Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 College Football Top 25 Rankings: Week 10

Alabama, Like Oregon & Florida State, Looked Great in This Weekend's Win

Alabama, Like Oregon & Florida State, Looked Great in This Weekend’s Win

Sure, the upsets seemed to cool down this weekend, but changes all around in the top 25 just the same. As much as we all seem settled in these teams playing in the season’s top postseason games, we also can’t forget the fact that November also usually sees some seismic shifts. Missouri (and others) will tell you that one loss alters the course of a season, so given that, we’ll obviously keep watching to see what happens next.

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 10)

1. Florida State Seminoles (7-0) (Last: 1)

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

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

4. Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0) (Last: 4)

5. Stanford Cardinal (7-1) (Last: 6)

6. Baylor Bears (7-0) (Last: 8)

7. Miami Hurricanes (7-0) (Last: 7)

8. Clemson Tigers (7-1) (Last: 10)

9. Auburn Tigers (7-1) (Last: 14)

10. Missouri Tigers (7-1) (Last: 5)

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 College Football Top 25 Rankings: Week 9

After Beating Clemson on National TV, Florida State Lays Claim to the Nation's No. 1 Ranking

After Beating Clemson on National TV, Florida State Lays Claim to the Nation’s No. 1 Ranking

Upset Saturday impacted nearly every conference in the country and completed rattled the rankings as we knew them. And now with the National Championship chase in full swing, each and every contest going forward will be under the microscope as we try and figure out the top two teams (for the last time).

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 9)

1. Florida State Seminoles (6-0) (Last: 5)

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0) (Last: 1)

3. Oregon Ducks (7-0) (Last: 2)

4. Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0) (Last: 4)

5. Missouri Tigers (7-0) (Last: 14)

6. Stanford Cardinal (6-1) (Last: 12)

7. Miami Hurricanes (6-0) (Last: 9)

8. Baylor Bears (6-0) (Last: 13)

9. Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-0) (Last: 16)

10. Clemson Tigers (6-1) (Last: 3)

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 College Football Top 25 Rankings: Week 8

Missouri's Upset Over Georgia is One of Several Big Wins That Shook Up This Week's Polls

Missouri’s Upset Over Georgia is One of Several Big Wins That Shook Up This Week’s Polls

Finally, a real college football weekend! Upsets all over the place this past Saturday, and as a result, we’ve seen a fairly radical shake-up in the rankings. Plenty of season still left to go of course, but the wheels are finally moving toward figuring out who are the best teams in the country.

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 8)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0) (Last: 1)

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

3. Clemson Tigers (6-0) (Last: 4)

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

5. Florida State Seminoles (5-0) (Last: 6)

6. Louisville Cardinals (6-0) (Last: 8)

7. Texas A&M Aggies (5-1) (Last: 9)

8. LSU Tigers (6-1) (Last: 10)

9. Miami Hurricanes (5-0) (Last: 11)

10. UCLA Bruins (5-0) (Last: 12)

 

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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.

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 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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ACC Football Standout Senior 2013: Maryland

A Healthy C.J. Brown is Critical to Maryland's Offense -- Will He Return to His 2011 Form?

A Healthy C.J. Brown is Critical to Maryland’s Offense — Will He Return to His 2011 Form?

As schools’ academic years are virtually wrapped up, last season’s juniors are now this season’s seniors, and with that comes extra responsibility and expectations. In the ACC, while there were plenty of players selected in the NFL Draft, the conference still returns a strong group of seniors — many of whom are set to make a strong impact in their final seasons of eligibility.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be going team-by-team in the ACC to identify the “standout senior” that’s key to his respective squad, and why he’s so important. Think we should’ve featured another player, though? Feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts in the comments.

Maryland Terrapins: C.J. Brown, QB

The Terps’ quarterback, C.J. Brown might be a standout player; we’re unsure of that, actually. But if nothing else he, and his health, are integral to the team’s success this season, and his potential as an offensive catalyst appears to be quite high. As you’ll recall, Brown was the undisputed starter heading into the fall of 2012 until an August ACL injury sidelined him for the year. Since it has been a full 17 months since the last time we saw Brown take an in-game snap, a quick reminder about what he accomplished while splitting time with former Maryland (now Wisconsin) QB Danny O’Brien:

In just 10 games in 2011 (and only five full contests), Brown managed to throw for 842 yards and seven scores, while running for over 550 yards and another five touchdowns on top of that. Admittedly, it’s a bit difficult to see if he can keep it up — especially following the ACL injury — but with more weapons at his disposal this time around (hello, Stefon Diggs!) it does at least look plausible he’ll at least rack up 25 or so combined touchdowns on the year. His abilities as a dual-threat also will also completely change the Maryland offense from last year’s lackluster, pass-first attack (with minimal returns) to one that can actually create opportunities for receivers by keeping defenders at home to stop the run. If there’s one big question about him, though, it’s in terms of his throwing accuracy.

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Rushel Shell Transfer: Where to, and What’s Next for Pitt’s Backfield?

Rushel Shell's Leaving Pittsburgh, But Where Could He End Up Next?

We Know Rushel Shell’s Leaving Pittsburgh, But Where Could He End Up Next?

As has been the news for nearly a week now, presumed starting running back Rushel Shell has elected to transfer out of Pittsburgh’s football program. SB Nation’s Cardiac Hill has a detailed breakdown of the various puzzling aspects of this move, so for discussion around that front, feel free to wander in that general direction.

What we’re interested in here is where he could potentially end up (touched upon over at CH as well), and then what’s next for the Panthers’ backfield as they continue with spring practice. With little information available right now, please keep in mind this is almost entirely speculation at the moment.

Where could Rushel Shell transfer to?

Just one year ago, Shell was in high demand as one of the top-rated running back prospects in the nation, and he was expected to deliver on those lofty goals as Pitt’s featured back in 2013. Now, he’s an impressive sophomore runner with 641 rushing yards and four scores under his belt, looking for a new home where he’ll sit out a year before regaining eligibility in 2014.

The top transfer choices are the ones in closest proximity: West Virginia and Penn State, but there’s chatter that Pitt would not allow him to head to either long-time rival program. Same goes for Arizona State, where former Panthers coach Todd Graham currently resides as head coach. The Cardiac Hill guys believe Pitt would block any move to those three schools, but is that the right move? Not siding with Shell here, but based on a recent tweet from the mother of Shell’s children, it would almost seem like he’s trying to run from some issues (purely speculation). However, rewind the clock a year, and let’s remember what happened when former Terps QB Danny O’Brien was trying to leave Maryland and head coach Randy Edsall was adamant about limiting his possibilities. The backlash was pretty far-reaching and ultimately, amounted to nothing since O’Brien failed to go to a future scheduled opponent or another ACC team (he went to Wisconsin).

So with that said, where could he potentially land? The top two choices are obvious:

Arizona State: Graham and his staff initially recruited Shell, and perhaps that was part of the initial appeal to the Panthers program (beyond just local tie-ins). The Sun Devils currently have a veteran backfield set for fall, giving Shell ample opportunity to contribute come fall 2014.

West Virginia: Still local, and like many Pitt players, Shell certainly knows plenty of Mountaineers players. With the Big 12 sort of lacking for an elite back, Shell could get an opportunity to really shine in that conference, though who knows how much opportunity he’d get in Dana Holgorsen’s air-raid offense.

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Atlantic Coast Convos Far-Too-Early 2013 Top 25

Alabama Will Be Favored to Win Their Third Straight Title in 2013

Alabama Will Be Favored to Win Their Third Straight National Championship in 2013

Just because the previous college football season ended only last week doesn’t mean we can’t turn our eyes to next year already. Based exclusively on returning players, currently committed recruits and your standard blind guessing, our very early 2013 top 25 is included below. Disagree? Like these picks? Feel free to share your thoughts below.

Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 Top 25 (January 14)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

2. Oregon Ducks

3. Stanford Cardinal

4. Texas A&M Aggies

5. Georgia Bulldogs

6. Ohio State Buckeyes

7. South Carolina Gamecocks

8. Clemson Tigers

9. Louisville Cardinals

10. LSU Tigers

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