ACC Football Daily Links — Jameis Winston, Florida State Solidify Elite Status With Marquee Win Over Clemson

Florida State Seminoles Jameis Winston Clemson Tigers Upset 51-14 BC National Championship

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

Monday, October 21, 2013

Winston Solidifies Stardom By Overwhelming Clemson (The New York Times)

This was Jameis Winston’s introduction to stardom: silencing Death Valley on Saturday night, quarterbacking Florida State to a signature win over Clemson and making a firm case for the Heisman Trophy. Winston is electrifying college football as a redshirt freshman, just as Johnny Manziel did last season. Florida State fans call him Famous Jameis. Remember the name, they say…

Now Do You Believe Florida State is Really, Really Good? (SB Nation)

To describe how dominant Florida State has been in 2013, let’s begin by talking about when the Seminoles weren’t as dominant. For the first 10 minutes against Pittsburgh, FSU was outgained by 68 yards (109-41) and outscored, 7-0. For the first 20 minutes against Nevada, FSU was outgained by 38 yards (106-68) and outscored, 7-3…

ACC Has Florida State and Not Much Else (Washington Post)

When Gene Corrigan became commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1987, he arrived in Greensboro, N.C., on Labor Day weekend in order to be ready for his first day on the job the Tuesday after the holiday. He woke up Sunday morning and opened up the newspaper to see what the local sportswriters had to say about the impending football season in the ACC…

Overlooked No More, Florida State Dominates Clemson (USA Today)

They had stacked elite recruiting classes on top of one another, re-established their identity as a dominant defense and even won an Atlantic Coast Conference title last season. And still, Florida State had been the forgotten program in the national title chase the first half of this year. After spending more than a decade out of the discussion, after building a well-earned reputation as perennial underachievers, it was easy to dismiss…

ACC Bowl Projections, Week 8: Muddled Bowl Picture Could Put 10 ACC Programs In (BC Interruption)

At the season’s halfway point, four teams from the ACC are now bowl eligible — Florida State (6-0), Clemson (6-1), Virginia Tech (6-1) and Miami (6-0). Though we know that these programs will be bowling, little else is known about the ACC’s muddled bowl picture at this point. All 10 remaining schools are still alive for a bowl berth but a few school’s hopes are on life support…

Understanding UNC’s 1-5 Start (Tar Heel Blog)

“Success doesn’t hinge on some grand operatic idea…It hangs in the cumulative moments, each one building on the next, and it can be lost with the slightest hesitation!” -Tom Zarek, Battlestar Galactica. I am not entirely sure why, but this quote popped in my head sitting in the press box in Kenan Stadium following UNC’s 23-20 loss to Miami…

2013 Virginia Tech Football: First-Half Grades (Gobbler Country)

Quarterback: B-: Because of Mark Leal has seen very few plays (none meaningful) and fewer passing opportunities, this grade is completely reflective of Logan Thomas. While Thomas has improved as of late, going 100+ pass attempts without throwing an interception and willing the Hokies in win in victories over Georgia Tech and arguably North Carolina and Pittsburgh…

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