ACC Football Daily Links — Notre Dame’s Departure to ACC Highlights Big East’s Issues

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

Friday, September 21, 2012

Notre Dame’s Conference Change Highlights Problems in the Big East (

All you have to know about the nonsense of college athletic conferences in America today is that the Big Ten has twelve members and the Big Twelve has ten. Honestly. But as bad as athletic conferences flunk arithmetic, they do no better with geography. Next year, for example, San Diego State will be in the Big East. This is like you never could believe that Vladivostok, way out there, was really in Russia, could you?…

As ACC’s Unbeatens Clash, Rest of League’s Teams Struggle for Respect (Orange and White)

While the college football spotlight shines squarely on the Atlantic Coast Conference this week with Clemson visiting Florida State, most ACC teams are still seeking respectability. When the No. 10 Tigers meet the fourth-ranked Seminoles in Tallahassee it will be the first matchup of top 10 ACC schools in five years. Clemson (3-0, 0-0) and Florida State (3-0, 1-0) are the league’s only remaining unbeaten teams just three weeks into the season…

FSU Has Been Just Fine With ‘Replacements’ (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

The term “replacement player” in football conjures up images of bumbling and stumbling guys that are poor imitations of the real thing. But at Florida State, replacement players for two standouts — defensive end Brandon Jenkins, lost to injury, and cornerback/kick returner Greg Reid, dismissed from the team — have more than proven their worth…

ACC Showdown Could Lead to Even Bigger Moments (Charlotte Observer)

For one Saturday night, the ACC will be the center of the college football universe. ESPN is bringing its “GameDay” crew to Florida State, for the No. 4 Seminoles matchup with No. 10 Clemson on Saturday, and ABC is rolling out the red carpet with the 8 p.m. primetime slot. Even the ACC coaches, besides the two involved in the game, understand the opportunity at hand for the conference…

‘Noles Must Go Back to Basics (Southern Pigskin)

Florida State football has spent the last decade-plus desperately chasing its past. For a program that finished in the top four every season from 1987-2000 and won national titles in 1993 and 1999, that pursuit has been especially draining. The end of the Bobby Bowden era and the start of Jimbo Fisher’s tenure brought some trying times to Tallahassee…

Is it the Same Old Duke Football Team, Or Are Blue Devils Changing Their Losing Ways? (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

At times, Duke looks plenty capable of snapping the nation’s longest bowl drought and finally winning more often than it loses. And then there are those other times when they look like those same old Blue Devils. They’re preparing to face struggling University of Memphis on Saturday in Durham and appear on track to open 3-1 for only the second time since 1994. But one question persists: Which is the real Duke team?…

TOB vs. PJ: How Have Tom O’Brien’s Teams Fared Against the Triple Option? (Backing the Pack)

Detailed below are 5 notable games pitting a (more or less) TOB-coached squad against an opponent that runs the triple option. TOB was 4-1 in those games, but his teams only significantly slowed the option attack twice in those 5 games. Two of the contests yielded an average rushing day for the opponent, and in one case TOB was lucky to avoid an upset after the Naval Acamdemy’s option attack significantly over-performed…

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