ACC Football Daily Links — Notre Dame Cancels Michigan Series, Then People Blame ACC

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

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Notre Dame Exercises Three-Year Out in Michigan Series (SI.com)

Notre Dame is opting out of its series with Michigan, meaning the last scheduled game between college football’s winningest programs will take place in 2014. A letter from Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick to Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon cancelling games in 2015-2017 was obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday through a Freedom of Information Act request…

Rocco to Start Again? Why? (Streaking the Lawn)

So the depth chart was released for this weeks’ game against Louisiana Tech, and the starting QB is…Michael Rocco. The same guy who has thrown 5 interceptions and 4 TDs this year. The same guy who hasn’t led the offense to a score in his last 15 drives. Yes, you read that correctly, 15 drives. Since scoring a TD on the 3rd drive against Georgia Tech, with over 6 minutes left in the first quarter, Rocco hasn’t been on a field for a single UVA point…

Virginia Tech-Cincinnati Football Game at FedEx Field a Tough Sell (Washington Post)

The last time the Virginia Tech football team played at FedEx Field, a near-sellout crowd turned the venue into Lane Stadium North to open the 2010 regular season. The stands were filled mostly with burnt orange and maroon as 86,587 fans watched the Hokies lose on a last-minute touchdown against No. 3 Boise State…

Can Miami’s Red Zone Woes Be Fixed? (The 7th Floor)

The Miami Hurricanes have entered the red zone 16 times in four games. If you’re wondering, that’s not too bad. That average of four times per game would put them in the middle of the pack nationally. They’ve scored 14 of those 16 times — that 87% score rate is currently the 42nd best rate in the country. That, though, is the decent news…

Thornton a Game-Changer for Wolfpack (Fox Sports Tennessee)

Shadrach who? Shadrach Thornton. Not many North Carolina State fans knew who Thornton was before the team’s 52-14 victory over the Citadel on Saturday, but they sure are familiar with him now. He represents where the Wolfpack are, heading into Atlantic Coast Conference play. In his first college football game, Thornton, a true freshman from Hinesville, Ga., ran for 145 yards and scored two touchdowns…

Georgia Tech’s D Looking for Consistency (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Heading into this season, Georgia Tech’s defense was expected to show some significant improvement, considering the Yellow Jackets were entering their third year of the 3-4 system under coordinator Al Groh. Any progress the group may have made seemed to run away with Miami running back Mike James in the Jackets’ 42-36 overtime loss to the Canes on Saturday…

Inexperience Looks to be Bigger Facot Than Talent Level in Tigers’ Run Defense Woes (Orange and White)

In trying to figure out why teams are having such success running the football against the Tigers, I began digging around for some numbers to address both experience and talent on Clemson’s defensive front. First, let’s look at the snap count of the players in Clemson’s defensive line rotation, coming into the season…

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