ACC Football Daily Links — Who Will Have More Success in the ACC: Pittsburgh or Syracuse?

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Better in ACC in ’13, Pitt or ‘Cuse? (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

It’s never too early to look ahead to next season, especially since there are going to be some changes to both the Big East and ACC. With that in mind, Heather and I have taken up one very timely debate: Which incoming Big East team will do better in the ACC in Year 1 — Pitt or Syracuse? Depends on whom you ask…

Built to Perform: Seminoles’ Run Game (‘NoleNation)

Like fellow tailback Devonta Freeman, Wilder felt certain he’d seen Northern Illinois play at some point this season — a passing glance or two while flipping channels some Saturday afternoon — but he simply couldn’t remember much about them. The brief film session offered some insight, however. The Huskies use a lot of movement in their front seven to confuse offenses, and the defense is disciplined at all times…

Quarterback EJ Manuel Wants to Leave FSU With Perfect Bowl Record (Palm Beach Post)

Erik Manuel had mentioned to his son that he was close to accomplishing something special, a feat that no other Florida State quarterback had ever done. EJ Manuel is already 3-0 in bowl games. And while he didn’t start the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl win over South Carolina, he relieved the injured Christian Ponder after halftime and led FSU to a win…

With Erik Korem’s Departure to Kentucky, FSU Has Another Key Spot to Fill (Orlando Sentinel)

In the days after Florida State’s 21-15 win over Georgia Tech in the ACC championship, the goodbyes came fast and furious around the Seminoles coaching offices. Assistants Mark Stoops, D.J. Eliot and Eddie Gran passed along their regards as they walked out the door for other coaching jobs. (Technically, neither has had to formally said goodbye just yet…

Welcome to the U: JUCO TE Ben Sandland Commits to the ‘Canes (State of the U)

After the 2012 class was finalized, Al Golden was not bashful in identifying tight end as a major position of need with the 2013 class. The team had a few of guys in Clive Walford, Asante Cleveland, and Dyron Dye who could play the position, but who were not the pass catching threat of Miami teams of old. Well, to that end, Golden has done work…

Syracuse Football Team Will Have a Significant Hole to Fill at Left Guard Next Season (

The Syracuse football team (7-5) is preparing to face West Virginia (7-5) at 3:15 p.m. Dec. 29 in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. It is also using several of the 15 practices allotted to bowl-eligible teams to prepare for the future, as the coaching staff starts to take a serious look at the candidates to replace departing seniors. Over the next several days I will examine at the team position by position…

Virginia Tech to Wear Another New Helmet for the Russell Athletic Bowl (SB Nation)

Virginia Tech has not been shy about wearing new and…interesting…helmets this season. Recall that earlier this year, they took the field wearing these “Hokie tracks” helmets. With the Russell Athletic Bowl matchup against Rutgers approaching, Virginia Tech is at it once again, this time by joining the matte-colored helmets movement. This is a sneak peek at the helmets the team will wear against Rutgers…

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4 thoughts on “ACC Football Daily Links — Who Will Have More Success in the ACC: Pittsburgh or Syracuse?

  1. I’ve been wondering how Syracuse and Pitt will compete in the ACC next year–for every Nebraska and Texas A&M that plays at the same or higher level when they move conferences, there’s been a West Virginia or Colorado that’s seen a serious dropoff. The Coastal looks wide open next year, so there’s room for Pitt to make some noise, but I think Syracuse looks like a much more complete team. Even with a new QB and playing in the tougher division, Syracuse looks like a solid bowl team next year and maybe even a little more–they’re finishing hot, and with a bowl win they’re exactly the sort of team that might hover around the fringes of the preseason top 25. Of course, all that is incredibly premature. I’d be interested to hear a ‘Cuse fan’s take on the prospects for next year.

    • The big issue for Syracuse will — as per usual when it comes to them — be replacing the departed seniors. They’re losing a lot of their top-line talent on D, as well as Ryan Nassib, Alec Lemon and Justin Pugh. Too many major pieces to replace for me to comfortably say “yeah, we’ll win eight games.” We did say the same thing this year, however, and everything sort-of worked out. While I was once pumped about the Atlantic division, I do kind of wish they were in the Coastal now.

  2. The answer to that question is, of course, Pitt.

    -Easy conference division (our only ‘challenges’ will be either FSU/Clemson)
    -We play Duke–DUKE
    -Did I mention we play Duke?
    -No more Tino Sunseri (oh thank you Dave Wannstedt’s mustache!)

    Pitt can compete for a division title.

    Syracuse? Eh, hey at least they play the Hoopies this year.

    • Duke won six games this year. They’re not the joke they once were. Pitt also lost four of seven games in a downtrodden Big East, so it’s not as if the Panthers are world-beaters.

      Honestly, I don’t know the answer to the question. Pitt’s division is milder, but again, there’s plenty that can go wrong given the ebb and flow of things in the ACC. Pitt’s also guaranteed nothing in the ACC, given their inconsistency over the past two decades in the Big East. Syracuse is also subject to the same factors.

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