CuseNation.com publisher Mike McAllister and contributor John Garcia Jr. renew their rivalry in the 2013 version of staff predictions. Who knows more about Syracuse's new conference? We'll keep track week-by-week throughout the season.
Here's the Week 1 slate:
FAU at Miami
McAllister: The Hurricanes are much more talented all over the field. Senior quarterback Stephen Morris starts the season off right as Miami rolls 41-6.
Garcia Jr.: FAU will give nearby Miami some problems as over-looked prospects overachieve against the hometown school, but the 'Canes will come out on top in the end. 34-17.
Penn State vs Syracuse
McAllister: The Orange offense utilizes a strong running game and the defense does just enough to hold off the Nittany Lions 27-24.
Garcia Jr.: Syracuse starts off the Scott Shafer era in style, getting the better of the "new QB" battle with disguised coverages and blitz patterns. The offense does just enough, 21-20.
Elon at Georgia Tech
McAllister: Georgia Tech utilizes their triple option and superior athletes to win a laugher of a season opener 37-3.
Garcia Jr.: Jackets take this one on cruise control with the triple-option, 38-10.
McAllister: The Wildcats hang around for a while, but Steve Addazio's Eagles pull away late in a closer than expected B.C. win 27-17.
Garcia Jr.: BC will be better than people think, but still not in the top-half of the conference. Eagles win the opener, though, 24-14.
FIU at Maryland
McAllister: The Terrapins start off the season on a positive note with an easy victory over the less talented Panthers 31-14.
Garcia Jr.: The Terps will be the surprise team in the league, but it's upset-city over here! Panthers make big plays en route to a 24-21 victory.
McAllister: The Wolfpack struggle with a new system and quarterback, but make enough plays to pull out a 24-20 victory.
Garcia Jr.: Another upset in the conference? You bet! New coaches, new QBs and a new system against the often-potent Bulldogs spells tough start for N.C. State. 28-20, La. Tech.
McAllister: The Cavaliers get a scare from the Cougars but use a strong defensive effort to preserve the 21-17 win.
Garcia Jr: Mike London's seat gets a little bit hotter after the Cougars run through the Cavalier defense, 27-17. Can the class of 2014 recruits for UVA sub in?
McAllister: Duke continues the momentum from a solid 2012 with an opening game win against an overmatched NC Central squad 34-13,
Garcia Jr.: As if Duke wasn't the darling of the conference heading into this game, N.C. Central had to replace its coach in camp. Blowout city, 42-14.
McAllister: The defending champs are far too talented and physical up front for the Hokies. The Tide roll 37-17.
Garcia Jr.: 'Bama rolls, though Va. Tech plays well early. 34-14 as some true freshmen excite UA fans on both sides of the ball.
Georgia vs Clemson
Garcia Jr.: Boyd to Watkins, all day, especially with plenty of youth in the Georgia secondary. Tigers triumph 31-21.
McAllister: The Panthers start ACC play with one of the best in the conference. The Seminoles provide a rude welcoming with a 31-21 victory.
Garcia Jr.: Jameis Winston has a first start for the ages and totals 300-plus yards against the talented, but overmatched Panthers. Noles celebrate, 34-17.