ACC Football Daily Links — Handicapping the Conference for the 2013 Season

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Monday through Friday each week, we compile the best links on ACC football from around the web.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2013 Could Be Big for Tech, Which Could Stand a Big Year (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

For Georgia Tech, many things happened en route to 7-7. The Yellow Jackets barely got bowl-eligible, and then they got bowl-ineligible by losing the ACC Championship game, and then the NCAA granted a waiver that allowed Tech to be invited back to the Sun Bowl, which is where it became the only team ever to beat the preseason No. 1 after losing at home to Middle Tennessee…

Could Pitt Take the ACC’s Coastal Division in 2013? (Cardiac Hill)

Pitt’s final Big East season is barely finished … which means it must be time to talk about the 2013 season. The Panthers will be in their first season of ACC play next year. Pitt’s conference opponents have yet to be released, but we do know that the Panthers will play the rest of the Coastal Division, as well as Syracuse…

After Further Review, FSU Had a Better Season Than Florida (Orlando Sentinel)

Running off at the typewriter… OK, the bowl games are over, the beer glasses are empty and the final plate of chicken wings has been reduced to a bunch of bones, which means I’m ready to answer the age-old question: Who had the better season – the Florida State Seminoles or the Florida Gators? After much consideration, consternation and the imminent castigation, I’m declaring that FSU had a more successful season…

Syracuse Football: The Legacy of Doug Marrone (Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician)

Take yourself back in time for a moment. Go back to December of 2008. Syracuse football was set to hire someone named Doug Marrone and just about every Orange fan ran to Google with one question in mind: Who the hell is Doug Marrone? Fans were skeptical, quizzical, and a little shocked. Had Daryl Gross, PHD, the athletic director of athletic directors, just swung and missed, again?…

Rocco Will Transfer to University of Richmond (Daily Progress)

Upon the 2012 season opener, Michael Rocco joked at the thought of sharing secrets with the opponent’s head coach. “This weekend, the goal is to win the football game,” Rocco said on Aug. 29. “So giving him clues and stuff is not what I’m trying to do.” That was when Rocco was entering his 14th consecutive game as Virginia’s starting quarterback…

Virginia Tech Football: Will Three Hokies Leave Early for 2013? (Rant Sports)

The BCS Championship game is tomorrow, and while folks in Blacksburg, VA are excited to watch the game, it is far from the most pressing issue in college football in their eyes. In the town in southwest Virginia, football fans are wondering if three of Virginia Tech’s key play-makers are leaving early for the NFL. Those three players are quarterback Logan Thomas, defensive end James Gayle and cornerback Antone Exum…

Coaching Stability Provides Promise for Pitt (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Two years ago, many Pitt football players were angry when coach Dave Wannstedt was fired. What made matters worse? His immediate replacements, Michael Haywood and Todd Graham set the program back much more than Wannstedt ever did, largely because they were gone before they could make an impact. Wannstedt was 18-8 in his final two seasons…

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