Week Zero: ACC Nation Pigskin Picks

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The return of the college football season begins with Week Zero. Our first conference game is rapidly approaching. The ACC Nation calendar has plenty of games scheduled in other sports but only one in football. That also means the return of our weekly Pigskin Picks. The Beanies and Red Bull were on full display this week but apparently that’s a weekly ritual and has nothing to do with picks.

This week’s game between Miami and Florida carries with it some degree of rivalry. The kind that fires up fans, puts fannies in the seats and holds long, loving stares from football fans in front of their picture boxes. Workers will listen intently to Joe Zagacki tell them how the Hurricanes are moving the ball from left to right on their radio dials.

Let’s not forget that the Hurricanes and Gators recently penned a home-and-home series slated for 2024 and 2025. This game will add fuel to those upcoming fires.

The glorious return of college football. The trash talk between the fans of the Hurricanes and Gators would keep a landfill busy. There’s plenty of experts, pundits and fans who are quick to tell you who they think will win. On the other side there are plenty who will do the same when it comes to who will lose.

Only one thing will answer that ultimate question. It is the game itself and this Saturday, August 24 at 7:00pm ET we will see, watch or hear it for ourselves.

Week Zero

This season, in addition to Will Ojanen, Xayveon and Jim Quist we’ve brought back Chris Bond (a fierce competitor) for our Pigskin Picks. Who do they believe will come out on top in this showdown?


ACC Nation Pigskin Picks

Fearless ForecastersGame(s) (pick in bold)Record
Will Ojanen
Miami vs Florida
Xayveon
Miami vs Florida
Jim Quist
Miami vs Florida
Chris Bond
Miami vs Florida

What’s Coming?

The Florida Gators are ranked in the preseason AP Top 25 at No. 8 while the Hurricanes are in the Receiving Votes category at No. 29. To say this is a big game, on many levels, is an understatement.


PFF’s 2019 Preseason All ACC Team


We’ll find out how much damage or gain the NCAA Transfer Portal is responsible for first. Second, just how much traction Manny Diaz can get out of Miami. New coaches, new schemes and a freshman quarterback in Jarren Williams will come into play.


Week Zero

For just a moment, cast aside the aforementioned and look at the players on the roster. There’s talent and depth.

  • Brevin Jordan
  • Deejay Dallas
  • Jeff Thomas
  • K.J. Osborn
  • DJ Scaife
  • Navaughn Donaldson
  • Michael Pinckney
  • Trajan Bandy
  • Shaq Quarterman
  • Romeo Finley

There’s no doubt Miami will face an uphill slog against the confident Gators. Will they find the end of the rainbow in Orlando? A win or even a great showing against a Top 10 team will go a long way to letting everyone else know what’s coming in the following weeks.


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