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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Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25: Week Five

After a Very Strong Showing Against Arizona, Oregon Vaults Into Our Poll’s Second Spot

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 some big upsets this week, you’ll notice quite the shake-up from top to bottom. Disagree at all? Feel free to share that with us below (respectfully, of course).

Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25 (Week Five)

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

2. Oregon Ducks (4-0) (LW: 3)

3. Florida State Seminoles (4-0) (LW: 4)

4. LSU Tigers (4-0) (LW: 2)

5. Georgia Bulldogs (4-0) (LW: 8)

6. South Carolina Gamecocks (4-0) (LW: 5)

7. Stanford Cardinal (3-0) (LW: 7)

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

9. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0) (LW: 13)

10. West Virginia Mountaineers (3-0) (LW: 9)

 

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ACC vs. The World (Week 4)

Wake Forest’s Tanner Price played well against Army in Week 4

Week 4: 9 games (6-3)

Continuing the trend from last week, the ACC posted a winning out-of-conference record, but failed to win in games against foes from the other major FBS conferences. Luckily, the league grabbed the nation’s attention this week with a great game between two quality top-10 teams, and produced a legitimate national title contender in Florida State. That game may have distracted casual viewers from the continuing parity elsewhere in the ACC.

vs. Big Ten (0-1): Syracuse continued to underachieve and fell to Minnesota on the road.

vs. Big 12 (0-2): Maryland played West Virginia tough, and lost by a respectable 31-21 margin.

Highlight: NC State is quietly making a comeback from their week 1 disappointment against Tennessee, and handily beat the Citadel this week, 52-14.

Lowlight: Virginia continued its slide and could not get going in their loss to TCU

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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 Football 2012 Power Rankings: Week Four

Florida State Won Big on Saturday, and Hopes to Continue That Trend Against Clemson this Week

All 14 ACC squads participated in the weekend’s events to varying degrees, and unfortunately, the league’s down to just two undefeated teams and a very crowded middle. Check out the list below, and weigh in down in the comments if you disagree.

1. Florida State Seminoles (3-0) (LW: 1): All of that “Florida State is back” talk? Dead on. The Seminoles absolutely ran through Wake Forest on Saturday, finally exorcising one of the oddest dog-bites-man stories in recent college football memory. Through three contests, FSU has proven itself to be ruthless with pressure on defense, a sound running team (11th in FBS with 279 yards per game) and a team that waits to make smart passes. If this machine is what Jimbo Fisher’s been building these last few years, it’s probably worth the wait.

2. Clemson Tigers (3-0) (LW: 2): Their College Gameday warmup went just as well as planned, but that said, the Tigers will enter their big game against Florida State with a ton of questions. Who is their top receiver? What about the offensive line? And most importantly, can defensive coordinator Brent Venables draw up a scheme to cure Clemson of its putrid run D? We’ll find out soon enough.

3. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-1) (LW: 4): Georgia Tech’s offense found its rhythm against Virginia, amassing rushing yards at will and owning the line of scrimmage to open up those running lanes — especially to the outside. It’s games like this that tell you the triple-option works and Tevin Washington‘s the man for the job. Then you have a game like the opener that meets that statement with an emphatic laugh.

4. Virginia Tech Hokies (2-1) (LW: 3): Not a single team deserves to occupy the fourth slot in these rankings, but the Hokies will be slotted here by necessity. On Saturday, VPI finally dealt with the questions we’ve been asking for weeks: what if the offensive line is too inexperienced? And what if Logan Thomas has to carry the offense? Both of these scenarios played out in full this weekend, and Virginia Tech failed miserably. Thomas’s accuracy is certainly not up to snuff, and most surprisingly of all, the run D may not be as good as initially given credit for.

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