ACC Football Daily Links — Can ACC Match the SEC’s Dominance in 2012?

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

Friday, August 31, 2012

ACC Tries to Close Gap on SEC (The State)

After N.C. State faces Tennessee tonight, Clemson faces Auburn on Saturday in the second half of a two-day, Georgia Dome doubleheader. The ACC hasn’t beaten the SEC in a season-opening shindig since Georgia Tech beat Auburn in Atlanta in 2005. On the list of Tom O’Brien’s priorities, defending the honor of the ACC ranks behind university, student body, faculty, and fans…

Virginia Tech Hoping For Historically Stout D (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Current Virginia Tech players were still in high school when the Hokies authored back-to-back seasons of the nation’s top defense. But as they look around this year’s Lunch Pail defense, the new crop of Hokies say they think they have what it takes to equal the 2005 and 2006 squads…

MIami Hurricanes Season Preview: Three Reasons Miami Could Be Better (Or Worse) Than People Think (The 7th Floor)

I haven’t looked at every outside projection of how many games Miami is going to win in 2012, but I imagine that if you averaged them out, you’d arrive at about six wins. Even the most optimistic Canes fans see about eight wins, while the dimmest projection I’ve seen has been four wins. And that sounds pretty on the money, right? This seems like a six win team — just taking into account the schedule…

Clemson Defense Ready For First Test (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

The jokes about the Clemson defense began during the Orange Bowl and have kept on rolling. The most stale line by far: “Wait. I think West Virginia just scored again.” The Tigers have heard them all following a 70-33 loss to the Mountaineers on the biggest stage of the season. But there is nobody laughing in Clemson…

Virginia Receivers Are Looking for the Long Ball (Washington Post)

There is one play from Virginia’s first scrimmage of the preseason that sticks out in the mind of wide receiver Tim Smith. He was running a post route when quarterback Michael Rocco launched a pass down the field. The ball carried so far, in fact, that the speedy Smith had to dive in order to make an attempt at catching it…

Change Leaves Clemson-Auburn a Game of Mystery (Orange and White)

Change is part of college football’s fabric. Each offseason, coaches leave for greener pastures. Or leave with green in their pockets after being fired. Coordinators jump to more lucrative opportunities, or are sacked by head coaches hoping to keep their jobs for another year. “We’ve dealt with that over the years,” said Clemson coach Dabo Swinney…

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