ACC Football Daily Links — More Praise for Notre Dame, John Swofford, ACC

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

Friday, September 14, 2012

Notre Dame-ACC Partnership a Lesson in Picking the Right Fights (SB Nation)

Back in mid-May, what seemed like semi-realistic rumors began to float that Florida State was positioning itself for a move to the Big 12 conference. In response, I wrote one of my favorite pieces, even though I knew as I was writing it that it might appear rather foolish in a short amount of time. In it, I suggested that the Big 12, fresh with a new commissioner and yet another new lease on life…

Dabo Swinney Would Welcome Return to 8-Game ACC Football Schedule (Orange and White)

John Swofford says the return to an eight-game ACC football can go back on the table for discussion, if the league’s athletic directors want to put it there. That would be great news to Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who said Wednesday he’d welcome reconsideration of a decision with onerous scheduling implications for Clemson, Florida State and Georgia Tech, all of whom have SEC ‘natural’ rivals…

Florida State With Everything to Prove and Everything to Lose in ACC Play (

So here we are again—the time for Florida State football to embark on its journey into conference play as the ACC portion of the schedule begins with a visit from Wake Forest this Saturday. If you’ve been a close follower of the program in recent years, you’ve probably already been ripping handfuls of hair out thinking about the stomach punch losses the Seminoles have absorbed in ACC play under Jimbo Fisher…

UNC Needs a Plan to Stop Bridgewater (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

When Louisville and North Carolina played last season, the Cardinals were in a bit of disarray. Coach Charlie Strong had relieved offensive coordinator Mike Sanford of his duties and put Shawn Watson in charge. Strong had a true freshman quarterback making his second career start. He had no real running game to speak of, and his offensive line featured several freshmen starters as well…

Counterpoint: Why Notre Dame to the ACC Isn’t as Good as it Seems (Cardiac Hill)

Earlier today, Anson weighed in with some thoughts on why the Notre Dame pickup was a good one for the ACC. Here are my thoughts and why I disagree a bit. Remember the John Swofford that said the ACC wouldn’t accept partial members? “We’re an all-in, revenue-equal conference,” Swofford said here at the Charlotte Ritz-Carlton. “That’s very basic to us. That’s what works for us”…

Watkins Must Yield to Hopkins as He Returns (Fox Sports Carolinas)

Super Sammy Watkins returns for Clemson this weekend after serving a two-game suspension, but in the name of fairness, he needs to step in line behind dandy DeAndre Hopkins in the Tigers’ hierarchy at wide receiver. At least for now. In reality, both players are going to get a bevy of chances to catch passes and dart into end zones over the next two-plus months…

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