ACC Football Daily Links — Notre Dame’s John Swarbrick Says ACC Safe From Another Big Ten Raid

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Source: Notre Dame, ACC Safe From Another Big Ten Raid (CBS Sports)

A source has told CBSSports.com there is no current “list” of expansion candidates to be taken in the near future by the Big Ten. That would make sense to Jack Swarbrick. The Notre Dame AD is simultaneously overseeing the exit of his school from the Big East and entry into the ACC. Both conferences are wounded in different ways. However, Swarbrick senses a relative sense of calm settling over conference realignment…

Mike Tranghese: Blame Me (ESPN)

When Syracuse announced last year it was leaving the Big East for the ACC, former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said it “ripped out the heart” of the league’s seven Catholic basketball schools. Even before Syracuse’s decision, Tranghese knew that eventually those seven basketball schools would split away from the Big East’s football programs…

Target Practice: Time to Diversify Sammy Watkins’ Portfolio? (Post and Courier)

One of the biggest shockers of 2012 was the  on-the-field decline of the precocious, focused and supremely talented Sammy Watkins. Watkins saw his yards (1,219 to 708), yards per catch (14.9 to 12.4) and receiving touchdowns (12 to 3) all decline from his freshman All-American campaign. We know Watkins was set back by his suspension and illness. But did Clemson’s play-calling also became too predictable?…

The Spike Factor: How Ineffective Was Boston College Football’s Offense in 2012? (BC Interruption)

For the past two years the great SB Nation blog Every Day Should Be Saturday has done an analysis on college football efficiency, or should I say inefficiency. If you haven’t already heard about it, they have created their own metric entitled the Spike Factor. Basically the Spike Factor is the percentage of plays that go for zero or negative yards…

Will Virginia Tech, ACC Reverse Recent Bowl Fortunes? (Daily Press)

From 2001-06, ACC football teams won 25 of their 41 bowls. They went a sterling 8-2 against the Big Ten, Pacific 12 and Big 12 combined, a respectable 4-6 versus the Southeastern Conference. Seems like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it? The subsequent years have been grim, with the ACC enduring five consecutive losing postseasons…

Clemson Defense Faces Physical Challenge in LSU (Orange and White)

When asked Tuesday if LSU’s offense would be the most physical group his Clemson defense would face this season, Brent Venables paused for a moment. “They’re physical,” he said. “It can be argumented that way. I think you’re splitting hairs but I think they’re very physical.” To beat No.9 LSU (10-2) in New Year’s Eve’s Chick-fil-A Bowl, Venables made it clear: Clemson (10-2) must win in the trenches…

Duke Still Chasing History (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

This is not the norm at scholarly Duke — no class, just football. Welcome to the postseason, Blue Devils. “It’s something none of the players have experienced,” said cornerback Ross Cockrell. “We’re all trying to get adjusted to being on campus when nobody else is here. But it’s nice. We don’t have class, we can just focus on football. It relieves a lot of stress when you don’t have anything else to do but football”…

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