ACC Bloggers on…Week 4 ACC Football Picks

Posted by Brandon Rink on September 24, 2010 under ACC Football | 2 Comments to Read

The Demon Deacon & Mr. Peanut: Separated at Birth?

It’s Friday – we’re just a day away from ACC football again. Here’s a trip around the ACC blogosphere for weekend picks…

Starting with BC-Virginia Tech, The Key Play doesn’t offer a pick, but does break it down:

How the offensive line gets on and more importantly off their blocks will be significant tomorrow. BC’s defense features two outstanding linebackers, cancer dominator Mark Herzlich and Luke Kuechly. Both fly to the football and are great at disrupting play…The offensive line needs to be decisive and their timing has to be perfect. Tech struggled mightily against JMU with this.

Not only is Saturday our first ACC game, it’s our first true road game. It will be extremely difficult to overcome riding a donkey out of the gate. What’s going to happen? It’s simple really. If we play like we did the first ten quarters of the season, we lose. If we play like we did the last two quarters, we win. Here’s hoping for the latter, after all BC has basket-hockey season to look forward to right around the corner… <read the rest>

BC blog, Soaring to Glory takes the the Eagles in this one:

This is the first real test of the 2010 season, and despite the fact that Virginia Tech is 1-2, it’ll be our chance to see if the Eagles are ready for primetime.  These are the factors in Boston College’s favor:

-The game is at Alumni Stadium, where BC has won its last two against the Hokies
-VT running back Ryan Williams is officially out for this game
-”BC is now 5-1 following a bye week as a member of the ACC with the only loss coming in 2005.” (Brian at BCI, 9/15/10)

Of course, BC are the underdogs (+4) and lost to this same team by 34 points last year.  The Hokies weren’t gasping for air at that point in the season like they are now, however. <See the rest here>

From the Rumble Seat has the low down on NC State-Georgia Tech…and they’re picking the Jackets:

When NC State and Georgia Tech take the field on Saturday, there will be a whole slew of coaching experience and history on the sidelines for both the Pack and the Jackets. Between the two teams, there are 5 guys with a combined 54 years of Division I head coaching experience. In all of these coaches’ experience, they’ve all only met physically or vicariously on the field of play a handful of times…

Prediction
Bird: Tech wins another close one against a team from Tobacco Road – Tech 35, State 28.
Winfield: Same with Bird. Back and forth. Decided in the 4th quarter. Get used to this type of game. GT 38 NCSU 31 <See their NC State offense/defensive breakdowns here>

ScalpEm distinguishes Mr. Peanut from the the Demon Deacon…and picks FSU to roll:

Mr. Peanut wears a smile, born of the joy of his heart for providing wonderful snacks to all. His Cheez Balls graced our planet for a very short time, because the world couldn’t handle such perfection in a snack. The Demon Deacon has a derp expression and provides mediocre entertainment for Wake Forest fans…

Conference play is the Noles’ time to shine and pave the road to redemption of the program. Expect FSU to win Jimbo’s first ACC game as head coach, big time.

Noles 38 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 17 <See his gameday tips, Mr. Peanut-Demon Deacon analysis, and further Wake previewing>

ACC Sports Journal picks them all, but we’ll get their Maryland-FIU, UNC-Rutgers, and Army-Duke picks for representation for all here:

Key for the Terrapins:
Remember Middle Tennessee State. That’s a Sun Belt team that came into College Park last year and did a number on the Terps’ 2009 season. The Panthers led against Rutgers and at Texas A&M after three quarters in this season’s first two games, and they’re not going to be intimidated by Maryland…

Prediction:
Terrapins 22, Panthers 13.

Key for the Cadets:
Get in fourth-and-short situations and go for them. Army is seventh nationally in rushing offense, and its goal must be to keep the ball away from Duke’s high-powered passing attack. They’re a touchdown away from being 3-0…

Prediction:
Blue Devils 27, Cadets 20.

Numbers Game:
UNC QB T.J. Yates has thrown 70 passes without being picked off this season. … Carolina is the first ACC team to lose consecutive games by the same score (24-30 in this case) since Wake Forest dropped 41-0 games to Texas and Richmond in 1973.

Prediction:
Tar Heels 28, Knights 20. <See all their picks and extended breakdowns of these games>

UVA Raycom/ACC Network blog gives you all you need to know and more for Keydets/’Hoos:

Verdict:
Everything I’ve read about VMI suggests that they’ve overmatched in every facet of this game. They’re not the precocious JV player who can run with the varsity, they’re the kid with Rec Specs who never loosens his warmups. I’m going to be out of town for this one, and I see it going much like the last home game I was out of town for. The ‘Hoos take it in a walk.

Virginia 41, VMI 7 <See more here>

Enjoy your Friday folks and keep it locked on @ACCBlogger on Twitter for game updates all weekend long!

ACC Football Bloggers Roundtable: The Aftermath

Posted by Brandon Rink on September 14, 2010 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

Oh well, could be worse.

The guys at From the Rumble Seat are hosting this week’s roundtable – be sure to check out the chart-and-graph-filled roundup there Wednesday.

1.  Enough with the MVP’s and the National Title Talk…  What ACC
teams are going to be bowl eligible by November?  Who will be left out
in the cold?

Definitely bowlin’ – Clemson, Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Miami.

Probably bowlin’Virginia Tech, at 0-2 , there has to be some doubt right now. North Carolina, the offense impressed me enough to think they’re safe bowl-eligibility-wise, but these investigations are such a wild card.

Bubblicious bowlin’Maryland, I want to believe, and the schedule really shapes up well, but I want to see the Terps against a little tougher competition. NC State, again, the Wolfpack are right there with the Terps with the top OOC wins for the ACC – can they sustain it over the season? I see this as an either/or and the Terps have the inside track right now.

2.  What team performance (or lack thereof) this weekend shocked you
the most?  What individual’s performance impressed/depressed you the
most?

It’s hard to look past the defensive effort against James Madison by Virginia Tech. The Hokies stopped a number of Dukes’ drives, but on the scoring hits, the Dukes had their way. Just hard to explain how a Bud Foster D got manhandled by an FCS team in Lane Stadium.

On the positive end, Wake’s Tanner Price caught my eye with 4 total TDs on 246 total yards in the guns-a-blazin’ shootout in Winston-Salem Saturday. Grobe seems determined to stay with the 2-QB offense, but we’ll see who gets the reps against Stanford.

3.  The ACC is fifth out of the Big 6 conferences in terms of out of
conference winning percentage.  Is this a function of a difficult out
of conference schedule or are we legitimately the 2nd worst conference
in the BCS?

Are we really just the second worst BCS conference? Sweet!

But seriously, I’d lean towards putting the losses on the ACC teams rather than the schedule. Not the big trips to Norman and Columbus, but everything else, VT/Boise, Georgia Tech/Kansas, and VT/James Madison should have been Ws under the circumstances. The ACC will deservedly be in the running for worst BCS conference until FCS/bad FBS team losses begin to cease and the national spotlight games are won at a higher rate (or a rate at all).

4. James Madison’s victory was the 13th I-AA victory over an ACC squad
since 1984 (out of 160 total games).  It was also the 5th I-AA victory
over a I-A opponent in 2010.  Is it really worth scheduling I-AA
opponents to start the season particularly I-AA juggernauts like App.
State, James Madison, or Villanova?

If I’m scheduling, I take the Clemson approach of scheduling in-state, okay but not great FCS teams. Now, Virginia Tech scheduled their I-81 Commonwealth compadre in James Madison, but the Dukes were certainly no flukes (alliteration and rhyming FTW!). Virginia Tech really seemed to have scheduling issues in 2010 as you have James Madison 5 days after Boise – and the fact that Beamer didn’t know about all of the returning starters for the Broncos upon agreeing on the Labor Day matchup.

5. Have your expectations for the 2010 season or your team’s place in
the ACC changed after Week 2’s round of games?

Yeeeeeah.

I believe I said six, SIX final top 25 teams for the ACC. Right now, I’d take 3 in a heartbeat. Wasn’t optimistic on national title contenders or many top ten teams, but I thought the ACC had a number of solid teams that could sneak in the final poll

But for overall bowl teams, the conference probably won’t take that much of a hit – still think 7-8 bowl teams is a strong possibility. How they do in those bowls in another story though.

6.  What’s a bigger mismatch: You vs. Ralph Friedgen in a competitive
eating matchup or the Iron Dukes versus Nick Saban on Saturday?

It all depends on the food item – I have the competitive eater build – maybe a little taller than most, but I’d have to say the Blue Devils on this one. After 500 yards given up to Wake, you know Saban will be carrying the SEC flag into Wallace Wade to plant permanently with a big number.

How many ACC teams do you see bowling? Biggest disappointment/surprise from the weekend? Hit us up with your thoughts and be sure to check out From the Rumble Seat for the complete recap…

ACC Blogger Power Poll on ACC Rivals

Posted by Brandon Rink on August 31, 2010 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

We're another day closer to football.

We kicked off the poll last week with our preseason rankings of the ACC – now, we’ve partnered with ACC Rivals‘ wealth of ACC bloggers for a true poll of rankings/thoughts on ACC football. Check out the first installment (excerpt below)!

Game. Week. ACC football kicks off Thursday and continues all the way through Labor Day in week one. The combined forces of my site at ACCBlogger.com and the authors here on ACC Rivals will rank the ACC with analysis each week  - here’s how the panel of ACC bloggers see the conference shaping up preseason…

Rank) Team……………Poll AVG

1) Virginia Tech Hokies – 1.5

Glass ½ Full: You won’t find a more consistent program in the country and with Tyrod Taylor, Darren Evans and Ryan Williams returning the Hokies will look to run right through the ACC on their way to a conference championship. Questions marks loom on defense as there is a good amount of youth and inexperience all around but Beamer and his staff simply know how to get the most out of their players and win games. – Daniel Thompson.

Glass ½ Empty:  As much as it pains us to say, they will be good.  With as many good teams in the Coastal Division, they probably won’t win the Division, but they have one hell of an offense.  The problem is along the O-Line and the defensive front 7, with both being pretty thin.  Foster will coach them up early, but if the injury bug starts to hit, they could be in for a longer season than most think.- Lambeth Field

2) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – 2.8

Glass ½ Full: Four NFL draft picks are gone but no worries. Joshua Nesbitt is back and in the third year of Paul Johnson’s offense, it should get more efficient. The defense can’t be any worse now that Al Groh is the new defensive coordinator. – Jordan

Glass ½ Empty: Never doubt the triple option.  They showed last year that they can control a game on the ground and burn teams with the option pass.  The knock on this team is the switch to 3-4.  Groh has already said that they don’t have the players for it yet and the learning curve on the defense is at least a year. – Lambeth Field. <Continue reading the rest on ACC Rivals>