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ACC Football 2013 Previews & Predictions: Week 9

Miami Breathed a Sigh of Relief on Tuesday -- Will it Help Them Avoid Trap v. Wake?

Miami Breathed a Sigh of Relief on Tuesday — Will it Help Them Avoid Trap v. Wake?

A week after Florida State asserted itself as the ACC‘s top dog, we get a bunch of games that won’t really help us determine the pecking order beyond the ‘Noles. Despite being nearly halfway through conference play, this weekend feels like a bit of a lull — though still, plenty of chances for surprising (but hopefully not to surprising) results. Just like normal, we’re running down the list of every ACC (plus Louisville) game and predicting outcomes that will almost undoubtedly be wrong. Have some picks of your own? Predict away in the comments!

Game of the Week

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-3) (2-2) at Miami Hurricanes (6-0) (2-0): A matchup with a 23-point spread being the featured game of the week? #goacc… But honestly, that line’s a bit overblown and it’s not as if the ‘Canes have much of a home-field advantage anyway. Miami also struggled to get by a hapless North Carolina team last Thursday, while Wake Forest is suddenly coming on strong offensively, scoring 62 points over the past two weeks (strong for them, obviously). If Tanner Price can move the ball well on the ground, it should help set up the Deacs’ passing game for more success, though Miami’s offense might be too much for them. Whether it’s Duke Johnson or Dallas Crawford carrying the load, expect the Hurricanes to try and test Wake’s strong running defense all afternoon. Miami is likely to win this one — just not by as much as Vegas might think. Prediction: Miami 31, Wake 24

The Rest of the Slate (in order of start time):

Louisville Cardinals (6-1) at USF Bulls (2-4): Louisville’s coming off a tough loss last Friday that killed off any national title hopes. USF’s riding a surprising two-game winning streak and actually holds a share of first in the American Athletic Conference right now. While the Bulls have played better of late, it’s unlikely that’ll be enough against a team out for a bit of redemption this week. USF is still a struggling offense that only puts up 16 points per game, and to be honest, UConn‘s the first offense they’ve really stopped all year. Teddy Bridgewater should make short work of the secondary and get the Cards back on track. Prediction: Louisville 41, USF 13

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (4-3) (2-2) at Virginia Cavaliers (2-5) (0-3): It’s unlikely Georgia Tech will be able to replicate last week’s 56-point output, though if there was an opponent that could happen against, I guess it would be UVa. The Hoos have been a mess all season, with an offense that can’t score (less than 18 points per game vs. FBS competition) and a defense that simply gets abused in second halves. Maybe Mike London coming under fire serves as motivation for Virginia? There’s a chance of it, though this really is a lopsided matchup of two teams going in opposite directions. Prediction: Georgia Tech 38, Virginia 20

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Hypothetical College Football Playoffs 2013: Week 9

If The College Football Playoff Happened This Season, Here's Who We'd Be Watching...

If the College Football Playoff Happened This Season, Here’s Who We’d Be Watching…

The dream of a playoff has turned into a reality (immediately following the 2014 season), so this realistic-but-still-hypothetical-for-another-year feature actually has some outside guidelines to follow: four teams, two semifinal spots and then a championship game. We currently have no clue how teams will be determined, how polls will be released, or a large majority of the individuals who will ultimately decide who’s in and who’s out.

So with that in mind, we’re going with the BCS rankings (projected by BCSGuru where necessary), for lack of an on-hand committee to spit out a detailed list. We’ll also fill in the major bowl games also slated to be part of the playoff structure. Additionally, for our own enjoyment, you’ll find a 16-team hypothetical tournament below, too. Just because it’s too much fun not to think about.

If the Four-Team Playoff Started This Year…

Rose Bowl (semifinal): #2 Florida State vs. #3 Oregon

Sugar Bowl (semifinal): #1 Alabama vs. #4 Ohio State

National Championship: #1 Alabama over #2 Florida State

Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Missouri

Cotton Bowl: Baylor vs. Fresno State

Fiesta Bowl: Stanford vs. Texas Tech

Chick-fil-a Bowl: Miami vs. Auburn

A lot’s changed here: a new national champ, new teams occupying most of the top bowls, and a bunch of very intriguing matchups, plus ACC and SEC dominance in full force. All of that will happen when half of the top 10 loses in a single week. Alabama v. Florida State is the National Championship game we’d all pay to see. FSU-Oregon is the semi-final we’d pay an incredible amount to attend. For the first time in this hypothetical setup, we have a slew of appealing games that remind us why we wanted this setup in the first place…

If There Was a 16 Team Playoff…

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ACC Football 2013 Heisman Watch: Week 9

Jameis Winston Flies to the Top of the Heisman Watch List After Beating Clemson

FSU’s Jameis Winston Flies to the Top of the Heisman Watch List After Beating Clemson

You’ve heard this before: Florida State’s big win on Saturday shakes up everything we thought we knew about the ACC. And that includes the Heisman race. As long as FSU keeps winning, Jameis Winston is a serious contender and should remain atop this list. Have other nominees? Submit your ballots below.

1. Jameis Winston, QB/Florida State (2,022 total yards, 23 total TD, 3 INT, 71.3% completion) (Last: 2)

No matter the size of the stage, Jameis Winston has risen to the occasion, with his performance against Clemson obviously being the year’s standout game for any player. He’s got at least two or three “Heisman moments” already, the season’s landmark win and he’s piloting a National Championship contender. What more could you ask for out of a quarterback? He’s a Heisman frontrunner now — arguably even more so than the next man on this list ever was.

2. Tajh Boyd, QB/Clemson (2,134 total yards, 21 total TD, 4 INT, 63.1% completion) (Last: 1)

Any Heisman contender can survive one “bad” game, however this was Boyd’s second. Plus, he lost to fellow contender in Winston. Yes, the senior passer has been in the conversation since the year began, but at this point, his time might have run out. Winston’s energy and charisma are infectious and his performance against Boyd’s Tigers was other-worldly. Boyd is still a stellar senior. It’s just unlikely he’s stellar enough to take home this award.

3. Teddy Bridgewater, QB/Louisville (2,257 total yards, 22 TD, 2 INT, 72% completion) (Last: 3)

Like Boyd, Bridgewater’s time as a Heisman contender may have run out, but it shouldn’t take away from the excellent season he’s had for the Cardinals. While his team lost last Friday, it’s to little fault of their quarterback, who still threw for over 300 yards and two scores. At this point, all he can do is continue to help this team win, and hopefully they can work their way back into the BCS conversation. They’ll need some help, but it’s possible.

… and that’s it. No point extending this list past the top three anymore, since that’s really all there is. Obviously discussions can be reopened if/when all these contenders are eliminated and we revert to the Weinke Awards Watch (named for the last ACC Heisman winner, Chris Weinke) instead.

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ACC Football 2013 Bowl Projections: Week 9

Florida State, Now No. 2 in the BCS Rankings, May Be Headed to Pasadena at Year's End

Florida State, Now No. 2 in the BCS Rankings, May Be Headed to Pasadena at Year’s End

ACC teams are moving closer toward bowl eligibility — and a few of them have even punched their ticket to the postseason already. For most, however, still a lot left to figure out. As you’ll notice below, some shifting compared to last week, with the Florida State win obviously throwing a wrench into what we previously thought would happen. Disagree with any of these? Share your own picks below.

ACC Bowl Projections 2013: Week 9

BCS National Championship Game: Florida State Seminoles (6-0) vs. BCS #1

Discover Orange Bowl: Clemson Tigers (6-1) vs. BCS at-large

Chick-fil-a Bowl: Miami Hurricanes (6-0) vs. SEC

Russell Athletic Bowl: Virginia Tech Hokies (6-1) vs. AAC

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (4-3) vs. Pac-12

Belk Bowl: Pittsburgh Panthers (4-2) vs. AAC

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Duke Blue Devils (5-2) vs. SEC

Advocare V100 Independence Bowl: Boston College Eagles (3-3) vs. SEC

Military Bowl: Maryland Terrapins (5-2) vs. C-USA/MAC

As per usual, we include Louisville (6-1) in these things. While they dropped out of BCS contention (at least for now) this past weekend, we’ve got them slotted in opposite Virginia Tech in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

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ACC Football Daily Links — The Seminoles of the 1990s are Back!

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

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The ‘Noles of 90s are Back (WRALSportsFan)

I saw former North Carolina star Bucky Brooks at a football game last year, and I took the chance to remind him of what I consider to be his signature moment as a Tar Heel – making a diving catch in the end zone at Kenan Stadium to give his team the lead against Florida State. OK, it was just a 7-0 lead and FSU went on to win that game easily, 33-7…

After Miami Decision, NCAA’s Need for Change is Clearer Than Ever (SB Nation)

This is it for the NCAA. Well, for this NCAA. In what’s likely its last major enforcement decision before a looming major overhaul — one that might well include a completely new division of schools with its own new rules — the NCAA has finally announced its decision on Miami football, almost four years after the university first alerted the NCAA…

What the Win Over Clemson Means for Florida State and the Tigers (Tomahawk Nation)

Clemson is so, so loud. Last week offensive tackle Tarlos Thomas, of the 1999 team, told us Clemson was the loudest place he played (including the Swamp and the old Orange Bowl). It’s hard to disagree. Many of the photographers on the field actually wore ear plugs, something I would have also wanted had I stayed down on the field for the game. I didn’t because I needed to be in the press box, but damn was it loud…

Miami Already Paid the Price, Making Its Recovery Easier (USA Today)

Give or take a few scholarships, it’s all over now for the University of Miami. Nevin Shapiro’s dirty money no longer hovers over Coral Gables like a cloud, threatening to drag the Hurricanes’ football program into the abyss after years of funding assistant coaches and college athletes in blatant violation of NCAA rules. Miami, it turns out, will be just fine…

The Completely True and Factually Accurate History of Northern Football (Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician)

Immediately following Syracuse’s 24-10 victory over North Carolina State, Head Coach Scott Shafer proudly stated that he was happy “to take our Northern football down to The South”. Syracuse’s hard-fought, grinding victory in Raleigh featured an aggressive defense, north/south running, and a general inability to throw the downfield pass…

Dabo Channeling Danny? In Times of Trouble, “Go Back to Basics” (Orange and White)

Borrowing a page from the playbook of Danny Ford, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is sending his Tigers back to the basics in the aftermath of their big-game flop against Florida State. While the ‘basics’ employed by Swinney and offensive coordinator Chad Morris might differ somewhat from those of Clemson’s legendary coach, the concept of simplification is the same…

ACC Move Create Increase in Ticket Sales, Attendance (Daily Orange)

Since moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference from the Big East, ticket sales for Syracuse University sports have increased, with basketball ticket sales already surpassing last year’s numbers. There are a number of factors contributing to these increases in sales, said Joe Giansante, the executive senior associate athletics director. “There are the high end teams, especially in football, that we didn’t have in the Big East as far as the rankings go”…

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ACC Football 2013 Television Schedule & Spreads: Week 9

Miami Hosts Wake Forest in One of the Top ACC Matchups of the Weekend

Miami Hosts Wake Forest in One of the Top ACC Football Matchups of the Weekend

Every week, we’ll be providing a quick rundown of which ACC football games are on television, and also list the latest spread on each game (should you choose to engage in gambling-related activities). Please plan your days accordingly.

ACC Football Week 9 TV Schedule & Spreads

Saturday, October 26

Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Miami Hurricanes (-23.5), Noon ET, ESPNU

Louisville Cardinals at USF Bulls (+20), Noon ET, ESPN 2

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Virginia Cavaliers (+10), 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN 3/College Gameplan

Pittsburgh Panthers at Navy Midshipmen (+8), 1 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network

Boston College Eagles at North Carolina Tar Heels (-7), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN 3/College Gameplan

Duke Blue Devils at Virginia Tech Hokies (-13), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Clemson Tigers at Maryland Terrapins (+14), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

NC State Wolfpack at Florida State Seminoles (-31.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN 2

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ACC Football 2013 Power Rankings: Week 9

After Saturday's Stunning Win Over Clemson, There's No Question FSU's On Top in the ACC

After Saturday’s Stunning Win Over Clemson, There’s No Question FSU’s On Top in the ACC

Plenty left to digest in the ACC after a weekend of national poll carnage. FSU’s obviously the king of the hill after massacring Clemson, but every other spot appears up for grabs. With the season more than halfway over, the conference appears to be angling for two BCS bids (hopefully), adding some extra intrigue to the top four or so spots as well. As always, the poll includes all 14 current ACC members, plus future member Louisville. Feel like I’m totally right or completely off-base? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

ACC Football Power Rankings 2013 (Week 9)

1. Florida State Seminoles (6-0) (4-0) (Last: 2): So much terror. The Seminoles undressed Clemson in a way I’m unsure any of us ACC fans saw coming, and as a result, they sit atop this subjective pile of teams for the foreseeable future. Jameis Winston has asserted himself as the ACC’s best quarterback, leader and player, and is now the nationally-relevant personality the conference has needed for some time. So is FSU “back” for all intents and purposes? We’ve been here before, but it feels very different this time. I’d take this FSU squad over just about any other team in the country right now.

2. Clemson Tigers (6-1) (4-1) (Last: 1): Bear with me here. Yes, the Tigers were demolished. Yes, they proved their doubters correct, derailed their national title hopes and murdered Tajh Boyd‘s chances at winning a Heisman, too. But one surprising blowout can’t just eliminate all the good that’s come from this season, can it? Clemson’s defense is much-improved (especially in the pass-rush) and the offense is still top-notch. When comparing them to Miami, I’d take the Tigers despite last week, and that on its own elevates them over the ‘Canes for the time being.

3. Miami (FL) Hurricanes (6-0) (2-0) (Last: 3): That Thursday night game was horrendous, and yet Miami still managed to pull it out. Stephen Morris was about as flawed as you’ll find him (threw four INTs) and Duke Johnson was injured early. And yet, this team was able to pull out a very late win on the shoulders of their defense and backup running back Dallas Crawford. Again, not pretty, but the fact that the ‘Canes showed some resiliency against a UNC team looking to save their season is a big step in the right direction.

4. Virginia Tech Hokies (6-1) (3-0) (Last: 5): The bye week gave the Hokies some much-needed rest and the additional reward of moving up further in the national polls. Inside the top 15, Tech is now a legitimate threat to be in the BCS picture, and with just one challenging game remaining (Miami), The key, of course, will be the offense’s consistency. If they can limit turnovers and score around 24 points per game, that should be enough to win with this D.

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