ACC FB Mid-Week Hype Machine

Posted by Brandon Rink on September 30, 2009 under ACC Football | 3 Comments to Read

Jacory Harris looking to get the swagger back for the Oklahoma game Saturday.

Jacory Harris looking to get the swagger back for the Oklahoma game Saturday.

Welcome to your weekly ACC Football Mid-Week Hype Machine that hopefully bridges your week to the weekend with good reads…

  • 10/03/09  Virginia Cavaliers @ North Carolina Tar Heels / Raycom / 12:00 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: UVA simplified attack vs. UNC D

UVA trying to get back down to basics in the last days of Groh’s regime, but UNC has the defense to keep them to single digits.

Bringing The Noise: UVA Raycom blog says there’s nowhere to go but up(and I say duh). UNC not panicking after GT loss with personnel changes according to ACC Now. HD compares/contrasts hope for Maryland/Virginia and comes to the conclusion that UVA has more upside. Butch Davis drinking the kool-aid also.

Watch This Over…: Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, first, what the heck is up with those names–second, Lamar Odom? Seriously?

  • Virginia Tech Hokies @ Duke Blue Devils / 4LN360 / 12:00 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: VT coming off big win vs. opportunistic Blue Devils

This is the ACC, folks–Duke can win this game. They kept it close last season in Lane Stadium and would love to play spoiler.

Bringing The Noise: Duke trying to prepare for Hokies, but are really lacking at the RB position. Virginia-Pilot’s Kyle Tucker discussing Ryan Williams’ Heisman candidacy. Gobbler Country gives the lowdown on what could happen in this game. Virginia Tech, you are our only hope, bring us to the BCS Championship.

Watch This Over…: Project Runway, designing maternity clothes cannot be quite as exciting as Coach Cutcliffe.

  • Clemson Tigers @ Maryland Terrapins / 4LNU / 12:00 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Clemson redzone offense vs. Maryland D

Clemson, in theory, should score like an NBA star…after a game, but if that is to happen, Clemson needs to learn to finish off drives.

Bringing The Noise: Dabo says they are improved as a team. One Tigers’ blog says the offense not so much as they are struggling all over the field. The Clemson tight ends are restless, but liking a more pro-TE play-calling so far. According to statman CUOrange, the Tigers are running 73% of the time on first down. Maryland just isn’t lucky according to Coach Friedgen. The unlucky Terps are looking to take out turnovers and penalties for wins.

Watch This Over…: Pennsylvania vs. Dartmouth(on the rogue Versus network), because the FCS is quite successful against us, but Clemson’s defense is worth the price of admission.

  • NC State Wolfpack @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons / ESPNU / 3:30 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Wake’s rushing attack vs. NC State D

Wake Forest found something that worked with the running game in the second half of their battle with BC. NC State was less than impressive defensively against a quality opponent. Something has to give here and could be the difference in the game.

Bringing The Noise: Ken Tysiac says don’t play man-to-man against NC State and the mobile Wilson. Blogger So Dear, Wake Forest’s SB Nation, wants the no-huddle vs. NC State. NC State Raycom blog is wondering where the love is for Russell Wilson. The 3-1 start for NC State is encouraging to a program that had been starting slow under Tom O’Brien.

Watch This Over…: Washington vs. Notre Dame, this could be a 3 OT/100 combined point game while Washington/Notre Dame is just futile struggle to regain past glory.

  • Florida State Seminoles @ Boston College Eagles / ABC-4LN2-Gameplan / 3:30  p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: BC QB Dave Shinskie vs. the sieve that is the FSU secondary

If he lights them up like he did to Wake at points last week, FSU is staring at 0-2 in the ACC and sub-.500 overall.

Bringing The Noise: The embattled Coach Bowden says this one is an important one. ScalpEm, and every other major FSU blog it seems, says give Jimbo Fisher the Prius. Paul Finebaum says he should have been gone several years ago. BC QB Dave Shinskie has held onto the job for the Eagles going into the FSU game.

Watch This Over…: NC State/Wake, FSU is Jekyll/Hyde and BC is everybody’s favorite team to ignore and get burned by–great combo for a great game.

  • Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets @ Mississippi State Bulldogs / CSS / 7:30 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: GT triple option spread flexbone thing vs. Cowbells

Hey, it’s on CSS, not like I’m gonna be able to watch it anyways. Jackets have a distinct advantage here, but cannot take them lightly after the Dogs performance against LSU.

Bringing The Noise: GT’s Raycom blog says don’t throw dirt on the Jackets yet. The AJC gives you what you need to know about the Bulldogs. GT kicking job is open after the UNC game(no truth to the rumor that the guys at From the Rumble Seat are trying out). Coach Johnson likes Saturdays. GT’s backup QB Jaybo Shaw is back(Nesbitt peering over shoulder).

Watch This Over…: iCarly, because there is an episode from 7-7:30, and you probably already watched it earlier this week.

  • Oklahoma Sooners @ Miami Hurricanes / ABC / 8:00 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Whip-lash offense vs. OU’s stout defense

Oklahoma has allowed 14 points all season–this is not your daddy’s Big XII defense. Miami can have zero hangover from last week’s beatdown or a similar result will occur here.

Bringing The Noise: Miami/OU just a bit different from 2007. Despite this, Miami DC John Lovett is showing the game film to ready the Canes D. After last week, you would think Miami’s Harris would be down, but he is surprisingly upbeat coming into this week’s game.

Watch This Over…: Major League(and everything else), though more people will be watching the 80s movie at this time slot than actually at the game, Miami-Oklahoma could be a real boost for ACC street cred.

Thanks for reading and come on back for the Thursday Pick’Em Post!

ACC Roundtable: Boston Edition

Posted by Brandon Rink on September 29, 2009 under ACC Football, Other ACC Coverage | Comments are off for this article

The college football world turns toward Boston this week with the 4LN’s College Gameday coming to town, but in Raycom affiliate areas, you have to switch to ACC Football Today to see me featured in the first 15 minutes or so then continue with your life. Anyways, the guys at BC Interruption are hosting this week so check ‘em out.

Now that most ACC teams’ non-conference schedules are winding down and we are starting league play, it’s time to take the vitals of the ACC’s play in non-conference action. Here is how the ACC fared against the rest of college football through 4 weeks (based on my back-of-the-envelope math):

BCS Conferences

vs. Big East 2-2 (.500)
vs. Pac 10 1-1 (.500)
vs. Big XII 1-2 (.333)
vs. SEC 0-2 (.000)

The Rest

vs. I-A Indep. 1-0 (1.000)
vs. MAC 1-0 (1.000)
vs. Conference USA 2-1 (.666)
vs. Sun Belt 1-1 (.500)
vs. Mountain West 1-2 (.333)

vs. FCS 9-2 (.818)

Overall 19-13 (.594)

Comment on your team’s (if applicable, sorry Miami) and the conference’s non-conference performance through 4 weeks. As a conference, what head-to-head record against another conference stands out to you most?

I don’t know how the FCS losses do not stand out the most. Being 1-1 versus the Sun Belt isn’t too smooth either(thanks Maryland). The other conferences owned the ACC this season–big deal for those into conference superiority–not so much for me(but I like to see the ACC do well OOC).

(Because we like to fan the ACC vs. Big East flames …) The only BCS conferences the ACC has a .500 record against so far this year is the Big East (4 games) and the Pac-10 (2 games). Yikes. In a weekend where 2 of 3 Big East teams knocked off ACC teams, we have to ask. The ACC is still > Big East, right?  Right??

Correct. We already know VT is better than Cincinnati(Big East’s top dog) I believe. Maryland and FSU(two Big East losses) are head-cases, but then again, so is most of the ACC. From USF-FSU, we see the gap isn’t quite as wide as it used to be, but I think the ACC is a little better(and not as much as they should be).

(Just saw I left this one off)On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is losing to a CAA team and 10 is getting the ACC some much needed street cred by winning the BCS MNC, how satisfied are you with your AD’s non-conference scheduling this year? With the non-conference opponents your program has lined up over the next few years, will you be more or less satisfied?

Overall, the ACC scheduled some big games(Miami/Oklahoma, Virginia Tech/Bama, Virginia Tech/Nebraska, Clemson/TCU, Wake/Baylor, Wake/Stanford), but they still get a 4.5 to me(which is an F if you are scoring at home). I hate beauty pageant scheduling where teams are afraid to schedule to bolster their record. This is why I greatly dislike the current system of deciding championships–teams have to play a string of yuck games outside of conference to make themselves look good for the polls. Give a system where you play the best teams you can out of conference to prepare you for your conference games to a playoff. That would be good football.

Last one, ESPN’s College GameDay is heading to Chestnut Hill this week for Florida State (2-2) at Boston College (3-1). Both teams are unranked. Parts of the blogosphere are going completely ape (descriptive word for excrement) over the WWL’s selection. Justify the selection (if you can). If not, tell us why you dislike the selection.

If we operate under the idea that GameDay still goes to the best game of the weekend, this is obviously a poor decision. But it doesn’t. Heck, they went to some D-III game a couple years ago. GameDay is about the story and BC has one with Herzlich battling cancer. This is the best opportunity for the 4LN to spotlight this story and BC could actually make statement on the football field too.  Miami/Oklahoma would be the best ACC matchup for the 4LN to go to this week, but they don’t make decisions based on that anymore.

Thanks for reading and go to BC Interruption for all the ACC Roundtable posts this week!

OTB's ACC Power Poll: Week 4

Posted by Brandon Rink on September 27, 2009 under ACC Football | 6 Comments to Read

Beamer Ball!

Beamer Ball>ACC(again)

As we look at the ACC at the 1/3 mark, we still know nothing. Virginia Tech is back on top(again), the Atlantic is a mess(again), and Maryland blows(again). Let’s face it, the ACC has been really bad against every other conference(including the Colonial Athletic). Unless you really do indeed dislike yourself, continue to care about conference superiority(or inferiority), but I say root for a team and not a conference.

FBS Division of the ACC

Rank (LW)….Team……………………..Record
1)…(2)…Virginia Tech Hokies…………………3-1(1-0 ACC)
Had a bit of an uneasy feeling about this game for the Canes, but I was like–no, Miami’s offense is rolling–can’t possibly lose this weekend. The Hokies had everything going for them–weather, offense, defense, and of course, Beamer Ball! Virginia Tech is Freddy Krueger–they don’t die–they just come back in one form or another to haunt the ACC.

2)..(1)..Miami Hurricanes………………………2-1(1-1 ACC)
The Canes are far from out of it now and really just ran into a buzzsaw. They will be fine if they can shake the loss easy, but it will take some real mental fortitude. Miami just does not want to see rain for a while.

3)..(3)..Clemson Tigers………………2-2(1-1 ACC)
It was the defensive battle it was billed to be and once again like with the Georgia Tech game–a few things go the opposite way and the Tigers prevail. TCU is a top ten team nationally in my eyes after seeing them today and cannot fault a still developing Clemson team in many areas. C.J. Spiller stole the show with a 26 carry, 112 yard game with a TD to keep a struggling Clemson offense rolling in clutch situations, but his only fault is that he can’t throw the ball for the offense too.

4)..(5)…Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets…………..3-1(2-1 ACC)
In a game much like Clemson’s with BC last week, Georgia Tech was not running on all cylinders, but still dominated the Tar Heels by a 24-7 score. One key factor from this one was ACC Preseason Player of the Year Jonathan Dwyer getting back in the mix with an 158 yard day. GT QB Josh Nesbitt was an efficient 7 for 11 with 89 yards passing.

5)..(7)..Boston College Eagles………………….3-1(1-1 ACC)
Football is a a 60 minute game–and OT can make it longer–BC needed every bit of it to handle Atlantic Division rival Wake Forest. On the brink of a disastrous choke job, a broken play near the goalline on Wake’s part would lead to a fumble that BC would jump on to secure the 27-24 victory. There are a ton of positives coming out of this game as it appeared to me that BC found a QB in Shinskie as he made some great throws in his 228 yard/3 TD game, Haden and Harris got off the ground with good games, and the Eagles never trailed. FSU comes to town next week in what looks like a much more winnable game than it did last week.

6)..(4)..Florida State Seminoles……………2-2(0-1 ACC)
Remember, last week, we talked about making up the mind, Noles? Well, if that was it, I would say you are going into the tank then. I watched the whole game–USF played well so I give them credit, but FSU’s defense is horrible. I really do not know how else to say it. The ‘Noles defense is a major liability and the offense repeatedly made mistake after mistake in step with them Saturday. Who knows what team will show up in Boston next week, but they need to get it together or their ACC shot is finished with a loss next week.

7)..(9)..North Carolina State Wolfpack………….3-1(0-0 ACC)
NC State offense showed up to play against Pitt and would dominate the second half of their 38-31 victory. Pack QB Russell Wilson would throw for 322 yards and 4 TDs. NC State would amass over 500 total offensive yards. Division game right off the bat with reeling Wake Forest next week.

8)..(6)..North Carolina Tar Heels………………………3-1(0-1 ACC)
North Carolina has a good defense, but why they were not a top 25 team before this game or the rest of the season is the offense. They can put up good numbers in garbage games, but when it counts, the Heels do not put it on the scoreboard. Against a defense that has been simply dreadful, seven points is down-right absurd no matter the weather or being on the road.

9)..(8)..Wake Forest Demon Deacons…2-2(0-1 ACC)
They snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. With only needing a FG in OT inside the BC five, Wake would have a broken play and Skinner would be left confused and had the ball stripped to be recovered by BC. It is a tough loss, but Wake Forest played well and could use this as a building block to a competitive season.

10)..(11)..Duke Blue Devils…………………………2-2(0-0 ACC)
This time–they won. FCS was no match for the Devils in the 49-14 win over North Carolina Central University. Duke would struggle in the first half to pull away, but the Eagles 2 TDs would all come in the first half while Duke would tack on 3 more TDs in the second to win comfortably.

11)..(10)..Maryland Terrapins……………………1-3(0-0 ACC)
Maryland already has a poor football team, but five turnovers is just overkill. They were in it in the first half and had a 13-10 lead, but Maryland would be kept off the scoreboard for the rest of the game. They stay at home for a third straight home loss against Clemson next week.

FCS Division of ACC(Until first ACC/FBS win, UVA has been relegated to the minors by OTB)

-1)..(-1)….Virginia Cavaliers…………………..0-3(0-0 ACC)
Didn’t lose! Plus, Groh is out most likely so a win-win week for the Wahoos.

Another ACC weekend in the books…your thoughts?