ACC Football Daily Links — Does Notre Dame’s Addition Help ACC Expansion, Bowl Lineup?

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

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Who Should Be the 16th ACC School? (Cardiac Hill)

I know, I know, John Swofford SAID there wasn’t going to be a 16th member. He also said that the ACC wouldn’t accept partial members and that the ACC was not “philosophically opposed” to 16. And really, I don’t trust a word that comes out of conference commissioners’ mouths when it comes to this sort of thing. So let’s play with hypotheticals…

Notre Dame Likely to Improve ACC’s Bowl Lineup (Daily Press)

Initial reactions to Notre Dame’s partial ACC membership were provincial, predictable and understandable. Could the Fighting Irish affect my favorite team’s bowl destination? Even worse, could they cost my school a bowl bid? And just how much of the ACC’s postseason football money will Notre Dame receive?…

Does Clemson Have Enough for FSU? (Fox Sports Carolinas)

Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney said earlier this week his team hasn’t come close to playing their best game. Not even close. He’s right, and it will take just that for the No. 10 Tigers to emerge with a victory from Saturday night’s hyped matchup at No. 4 Florida State. “This is a huge challenge going to Tallahassee to play a very good Florida State team, especially at their place,” Swinney said at his weekly press conference…

On Second Glance, Doug Marrone’s 18-22 Coaching Record at Syracuse is Historically Terrific (Syracuse.com)

You know, from expanded rosters in baseball to the days of Lent to the number of winks you hope to catch after lunch, 40 matters. Ali Baba had his 40 thieves, Rick Dees spins his weekly top 40, Gale Sayers wore 40 on his back. And now, Doug Marrone has 40 games under his belt…

Cockrell Exorcises Demons, Rises to Top for Devils (Durham Herald-Sun)

Ross Cockrell absorbed the lumps and dealt with the frustration two years ago.These days, the Duke cornerback finds himself in a far better place. Starting 12 games as a freshman at that demanding position in 2010 meant Cockrell had a virtual target on his back. “They attacked me,” Cockrell said Tuesday. “I was a freshman corner. I was a guinea pig, I guess. That’s the name of the game. You find a matchup and you try to exploit it”…

BC’s Ground Game is Going Nowhere (ESPN Boston)

As much as it hurts now, it could hurt even more later. With games against No. 4 Florida State, No. 10 Clemson, No. 11 Notre Dame and Virginia Tech still to come, the road isn’t getting any easier for Boston College. Which is why Saturday’s 22-13 nonconference loss to Northwestern, which dropped the Eagles to 1-2, hurts so much and could hurt even more down the line…

Imagining an Alternate Big East History Where Miami, Virginia Tech and BC Never Left (The UConn Blog)

By this time next year the last of the original Big East football powers, Pitt and Syracuse will have departed and the conference will move forward with its great western experiment in an attempt to rebuild from the ashes. But what better week than this, when the Big East owned the ACC, to question if it actually worked out better for the teams who left and college football in general…

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