- Dec 19, 2012
According to Barry Jackson, Canes will open the season Sept.2 v. Bethune Cookman.
Pretty weak schedule
::Homer Glasses On::
The Coastal is down next year. Assuming we finish the recruiting season strong and find a QB that can sufficiently run the system, at the absolute worst, I see this team going 10-4 (L @FSU, L vs ND, L ACCCG, L Mid-Tier Bowl Game). Obviously, games are played for a reason, but here are some other plausible outcomes:
11-3 (L @FSU, L vs ND, L ACCCG, W Mid-Tier Bowl Game) [Did not meet expectations]
11-3 (W @FSU, L vs ND, L ACCCG, L Mid-Tier Bowl Game / Orange Bowl) [Meets expectations if competitive L in the bowl game]
12-2 (W @FSU, L vs ND, L ACCCG, W Mid-Tier Bowl Game / Orange Bowl) [Meets expectations if Mid-Tier W; Above expectations if OB W]
12-2 (L @FSU, W vs ND, W ACCCG, L Orange Bowl / CFP Semi-Final) [Exceeds Expectations if ACCCG is a W against FSU that keeps them out of the Playoffs; Above expectations if competitive L in the OB; Exceeds expectations with CFP berth]
13-1 (W @FSU, W vs ND, W ACCCG, L CFP Semi-Final) [Exceeds expectations]
Based on how we played at the end of the season, I think the Canes would have been able to hang with Michigan, FSU, Louisville, PSU, USC, OU, Wisconsin, LSU. I predict that they will end the season in similar form next year, but with a better record to show for it. I just can't see how our OL will be good enough in '17. I think the secondary and WRs are question marks, but less so if we finish the recruiting season strong.
::Homer Glasses Off:
Miss on all 2017 recruiting targets, no QB stands out, multiple injuries on both sides, no real improvement on OL, lackluster secondary/WR development. 9-4