ACC Football Daily Links — Mid-Season ACC Review and Second-Half Predictions

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

ACC Second-Half Predictions and Mid-Season Review (Athlon Sports)

The ACC has been a little off the national radar for most of this season, but at least for one weekend (Oct. 19), the spotlight will be on this conference. Clemson-Florida State is a huge top-five showdown and should be one of the best games of the second half of the 2013 season. The winner of Saturday’s showdown in Death Valley should win the Atlantic Division, while Virginia Tech-Miami on Nov. 9 should decide the Coastal…

Will Clemson be FSU’s Kiss of Death? (Florida Today)

Jameis Winston was 7 years old the last time a Florida State football team won at Clemson. Not since a 14th-ranked FSU team, led by a freshman quarterback named Chris Rix, put up 41 points in 2001 have the Seminoles walked out of Death Valley victorious. “It’s been 12 years?” Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith said when asked about the drought. “Oh, man. That’s crazy. … You’re going to make me say that to the team”…

Looking Backward and Forward — Last Year’s FSU Game Revisited (Shakin’ the Southland)

Where are these two teams in comparison to where they were a year ago for the annual ACC Atlantic Championship football contest? I’ve had the chance to briefly review a bit of last season’s football game and here were a few observations, takeaways, and more thoughts on how these areas may play out Saturday against the ‘Noles…

Rejiggering Expectations: Still Thinking 6+ Wins and a Bowl? (Backing the Pack)

Yesterday Akula noted the atrocity that is the N.C. State yards per play numbers in conference play, but putting those numbers in context shows that this season’s putrid ACC play is not so different than every year in ACC play for recent vintages of Pack football team-like substances. Not since the last year of his Russellness have the Pack even come close to playing even up on a per-down basis against league foes…

Morris, Tigers Prepared for “All-Out War” (Orange and White)

Chad Morris and his Clemson offense faced a tall task last season headed into the lion’s den of Tallahassee, Fla., and a No. 1-ranked FSU defense. He knew he had to switch up his plan to catch the Seminoles off-guard. “Going back and watching last year’s video, we had to do some things to keep them off-balance,” Morris said. “That the gameplan going in…

Young Boy Finds Inspiration From McDowell (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Clemson running back Roderick McDowell took carry after carry in the season opener against Georgia, pounding his way to 132 yards and his best game of the season. In Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., a little Bulldogs fan watched with his mom and dad. During the broadcast, announcers mentioned McDowell was born with clubfoot, a congenital birth defect that impacts the way people walk and run…

Georgia Tech Football: The Fast-Track to Healing (From the Rumble Seat)

Hey there, everyone. After a couple days’ absence, I’m back. I’ve had a little time to digest after Saturday’s loss, and I think there’s an important discussion we need to have. We’ve now lost 3 straight games (to good teams, mind you), and in none of them were we nearly competitive enough to win. A lot of things have gone wrong, including but not limited to…

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