ACC Football Daily Links — Florida State (Not Clemson) Should Be the Favorite in the ACC This Fall

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

Friday, August 23, 2013

Clemson, Who’s Your ACC Daddy? It’s SEC-esque FSU (Orlando Sentinel)

Who died and made Clemson king? Certainly not the Florida State Seminoles, who just happen to be the defending ACC Champions. At least that’s how I remember it. But you surely wouldn’t know it by listening to all the talking heads and reading all of the preseason magazines. They all claim Climpson — the overrated, underachieving program that has won just one ACC title in the past two decades — is the team to beat…

Will This Clemson Football Team Suffer the Same Fate as the 2008 Tigers? (The State)

STOP ME IF you have read this before: Clemson approaches the football season nationally ranked with aspirations of challenging for a national championship. The Tigers will know soon enough if they can live up to the preseason hype when they open against a powerful SEC opponent in what is the showcase game nationally for the opening weekend of the college football season. We are talking about 2008, of course…

Freshman QB Jameis Winston Brings Star Power to Florida State (Florida Times Union)

Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher can say all the right things about the first open quarterback battle in his four years as the Seminoles coach. He can be a stand-up guy by giving redshirt sophomore and good soldier Jacob Coker an honest shot. After all, Coker is the only quarterback on the roster who has actually appeared and thrown passes in a college game…

Cornerback Merrill Noel Flying Under the Radar (Blogger So Dear)

Entering last season, Wake Forest expected Merrill Noel to anchor the defense. The cornerback was coming off of a stellar freshman campaign where he led the nation in pass defections. For his efforts, “Bud” Noel was named ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year and a member of the Freshman All-America Team. Fans, teammates and coaches alike praised Noel for his passion and dedication on and off the field…

2013 Virginia Tech Football: The State of the Running Backs (Gobbler Country)

There are so many differences from the running back corps Tech had at the beginning of 2012 and the one they’ll sport to open the 2013 season. In 2012, the Hokies opened with Michael Holmes as the starting running back with the explosive J.C. Coleman seeing spot duty…

2013 Season Preview: Defensive Line (Tar Heel Blog)

The last stop on our tour of the Tar Heel defense is the line. Last year’s squad did half of their job pretty well, holding opposing rushers to 143 yards a gape, 4th in the ACC. That performance looks even better if you exclude the Georgia Tech team that lit Carolina up for 380 yards on the ground. UNC has yet to figure out a way to stop Paul Johnson’s triple option, after all…

NC State Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for 2013 (Athlon Sports)

NC State went 24-15 over the last three years, but that wasn’t enough for coach Tom O’Brien to keep his job. O’Brien was canned after the regular season finale, and athletic director Debbie Yow turned to Dave Doeren to take the program to the next level. Doeren comes to NC State after a successful two-year run at Northern Illinois…

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