The only thing people enjoy more than being right is telling other people when theyre wrong.
This is especially true for college football fans with their favorite (or not-so-favorite) media types.
Ive never been afraid to admit when I was wrong, and after eight weeks, its already clear I was wrong about Duke. I was also wrong about North Carolina, and theres a good chance Im going to be wrong about N.C. State.
Oh, hey, Wake Forest, I didnt forget about you, youre on track to make me 0-for-4 in the state.
I was also horribly wrong about Virginia Tech (which I pegged at 7-5 in the preseason) . I feel like I should take the collar for that one, too.
I hear you, But Joe, there are still six weeks of the season left, couldnt you be wrong about saying youre wrong?
Nope, this is the right time to admit a wrong and also the right time make some new predictions.
• Record: 5-2 overall, 1-2 ACC.
• Preseason prediction: 4-8 overall, 1-7 ACC.
• Whats left: at Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Miami, at Wake Forest, at UNC.
Granted, I couldnt have been more wrong about Duke, but lets go back for a minute. The Blue Devils lost their final five games of 2012, then had to replace their quarterback, the most productive receiver in ACC history and three-fourths of their secondary.
Not only has Duke gotten better on offense, with major changes at the skill positions, but its defense while certainly wobbly on occasion has proven to be better than last years group.
I dont think Duke will beat Virginia Tech or Miami, but the Blue Devils should take two of three from the in-state group.
• Revised prediction: 7-5, 3-5 ACC.
• Record: 1-5 overall, 0-3 ACC.
• Preseason prediction: 8-4 overall, 5-3 ACC.
• Whats left: Boston College, at N.C. State, Virginia, at Pittsburgh, Old Dominion, Duke.
The way UNC played last Thursday, albeit in a loss, against Miami is what I expected the Tar Heels to be this season. Obviously, at 1-5, that version of the team has not shown up often and it wasnt quite good enough to beat Miami, a top 10 team.
The defense continues to be a problem for second-year coach Larry Fedora, but the offense is where the Tar Heels have gone wrong this season.
Rebuilding the line has proven difficult, and Fedora has worked himself into a quarterback roulette.
While UNC has been a disappointment, and its significant flaws are a concern going forward, if it duplicates its effort against Miami in the final six games, it wont lose again.
That being said, fool me once, UNC.
• Revised prediction: 5-7, 3-5 ACC.
• Record: 3-3 overall, 0-3 ACC.
• Preseason prediction: 7-5 overall, 3-5 ACC.
• Whats left: at Florida State, UNC, at Duke, at Boston College, East Carolina, Maryland.
Mathematically, I could still be right about the Wolfpack, but after so many injuries and bad losses to Wake Forest and Syracuse, its tough to believe a 4-2 finish is coming home for first-year coach Dave Doeren.
You figure theres a Super Bowl in there somewhere, probably against one of the in-state teams, and Maryland might not physically be capable of filling out a lineup come Nov. 30.
Still, it will take significant improvement, in health and on-field production, to get to six wins.
• Revised prediction: 5-7 overall, 2-6 ACC.
• Record: 4-3 overall, 2-2 ACC.
• Preseason prediction: 5-7 overall, 2-6 ACC.
• Whats left: at Miami, at Syracuse, Florida State, Duke, at Vanderbilt.
Technically, I could still be right about the Demon Deacons, too, but they seem to have saved their season with a 28-13 win against the Wolfpack on Oct. 5.
Barring an injury to receiver Michael Campanaro or a relapse by quarterback Tanner Price, the Deacs should beat Syracuse on the road and Duke at home to get to six wins.
• Revised prediction: 6-6 overall, 4-4 ACC.