ACC Football Midweek Links – Week One

Posted by Brandon Rink on August 31, 2011 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

The talk is almost over - football starts tomorrow! (Pic per

Welcome to your weekly ACC football early preview filled with links from across the conference, which hopefully bridges your week to the weekend with good reads…

  • 09/01/10  Western Carolina Catamounts @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets / ESPN3 / 7:30 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: GT QB Tevin Washington vs. himself

Western Carolina was one of the worst FCS programs last season so I wouldn’t worry about a ‘James Madison’ here…so, this is a big confidence game for Tevin Washington, who hasn’t experienced much success so far on the field for the Jackets.

Quotable coach (GT, Paul Johnson): On facing on a lesser opponent to start – “Well I consider Western big and strong that’s where I went to school. I don’t think it makes any difference who you play. You’re concerned about yourself when you first open and I’m sure they’re going to be excited to come in here and play. It’s a big opportunity for them.”

Bringing The Noise: Western Carolina installing the Pistol offense. Georgia Tech unveiled their opening depth chart earlier this week.

Watch This Over…: Rat Busters (Animal Planet), what’s amazing about Animal Planet is that “Rat Busters” (a show about folks who exterminate rats) precedes “Hillbilly Handfishin.’ ” I have no further comment.

  • Wake Forest Demon Deacons @ Syracuse Orange / ESPN3 / 8:00 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Syracuse passing attack vs. Deacs’ secondary

Neither unit was all too impressive last season, but both could turn into strengths in 2011 with experience back – Wake Forest needs to put up points…and make some stops to pull off the road opener in the Carrier Dome.

Quotable coach (Wake Forest, Jim Grobe): On Tanner Price’s progression – “You know, I was a Tanner Price fan last year. I thought that, at times, our supporting cast was not very good, whether it be catching the football, running the ball, blocking or those types of things. Tanner has come a long way, as has the rest of the offense. I think that he is going to get better support out of the other 10 guys on the field, and I think that Tanner Price is a much better quarterback today than he was at this time last year.”

Bringing The Noise: Blogger So Dear breaks down the depth charts. Dan Collins has the latest out of practice for My Take on Wake.

Watch This Over…: UNLV at Wisconsin (ESPN), it’s the only BCS vs. BCS game Thursday night.

  • 09/03/10 Northwestern Wildcats @ Boston College Eagles / ESPNU / 12:00 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: BC’s RB corps vs. Wildcats’ rush defense

Northwestern finished 92nd nationally in rush defense last season – they return a majority of their starters. With Montel Harris out, sophomore RB Andre Williams has to have a big day, along with reserves like sophomore Rolandan inch.

Quotable coach (Boston College, Frank Spaziani): RB corps without Harris – “The loss of Montel [Harris] is certainly a big loss because of who he is – he’s closing in on the all-time ACC rushing record and the ACC Preseason Player of the Year. But we’re fortunate in that we have Andre Williams who stepped up and played for us. He’s a proven commodity.”

Bringing The Noise: BC corner Donnie Fletcher didn’t practice. Soaring to Glory breaks down the battle of offenses here. HD says the BC offense is ready to step up this season. BC Interruption talks depth chart. STG has the basics of the game and opening line.

Watch This Over…: Akron at Ohio State (ESPN), another BCS vs. BCS matchup bumped to a lower network down the Mickey Mouse chain because of one team involved.

  • Appalachian State Mountaineers @ Virginia Tech Hokies / ACC Network / 12:30 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Hokies vs. health

Yes, I know, James Madison, but this isn’t five days after a national TV loss – Virginia Tech needs to put up the points and get the starters out without injury.

Quotable coach (Virginia Tech, Frank Beamer): On Logan Thomas –  ”Just watching him, I think he’s going to do fine. He’s a smart guy and I don’t think the situation is going to be too big for him. I think the thing he knows is that he has good players around him. He just needs to manage the game and do what he does and everything will be fine, he’ll play well.”

Bringing The Noise: Gobbler Country has his pick and what to watch for. VT Effect scouts the Mountaineers. Gobbler Country with some depth chart notes going into App State. GC debuts the ‘matchups that matter’ with the Hokies talking Whip. And why not, more Gobbler Country - the game guide. Virginia Tech Fan has the keys to a Hokies win. Things to remember about Logan Thomas.

Watch This Over…: U.S. Open (CBS), do people watch tennis still?

  • LA Monroe Warhawks @ Florida State Seminoles / ESPNU / 3:30 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: ‘Noles vs. health

See Virginia Tech capsule – nothing to worry about here.

Quotable coach (FSU, Jimbo Fisher): Optimism on the season - “I feel confident in it and I believe in our guys, I really do. Hopefully, they understand living in the now and controlling what we can control and continue to do that consistently week after week. If something bad happens that we also don’t panic and go crazy. How you handle each situation each week is going to be key.”

Bringing The Noise: LA Monroe set to start two freshmen on the o-line. Tomahawk Nation says FSU’s D will be top 10 in the country this season. FSU RB Chris Thompson still listed atop the depth chart despite injury issues. Notes from Monday’s media session with Jimbo Fisher. The d-line should help out senior LB Nigel Bradham this season. FSU’s depth chart. Getting to know the Warhawks.

Watch This Over…: Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (Comedy Central), you can flip to it in the commercials.

  • James Madison Dukes @ North Carolina Tar Heels/ RSN / 3:30 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: UNC RB Ryan Houston vs. rehab/rust

Houston hasn’t been on the field in two years and injured himself in the Heels’ spring game.

Quotable coach (UNC, Everett Withers): On Ryan Houston being back – “We just felt like going into the first ballgame with his experience, he should be the guy.  But we like to think we have three tailbacks, there is just one guy who has got to take the first snap.  But we like to consider Ryan, Gio [Bernard] and A.J. [Blue] as guys who are all going to play a lot for us at tailback.”

Bringing The Noise: Inside Carolina previews James Madison. Heels RBs Houston and Bernard getting back in action. Houston will start Saturday.

Watch This Over…: Millionaire Matchmaker, it’s probably a rerun anyway.

  • Troy Trojans @ Clemson Tigers / ESPN3 / 3:30 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Revamped Clemson rushing attack vs. Troy D

I’ve seen Troy as a sleeper pick here in some places, but with Andre Ellington back and an offense centered around a fast-paced ground scheme – just how effective the new Chad Morris offense is will be the difference between a blowout and a close game.

Quotable coach (Clemson, Dabo Swinney): On freshmen talent – “I think by mid-season, you’re going to see some of these young guys really emerge. They’re talented. We have to play somebody to see what we’ve accomplished in the off-season. Y’all are going to be excited.”

Bringing The Noise: Seldom Used Reserve breaks down the game and picks it. Clemson will be playing a number of freshmen come this Saturday. New Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris is anxious and excited to see what his new offense will do against Troy. Shakin the Southland compares depth charts. Swinney likes coming into this season underrated.

Watch This Over…: LA Monroe at FSU (ESPNU), the ‘Noles will win going away – check out the fancy new offense of the Tigers in action on the Web against Troy.

  • William & Mary Tribe @ Virginia Cavaliers / ESPN3 / 6:00 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Virginia QB Michael Rocco vs. Tribe D

Virginia is improved, but the last time these two met, William & Mary won in Scott Stadium (26-14) – last year, Bill/Mary lost by four at UNC – there’s a bit of pressure on newly-crowned sophomore QB Michael Rocco to perform here.

Quotable coach (Virginia, Mike London): On new starting QB Rocco – “You haven’t seen a whole bunch of him.  He’s a true sophomore. He didn’t play many games last year. We’re trying to get some depth.  Again, I’ve said that Michael comes from a family of coaches.  He was a quarterback in high school, taught by his father.  Frank Rocco does a great job up there at that school. There’s a calmness about Michael, and there’s an understanding about the style of offense that we have, about how to distribute the ball to the different playmakers.  He’s a pocket guy that can make some of the reads.”

Bringing The Noise: Cavaliers Journal breaks down new ‘Hoos QB Michael Rocco. Despite a number of returning starters, Virginia will have a lot of youth on the field according to the depth chart.

Watch This Over…: Deep Blue Sea (G4), I think this movie is on a cable/dish network at some point at all hours 365 days a year.

  • Liberty Flames @ NC State Wolfpack / ESPN3 / 6:00 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: QB Mike Glennon’s stats vs. Russell Wilson’s stats from Thursday?

Eh, why not.

Quotable coach (NC State, Tom O’Brien): On scrutiny for Mike Glennon – “I think every quarterback goes through scrutiny. He’s ready. His brother has been through it and I think that gives him a huge advantage. He’s seen his brother perform in a situation at Virginia Tech and he’s been around the game, as I said I think he’s really excited and looking forward to the opportunity to prove his ability.”

Bringing The Noise: SFN has an interesting preview. Backing the Pack analyzes the depth chart.

Watch This Over…: NASCAR qualifying (Speed), I struggle to watch races, much less one car going around the track.

  • Richmond Spiders @ Duke Blue Devils / ESPN3 / 7:00 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Duke vs. the scoreboard

The Blue Devils can send a message by the final score on this one against an FCS team in disarray after their coach recently had to resign.

Quotable coach (Duke, David Cutcliffe): Status of the program – “We are significantly deeper in depth, a significantly faster football team, and systematically way beyond where we were (in 2008). People know what they are doing in the kicking game, offensively and defensively. Now we have guys playing that really other than a few all they have ever known is our system.”

Bringing The Noise: Duke’s All-ACC WR duo has a nickname now – the ‘Killer V’s.’ Blue Devils haven’t forgot the last matchup with Richmond.

Watch This Over…: Jersey Shore, It’s a repeat – and I can say that I’ve never watched a full episode of the Jersey Shore.

  • 09/05/10 Miami Hurricanes @ Maryland Terrapins / ESPN / 8:00 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: MD rushing game vs. ‘Canes D

Maryland has a couple of rushers who can do some damage against a Miami d-line that’s hurting due to the NCAA ruling this week.

Quotable coach (Miami, Al Golden): On the mess of the last couple weeks – “Is it difficult? Sure it’s difficult. I’m not going to lie to you. Is it a distraction? Sure, it can be. But we’ve got to make sure we maintain our focus.”

Bringing The Noise: NCAA makes their ruling – not quite the death penalty, but it will effect this week. D1scourse breaks down the offensive and defensive depth charts. A Miami blog assesses the damage from injuries and suspensions.

Watch This Over…: Everything, it’s an early conference game – would be a good early win for either team.

ACC Midweek Hype Machine: Championship Edition

Posted by Brandon Rink on December 1, 2010 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

More pressure upfront has taken pressure off the FSU DBs and ACC defensive ROY Xavier Rhodes is one who has benefited. (Per, by Nathan Gray)

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

  • 12/04/10 – Florida State Seminoles  vs. Virginia Tech Hokies / ESPN / 7:45 ET

Must-See Matchup,VT offense vs. FSU Defense: Taylor vs. FSU D-line

The nation’s second-best sack attack in FSU against the elusive All-ACC QB Tyrod Taylor.

Must-See Matchup, FSU offense vs. VT Defense: FSU rushing game vs. VT D

It’s going to be chilly in Charlotte Saturday night and the ‘Noles will need a big game on the ground with questions surrounding Ponder’s elbow.

Bringing The Noise (Had to break it up a bit and alternated Hokies/Noles stories up to the Q&As): Gobbler Country has the game guide. The Chopping Block hits ya with the keys to a Seminoles win on offense. Jimbo Fisher weighs in on the game this week. Kyle Tucker has STATZ.

Ponder reaggravated the elbow injury last Saturday. Tech Sideline breaks it down and picks the Hokies. Chris Thompson looks to be the guy at RB for FSU with Thomas out and Jones banged-up. Can Stiney get redemption Saturday night?

The Chopping Block says containing Taylor is key for the ‘Noles. Carmichael thinks he can go against the ‘Noles and the annual Foster-to-(this university) talk fires up again. Fisher talks about the ACC Championship site – he’d like an indoor spot, but he likes Charlotte. HD says the Hokies’ D can still be relied on Saturday.

Gobbler Country Q&As with Tomahawk Nation on the keys to certain victory and defeat. The Key Play Q&As with and talks food.

Watch This Over…: Big XII Championship: Nebraska vs. Oklahoma, T-Magic and Landry Jones over the All-ACC QB Tyrod Taylor and Christian Ponder? Nah, the ACC is where it’s at Saturday night.

Get your ACC Championship picks in – we’ll have more more breakdowns coming up and we’ll be live in Charlotte Saturday!

Midweek Football Hype Machine: Week #12

Posted by Brandon Rink on November 18, 2010 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

This Saturday's a big one in deciding if Friedgen will have a shot a bigger trophy in Charlotte.

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

  • 11/20/10 – NC State Wolfpack  @ North Carolina Tar Heels / ACC Network / noon ET

Must-See Matchup: NC State QB Russell Wilson vs. UNC QB T.J. Yates

Preseason, you had Yates and Wilson neck-and-neck among the top QBs in the ACC – oh, you didn’t? These guys are good and whoever has the better day will lead his team to the victory.

Bringing The Noise: Inside Carolina takes a look at NC State. The ACC Sports Journal hits what has led the Wolfpack to the strong point they are at right now. HD says it’s the seniors leading the way for the Heels – and those seniors, haven’t beat the Wolfpack yet. With even more on the line, this game goes beyond the regular ACC matchup. Backing the Pack looks at the stats coming in for the Heels.

Watch This Over…: Virginia at BC, I was surprised this game wasn’t picked up by an ESPN network.

  • Virginia Cavaliers  @ Boston College Eagles / ESPNU / noon ET

Must-See Matchup: BC RB Montel Harris vs. Virginia D

The Eagles have rode Harris in the 3-game winning streak and if the ‘Hoos have no answer for Harris – it extends to 4 games Saturday.

Bringing The Noise: BC Interruption Q&A’ed with From Old Virginia – UVA questions here and BC’s aqui. BCI breaks down the depth chart this week.

Watch This Over…: Chronicles of Riddick, heard this was bad and it’s on G4 so you can’t get it on DirecTV anyway.

  • Duke Blue Devils @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets / ESPN3 / 1:30 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Washington in start no. 2 vs. Duke D

The Blue Devils aren’t really good at anything statistically on defense – Washington had a good, not great first week and will try to get it on track for the Jackets to make the postseason.

Bringing The Noise: FTRS looks at the stats and not much has changed in the rushing game to the 5-5 record, but special teams have been terrible. HD argues that Duke may be a bigger challenge than Miami.

Watch This Over…: Yale at Harvard, so Versus does Ivy League games for some reason.

  • Clemson Tigers @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons / ESPN3 / 2:00  p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Clemson vs. red zone issues

Can they punch it in the endzone against one of the worst Ds in the nation? When stopped – can they make a FG? The Tigers try to get some points on the board as the worst team in red zone offense in the ACC.

Bringing The Noise: has the scouting report for how Clemson beats Wake and the Deacs defeat the Tigers. Injuries taking their toll on offense and defense for the Tigers. More Wake Forest notes coming into this one.

Watch This Over…: 20 Best and Worst Celebrity Plastic Surgery, it’s hookup laptop to TV time!

  • Virginia Tech Hokies @ Miami Hurricanes / ESPN / 3:30 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Miami rushing attack vs. Virginia Tech D

Miami engineered a conservative, smashmouth gameplan at Georgia Tech last week to 277 rushing yards and 4 TDs – Hokies are in the middle of the pack in the ACC at stopping the run and gave up 117 last week to UNC.

Bringing The Noise: Gobbler Country has the game guide. Eye of the Hurricane breaks down the Hokies. Stephen Morris is the guy once again. Gobbler Country and Eye of the Hurricane Q&A’ed this week here and here. It comes down to the frontlines in this one. VT Raycom Blog takes a glance at Miami. Beamer was wow’d by the ‘Canes rushing attack last week. Miami has shot to maintain their chances in Coastal and get a little revenge this week.

Watch This Over…: BTDGOTW: Illinois at Northwestern, the Wildcats got their day in the sun over Iowa – only to lose their QB…should be a slugfest.

  • Florida State Seminoles @ Maryland Terrapins / ABC / 8:00 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Maryland vs. destiny, pt. 1

Are the Terps destiny’s darling? They get two shots at home to take the Atlantic and it starts with the ‘Noles.

Bringing The Noise: Terps fans are pumped up and will be blacking out Saturday. FSU will start Ponder, but Manuel might see some time as well. Danny O’Brien texts his OC. Tomahawk Nation has FSU in the Chick-Fil-A and Maryland in the Eagle Bank (so, you can see where they are leaning).

Watch This Over…: Notre Dame vs. Army, oh, they are playing in a Yankee Stadium, woo.

We’ll have the picks tomorrow – come on back!