks will struggle to select “over” or “under.”  We hope people will share their comments as to “why” they are going over/under.  If you disagree with our over/under choice, of course, feel free to let us know too.  The next team up: Virginia Tech.  We are going with an over/under of 6.5 regular season wins.

  1. September 7 vs Ohio State
  2. September 12 vs Furman
  3. September 19 @ Purdue
  4. September 25 @ East Carolina
  5. October 3 vs Pittsburgh
  6. October 9 vs North Carolina State
  7. October 17 @ Miami
  8. October 24 vs. Duke
  9. October 31 @ Boston College
  10. November 12 @. Georgia Tech
  11. November 21 vs. North Carolina
  12. November 28 @Virginia

Likely losses: Ohio State

Likely wins: Furman, @ Purdue

Summary: Virginia Tech has a decent OOC slate, with Ohio State, Purdue, and East Carolina, the latter two coming on the road.  It is not difficult to envision a 2-2 start for the Hokies.  The Coastal is its typical self–who knows?  We do know that Va Tech avoided Florida State, Clemson, and Louisville in cross-divisional games.  The Confidential goes with an over-under of 6.5 wins.

What do you think?  Over or under?  Let us know.

Prior discussions: Florida State Georgia Tech Wake Forest Pitt Virginia

The Football Over-Unders for 2015: Virginia

This article is another in a series of articles in which the Confidential opines regarding the over/under for football wins in 2015.  We’ll take a cursory look at the schedule and determine what we think is the point where folks will struggle to select “over” or “under.”  We hope people will share their comments as to “why” they are going over/under.  If you disagree with our over/under choice, of course, feel free to let us know too.  The next team up: Virginia.  We are going with an over/under of 4.5 regular season wins.

  1. September 5 at UCLA
  2. September 12 vs Notre Dame
  3. September 19 vs. William and Mary
  4. September 25 3 vs Boise State
  5. October 10 @ Pittsburgh
  6. October 17 vs Syracuse
  7. October 24 @ North Carolina
  8. October 31 vs. Georgia Tech
  9. November 7 @ Miami
  10. November 14 @ Louisville
  11. November 21 vs. Duke
  12. November 28 vs Virginia Tech

Likely losses: UCLA, Notre Dame, Boise State, and Louisville

Likely wins: William & Mary

Summary: In a make or break year for head coach Mike London, Virginia faces as tough a schedule as anyone in the country out-of-conference.  On the other hand, the Wahoos avoided Florida State and Clemson in the crossover conference game.  Every Coastal game is a toss up, as always.  Syracuse is very winnable, but the Orange will be better.  Louisville is very losable, but did that matter much last year?  The Confidential goes with an over-under of 4.5 wins.

What do you think?  Over or under?  Let us know.

Prior discussions: Florida State Georgia Tech Wake Forest Pitt

Take Our Sporcle Quiz: ACC Basketball Lottery Picks–1985-1989

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