ACC Football Daily Links — Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe Eyeing Shot at Conference Championship

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Cutcllife’s ACC Title Guarantee Not Looking So Crazy Now (CBS Sports)

Last week, the Duke Blue Devils, a program that had not played in the postseason since 1994 — the year some of their players were born — was up 20-0 at Virginia Tech and on the brink of bowl eligibility. But then, as coach David Cutcliffe put it, the wheels came off their wagon. The Blue Devils made some mistakes and the Hokies overwhelmed them, winning 41-20. “It was a shocking thing to go through,” Cutcliffe said…

With Duke’s Win Over Tar Heels, Cutcliffe’s Football Vision Unfolds (News & Observer)

It was dark when David Cutcliffe first stepped foot on Duke’s campus. He had driven through the night from Tennessee and arrived in Durham before sunrise. There wasn’t much light, but there was plenty to be seen. “There’s a lot of tradition here,” Cutcliffe said. “Wallace Wade (stadium), I’d never seen it. It just impressed me sitting there very quiet. I kind of knew, because I had read as fast and furiously as I could about the history of it…

Another Crappy Call: The Sequel (FSUNews.com)

When the NFL replacement officials—which included a Lingerie Football League ref—garner more respect; when Florida State fans lay awake at night before a game, seized by terror of their game being officiated by Ron Cherry; when FSU offensive linemen and their coach have had to silence themselves out of fear of being reprimanded; when this conference’s officials are widely known as the worst in college football…

Duke’s Jamison Crowder Was a Hero Long Before His Game-Winning Catch (Wilmington Star-News)

Lost amid all the spray paint, splashing Gatorade and postgame celebration of Duke’s emotional football victory against rival North Carolina on Saturday is the significance of the player whose acrobatic catch in the end zone with 13 seconds left made it all happen. Somehow it’s appropriate that Jamison Crowder delivered the final, decisive points that snapped an eight-year losing streak to the Tar Heels…

Hokies Still Seek Consistency (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Shortly after suffering their third loss in the past four games and second defeat in league play, Virginia Tech’s football coaches and players insisted the Hokies don’t need an overhaul during the upcoming bye week. In fact, Tech coach Frank Beamer, quarterback Logan Thomas and quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain all said the team just needs to be more consistent to have a shot at the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division title…

FSU Still Has Chance to Define Its Legacy (Tallahassee Democrat)

We shouldn’t be surprised when things get a little strange down here. Bizarre pass interference calls. A streaker running through the field during a live play. Fumbles on seemingly every other snap. And a first half that ended with most of Miami’s players and coaches in the locker room before being called back so that Dustin Hopkins could kick a 46-yard field goal…

Looks Like a Down Year for Virginia Football Programs (The Virginian-Pilot)

For the first time since 1994, Duke is bowl eligible, while Virginia Tech so far is not. It’s an intriguing, if trivial, fact as college football moves deeper into October. After so many seasons of 10 and 11 victories, Tech’s 4-4 record is more like a statistical correction than reason for widespread panic among Hokies faithful. Tech still can make some belated noise in the ACC, starting with its Nov. 1 visit to Miami…

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