ACC Football Daily Links — Notre Dame/Miami Matchup Takes On New Meaning, High Stakes in 2012

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

Monday, October 1, 2012

Stakes Are High For Renewal of Miami-Notre Dame Regular-Season Series (Palm Beach Post)

It’s been more than 20 years since Randal Hill faced Notre Dame, but his distaste for the Irish remains raw. Hill, a standout receiver for the University of Miami from 1987-90, texted Hurricanes coach Al Golden recently to ask if he could speak to the team this week about playing Notre Dame on Saturday night at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Hill has yet to receive a response and said his proposed message to the players is “classified”…

Fitting MTSU Loss Into Tech History (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

In case you wanted more torment, I attempted to place Saturday’s 49-28 loss to Middle Tennessee State in Georgia Tech’s bad loss history. As some of you probably know better than I do, it’s historically bad. You could argue it’s worse than the 17-14 Furman loss in 1983, as the margin of defeat was greater and I don’t know that much was expected from that team…

Offenses Dominating ACC Football in Early Season (Daily Press)

Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller and North Carolina State’s David Amerson were All-ACC cornerbacks last season. Saturday, each surrendered long, game-winning touchdown passes in the waning seconds. Those reversals of fortune capture the early essence of this ACC football season. Offense rules. Specifically, the passing offense. Last year, no ACC quarterback had a 400-yard passing game…

Venables Frustrated By Breakdowns (Orange and White)

Brent Venables was not a happy man Saturday night. Although the Tigers’ locker room celebrated a win – 45-31 over Boston College – their first-year defensive coordinator had plenty to worry about. His defense yielded numerous big plays, and though it might have found an answer in sophomore cornerback Garry Peters, Venables felt the consistent lack of execution was “like Groundhog Day”…

Boston College Out of Balance (Boston Herald)

Boston College was on the wrong side of a shootout that it lacked the firepower to win. A balanced 17th-ranked Clemson team manufactured an amazing 576 yards of total offense to offset the Eagles’ passing attack in yesterday’s 45-31 Atlantic Coast Conference victory before 40,138 at Alumni Stadium. BC fell to 1-3 and will play Army Saturday at West Point. The defending ACC champion Tigers improved to 4-1…

On Maryland’s Resurgent Defense: Terps’ Physical D Quietly Shining (Testudo Times)

A month into the season, we’ve seen plenty of storylines come and go for Maryland. There’s been Randy Edsall’s job security, the wrath of the injury gods, Mike Locksley’s local recruiting efforts, Perry Hills’ progression as a quarterback, Stefon Diggs’ rise to stardom, the confusing four-headed running back monster. All valid discussion topics, with interesting nuances and big consequences for the future of the Terrapins’ program…

The Paradox of Brian Kelly Continues: Learning on the Job and Winning With Defense (One Foot Down)

In the intro to the OFD preseason magazine I wrote the following about the paradox surrounding Brian Kelly at Notre Dame: Kelly was a noted quarterback developer but has struggled finding a quality signal caller at Notre Dame. There were fears that Kelly wouldn’t pay attention to defense but he’s dramatically improved that side of the ball…

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One thought on “ACC Football Daily Links — Notre Dame/Miami Matchup Takes On New Meaning, High Stakes in 2012

  1. I think the Terps D will keep them in many games this year and give ’em a chance to win. If the offense cuts down on mistakes, they may be unexpectedly good this year.

    The ACC had an awful day on Saturday. I hope that some teams (whoever ends up bowl-eligible) can get it together by the end of the season, or else it will be another “wow, the ACC sucks” year. If they had stepped up, they would be clearly better than the Big Ten this year.

    It’s too bad that Miami got squashed by Kansas State a few weeks ago … otherwise the Miami-ND game would be drawing more national attention.

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