ACC Football Daily Links — Miami, Virginia Tech May Begin Sorting out Coastal Division Chaos Tonight

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

There’s Chaos in the ACC’s Coastal Division (AP)

There’s no other way to say it: The ACC’s Coastal Division is a mess. A month is left in the season, and – for better or worse – the race remains wide open. The preseason favorite is having its worst season in two decades. Last week’s leader absorbed a 41-point beating from the first-place team in the other division. What could be the division’s most complete team isn’t allowed to win it…

It’s Time for Miami Hurricanes to Make a Statement (Miami Herald)

It’s not often that a game between 4-4 teams can be called pivotal or crucial. But for the University of Miami, Thursday night’s game against Virginia Tech is all that. It is a more important test for the Hurricanes than the Hokies, and for UM coach Al Golden than Tech coach Frank Beamer. UM needs to beat a better opponent, and this year Tech is barely that…

Virginia Tech Needs to Find Lost ACC Road Magic in Miami (Daily Press)

It was just one play, and it rarely crosses his mind anymore, but Logan Thomas’ small contribution two years ago in Virginia Tech’s trip to Miami was a perfect example of how the Hokies could do no wrong back at the time on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference. When Tech starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor, a Hampton High graduate, had to come out of the game for a play in the first quarter of No. 14 Tech’s 31-17 win at No. 24 Miami, Thomas came in…

Shawn Petty Eager to Prove Value at Quarterback for Maryland (Washington Times)

Shawn Petty, the latest in Maryland’s unexpectedly long line of quarterbacks, is not overly emotional. He also wasn’t expected to play quarterback again after being recruited as a linebacker out of Greenbelt’s Eleanor Roosevelt High School.  It’s little surprise, then, that coaches and teammates believe the true freshman is eager for his chance to start Saturday against Georgia Tech…

Paul Johnson Faces Decision at QB (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Georgia Tech backup quarterback Vad Lee will play against Maryland. But will he start? Tune in Saturday. Though Tevin Washington is listed as the starter on the depth chart this week, head coach Paul Johnson has left open the possibility that he will make a change at the position to give his team a much-needed spark as it tries to keep its bowl streak alive…

Duke Secondary Prepares for Clemson’s Air Show (Charlotte Observer)

Duke isn’t going to stop Clemson’s dynamic receiving duo of Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins. But the Blue Devils sure hope they can limit their effectiveness. “You’re not going to stop a team like Clemson, you have to minimize the damage,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said Wednesday. “We’ve got to minimize some of the big plays we gave up last week…

Flip the Script: FSU’s Offense and Defense About the See Something Different (Tomahawk Nation)

The traditional numbers say that Florida State’s offense has been much improved. The Seminoles are the only team in the country to put up 7.5 yards/play against D-1 opponents (yards/play is probably the best traditional measure of offense). The points are there too, as in 40 per game, 12 more than in 2011 and roughly 10 more than the excellent attacks of 2009 and 2010…

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