ACC National Signing Day 2013 Recap: Looking Back at Our Predictions

Committing to the U in Style, WR Stacy Coley Looks to Bring Some Swag Back to Miami

Committing to the U in Style, WR Stacy Coley Looks to Bring Some Swag Back to Miami

Yesterday, we rolled the dice and tried to predict where all the top uncommitted ACC recruiting prospects would land on National Signing Day. Some we got right, while others we got resoundingly incorrect. A look at yesterday’s predictions, with notes on what we got right/wrong.

Matthew Thomas, OLB (5 Stars)

Our PickFlorida State; Actual – Florida State

Montravious Adams, DT (5 Stars)

Our PickClemson; ActualAuburn

MacKensie Alexander, CB (5 Stars)

Our PickMississippi State; Actual – Clemson

Stacy Coley, WR (4 Stars)

Our Pick – Florida State; Actual Miami (FL)

James Clark, WR (4 Stars)

Our PickFlorida; Actual – Ohio State

Tyrone Crowder, OG (4 Stars)

Our Pick – Clemson; Actual – Clemson

Denver Kirkland, OG (4 Stars)

Our PickArkansas; Actual – Arkansas

E.J. Levenberry, ILB (4 Stars)

Our PickTennessee; Actual – Florida State

Keith Bryant, DT (4 Stars)

Our PickSouth Carolina; Actual – Florida State

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National Signing Day 2013 Predictions: How Will the ACC Fare Tomorrow?

We Try to Guess Where Top Recruits Like Matthew Thomas Are Headed Tomorrow

We Try to Guess Where Top Recruits Like Matthew Thomas Are Headed Tomorrow

National Signing Day is upon us (almost)! And before letters of intent start getting faxed to various institutions of higher education around the country, we wanted to take one final look at which of the country’s top undecided recruits could land at ACC schools. No, we won’t mention Robert Nkemdiche here… Robert Nkemdiche.

Matthew Thomas, OLB (5 Stars)

Our PickFlorida State; Also In ContentionMiami (FL), Alabama, Georgia

Montravious Adams, DT (5 Stars)

Our PickClemson; Also In ContentionAuburn, Georgia

MacKensie Alexander, CB (5 Stars)

Our PickMississippi State; Also In Contention – Clemson, Auburn

Stacy Coley, WR (4 Stars)

Our Pick – Florida State; Also in Contention – Miami (FL), Syracuse, Louisville

James Clark, WR (4 Stars)

Our PickFlorida; Also In Contention – Clemson, Ohio State

Tyrone Crowder, OG (4 Stars)

Our Pick – Clemson; Also in ContentionNorth Carolina, Georgia

Denver Kirkland, OG (4 Stars)

Our PickArkansas; Also in Contention – Florida State, Miami (FL)

E.J. Levenberry, ILB (4 Stars)

Our PickTennessee; Also in Contention – Florida State

Update (2/5, 5:38 p.m. PT): Florida State holds onto Levenberry (via Tomahawk Nation)

Keith Bryant, DT (4 Stars)

Our PickSouth Carolina; Also in Contention – Florida State, Miami (FL)

Cornelius Elder, ATH (4 Stars)

Our PickUCLA; Also In ContentionGeorgia Tech, Ohio State, Purdue

Myles Jack, OLB/RB (4 Stars)

Our Pick – UCLA; Also In Contention – Florida State, Washington, Georgia

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BBVA Compass Bowl Preview: Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Ole Miss Rebels

Pitt Running Back Ray Graham Holds the Key for a Panthers Victory

Pitt Running Back Ray Graham Holds the Key for a Panthers Victory Against Ole Miss

After one of the streakiest seasons in recent memory, Pittsburgh attempts to end their string of two losses followed by two wins, as they come up against Ole Miss. This is Pitt’s third consecutive postseason trip to Birmingham, and each time, they’re less thrilled to get an invite. Mississippi, on the other hand, is thrilled to be back in the postseason after two consecutive down seasons, and their fans promise to show up in droves.

Bowl Game: BBVA Compass Bowl

Location: Birmingham, Ala.

First Year: 2006 (PapaJohns.com Bowl)

2012 Participants: Pittsburgh Panthers (6-6) vs. Ole Miss Rebels (6-6)

Last Meeting: None

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Pittsburgh (previous bowl game: 28-6 loss vs. SMU in 2012 BBVA Compass Bowl)

Pitt’s season, as alluded to above, was as frustrating as it gets, alternating embarrassing losses with triumphant wins. So which Panthers team will we see in this game? According to the pre-established pattern, they’re looking at a loss, but it’s hard to ignore just how impressive they were in their last two wins. Faced with must-win situations in both games, Pitt outscored their opposition by a combined score of 54-9, holding them to 324 total yards while forcing five turnovers (four against USF). In their victories, not one game came down to one possession. In the Panthers’ losses, they saw defeat by a touchdown or less three separate times. And while Pitt’s defense was not among the country’s most talked about by any measure, it’s hard to understand why that’s the case. Only four opponents scored more than 20 points against them, and they ranked 17th in total defense. The issue, all season, has been the team’s spotty offense — boosted up by two games in which they scored over 45 points. In Pitt’s other 10 games, they scored 20 points or less half the time, and struggled to establish a running game; their Achilles’ heel. So long as running back Ray Graham ran the ball well, the team mostly found success. However, when relying solely on quarterback Tino Sunseri (who was stll vastly improved this season), they could not generate enough consistency to pull through.

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25: Week 13

Notre Dame Took Care of Business Versus Wake Forest, and Now Sit One Win Away From the BCS National Championship Game

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 week, we survey the wreckage after the top two teams went down; leaving us with the real possibility of another all-SEC championship. Disagree at all? Feel free to share that with us below (respectfully, of course).

Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25 (Week 13)

1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-0) (LW: 3) (First-place votes: 4)

2. Ohio State Buckeyes (11-0) (LW: 5)

3. Alabama Crimson Tide (10-1) (LW: 4)

4. Oregon Ducks (10-1) (LW: 1)

5. Kansas State Wildcats (10-1) (LW: 2)

6. Georgia Bulldogs (10-1) (LW: 10)

7. Florida State Seminoles (10-1) (LW: 6)

8. Florida Gators (10-1) (LW: 7)

9. LSU Tigers (9-2) (LW: 8)

10. Texas A&M Aggies (9-2) (LW: 9)

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25: Week 12

Texas A&M Shook Up the Polls in a Big Way This Weekend, Upsetting No. 1 Alabama

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. And just when you thought you knew what would happen this season, the no. 1 team goes down, and… well, now we’re actually left with a pretty clear picture of who will be in the title game (should those teams win out). Disagree at all? Feel free to share that with us below (respectfully, of course).

Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25 (Week 12)

1. Oregon Ducks (10-0) (LW: 2) (First-place votes: 3)

2. Kansas State Wildcats (10-0) (LW: 3) (2)

3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-0) (LW: 4) (1)

4. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-1) (LW: 1)

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

6. Florida State Seminoles (9-1) (LW: 6)

7. Florida Gators (9-1) (LW: 8)

8. LSU Tigers (8-2) (LW: 9)

9. Texas A&M Aggies (8-2) (LW: 15)

10. Georgia Bulldogs (9-1) (LW: 7)

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25: Week 11

Oregon’s Outburst on Saturday Vaults Them Back Up to the No. 2 Spot in Our Rankings

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. As we enter the home stretch, our title contenders seem pretty locked in, though the rest will likely take another month to properly sort themselves out. Disagree at all? Feel free to share that with us below (respectfully, of course).

Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25 (Week 11)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0) (LW: 1) (First-place votes: 5)

2. Oregon Ducks (9-0) (LW: 3)

3. Kansas State Wildcats (9-0) (LW: 2)

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

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

6. Florida State Seminoles (8-1) (LW: 7)

7. Georgia Bulldogs (8-1) (LW: 9)

9. Florida Gators (8-1) (LW: 8)

9. LSU Tigers (7-2) (LW: 5)

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

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25: Week 10

Notre Dame’s Big Win Over Oklahoma Solidifies Them as a National Championship Threat

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. The theme of this past weekend was upheaval, and the BCS picture is looking as cloudy as ever, still with eight or nine teams in the championship conversation. Disagree at all? Feel free to share that with us below (respectfully, of course).

Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25 (Week 10)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0) (LW: 1) (First-place votes: 5)

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

3. Oregon Ducks (8-0) (LW: 3)

4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-0) (LW: 5)

5. LSU Tigers (7-1) (LW: 6)

6. Ohio State Buckeyes (9-0) (LW: 9)

7. Florida State Seminoles (8-1) (LW: 10)

8. Florida Gators (7-1) (LW: 2)

9. Georgia Bulldogs (7-1) (LW: 14)

10. South Carolina Gamecocks (7-2) (LW: 15)

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