ACC Football Daily Links — ACC Close to Orange Bowl Deal with Notre Dame, SEC, Big Ten

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

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

ACC, Orange Bowl Close to Deal (ESPN.com)

The Atlantic Coast Conference and Orange Bowl are finalizing a deal that would pit the ACC champion against either Notre Dame, an SEC or Big Ten team starting after the 2014 regular season, sources told ESPN. The ACC champion, or another team from the conference if its champion qualifies for the national semifinals, will play annually in the Orange Bowl…

Is Florida State Back? Seminoles’ Rout of Wake Could Signal Shift (Sporting News)

It was a monumental moment last week for the ACC, a defining statement about the potential of the beleaguered conference moving forward.Notre Dame, the biggest name in the history of college football, had just hitched up for a ride to give the ACC new life in the ever-changing landscape of the game. And there was Florida State, the only school in the conference to vote against the new $50 million exit fee…

Jimbo Fisher, Florida State Football Prepare for Familiar Foe in Clemson DC Brent Venables (Tomahawk Nation)

As Saturday’s clash between Florida State and ACC Atlantic rival Clemson approaches, most of the focus has centered on the impending battle between Mark Stoops’ defense and Chad Morris’ high-octane Clemson offense. But another intriguing coaching duel will also be on display. Jimbo Fisher matches gridiron wits with Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables for the third straight year after seeing his defenses in 2010 and 2011…

Miami Hurricanes Attendance: The Bottom Line (The 7th Floor)

It’s no secret that for a long time, the Hurricanes have had the stigma of being a passionate but non-supportive fan base. Fans of the program hate to hear that, because they love their team. While understandable, sometimes it is necessary as a fan to step back, take an unbiased look at the situation, and realize that while there are plenty of excuses for why people don’t show up, the real reason is you. You know what to do…

Miami Hurricanes to be Careful With Duke Johnson’s Workload (Miami Herald)

Whether its receiving, rushing or returning kickoffs, there aren’t many running backs in college football who pack a punch quite like Hurricanes’ freshman Duke Johnson. He not only ranks second nationally in all-pupose yards per game (212.67), second in scoring (six touchdowns), 11th in kick return average (33.89), and 57th in rushing (82.67), there also are just two tailbacks on the nation’s top 100 list of all-purpose runners averaging more…

Michael Rocco vs. Phillip Sims: What’s the Deal with Virginia’s Quarterback Situation? (Streaking the Lawn)

Michael Rocco. Phillip Sims. The quarterback controversy is far from over. When Sims replaced Rocco for a short stint in the second half of the Penn State game and failed to inspire, Rocco came back with focus, putting together a nice six-and-a-half minute drive that ate up clock and resulted in the game-winning touchdown for the Hoos…

What Does Rushel Shell’s Emergence Mean for Isaac Bennett? (SB Nation Pittsburgh)

When Rushel Shell picked up a few more carries over backup Isaac Bennett against Cincinnati a few weeks ago, it wasn’t seen as a big deal. But Paul Chryst made it pretty clear with Shell’s monster game against Virginia Tech on Saturday — Shell is the backup to Ray Graham. Bennett registered just two carries in that game against the Hokies. Shell, meanwhile, rumbled for 157 yards on 23 attempts…

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