ACC Football Daily Links — Tajh Boyd, Clemson Struggling With Incosistency and Injury in Recent Weeks

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ups-and-Downs: Tajh Boyd’s Battling Through Injury, Inconsistency on the Field (Orange and White)

Tajh Boyd’s final stat-line versus Maryland last Saturday was just about as solid as any in his career. It just didn’t feel like it. With a touchdown via both throw and run, he posted a 27th career multi-score game. The senior signal-caller accounted for a 15th 300-yard passing game (304), and much of that thanks to a 16th contest with a 68 or better completion percentage (68.3)…

FSU Domination Goes Beyond Final Score (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Earlier today, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher discussed how voters should judge the Seminoles’ blowout of North Carolina State last Saturday. In the 49-17 win, Fisher sat his starters for nearly all of the second half after Florida State ran up a 42-0 halftime lead. Asked after the game if he’d missed a chance to earn some style points in the eyes of voters, Fisher said he refused to coach based on the polls…

Next Man Up: Randy Edsall and Maryland Plow Forward Despite Adversity (Testudo Times)

It just didn’t seem possible. Not after what happened last season. This team paid their dues, time after time (after time, after time). After being forced to start a linebacker at quarterback last season, Maryland is again facing a situation where injuries are eroding away the momentum of a fast start…

Young Players Stepping Up in Blue Devils’ Secondary (Winston-Salem Journal)

Duke didn’t employ a typical recipe for success in the 13-10 upset win at No. 16 Virginia Tech. Even the defense, which carried the team, did it the hard way. Cornerback Ross Cockrell — four-year starter, two-year captain, first team all-ACC performer — pulled down a Logan Thomas interception in the end zone with four minutes left before halftime. And that was his last impact on the game…

Hurricanes Ignore Underdog Talk (Tallahassee Democrat)

If the Miami Hurricanes execute head coach Al Golden’s game plan Saturday as meticulously as they followed his lead on Monday, No. 3 Florida State might be in for a major challenge.Despite being ranked No. 7 in the BCS standings and No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, undefeated Miami is a 21-point underdog to rival FSU…

Has the NCAA Found the Ed O’Bannon Lawsuit’s Fatal Flaw? (SB Nation)

Just as a Friday ruling in the O’Bannon case opened the door to a crucial victory for the players, a motion filed Monday by the NCAA threatens to close it for good. Friday’s ruling: The players’ antitrust claim can proceed: At its heart, the players’ claim against the NCAA is based in antitrust law. The Sherman Antitrust Act is a 123-year-old piece of legislation that prohibits “restraints of trade”…

Offensive Implosion Destroyed Hokies’ Balance (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

For three straight football games, the formula produced wins. Take a dominating defense and combine it with an offense that was doing just enough to get by, subtract any major errors, and the result had Virginia Tech undefeated in Atlantic Coast Conference play and back in the national rankings. But Saturday, the Hokies’ two most unstable variables, senior QB Logan Thomas and senior kicker Cody Journell, threw the equation off…

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ACC Football Daily Links — Keys to Miami Pulling Off a Huge Upset vs. Florida State

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Mission Possible: Keys to Beating FSU (State of the U)

The Florida State Seminoles have looked unworldly through 7 games this season. QB Jameis Winston is on a short list of Heisman frontrunners.  Kelvin Benjamin looks like a poor man’s Calvin Johnson.  Fellow WR Rashad Green plays with the speed and savvy of a young Donald Driver.  And Nick O’Leary has developed into a very reliable red zone target…

The Evolution of the Florida State Offensive Line (Tomahawk Nation)

The Florida State offense is incredibly electric this year. Many factors are contributing this, the improved play from the wide receivers, and obviously the play of redshirt freshman phenomenon Jameis Winston, but the offensive line should not be overlooked for their stellar play so far this season. The pass blocking is what has been vastly improved this year…

Urgent Tar Heels Begin the Process of Digging Themselves Out of Their Hole (Wilmington Star-News)

There were no fiery speeches. No players only team meetings. No challenges to anybody’s manhood. All it took was a quick glance at the ACC standings and a little basic math for the members of the North Carolina football team to understand just how deep a hole they’d dug for themselves after Thursday’s heartbreaking loss to Miami…

Watford’s Career Game Not Enough (Streaking the Lawn)

With a QB controversy brewing, David Watford and Steve Fairchild conspired to end the discussion by ensuring that Watford would have a career day throwing the ball. Watford set UVA records in both pass attempts and completions, throwing 61 passes, and completing 43 of them, for 376 yards. It was the 4th highest passing game in Virginia history…

ACC Bowl Projections, Week 9: Duke (!) is Bowl Eligible, Fight Hunger Bowl Likely Out (BC Interruption)

If at the beginning of the season I were to tell you that the Duke Blue Devils would become the fifth ACC program to become bowl eligible, you’d still be laughing at me a good two months later. While I had the Blue Devils in the ACC’s bowl lineup last week, I don’t think there were many (any?) that predicted Duke would be bowl eligible through the first 9 weeks of the season…

Tech Has to Bounce Back Quickly (Richmond Times Dispatch)

Antone Exum knows a loss like Saturday’s, to lightly regarded Duke, in which Virginia Tech’s offense squandered another strong outing from the defense, could be the kind of tipping point that sends a football season south. But Exum, the senior cornerback and former Deep Run High School star, doesn’t expect that to happen to Virginia Tech in its quest for Atlantic Coast Conference title…

Soaking in the Victory’s Glow (Durham Herald-Sun)

David Cutcliffe is just fine with his team taking a little time to savor something special. Cutcliffe’s Blue Devils posted an historic win on Saturday, winning at then No. 16 Virginia Tech 13-10 to post the program’s first win over a ranked team since 1994 and the first road win over a ranked team since 1971…

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ACC Football Daily Links — Is This the Greatest Football Season in Conference History?

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Greatest ACC Football Season Ever (WRALSports)

Cart. Horse. Now that we have the proverbial saying out of the way, let’s get down to talking about the best football season in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference – at least so far. Yes, Florida State has won a pair of national championships with the ACC logo on the back of their helmet but largely, the Seminoles were flying solo in those seasons…

Looking for a Milestone Win (Duke Basketball Report (Duke Basketball Report)

No one suspected that Clemson’s visit to Duke on Sept. 30, 1989, was going to be a pivotal game in Blue Devil football history. Duke was 1-3 after taking a 49-28 whipping at Virginia and was given almost no chance against unbeaten and No. 7 ranked Clemson – a program that had pretty much dominated the ACC (and Duke) in the 1980s…

Boston College Football Schedule: Which Program Completes the 2014 Schedule? (BC Interruption)

Back in August, we learned that the Connecticut Huskies would replace Boston College as Army’s opponent for its 2014 home game at Yankee Stadium. Presumably, BC asked out of this game in an effort to get back to playing seven home games a season. The cancellation of the Yankee Stadium game leaves an opening on the Eagles’ 2014 schedule…

Virginia Tech Bracing for Potent Duke Offense (Winston-Salem Journal)

Torrian Gray, the defensive-backs coach at Virginia Tech, has a nickname for Duke’s offense. “Cutcliffe’s attack,” Gray said, referring to Coach David Cutcliffe and the Blue Devils, who the Hokies will face on Saturday. “I really like what he does. He’s going to attack us and we’re going to have to play the ball when it’s in the air. That’s what makes it fun”…

Pitt’s Football Coaches Need to Improve (Cardiac Hill)

Coaching has been a hot topic this season – heck, it always is. But while I often give the coaches a lot of rope, six games into the football season, there’s been plenty of room for improvement as I see it. Looking at specific units, there has been substandard performances throughout the entire team. The defense melted down against Duke, was soft against Florida State, and had a weak performance this week against Old Dominion…

Canes Trying to Address Turnover Woes Ahead of Wake Forest (Sun Sentinel)

At first glance, the numbers don’t seem to make much sense. Through their last three games, the Miami Hurricanes have totaled 1,647 yards of offense. They’ve scored 121 points and they’ve picked up three wins, two against conference opponents that have traditionally given them headaches…

Bobby Bowden Kept Up With the Joneses (Tallahassee Democrat)

Willie Jones Jr. knows his place in Florida State football history. He won’t be inducted into the FSU Hall of Fame, like his father, Willie Sr., was in 1988. He didn’t have the privilege of being an early round NFL draft pick like his younger brother, Christian, is expected to be this April; or like Willie Sr. was when the Oakland Raiders grabbed him in the second round in 1979…

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ACC Football Daily Links — Amidst Uproar Over Native American Imagery, Florida State & Seminoles Co-Exist

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Amid Rising Discord Over Indian Images, F.S.U. Has Harmony (The New York Times)

Before every kickoff at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., a Florida State student in facial war paint and an American Indian costume steers a spotted Appaloosa to midfield. As the horse rises on its hind legs, the rider, who is not an Indian, thrusts a flaming spear into the turf to the crazed accompaniment of the crowd’s droning chant and an arm gesture called the tomahawk chop…

Unleashing the Sunshine State: How the Seminole Offense is Dominating the ACC (Football Study Hall)

Many of college football’s most famous teams and influential trends have come as a result of simply harnessing the talent and resources of a region’s high school football ranks. For many of those famous teams and trends, Florida was the harvested resource. In the 1980s that talent was unleashed by Jimmy Johnson and the U of Miami, particularly in the form of the Miami 4-3 defense which still influences the game today…

NCAA Sanctions: Punishment Was Much More Than What Meets the Eye (State of the U)

Many detractors from around the country have a perception that Miami came out of this NCAA mess unscathed. Tell that to the UM recruiters that sat in living rooms around the country and had to defend itself against the myriad of statements that Miami not be able to play football in the not-too-distant future…

With Wins Comes a Culture Change for Duke Football (Charlotte Observer)

Falling into a 22-0 hole and coming back to win 35-22? Not a problem last week for Duke, which did just that at Virginia. That’s a relatively new phenomenon for the Duke program. “That says a lot about the shift in the culture and how coach Cut (David Cutcliffe) has built this program,” senior cornerback Ross Cockrell said…

Who’s No. 2, Behind No. 2? Tigers Looking for Consistent WR Threats (Orange and White)

Watching as FSU matched its two-time All-ACC defensive back Lamarcus Joyner on 5-11, sub-200 pound Adam Humphries, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had to wonder. What could he have done with 6-3 speedy Charone Peake at the same position? The junior had tallied eight catches for 84 yards and a score through two games to start the year before suffering a torn ACL in practice…

U. Va Receivers Fail to Catch On (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

It was a rare 2013 Virginia football preview that didn’t list wide receivers as one of the Cavaliers’ special features. Virginia got a combined 135 receptions last year from Darius Jennings, Dominique Terrell, E.J. Scott and Tim Smith, and each had at least one season of remaining eligibility. All four played Saturday in the Cavaliers’ 35-22 loss to Duke and, between them, had one catch…

Duke’s Juggling of Quarterbacks Boone, Connette Effective, But Hokies’ D a Challenge (Daily Press)

Juggling quarterbacks usually is problematic, but Duke coach David Cutcliffe, an acclaimed teacher of the position, is making it work this season. Last week’s 35-22 victory at Virginia was among the best examples. Starter Anthony Boone passed for 245 yards and a touchdown, while backup Brandon Connette rushed for a 6-yard score and completed his only pass…

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

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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 Daily Links — After Drawn-Out Process With NCAA, Miami Avoids Bowl Ban

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

No Bowl Ban, No TV Ban, No Problem for UM as Decision Day is Here (State of the U)

With the announcement of minimal sanctions by the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Tuesday, the Nevin Shapiro saga has come to an end.  May the name never be uttered again.  The dark three-year period in the history of the University of Miami has drawn to a successful conclusion.  The convicted Ponzi-schemer can hurt the University no more…

U.Va’s Mike London Says He’s the “Right Man for the Job” and “Knows How to Win” (Daily Press)

The tactical challenges of preparing for Georgia Tech’s veer option are difficult enough. Paul Johnson’s Yellow Jackets are fresh off a 56-0 beatdown of Syracuse, and last year they gouged the Cavaliers 56-20. But Virginia carries an additional burden entering Saturday’s homecoming…

Does LSU Deserve to be Three Spots Ahead of Virginia Tech in the AP Poll? (Gobbler Country)

Foreword: This thread on Reddit was the inspiration for this article. When I first read through this thread I was doing my normal thing – upvoting every pro-Virginia Tech argument and downvoting every anti-Virginia Tech argument. However, it occurred to me that instead of blindly following the arguments, I could actually contribute to it…

FSU in a Class By Itself in League Play (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Yes, Florida State is that good. After Saturday’s 51-14 dismantling of Clemson, the question now is not whether FSU is the best team in the ACC, the debate is over whether it’s the best team in the country. Saturday’s win in Death Valley was less of an indictment on Clemson and more of a statement about Florida State as a program under coach Jimbo Fisher…

Syracuse Football History: Is There Any Carryover From Losing By More Than 40 Points (Syracuse.com)

The Georgia Tech game was bad. Epically bad. Tragi-comedy bad. The 56-0 loss tied for the 10th worst defeat in Syracuse history and is one of just 11 losses in the past 40 years by more than 40 points. It was the only one of those losses that didn’t come against an opponent ranked in the AP Top 25. It’s over, though. Thrown away, as Syracuse defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough said afterward…

Schedule Gives UNC Chance for Turnaround (Associated Press)

North Carolina appears to have a realistic chance to turn around its season. The Tar Heels (1-5, 0-3) currently have the worst overall record among ACC teams, but their last six games will be against five conference opponents with a combined 17-15 record and a team from the championship subdivision. If anything is to change, it has to start with Saturday’s home game against Boston College (3-3, 1-2)…

Well-Rested Hokies to Keep Momentum Going (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Senior quarterback Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech admitted that, with the momentum of six straight victories, part of him wanted to get back out on the field Saturday and play another football game instead of having a bye. That part wasn’t his sprained right foot. “My foot has been a little bit bothering me, but other than that, I feel back to normal,” Thomas said Monday during the Hokies’ weekly media conference…

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ACC Football Daily Links — Jameis Winston, Florida State Solidify Elite Status With Marquee Win Over Clemson

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Winston Solidifies Stardom By Overwhelming Clemson (The New York Times)

This was Jameis Winston’s introduction to stardom: silencing Death Valley on Saturday night, quarterbacking Florida State to a signature win over Clemson and making a firm case for the Heisman Trophy. Winston is electrifying college football as a redshirt freshman, just as Johnny Manziel did last season. Florida State fans call him Famous Jameis. Remember the name, they say…

Now Do You Believe Florida State is Really, Really Good? (SB Nation)

To describe how dominant Florida State has been in 2013, let’s begin by talking about when the Seminoles weren’t as dominant. For the first 10 minutes against Pittsburgh, FSU was outgained by 68 yards (109-41) and outscored, 7-0. For the first 20 minutes against Nevada, FSU was outgained by 38 yards (106-68) and outscored, 7-3…

ACC Has Florida State and Not Much Else (Washington Post)

When Gene Corrigan became commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1987, he arrived in Greensboro, N.C., on Labor Day weekend in order to be ready for his first day on the job the Tuesday after the holiday. He woke up Sunday morning and opened up the newspaper to see what the local sportswriters had to say about the impending football season in the ACC…

Overlooked No More, Florida State Dominates Clemson (USA Today)

They had stacked elite recruiting classes on top of one another, re-established their identity as a dominant defense and even won an Atlantic Coast Conference title last season. And still, Florida State had been the forgotten program in the national title chase the first half of this year. After spending more than a decade out of the discussion, after building a well-earned reputation as perennial underachievers, it was easy to dismiss…

ACC Bowl Projections, Week 8: Muddled Bowl Picture Could Put 10 ACC Programs In (BC Interruption)

At the season’s halfway point, four teams from the ACC are now bowl eligible — Florida State (6-0), Clemson (6-1), Virginia Tech (6-1) and Miami (6-0). Though we know that these programs will be bowling, little else is known about the ACC’s muddled bowl picture at this point. All 10 remaining schools are still alive for a bowl berth but a few school’s hopes are on life support…

Understanding UNC’s 1-5 Start (Tar Heel Blog)

“Success doesn’t hinge on some grand operatic idea…It hangs in the cumulative moments, each one building on the next, and it can be lost with the slightest hesitation!” -Tom Zarek, Battlestar Galactica. I am not entirely sure why, but this quote popped in my head sitting in the press box in Kenan Stadium following UNC’s 23-20 loss to Miami…

2013 Virginia Tech Football: First-Half Grades (Gobbler Country)

Quarterback: B-: Because of Mark Leal has seen very few plays (none meaningful) and fewer passing opportunities, this grade is completely reflective of Logan Thomas. While Thomas has improved as of late, going 100+ pass attempts without throwing an interception and willing the Hokies in win in victories over Georgia Tech and arguably North Carolina and Pittsburgh…

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