ACC Football Daily Links — NC State Woflpack Playing for a Championship in 2012

Monday through Friday each week, we compile the best links on ACC football from around the web.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Wolfpack Eyeing Spot in ACC Title Game (Winston-Salem Journal)

If there’s one thing that coach Tom O’Brien wants to see on N.C. State’s practice fields, it’s hungry players battling each other for starting jobs. After 37 years of coaching, the past five in Raleigh, O’Brien knows how intense competition can spark a team to a good season — and he is seeing more of it from the Wolfpack than ever before…

Quarterbacks Highlight ACC in 2012 (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

The way North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner tells the story, he and NC State quarterback Mike Glennon were playing against each other in a JV basketball game when Renner was a freshman and Glennon a sophomore. Renner hit a 3-pointer and Glennon hit him in the nose and broke it…

Golden Confident Miami Headed Right Way (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

When Al Golden left Temple, he made sure to pack the thick, 4-inch binder filled with notes and philosophies on how he wants to run a program — the expectations, core values, recruiting philosophies, camps, offseason programs, practice plans and priorities. This book doesn’t have a title. Unofficially, Golden called it his “master plan”…

What Are Reasonable Expectations for 2012? (Shakin’ the Southland)

I’ve gotten the feeling from talking with Clemson fans that no one really knows what to expect from the 2012 Tigers. How do you predict the season when you have big question marks in the trenches, where big games are really won and lost? One side thinks it’s no big deal and that we can only go upwards from last season, what with the seasoning and experience gained by the skill talent in 2011, and a new defensive coordinator…

Tajh Boyd Hoping Improved Leadership Breeds Consistency (Orange and White)

Tajh Boyd is looking for an encore – and then some. A year ago, Clemson’s starting quarterback authored one of the best debut seasons for a quarterback in program and ACC history. The sophomore threw for 33 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, rolling up 3,828 passing yards. He set Clemson single-season records for passing yards, completions, attempts, touchdowns and total offense…

Syracuse Football Secondary Has Experience, Depth, Young Talent (Syracuse.com)

The Syracuse University secondary, which gave up its share of passing yards in 2011, will get a test right out of the gate when Northwestern visits Saturday to start the season (noon, Carrier Dome, ESPN2). The Wildcats have run a spread offense since 2000, and Northwestern led the Big Ten Conference in passing offense last season with 254.2 yards per game…

2012 ACC Football Betting Picks: FSU, Virginia Tech, Clemson Up to Expectations? (SB Nation)

For once, the ACC is likely to be defined by stability. For a league sporting a 2-13 record in BCS games and a reputation on par with that of the Big East in the minds of some, this is a good thing. 11 of 12 teams did not undergo a coaching change (only North Carolina did). And 10 of 12 teams return their starting quarterback, with Maryland joining Miami after C.J. Brown’s recent ACL tear…

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