ACC Football Daily Links — The Rise of Louisville Football Under Charlie Strong & Tom Jurich

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

Friday, August 16, 2013

Charlie Strong, Tom Jurich and Louisville’s Rise to Prominence (Sports Illustrated)

At the end of Louisville’s flogging of Florida in the Sugar Bowl in January, as confetti fell from the sky and fans poured onto the field, coach Charlie Strong and athletic director Tom Jurich locked in a heartfelt embrace. For Strong, who didn’t become a head coach until Jurich hired him at age 50, the circumstances of his breakthrough victory proved poignant…

Critical Games for 2013: Key Stretches for the ACC (Athlon Sports)

Two ACC teams will play in the highest-profile games of the first week when Clemson hosts Georgia and Virginia Tech faces Alabama in Atlanta. The deciding conference title, though, will wait until mid-October. That’s when Clemson, Florida State and Miami will all begin key stretches that could determine their division title status…

2013 Florida State Football’s 10 Things to Know: Can the ‘Noles Keep Improving? (SB Nation)

1. Roll the Dice, Part 1: It takes some breaks. Alabama benefiting from missed field goals in both 2011 (Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State) and 2012 (Oregon vs. Stanford) to get back into the national title hunt after a home loss. Auburn going 7-0 in one-possession games in 2010. Florida going 5-0 in such games in 2006. About 15 teams losing at key times to get LSU into the BCS title game with two losses…

2013 Virginia Tech Football: The State of the Offensive Line (Gobbler Country)

The Hokies offensive line in 2012 was the worst I could remember watching at Virginia Tech since I began watching in 1998. They generated little to no push in the run game (including the designed QB draw on 3rd and 4th down short yardage plays on which Logan Thomas converted at over 90% in 2011, and on which I believe he converted on less than 50% in 2012) and allowed 25 sacks on Tech quarterbacks…

Duke Football: Still a Shadow of a Doubt (Duke Report)

Few people seem to be convinced that Duke Football, even now 8 months after playing in the program’s first bowl game in 18 years, can maintain success. Media has yet again picked the Blue Devils to be toward the bottom of the league and they have their justifications. Duke loses its starting quarterback in Sean Renfree, two of it top offensive weapons in Desmond Scott and Conner Vernon…

Virginia Tech Football Looking for Answers at Wide Receiver (Washington Post)

Surrounded by reporters, new Virginia Tech wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead was about to answer a question about his No. 1 wide receiver when the most likely candidate stuck a phone in his face as if it were a voice recorder. Senior D.J. Coles asked if the team’s wide receivers had a weight issue, fully aware that minutes earlier Coach Frank Beamer had said in a news conference that Coles needed to lose some weight…

NC State Football: Doeren Counting on D-Line to Carry Wolfpack (Charlotte Observer)

State is counting on a different group of defenders to make plays this season. Over the years, the linebacking corps has been the strength, thanks to current NFL players Nate Irving, Audie Cole and Terrell Manning. Last season, the secondary was counted on more heavily as David Amerson and Earl Wolff were expected to lead the defense. This season, more responsibility falls on the defensive line…

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