ACC Football Daily Links — Clemson Wins Ugly Game Versus NC State to Remain Unbeaten

ACC Football NC State Clemson 26-14 Recap Tigers Wolfpack Tajh Boyd Undefeated

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

Friday, September 20, 2013

Clemson Not Perfect or Pretty, But BCS Title Dreams Live On (CBSSports.com)

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd had heard the word enough. The story has been beaten into the ground, but the Tigers’ senior quarterback still brought it up when discussing Clemson’s uncharacteristic 26-14 win against N.C. State on Thursday. “A lot of people were looking for us to have a letdown game, or a [pause, air-quotes up] Clemson-ing type of game,” Boyd said…

Introducing the Orange Eagle Trophy (Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician)

Rival (noun) – a person or thing competing with another for the same objective or for superiority in the same field of activity. In the history of Northeastern athletics (as opposed to, say, Northeastern Athletics), two schools have distinguished themselves for achieving excellence on and off the field of battle: Boston College and Syracuse University…

FSU Grapples With Scheduling Dilemmas (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Jimbo Fisher used all the obvious cliches to sell the game to his players. He rattled off the stats about FCS teams pulling upsets over more prestigious competition and waxed poetic about the underrated skills of this week’s competition. Players did their due diligence, too, insisting they prepare for every game like a national championship — never mind that they’re favored by nearly six touchdowns…

In Baltimore, a Big Stage for Future, Current Terps (The Diamondback)

The first and only time Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil went to the M&T Bank Stadium didn’t go so well. In summer 2009, before the Terrapins outside linebacker’s senior year at Towson High School, he attended a junior combine at the Baltimore Ravens’ home to try to gain some recognition in the recruiting process. It wasn’t a success — “My numbers were nowhere near all the big-time guys and stuff”…

Thompson a Mainstay on Defense for Wake Forest (Winston-Salem Journal)

Even at 5-11 and 250 pounds, nose guard Nikita Whitlock casts a long shadow over his bigger mates along Wake Forest’s defensive line. He plays in a program not known for producing All-ACC defensive linemen, much less two at a time. So regardless of how well end Zach Thompson plays this season, as long as he’s playing alongside Whitlock — twice named second-team All-ACC…

Smelter Steps Up for Georgia Tech (Macon Telegraph)

One of the most pleasant surprises for Georgia Tech this season has been the development of the receiving corps, particularly DeAndre Smelter. Smelter, a junior from Macon, caught three passes in his first game last week against Duke. Two of the catches were for first downs, and the other went for a first down…

Pitt’s Opponent Faces Herculean Task (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

In 1982, a 27-year-old David Cutcliffe had just wrapped up his second season as the head coach at Banks High School, his alma mater, with a regional title. The former Alabama player and Birmingham native was living the good life in his hometown. Then he got a call from his friend, Phillip Fulmer, at that time the offensive line coach for Tennessee, imploring him to join the Volunteers and head coach Johnny Majors…

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