ACC Football Daily Links — Florida State Beats Clemson, Chasing ACC and National Championships

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

Monday, September 24, 2012

FSU In Driver’s Seat After Marquee Win (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

If there is one penalty that didn’t trouble Florida State on Saturday night, it was excessive celebration. Following Florida State’s 49-37 win over Clemson in what was arguably one of the biggest and best ACC games in the past decade, the No. 4-ranked Seminoles shuffled back to their locker room in rather tame fashion. There were no chants, no chops, no chest bumps…

EJ Manuel Delivers Career Night at Perfect Time as Florida State Tops Clemson (Tomahawk Nation)

Last Monday, EJ Manuel was asked what it would mean to him to have a signature moment in Saturday’s top-10 matchup with Clemson. “It would be huge,” Manuel said. “The fact that there’s so much buildup going into the game is something that you grow up as a kid wanting to be a part of.” Signature moment? Check. Manuel’s performance against Clemson was indeed the type of game kids grow up dreaming about having on a big stage…

Ten Years Later, FSU is Suddenly Relevant and Worthy (CBS Sports)

It was fun and all that, but really, there’s only question the 86,000 that choked Doak on Saturday night should be asking themselves: Is Florida State worthy of playing for a national championship? Those words sound strange because they haven’t been spoken here with any real meaning in about a decade. Roll them around in your mind. They’re probably echoing in Doak Campbell Stadium anyway after FSU’s 49-37 win over Clemson…

Snap Judgments: Florida State, Oregon Coming for Alabama’s Throne (SB Nation)

If beating a hated rival’s very good team in a primetime game with what was likely the best offensive performance of the year isn’t evidence that Florida State is really, truly back, then back is a myth. And even if they’re not back, the Seminoles are one thing everyone wants to be: a national title favorite. Florida State’s first half against Clemson went fairly poorly…

Loss to FSU Exposed Major Defensive Issues (Orange and White)

We found out plenty about Clemson Saturday night, just as many had expected. Clemson coaches, players and fans probably didn’t like much about what they saw. The No.10 Tigers landed body blow after body blow on the most talented team on their 2012 schedule – No.4 Florida State – but the Seminoles ultimately rallied from a two-touchdown third quarter deficit to score a TKO in a 49-37 win, fueled by a 35-3 second-half run…

Minnesota Defeats Syracuse: The Day the Music Died? (Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician)

It’s been 90-minutes since the gun sounded on our latest loss…the one that saw us lose our eighth game in the last nine. The one that is taking us back into an uncomfortable place as fans of Syracuse football. We’re now 1-3, and we just lost yet another winnable game against a team that in no way has significantly better talent than us…

Blue Devils Look to Maintain One Streak, Break Another (Durham Herald-Sun)

To get rid of one notable streak, it looks like Duke will have to end another this weekend.
Off to their best start since 2008, the Blue Devils head to Winston-Salem to open their ACC season against Wake Forest on Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL). At 3-1 overall, Duke is halfway to ending its streak of 17 consecutive seasons without a winning record or a bowl appearance…

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