The Washington Times - August 28, 2008, 09:00AM

Some people make prediction just by summoning a record or a score out of the ether and not thinking much of it.

Loyal readers will know that’s not how I roll.


If you’re going to make a prediction, it’s only fair to give some thought to it and map it out. Take into account the crazy stuff that can happen over the course of a season, think about long-standing trends (Clemson inevitably messing up somehow, North Carolina’s inability to win in Charlottesville, Boston College‘s formidable home record) and try to figure out where a team might be exhausted from a week earlier.

So there are some seemingly random choices in here, and I will be sure to excavate this sucker at the end of the season and tally it all up. I’ve italicized a swing game for each team that was especially tough to call and can be acknowledged as a slight reach.

One set of results that looks especially odd is Wake Forest. Just a hunch: The Demon Deacons will get themselves in a lot of close games, against teams both great and mediocre. And when that happens, unpredictable results tend to follow


W: at Kent State, Georgia Tech, Central Florida, Rhode Island, Clemson, Notre Dame, Maryland

L: at N.C. State, Virginia Tech, at North Carolina, at Florida State, at Wake Forest

CLEMSON (10-2, 6-2 ACC)

W: Everything but at Wake Forest and at Boston College

DUKE (3-9, 1-7 ACC)

L: Everything but James Madison, Northwestern and N.C. State


W: Western Carolina, Chattanooga, vs. Colorado, at Miami, Virginia Tech, at Georgia Tech, Boston College, Florida

L: Wake Forest, at N.C. State, Clemson, at Maryland


W: Jacksonville State, Mississippi State, Duke, Gardner-Webb, Virginia, Miami

L: at Boston College, at Virginia Tech, at Clemson, Florida State, at North Carolina, at Georgia

MARYLAND (7-5, 4-4 ACC)

W: Delaware, at Middle Tennessee, Eastern Michigan, at Virginia, N.C. State, North Carolina, Florida State

L: California, at Clemson, Wake Forest, at Virginia Tech, at Boston College

MIAMI (6-6, 4-4 ACC)

W: Charleston Southern, Central Florida, at Duke, Wake Forest, at Virginia, at N.C. State

L: at Florida, at Texas A&M, North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia Tech, at Georgia Tech


W: McNeese State, at Rutgers, at Miami, Connecticut, Boston College, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, at Duke

L: Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, at Virginia, at Maryland

N.C. STATE (5-7, 3-5 ACC)

W: William & Mary, South Florida, Boston College, Florida State, Wake Forest

L: at South Carolina, at Clemson, East Carolina, at Maryland, at Duke, at North Carolina, Miami

VIRGINIA (5-7, 3-5 ACC)

W: Richmond, at Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, at Wake Forest

L: Southern Cal, at Connecticut, Maryland, at Georgia Tech, Miami, Clemson, at Virginia Tech


W: Everything but at Nebraska and at Florida State

Swing game: Either at Boston College or at Miami (or both)

WAKE FOREST (9-3, 5-3 ACC)

W: at Baylor, Ole Miss, at Florida State, Navy, Clemson, at Maryland, Duke, Boston College, Vanderbilt

L: at Miami, Virginia, at N.C. State

—- Patrick Stevens