The staff and friends take a stab at forecasting the 2017 college football season.
The tradition continues for another year. In each of the past two seasons members of Cardiac Hill and former writers for the site have tried to predict the college football season. As you might guess, those prediction are spotty at best.
So we will try our best to do the same once again. Last weekend was a “soft” opening of college football, but it’s back 100% in all it’s glory this weekend. Everyone here at Cardiac Hill is excited for Pitt football, and college football in general. So as you settle in to watch Indiana and Ohio State tonight, check out our picks.
Here is this year’s trusty panel.
Cardiac Hill staff
Anson Whaley - He correctly picked Clemson to win it all last year.
J.D. Schroderer - J.D. picked Dewayne Hendrix to have a breakout year, turned out he got in hurt in the first quarter of the first game.
Corey Cohen - Corey had LSU to win it all last season.....
viewfromtheZoo32 - He’s new around here, so we’ll see what he’s got.
P.B.S. - That Kenny Hill Heisman pick did not age well.
Matt Hawley - Newbie
Mike Wilson - Ditto
JimHammett - I said the Clemson game last year wasn’t winnable so....
Former Cardiac Hill Contributors.
Aron Minkoff - Aron picked Pitt to win the Coastal last year, I like the optimism.
Spilly - In a bit of an upset, HB Blades did not win ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
Mike - He left this caveat last season in his ACC Atlantic pick, “Clemson, provided they rebound from losing to Pitt at home.” I guess they did rebound from that loss.
Dan Sostek - Dan was out in front of the Lamar Jackson hype train.
Adam Bittner - Adam picked Darrin Hall for 2 different Pitt related categories, it didn’t work out well.
Bryan (PittScript) - He didn’t make any picks last year, wise man.
Bryan (The other one) - Bryan had Quadree Henderson as his breakout player, good call.
MikeO - Like everyone else, he incorrectly picked Damar Hamlin to be Pitt’s top freshman.
Pat - Pat’s Leonard Fournette Heisman pick did not pan out.
Jesse Irwin - His James Conner Heisman pick was a bit ambitious.
Chris Bruno - Chris was too trusting of Miami, will he make the same mistake this year?
ACC Coastal Pick
Anson - Miami JD - Miami Corey - Virginia Tech viewfromtheZoo32 - Miami PBS - Virginia Tech Matt Hawley - Virginia Tech Mike Wilson - Miami JimHammett - Miami
Aron - Virginia Tech Spilly - Virginia Tech Mike Dan - Miami Adam - NOT Miami Bryan (PittScript) - Georgia Tech Bryan - Virginia Tech MikeO - Miami Pat - Virginia Tech Jesse - Pitt Chris - Miami
ACC Atlantic Pick
Anson - Florida State JD - Florida State Corey - Florida State viewfromtheZoo32 - Florida State PBS - Florida State Matt Hawley - Florida State Mike Wilson - Florida State JimHammett - Florida State
Aron - Florida State Spilly - Louisville Mike Dan - Florida State Adam - Florida State Bryan (PittScript) - Florida State Bryan - Florida State MikeO - Florida State Pat - NC State Jesse - Louisville Chris - Florida State
ACC Offensive Player of the Year
Anson - Lamar Jackson QB Louisville JD - Deondre Francois QB Florida State Corey - Lamar Jackson QB Louisville viewfromtheZoo32 - Lamar Jackson QB Louisville PBS - Lamar Jackson QB Louisville Matt Hawley - Lamar Jackson QB Louisville Mike Wilson - Lamar Jackson QB Louisville JimHammett - Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
Aron - Lamar Jackson QB Louisville Spilly - Lamar Jackson QB Louisville Mike - Dan - Deondre Francois QB Florida State Adam - Lamar Jackson QB Louisville Bryan (PittScript) - Lamar Jackson QB Louisville Bryan - Deondre Francois QB Florida State MikeO - Deondre Francois QB Florida State Pat - Lamar Jackson QB Louisville Jesse - Lamar Jackson QB Louisville Chris - Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
ACC Defensive Player of the Year
Anson - Derwin James S Florida State JD - Derwin James S Florida State Corey - Christian Wilkins DT Clemson viewfromtheZoo32 - Harold Landry DE Boston College PBS - Derwin James S Florida State Mike Wilson - Harold Landry DE Boston College JimHammett - Derwin James S Florida State
Aron - Harold Landry DE Boston College Spilly - Derwin James S Florida State Mike Dan - Derwin James S Florida State Adam - Christian Wilkins DT Clemson Bryan (PittScript) - Bradley Chubb DE NC State Bryan - Harold Landry DE Boston College MikeO - Dexter Lawrence DT Clemson Pat - Derwin James S Florida State Jesse - Josh Sweat DE Florida State Chris - Harold Landry DE Boston College
Anson - Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma JD - Sam Darnold QB USC Corey - JT Barrett QB Ohio State viewfromtheZoo32 - Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma PBS - Saquon Barkley RB Penn State Matt Hawley - Sam Darnold QB USC Mike Wilson - Sam Darnold QB USC JimHammett - JT Barrett QB Ohio State
Aron - Josh Rosen QB UCLA Spilly _ Lamar Jackson QB Louisville Mike Dan - Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma State Adam - Sam Darnold QB USC Bryan (PittScript) - Saquon Barkley RB Penn State Bryan - Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma MikeO - Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma Pat - Sam Darnold QB USC Jesse - EJ Borghetti SID Pitt Chris - Sam Darnold QB USC
National Champion Prediction
Anson - Alabama over Ohio State JD - USC over PSU Corey - Ohio State over Alabama viewfromtheZoo32 - Alabama over Florida State PBS - Florida State over Oklahoma Matt Hawley - Alabama over USC Mike Wilson - Alabama over Ohio State JimHammett - Florida State over USC
Aron - Alabama Spilly - Alabama, per the usual roughly biennial Sabanic dark sacrifice Mike Dan - Alabama Adam - Alabama Bryan (PittScript) Bryan - USC MikeO - Alabama Pat - USC Jesse - Pitt Chris - USC
Aron - Max Browne QB Spilly - Quadree Henderson WR Mike Dan - Quadree Henderson WR Adam - Brian O’Neill LT Bryan (PittScript) - Quadree Henderson WR Bryan - Qadree Ollison RB MikeO - Chris Clark TE Pat - Jester Weah WR Jesse - Quadree Henderson WR Chris - Quadree Henderson, though I really want to say Brian O'Neil here.
Pitt Defensive MVP
Anson - Dewayne Hendrix DE JD - Saleem Brightwell Corey - Dewayne Hendrix DE viewfromtheZoo32 - Dewayne Hendrix DE PBS - No Matt Hawley - Dewayne Hendrix DE Mike Wilson - Jordan Whitehead S JimHammett - Saleem Brightwell LB
Aron - Jordan Whitehead S Spilly - A bag that blows in from the stands and trips a WR, becoming the #1 safety in the process Mike Dan - Saleem Brightwell LB Adam - Saleem Brightwell LB Bryan (PittScript) - Dewayne Hendrix DE Bryan - Avonte Maddox CB MikeO - Dewayne Hendrix DE Pat - Kam Carter DT Jesse - Jordan Whitehead S Chris - Let's go with Dewayne Hendrix again...UGH stay healthy!
Pitt Breakout Candidate
Anson - Dewayne Hendrix DE JD - Keyshon Camp DT Corey - Chris Clark TE viewfromtheZoo32 PBS - Damar Hamlin CB Matt Hawley - Chawntez Moss RB Mike Wilson - Damar Hamlin CB JimHammett - Rashad Weaver DE
Aron - Max Browne QB Spilly - Homecoming Bobblehead of James Conner Mike Dan - Saleem Brightwell LB Adam - Jester Weah WR Bryan (PittScript) - Damar Hamlin CB Bryan - Ruben Flowers III WR MikeO - Therran Coleman CB Pat - Maurice Ffrench WR Jesse - Heather Lyke AD Chris - Chris Clark TE
Pitt’s Top Freshman
Anson - Keyshon Camp DT JD - Damarri Mathis CB Corey - Alex Kessman K viewfromtheZoo32 - Therran Coleman CB PBS - Jimmy Morrissey C Matt Hawley - Keyshon Camp DT Mike Wilson - Damarri Mathis CB JimHammett - Damarri Mathis CB
Aron - AJ Davis RB Spilly - Theodore Blewitt, the strangely old walk on kicker here to save a beaten to death Twitter joke Mike Dan - Dontavius Butler-Jenkins WR Adam - Todd Sibley RB Bryan (PittScript) - Rashad Weaver DE Bryan - Damarri Mathis CB MikeO - AJ Davis RB Pat - Dontavius Butler-Jenkins WR Jesse - Alex Kessman K Chris - AJ Davis...was so going to say Paris Ford, but just too far behind right now.
Pitt’s Toughest Game
Anson - @ Penn State JD - @ Penn State Corey - @ Penn State viewfromtheZoo32 - Penn State PBS - Oklahoma State Matt Hawley - @ Penn State Mike Wilson - Miami JimHammett - @ Georgia Tech (plaything the triple option directly after PSU and OK State is going to be tough)
Aron - @ PSU Spilly - Syracuse, when the game is called a tie at 1437 points each in centuple overtime Mike Dan - Oklahoma State Adam - The one after their biggest win Bryan (PittScript) - @ Penn State Bryan - @ Penn State MikeO - Oklahoma State Pat - @ Virginia Tech Jesse - The National Championship Game Chris - @ Penn State
Pitt’s Final Record
Anson - 8-4 JD - 8-4 Corey - 7-5 viewfromtheZoo32 - 8-4 PBS - 6-6 Matt Hawley - 8-4 Mike Wilson - 8-4 JimHammett - 8-4
Aron - 8-4 Spilly - 69-0 Mike Dan - 7-5 Adam - 8-5 Bryan (PittScript) - 6-6 Bryan - 9-3 MikeO - 7-5 Pat - 7-5 Jesse - 8-4 Chris - 7-5. Would love 8.