Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 College Football Top 25 Rankings: Week 5

Bryce Petty and Baylor are This Week's Big Gainers in the Rankings

Bryce Petty and the Baylor Bears are This Week’s Big Gainers in the Rankings

This was a tough weekend of football for most fans to watch, though the large majority of the top 25 teams won in blowout fashion. You’ll notice the minimal shifts below as a result, but that all changes next week. As conference play starts up in earnest, there will be plenty of shake-ups in the rankings. So for many programs, enjoy your time at the top while you can.

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 Top 25 (Week 5)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0) (Last: 1)

2. Oregon Ducks (3-0) (Last: 2)

3. Stanford Cardinal (3-0) (Last: 3)

4. Clemson Tigers (3-0) (Last: 4)

5. Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0) (Last: 5)

6. LSU Tigers (4-0) (Last: 6)

7. Louisville Cardinals (4-0) (Last: 7)

8. Florida State Seminoles (3-0) (Last: 8)

9. Georgia Bulldogs (2-1) (Last: 9)

10. Texas A&M Aggies (3-1) (Last: 10)

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 College Football Top 25 Rankings: Week 4

Alabama Stays at Number One This Week, After Outlasting a Tough Texas A&M Squad

Alabama Stays at Number One This Week, After Outlasting a Tough Texas A&M Squad

No enormous shake-ups this week in a mostly lackluster slate of games. And even the country’s most competitive contest (‘Bama/A&M) still tells us very little about which of those teams is truly “better.” If anything, most of the movement after week 3 happened near the bottom or completely outside of the polls, which is where you’ll see the most shifting around.

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 Top 25 (Week 4)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0) (Last: 1)

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

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

4. Clemson Tigers (2-0) (Last: 4)

5. Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0) (Last: 5)

6. LSU Tigers (3-0) (Last: 8)

7. Louisville Cardinals (3-0) (Last: 7)

8. Florida State Seminoles (2-0) (Last: 9)

9. Georgia Bulldogs (1-1) (Last: 10)

10. Texas A&M Aggies (2-1) (Last: 6)

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 College Football Top 25 Rankings: Week 2

With a Hot Start, Oregon is One of a Handful of Non-SEC Teams Challenging Alabama

With a Hot Start, Oregon is One of a Handful of Non-SEC Teams Challenging Alabama for No. 1

Week two of the college football season provided a significant shake-up in and around the top 10, after two of the SEC East’s top squads suffered defeats over the weekend. Coupled with losses by Notre Dame and Texas, the trickle-down effect gives way to quite a bit of shake-up after just two games, with plenty more to come as schedules get tougher.

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 Top 25 (Week 2)

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

2. Stanford Cardinal (1-0) (Last: 2)

3. Oregon Ducks (2-0) (Last: 3)

4. Clemson Tigers (2-0) (Last: 5)

5. Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) (Last: 6)

6. Texas A&M Aggies (2-0) (Last: 4)

7. Louisville Cardinals (2-0) (Last: 8)

8. LSU Tigers (2-0) (Last: 14)

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

10. Georgia Bulldogs (1-1) (Last: 11)

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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.

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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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ACC Preseason Top 50 Players of 2013: #45, Jason Hendricks

Pittsburgh’s Jason Hendricks is #45 on Our Countdown of the ACC’s Top 50 Players for 2013

Pittsburgh’s Jason Hendricks is #45 on Our Countdown of the ACC’s Top 50 Players for 2013

We’re less than two months away from the start of the 2013 college football season, and that means preview countdowns! In the past, we’ve limited these lists to just the top 25 players, but this season, we’re upping our game to 50. So just about every day until the season starts, there will be a new player profile up here as we count down to the top ACC player for 2013.

Obviously these lists are always completely subjective — and thus completely bulletproof — so feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts in the comments, too.

No. 45, Jason Hendricks, S/Pittsburgh (Last Season: NR)

Hendricks has dealt with some injuries over the course of his career, but whenever he’s on the field, he puts on a clinic in the secondary. The hard-hitting redshirt senior had 90 tackles last year (despite missing one full game and parts of several others) and was integral to Pitt’s 4-2 run over the final six games of the regular season that earned them a postseason berth. On top of the strong tackle numbers (which included 17 in the season-ending bowl loss to Ole Miss), Hendricks also managed six interceptions — which would have been tops in the ACC last season.

What makes Hendricks such a lethal defender is his length (he stands at 6’1″ but possesses an even larger wingspan), which allows him to regularly get a hand on passes. He also has experience taking (and giving out) hits, as a former running back, which you’d think would make for more durability, but that’s before you account for his weight (just 180 pounds). Pitt’s pass rush should be its strong suit once again; something aided immensely Hendricks’s presence deep down the field. Plus, with some of the relative youth this team has at linebacker and cornerback, it’s a necessity there’s a second line of defense at the safety positions. Hendricks is one of two veterans — Ray Vinopal and (converted linebacker) Eric Williams (Williams is no longer a member of the team, as pointed out by @JimHammett) is the other — who should make for a fine rotation at both the free safety and strong safety spots all season.

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Atlantic Coast Convos Too-Early 2013 Top 25 (June 5)

Without Everett Golson Under Center, the Irish Suddenly Look Shaky on Offense

Without Everett Golson Under Center, the Irish Suddenly Look Very Shaky on Offense

We’re inching closer and closer to the start of college football season, if you didn’t realize. Of course, the calendar still says 74 days left until kickoff, but the fact that it’s June means preview magazines are coming out, summer practices are right around the corner and we can all start speaking in baseless conjecture again. As always when you’re basing rankings on nothing but how a team “looks” to you, things have changed from last month’s poll, as you’ll notice below. Completely disagree? Believe that you’re better at ranking teams that have yet to play a game (and are over two months away from doing so)? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 Top 25 (June 5)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (Last: 1)

2. Stanford Cardinal (Last: 2)

3. Texas A&M Aggies (Last: 3)

4. Oregon Ducks (Last: 5)

5. Georgia Bulldogs (Last: 6)

6. Ohio State Buckeyes (Last: 4)

7. South Carolina Gamecocks (Last: 7)

8. Clemson Tigers (Last: 8)

9. Louisville Cardinals (Last: 9)

10. Florida Gators (Last: 11)

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ACC Football Scheduling: How Can the ACC Better Position Itself for a Playoff Spot?

Examining Strength of Schedule and What ACC Teams Need to Do to Make the Playoff

Examining Strength of Schedule and What ACC Teams Need to Do to Make the Playoff

As you might’ve noticed earlier today, we linked to a piece from SB Nation’s Team Speed Kills entitled “How Much Will Schedule Strength Affect Playoff Selection?” — which effectively dissects the merits (or lack thereof) of scheduling tougher in order to get a playoff spot. The impetus for such an article, of course, is the flurry of recent news regarding the number of conference games. When announcing its divisional realignment the other day, the Big Ten upped its conference slate to nine games, while the Pac-12 is actually discussing moving down to eight (from the current nine). Even the SEC, which has been with the ACC in the “remain at eight” boat briefly mentioned a nine-game schedule during its SEC Network press conference today. So with two alternatives seemingly on the table again, what scheduling setup makes the most sense for the ACC if it hopes to place its top team(s) in the four-team College Football Playoff?

To start, the ACC obviously has two disadvantages when it comes to pursuing a nine-game conference schedule. One of these — out-of-conference rivalries — is a shared issue with the SEC. The other, unique to the ACC, is the Notre Dame scheduling agreement. As of 2014, at least four ACC schools will have annual in-state matchups with SEC schools on the books, effectively locking them (Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville) into a ninth game on top of the eight-game conference schedule. The Notre Dame arrangement, which has the Irish playing five ACC games per year, brings that total to 10 for those teams in select years. Those same teams will likely also be at five home games and five road games by that point, making for a less-than-ideal scheduling demand of two guaranteed home dates and little calendar flexibility. If the ACC were to add a ninth game, those teams would be locked into 11 games against major-conference competition, and might also need to take a hit on home games (hosting six total, instead of seven). For schools like FSU and Clemson, it’s a tough financial hit to take, especially without an ACC Network off the ground yet.

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