ACC Football Daily Links — Euphoria and Caution at Clemson Following Huge Win Over Georgia

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Euphoria and Caution at Clemson (ESPN)

At the top of the steep, tree-lined hill behind Clemson’s Memorial Stadium on Saturday, 6-year-old Levi Murphy, decked out in his purple Clemson jersey, was buying a game program with his dad before the kickoff against No. 5 Georgia. “I’ve been waiting all year for this,” he gushed. “So have I,” said the vendor, handing the program to the wide-eyed, waist-high fan…

Could Clemson Trump the SEC in January? (Mr. SEC)

Clemson 38, Georgia 35: While the a young Bulldog team put up quite a fight at a rocking Death Valley on Saturday, it was the Tigers of the ACC who prevailed.  Whether that victory will turn out to be a statement victory for John Swofford’s conference is yet to be determined, but it was certainly a statement win for Clemson and Dabo Swinney…

Maryland Football Program Works Amidst Distractions (Virginian-Pilot)

Maryland is a mess. Not the football team Old Dominion will play at 4 p.m. Saturday in College Park. The Terrapins appear improved in the third season of coach Randy Edsall’s hectic tenure – one that’s been marked by defections, injuries and a 7-18 record. With quarterback C.J. Brown returned from a season-robbing knee injury, Maryland rained a 576-yard, 43-10 onslaught upon Florida International to start the year…

The Spotlight is (Finally) on Rashard Smith (Backing the Pack)

Rashard Smith was a rare commodity in the Tom O’Brien era: an explosively athletic recruit. His promise was evident from his very first game, a nationally televised season opener against South Carolina that saw Smith take a punt back 31 yards. He was tackled by the helmet in what appeared to be a blatant facemask penalty, but the call was missed on the field…

‘Hot Rod’ McDowell’s Patience Paying Off on Road to ‘Greatness’ (Orange and White)

Rod McDowell’s story is well-known by now, but if you need a quick summary… The Sumter native was born with a clubfoot that he had to have surgeries, casts placed and braces to correct. In high school, McDowell signed with Clemson as the No. 4 back in the nation and sixth-best prospect in the state per Rivals…

Study Hall: Florida State 41, Pittsburgh 13 (Football Study Hall)

Three Thoughts: 1. Perhaps lost amid the justifiable Jameis Winston hype was that Pitt was able to succeed via both run and pass on the offensive side of the ball. The game was completely redefined by Tom Savage’s two wretched interceptions (Savage didn’t seem to stand for mediocrity — he was either great or terrible on most reads and throws) but Pitt showed average efficiency (national success rate average after one week: 42.3%)…

UVa Coaches Aim to Help Watford (Daily Progress)

UVa coach Mike London said during Wednesday’s ACC teleconference that he, Fairchild and Tom O’Brien (associate head coach/offense) are discussing the possibility of Fairchild calling the Cavaliers’ offense from the sidelines so that he can be there for sophomore quarterback David Watford…

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