Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25: Week Eight

Notre Dame’s Big Win Over Stanford on Saturday Keeps Them in the National Title Hunt

As is customary, we’ll be bringing you a new take on the top 25 teams in the country each Monday during the regular season. While the top 10 continues to establish itself, the rest of the poll is in relative disarray. Disagree at all? Feel free to share that with us below (respectfully, of course).

Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25 (Week Eight)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0) (LW: 1) (First-place votes: 4)

2. Oregon Ducks (6-0) (LW: 2)

3. Florida Gators (6-0) (LW: 7)

4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-0) (LW: 4) (1)

5. Kansas State Wildcats (6-0) (LW: 6)

6. Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0) (LW: 8)

7. Oregon State Beavers (5-0) (LW: 16)

8. South Carolina Gamecocks (6-1) (LW: 3)

9. Oklahoma Sooners (4-1) (LW: 13)

10. LSU Tigers (6-1) (LW: 9)

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25: Week Seven

South Carolina Jumps Into Our Poll’s Top-Three, After an Impressive Win over Georgia

As is customary, we’ll be bringing you a new take on the top 25 teams in the country each Monday during the regular season. This weekend’s matchups were riddled with upsets and as a result, a muddled picture has developed outside the top 10-15 teams. Disagree at all? Feel free to share that with us below (respectfully, of course).

Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25 (Week Seven)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0) (LW: 1) (First-place votes: 6)

2. Oregon Ducks (6-0) (LW: 2)

3. South Carolina Gamecocks (6-0) (LW: 5)

4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-0) (LW: 7)

5. West Virginia Mountaineers (5-0) (LW: 11)

6. Kansas State Wildcats (5-0) (LW: 8)

7. Florida Gators (5-0) (LW: 12)

8. Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) (LW: 10)

9. LSU Tigers (5-1) (LW: 6)

10. Florida State Seminoles (5-1) (LW: 3)

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25: Week Six

LSU Continues to Fall in Our Poll After a Lackluster Effort Versus Towson

As is customary, we’ll be bringing you a new take on the top 25 teams in the country each Monday during the regular season. With so many upsets this early, this poll — like many others — features tons of questions once you get past 15 or so. Disagree at all? Feel free to share that with us below (respectfully, of course).

Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25 (Week Six)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0) (LW: 1) (First-place votes: 6)

2. Oregon Ducks (5-0) (LW: 2)

3. Florida State Seminoles (5-0) (LW: 3)

4. Georgia Bulldogs (5-0) (LW: 5)

5. South Carolina Gamecocks (5-0) (LW: 6)

6. LSU Tigers (5-0) (LW: 4)

7. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0) (LW: 9)

8. Kansas State Wildcats (4-0) (LW: 14)

9. Texas Longhorns (4-0) (LW: 12)

10. Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0) (LW: 13)

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2011 ACC Season Recap: Pittsburgh Panthers

If Pitt Hopes to Improve in 2012, it Starts With Quarterback Tino Sunseri

Team: Pittsburgh Panthers

W-L: 6-7 (1-0)

Postseason: 28-6 BBVA Compass Bowl loss to SMU

Top Offensive Performer: Ray Graham, RB

Top Defensive Performer: Aaron Donald, DT

Looking back, it seems that the only good thing to happen to Pittsburgh football this year was the announced move to the ACC. Despite missing five of the team’s 13 games, running back Ray Graham was still its best offensive player, and now he’s headed to the NFL. While they beat Syracuse in dramatic fashion to clinch a bowl berth, they proceeded to get pummeled by SMU. And now-former head coach Todd Graham, after just one season in the Steel City, bolted for Arizona State to take a job most people view as on par with the Pitt position. For every close win, they had a close loss and for every step forward, it was a step back. it was a mediocre, frustrating year for the Panthers all around.

As an offense, Pitt only managed 24.2 points per game, including four different instances of scoring 14 points or less. The passing game, atrocious before Graham’s injury, continued to suffer under the guidance of Tino Sunseri, leading some to call for the quarterback to hit the bench. The inconsistent Sunseri was more maddening to watch than ever in 2011, throwing 10 touchdowns to 11 picks, and connecting on just 247 of 385 throws. Backup running back Zach Brown, while serviceable, would still fall short of 400 rushing yards and only score five times in Graham’s absence. The group’s top four receivers only caught 10 touchdowns (see Sunseri’s stats), and none caught more than 53 passes total (Devin Street). Continue reading

Atlantic Coast Convos Top 25 (Week 11)

If They Win Out, Oklahoma State Will Be Playing for a National Title

Like pretty much every other publication out there, we like to compile our own lists concerning who the “real” top 25 teams in college football are. As always with these sorts of things, the list is completely subjective and was created with our own ideas of what makes a team “worthy” of their respective rank. Feel free to share any of your own thoughts in the comments below.

Atlantic Coast Convos Top 25 (Week 11)

1. LSU Tigers (9-0) (LW: 1)

2. Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-0) (LW: 3)

3. Stanford Cardinal (9-0) (LW: 4)

4. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-1) (LW: 2)

5. Boise State Broncos (8-0) (LW: 5)

6. Oregon Ducks (8-1) (LW: 6)

7. Arkansas Razorbacks (8-1) (LW: 8 )

8. Oklahoma Sooners (8-1) (LW:10)

9. Clemson Tigers (9-1) (LW: 11)

10. Houston Cougars (9-0) (LW: 13)

11. Virginia Tech Hokies (8-1) (LW: 14)

12. Penn State Nittany Lions (8-1) (LW: 15)

13. South Carolina Gamecocks (7-2) (LW: 9)

14. USC Trojans (7-2) (LW: 17)

15. Kansas State Wildcats (7-2) (LW: 16)

16. Michigan State Spartans (7-2) (LW: 18)

17. Wisconsin Badgers (7-2) (LW: 19)

18. Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-2) (LW: 7)

19. Georgia Bulldogs (7-2) (LW: 23)

20. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-2) (LW: 20)

21. Cincinnati Bearcats (7-1) (LW: 21)

22. Michigan Wolverines (7-2) (LW: 12)

23. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (8-1) (LW: 25)

24. Texas Longhorns (6-2) (LW: NR)

25. TCU Horned Frogs (7-2) (LW: NR)

Dropped out:

Arizona State, West Virginia

Per conference: Big Ten (5), SEC (5), Big 12 (4), ACC (3), Pac-12 (3), C-USA (2), MWC (2), Big East (1)

Atlantic Coast Convos Top 25 (Week 10)

Nebraska Jumps Into the Top 10 After Beating Michigan State Saturday

Like pretty much every other publication out there, we like to compile our own lists concerning who the “real” top 25 teams in college football are. As always with these sorts of things, the list is completely subjective and was created with our own ideas of what makes a team “worthy” of their respective rank. Feel free to share any of your own thoughts in the comments below.

Atlantic Coast Convos Top 25 (Week 10)

1. LSU Tigers (8-0) (LW: 1)

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0) (LW: 2)

3. Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-0) (LW: 3)

4. Stanford Cardinal (8-0) (LW: 5)

5. Boise State Broncos (7-0) (LW: 6)

6. Oregon Ducks (7-1) (LW: 7)

7. Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-1) (LW: 13)

8. Arkansas Razorbacks (7-1) (LW: 9)

9. South Carolina Gamecocks (7-1) (LW: 14)

10. Oklahoma Sooners (7-1) (LW:12)

11. Clemson Tigers (8-1) (LW: 4)

12. Michigan Wolverines (7-1) (LW: 16)

13. Houston Cougars (8-0) (LW: 17)

14. Virginia Tech Hokies (8-1) (LW: 15)

15. Penn State Nittany Lions (8-1) (LW: 18)

16. Kansas State Wildcats (7-1) (LW: 8 )

17. USC Trojans (6-2) (LW: 19)

18. Michigan State Spartans (6-2) (LW: 10)

19. Wisconsin Badgers (6-2) (LW: 11)

20. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-2) (LW: NR)

21. Cincinnati Bearcats (6-1) (LW: 20)

22. Arizona State Sun Devils (6-2) (LW: 22)

23. Georgia Bulldogs (6-2) (LW: 24)

24. West Virginia Mountaineers (6-2) (LW: 25)

25. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (7-1) (LW: NR)

Dropped out:

Texas A&M, Texas Tech

Per conference: Big Ten (5), SEC (5), Pac-12 (4), ACC (3), Big 12 (3), Big East (2), C-USA (2), MWC (1)

Atlantic Coast Convos Top 25 (Week 9)

Michigan State Takes a Huge Leap Into the Top 10 This Week

Like pretty much every other publication out there, we like to compile our own lists concerning who the “real” top 25 teams in college football are. As always with these sorts of things, the list is completely subjective and was created with our own ideas of what makes a team “worthy” of their respective rank. Feel free to share any of your own thoughts in the comments below.

Atlantic Coast Convos Top 25 (Week 9)

1. LSU Tigers (8-0) (LW: 1)

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0) (LW: 2)

3. Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-0) (LW: 4)

4. Clemson Tigers (8-0) (LW: 8 )

5. Stanford Cardinal (7-0) (LW: 6)

6. Boise State Broncos (7-0) (LW: 7)

7. Oregon Ducks (6-1) (LW: 9)

8. Kansas State Wildcats (7-0) (LW: 11)

9. Arkansas Razorbacks (6-1) (LW: 10)

10. Michigan State Spartans (6-1) (LW: 16)

11. Wisconsin Badgers (6-1) (LW: 5)

12. Oklahoma Sooners (6-1) (LW: 3)

13. Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-1) (LW: 13)

14. South Carolina Gamecocks (6-1) (LW: 14)

15. Virginia Tech Hokies (7-1) (LW: 15)

16. Michigan Wolverines (6-1) (LW: 17)

17. Houston Cougars (7-0) (LW: 20)

18. Penn State Nittany Lions (7-1) (LW: 22)

19. USC Trojans (6-1) (LW: NR)

20. Cincinnati Bearcats (6-1) (LW: NR)

21. Texas A&M Aggies (5-2) (LW: 23)

22. Arizona State Sun Devils (5-2) (LW: 24)

23. Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-2) (LW: NR)

24. Georgia Bulldogs (5-2) (LW: NR)

25. West Virginia Mountaineers (5-2) (LW: 12)

Dropped out:

Georgia Tech

Illinois

Washington

Auburn

Per conference: Big Ten (5), Big 12 (5), SEC (5), Pac-12 (4), ACC (2), Big East (2), C-USA (1), MWC (1)