Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 College Football Top 25 Rankings: Week 1

The Two-Time Defending National Champs, Alabama, Picks Up Right Where it Left Off

The Two-Time Defending National Champs, Alabama, Picks Up Right Where it Left Off

After one week of game action, don’t be too surprised at what you see below. With minimal upsets in the top 25, there wasn’t a ton of shake-up, though it was certainly interesting to see which teams were ready to be considered among the best in the nation. A few others, on the other hand, displayed some of the characteristics which instilled doubt in them the entire offseason — giving way to even more doubt.

Completely disagree with the way in which these teams are ordered? Believe that you’re better at ranking teams that have yet to play a game? Share your thoughts/gripes/manifestos in the comments.

Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 Top 25 (Week 1)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0) (Last: 1)

2. Stanford Cardinal (0-0) (Last: 2)

3. Oregon Ducks (1-0) (Last: 3)

4. Texas A&M Aggies (1-0) (Last: 4)

5. Clemson Tigers (1-0) (Last: 8)

6. Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0) (Last: 6)

7. South Carolina Gamecocks (1-0) (Last: 7)

8. Louisville Cardinals (1-0) (Last: 9)

9. Florida Gators (1-0) (Last: 10)

10. Florida State Seminoles (1-0) (Last: 13)

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2012 ACC Football Season Recap: Virginia Tech Hokies

Virginia Tech's Defense Was Forced to Carry the Hokies in 2012, With Mixed Results

Virginia Tech’s Defense Was Forced to Carry the Hokies in 2012, With Mixed Results

Team: Virginia Tech Hokies

W-L: 7-6 (4-4)

Postseason: 13-10 Russell Athletic Bowl win over Rutgers

Top Offensive Performer: Marcus Davis, WR

Top Defensive Performer: Antone Exum, CB

Going into the 2012 season, the biggest concerns for Virginia Tech surrounded the team’s youth on the offensive line (four new starters) and its inexperience at running back. As it would happen, both ended up having a severely negative effect on the team throughout the year. And then, when coupled with the added pressure on both Logan Thomas to deliver a standout performance (he did not), and the defense to make up for the offense’s shortcomings (also struggled)… well, it’s no wonder why VaTech failed to win 10 games for the first time in eight years.

Virginia Tech’s offensive struggles were foretold well in advance, yet that didn’t make it any less striking when fans actually saw it all in action. The Hokies finished 83rd in the country in yards per game (376.8), a steep drop from last season’s 36th-place finish in the same category. Their 25.1 points per game also underwhelmed, especially when considering how much that average was weighted by just three results (wins over Austin Peay, Bowling Green and Duke). In the Hokies’ other 10 games, they’d fall short of 20 points five different times, and average just 22.6 points per game (would’ve ranked 96th in the FBS). And it’s tough to blame just one part of the unit, either. As mentioned, Thomas fell well short of expectations, with his numbers for accuracy, completions and touchdowns going down, while interceptions and sacks spiked up. And the running backs, faced with following behind current New York Giant David Wilson, also found themselves in trouble, as five different rushers couldn’t combine for as many yards as he racked up his junior year. Of course, it’s a cop-out to blame the offensive line, but it’s hard to deny the effect of their inexperience on the overall results.

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ACC Football 2012 Previews & Predictions: Week Four (Part One)

Will Clemson’s Sammy Watkins Be Able to Outrun Florida State in Primetime on Saturday?

For the first time since 2009 (at Boston College), an ACC school will play host to ESPN’s College Gameday, when the guys set up shop in Tallahassee this weekend. It’s a big day for the conference, as it continues its uphill PR battle, and the atmosphere shouldn’t disappoint. We’ve got our predictions for Saturday below. Plus, if you’re looking for a full rundown of the television schedule, consult our handy viewing guide from Wednesday.

Game of the Week

Clemson Tigers (3-0) (0-0) at Florida State Seminoles (3-0) (1-0): Amidst the lights, sights and sounds of College Gameday, two top-ten ACC teams will play for both individual and collective respect. Win big, and the victor here gets an infinite amount of respect thrown their way (especially in the case of Clemson). For the loser, it’s a case of “I told you so.” Florida State’s defense is as staunch as they come, giving up just three points over its first three contests. However, you can never count out the Tigers’ high-powered offense, especially with the return of play-making receiver Sammy Watkins. It will be a closer matchup than the aggressive two-TD line suggests, but FSU will win the battle at the line of scrimmage, ultimately setting the stage for a big win on national television. Prediction: Florida St. 26, Clemson 20

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

Bowling Green Falcons (1-2) at Virginia Tech Hokies (2-1) (0-0): The Hokies are reeling after struggling mightily to put up points against Pittsburgh on Saturday, in a surprising upset. Not only have the questions on offense lingered and even increased as the season’s progressed, but now the defense (its strong point) looks to be embattled as well. Their opponent this week, Bowling Green, is in a similar mess. Scoring under 17 points per game, the Falcons have been unable to generate offensive momentum against lesser opponents. This may be just the solution Logan Thomas and VPI needed, as they roll, and get back on track. Prediction: Virginia Tech 31, Bowling Green 3

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ACC Football 2012 TV Schedule & Spread: Week Four

ESPN College Gameday Heads to Tallahassee This Week to Watch Clemson Take on Florida State

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 4 Television Schedule & Spreads

Saturday, September 22

Special: ESPN College Gameday from Tallahassee, Fla., 9 a.m. ET, ESPN

Bowling Green Falcons at Virginia Tech Hokies (-19.5), noon ET, ESPNU

Virginia Cavaliers at TCU Horned Frogs (-17.5), noon ET, ESPN

Maryland Terrapins at West Virginia Mountaineers (-27.5), noon ET, FX

Army Black Knights at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (-7.5), 12:30 p.m. ET, ACC Network

Miami Hurricanes at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (-13.5), 3 p.m. ET, ESPN Gameplan

East Carolina Pirates at North Carolina Tar Heels (-16.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs at Pittsburgh Panthers (no odds), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3

Memphis Tigers at Duke Blue Devils (-22.5 ), 6 p.m. ET, ESPN3

The Citadel Bulldogs at NC State Wolfpack (no odds), 6 p.m. ET, ESPN3

Clemson Tigers at Florida State Seminoles (-14.5), 8 p.m. ET, ABC

Syracuse Orange at Minnesota Golden Gophers (-2), 8 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

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ACC 2012 Schedule Outlook: Virginia Tech Hokies

Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer Is Up Against Another Easy Schedule in 2012

With all of the realignment and rescheduling nonsense going on around the country, we wanted to give a breakdown of each of the ACC teams‘s schedules — how the squads stack up, and some thoughts on overall difficulty. If these change at all, we’ll also be sure to update them on a rolling basis. All information is up-to-date as of publishing, based on the latest from FBSchedules.com.

Today’s breakdown: Virginia Tech Hokies

With no bye week until late October and a season-opener in-conference, things would appear a bit difficult for Virginia Tech in 2012. This would be a stark contrast for them in comparison to last season, when in their three games versus ranked teams (two vs. Clemson, and one against Michigan), they went 0-3. In 2012, not much will change in that regard, though the overall quality of opponents is stepped up ever so slightly. For the Hokies’ non-conference schedule, they’ll deal with two very manageable (read: easy) home games versus Bowling Green and Austin Peay, along with two additional games taking place in fair proximity to Blacksburg, Va. While their tilt with future conference opponent Pittsburgh will be a true road game, the other matchup — with Cincinnati — is on “neutral ground” at Landover, Md.’s FedEx Field.

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