ACC Football Daily Links — Can the ACC Schedule Permanent Late-Season Rivals for All Teams?

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

Monday, May 20, 2013

ACC Considering Permanent Late-Season Rivals for All Teams (CBSSports.com)

The ACC is considering the creation of permanent rivalry games for all of its football teams on the last weekend of the regular season starting in 2014, according to several sources. The league could announce an expanded “rivals week” lineup soon, according to one membership source, while North Carolina-NC State is considered a possible matchup. Six teams currently have annual rivals on the last weekend of the season…

ACC-Bound Pitt Finds Itself Without Natural Football Rivals (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
The ACC offers Pitt many benefits that the Big East lacked. But for its first few years in the new conference — maybe longer — Pitt will have no natural rivals in football. No teams for fans to hate. No annual games against Notre Dame. No more mocking the opponent by singing its state song, as Pitt players did in 2007 after famously upsetting West Virginia, 13-9. You want a rival, Pitt fans?…

Why an Eight-Game ACC Schedule Makes Sense, But Doesn’t Work for Boston College Long-Term (BC Interruption)

At the ACC’s spring meetings, the league’s football coaches unanimously supported sticking with an eight-game conference slate. And while athletic directors, not coaches, have the final say, it doesn’t appear as though there is much movement towards moving back to a nine-game conference slate. The rationale for this is pretty straight-forward…

Can Clemson Win the BCS Title? (ESPN)

Since their national championship victory over Nebraska in the 1982 Orange Bowl, the Clemson Tigers have fielded many strong clubs but have never claimed the top spot in an AP or BCS weekly ranking. The Tigers are not likely to change that trend at the beginning of the 2013 season, as ESPN Insider Phil Steele projects Clemson to place No. 11 in the preseason top 25 and Mark Schlabach has them rated No. 12 in his latest top 25 ranking…

ACC Out to Shed its Reputation as a Weak Conference (SI.com)

SEC football stinks. See how easy that is to say? It’s wrong, of course. The facts don’t back up that statement at all. I could write it 1,000 times, but no rational person would believe it. Now let’s try another one. ACC football stinks. I’m willing to wager that many of you believe me. According to Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, some of you are inclined to believe that statement…

Sammy Watkins Enters ’13 as ACC, National Receiver to Beat (Orange and White)

Flying under the radar – with teammate Tajh Boyd shouldering the Heisman talk this season this season – probably isn’t the worst thing in the world for Sammy Watkins going into a big junior season. In 2012, the Fort Myers, Fla. product missed almost a third of the season due to suspension and injury, but still managed to set the Clemson single-game receiving record (202, vs. Wake Forest) and averaged 78.6 yards per game…

Q&A: FSU Football Coach Fisher (Tampa Bay Times)

Coming off an ACC championship and a 12-2 season, Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher spoke with optimism about the season ahead during a summer booster-tour appearance in town Sunday. “The only thing we didn’t win was the national championship. We’re on the verge. It’s going to happen,” Fisher told about 125 fans. “We’re going to get there. We have too many good players…

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