ACC Football Daily Links — What’s Causing Florida State to Struggle on Defense?

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

Monday, September 30, 2013

Diagnosing FSU’s Defensive Struggles (Tallahassee Democrat)

It took Jimbo Fisher a little longer than usual to make his way to the postgame press conference here Saturday evening. Not a lot longer. It wasn’t an hour or anything. But the delay was noticeable. Particularly because this was a road game. And it was a victory. When college football teams win on the road, they often shower and hit the buses as fast as humanly possible…

A Metamorphosis in the Running Game? (Gobbler Country)

Five. Zero. Seven. Those three numbers represent the number of rushing attempts by quarterback Logan Thomas through the first three games of the season. The last two games? Thomas rushed 23 times against Marshall and 16 times against Georgia Tech last night. Something has clearly changed in offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler’s mind…

UNC’s Expectations Won’t Change Amid Poor Start (Charlotte Observer)

North Carolina began the season with the grand aspiration of winning the Coastal Division and playing in the ACC championship game. After enduring an embarrassing 55-31 defeat against East Carolina on Saturday, though, the Tar Heels are now focused on saving their season. UNC entered its game against the Pirates as double-digit favorites…

Are There Issues in the Locker Room at UNC? (Tar Heel Blog)

In the wake of UNC’s debacle against East Carolina, senior tailback A.J. Blue had some brutally honest things to say to the media about how the Tar Heels played and his teammates approach to the game. Via Lauren Brownlow at Fox Sports Carolinas: Senior tailback A.J. Blue is a fifth-year senior, and he’s been through quite a bit himself. His teammates respect him. Before Fedora spoke to the team, he did…

BC’s Moral Dilemma: Sure, Eagles Did Well, But Coach Wants Wins (Boston Herald)

Boston College football coach Steve Addazio formulated a love-hate fixation on the outcome of Saturday’s 48-34 loss to No. 8 Florida State at Alumni Stadium. Addazio appreciated the physical effort throughout and the high energy his Eagles sustained into the fourth quarter when the cause appeared lost to the 40,129 in attendance…

Pitt Football Searching for Balance (Beaver County Times)

Pitt (4-1, 2-1 ACC) heads into a bye week with three consecutive wins, several outstanding individual performances and a psychological profile that would make for a fascinating case study on bipolar disorder. Pitt has had successive 500+ yard offensive games, only to be followed up by a game in which they were unable to hit the 200-yard mark…

Swinney Pleased With No. 3 Clemson’s Balance (Associated Press)

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables knows what it means when he sees a complete effort on all sides of the ball like the third-ranked Tigers displayed against Wake Forest. “In my experiences, when you’re like that you’re hard to beat when you complement each other,” Venables said. Right now, Clemson (4-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) looks awfully hard to beat…

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