ACC Football Daily Links — For Once, ACC Survives College Football’s Opening Weekend

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

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

For Once, the ACC Survives College Football’s Opening Weekend (BC Interruption)

With Clemson beating Georgia, and every favored ACC team winning their games this weekend, the ACC finally survived the opening weekend of college football without embarrassment. Last year, favored N.C. State lost by 2 touchdowns to Tennessee. In 2011, Duke lost to Richmond, Wake Forest lost to Syracuse and BC lost to Northwestern. In 2010, Virginia Tech lost to Boise State yet went on to win the conference…

Jameis Winston and the Coming Hype: First Impressions and the Inevitable Comparisons (SB Nation)

The No. 1 quarterback in the recruiting class of 2012, Jameis Winston visited LSU, Alabama, and Stanford, but stuck with his Florida State commitment on National Signing Day. He had played a season of major-conference sports, and showed off Major League arm strength, before his first college football snap. He got Heisman hype before anyone had seem him play competitive college football…

Swinney: Don’t Let the Hype Get in the Way of Success (The State)

Rave reviews of the Clemson football team and several of its players after the first game were accepted with aplomb, but Dabo Swinney cautioned against taking their new neighborhood for granted. “We’ve just played one game. That’s all,” Swinney said Tuesday after Clemson jumped from No. 8 to No. 4 in the AP poll and No. 5 in the USA Today coaches’ poll…

Analyzing the Breakdown of the Passing Game Vs. Alabama, Plus Some Odds and Ends (Gobbler Country)

For the third time in the five seasons I’ve been associated with the site, unfortunately the Hokies have started the season with a loss. While I can write about how much of a damper losing the first game puts on the season, it is unlikely that I will write something more salient than Casey’s by-the-book post game recap or my impassioned “Manifesto” from last year, so I’ll spare you the time in that regard…

Pitt Goes Passive, Gets Pounded (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Upsets are rooted in the unexpected: Something chaotic or unpredictable almost always needs to happen along the way. And the greater the disparity between the opponents, the greater the number of those somethings the underdog needs. To put it in football terms: Go for it. Aim for the jugular. If you miss, you miss, but at least you’ve created your best circumstance to pull it off…

In Schedule Bind, Notre Dame Can’t Please Everyone (Chicago Tribune)

So Brian Kelly thinks Brady Hoke is a good guy, he really is. And the Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry is momentous and historic and something will be missing without it, it really will. Not that there is much to do about it, thanks to the agreement Notre Dame entered into with the ACC a year ago and the various contortions involved in constructing football schedules from here on…

Syracuse vs. Northwestern: Our Non-Rival Rivalry (Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician)

There was a jarring stat posted on Twitter following last night’s 41-13 decimation of Pitt by FSU: “@D1scourse: ACC has a 12-year schedule rotation. Pitt won’t host Florida State again until at least 2025.” First of all, that’s great news for Pitt. Second of all, how the hell are you supposed to kickstart any kind of rivalry with a schedule like that? It’s one of the issues facing the Syracuse Orange in the ACC…

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