ACC Football Daily Links — John Swofford Hails Playoff Selection Committee, Continues Blasting NCAA

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Swofford Hails Football Selection Committe, Again Pans NCAA (Daily Press)

Basketball was the sport du jour Wednesday, but during interviews at the ACC’s preseason media gathering, commissioner John Swofford applauded the freshly minted selection committee for college football’s playoff and again broadsided the NCAA for its untenable structure and incoherent rules enforcement…

Is Florida State-Clemson the Biggest ACC Game Ever? Here are the Top 10 Others (SB Nation)

Saturday night, No. 3 Clemson hosts No. 5 Florida State in a matchup that has implications for both the ACC and national title races. This will be just the fourth ACC contest between two top-five schools, but there have been plenty of historic matchups in the conference. The conference hasn’t always been relevant — you can thank Danny Ford and Bobby Bowden for the ACC’s arrival…

ACC Teams Enjoying Football Spotlight (Associated Press)

This is a big week for Atlantic Coast Conference football. The league that’s taken its share of shots has three undefeated top-10 team teams in the spotlight: No. 10 Miami (6-0) plays at North Carolina on national television Thursday night; No. 5 Florida State (5-0) is at No. 3 Clemson (6-0) in Saturday night’s prime-time matchup. The ACC hasn’t had three programs ranked in the top-10 since October 2005…

The Florida State-Clemson Elimination Game: Rattling Jameis Winston is the Key (SB Nation)

It’s become something of a habit through the years: Get to mid-October with a lot of undefeated teams, then dream of the ultimate BCS Armageddon scenarios. Since we’ve all contracted Senioritis with a playoff right around the corner, however, we’re missing out on some quality reveling as one of the better Armageddon scenarios plays out in the BCS’ final season…

Clemson, Florida State Focus on Special Teams (USA Today)

Saturday’s showdown between No. 5 Florida State and No. 4 Clemson is expected to feature plenty of big plays on offense and defense. And those big plays cause momentum shifts that are important in football games. Yet, there’s another area that can affect games in big ways, too. “We always talk about offense and defense, but in big games special teams are usually a play one way or another and can be a deciding factor”…

No. 10 Miami Wary of Repeating 2004’s Upsetting Trip to North Carolina (Palm Beach Post)

North Carolina has lost four of five games, is 0-2 in the ACC and was recently run off its home field by East Carolina. Miami is unbeaten, ranked in the top 10 and building an old-school buzz in South Florida. If you think the Hurricanes can’t lose when the teams meet Thursday night, think again. Actually, just think back to Oct. 30, 2004…

Backfield Answering the Call for Syracuse (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

You could say that DeAndre Smith did a solid-enough job of breaking the ice with his players upon his arrival to Syracuse. Taking over what was arguably the Orange’s deepest position group, Smith, the first-year running backs coach, had a number of challenges for his top-two rushers, Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley…

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