ACC Football Daily Links — Wake Forest Aiming to Continue Strange Dominance Over Florida State This Week

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

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wake Looks to Continue Dominance Over FSU (Fox Sports South)

There was a time in the late 1990s when the thought of Wake Forest ever beating Florida State in football was actually a laughing matter. Just the mere mention of the possibility would have brought on strange looks and one’s football savvy would have been questioned. In 2012, though, it’s no joke to the folks from Tallahassee…

Hurricanes Coaches Seek New Defensive Strategy (Miami Herald)

They rank 109th in pass defense and scoring defense, 89th against the run and 114th in total defense out of 120 teams in major college football. Hurricanes defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio is well aware of how awful his unit has looked. The Canes haven’t been lit up like this (1,000-plus yards, 84 points in two games) since coming off probation in 1998…

Syracuse Football and MetLife Stadium: How is the Honeymoon Going? (

Now that the Syracuse University football team has played the first of many scheduled games at Metlife Stadium, let the reviews begin. In the short term we know that the football product on the field was better than expected and Syracuse gave #2 USC all it could handle in a 42-29 loss. Despite the loss, progress clearly was made by this team and the Orange have to be as confident as any 0-2 team in the country…

VT Game a Measuring Stick for Pitt (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Pitt has done nothing to make anyone believe it will be an immediate force in the ACC, not with two abysmal performances to open the year in its lame-duck Big East season. Can a good performance — or even an upset victory — over No. 13 Virginia Tech on Saturday do anything to dispel this notion? After all, we are getting a sneak preview of a Coastal Division matchup to come in 2013…

Duke Needs a Win to Get Back on Track (Durham Herald-Sun)

The best teams and athletes often talk about moving on to the next play, regardless of what has just happened. The idea is to not let failure, no matter how big or small, impact future endeavors. That mental cleansing, the theory goes, allows the rest of the body to move free of worry. Duke’s football team isn’t completely buying that this week…

Syracuse Football: Ryan Nassib is Pretty Good, You Guys (Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician)

Doug Marrone either had amazing foresight or just made a really lucky guess when, in his first major personnel move as head coach of the Syracuse Orange football team, he named redshirt freshman Ryan Nassib the starting QB during spring ball back in 2009. If not for a mancrush on Greg Paulus, Nassib would have been the starter that year…

Leak, Diggs and the Wide Receivers are Making Plays (Washington Post)

The eye contact foretold the play. Marcus Leak and Perry Hills locked gazes, an implicit recognition between wide receiver and quarterback of what was to come. Running back Wes Brown had just strung together a first down with consecutive rushes at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday. On 1st and 10, the ball spotted in Temple territory, faced with a four-man rush, Hills sold the play action to Brown…

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