Friday, October 19, 2012

Saturday ACC Football

HISTORICAL WIN % AS OF 2008
VIRGINIA TECH @ CLEMSON (-11), 12:00 PM, TV: ABC/ESPN2 (XM 85 SIRIUS 85)

WAKE FOREST @ VIRGINIA (-5.5), 12:30 PM, TV: ACC Network (XM 197 SIRIUS 139)

BOSTON COLLEGE @ GEORGIA TECH (-13), 3:00 PM, TV: RSN (XM 193 SIRIUS 132)

N.C. STATE (-4.5) @ MARYLAND, 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 191 SIRIUS 113)

NORTH CAROLINA (-10) @ DUKE, 7:00 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 191 SIRIUS 113)

FLORIDA STATE (-17.5) @ MIAMI, 8:00 PM, TV: ABC (XM 192 :: SIRIUS 93)

*Point spreads for recreational purposes only.

ACC Football Links

PHILLIP SIMS (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

Georgia Tech's offensive line has been a strength, but there is still room for improvement.

The firing of defensive coordinator Al Groh might not be enough to save the Jackets' season.

The state of Virginia is for quarterbacks, not lovers.

BC coach Frank Spaziani still has his supporters -- and they all wear the same jersey colors.

If Notre Dame decides to join the ACC in football, the conference will be ready.

Miami's running backs aren't running scared from the Noles.

FSU cornerback Xavier Rhodes has developed into a leader.

Virginia Tech true freshman J.C. Coleman isn't a big guy, but he's starting to play big.

Duke is trying to move on from its loss to the Hokies.

Virginia quarterback Phillip Sims is trying to get better quickly.

True freshmen have had a big impact in the ACC this year.

Media Training 101

(Gareth Gay/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Hey, Renaldo, don’t hold the microphone in your lap with that silly grin on your face. 

We are surprised the Chinese sensors let this one out of the country.  

Pictures Of The Day

Mads Ostberg of Norway and Jonas Andersson of Sweden compete in their Adapta WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC during the Shakedown of the WRC Italy (in front of some very confident photographers) on October 18, 2012 in Olbia ,Italy. (Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images Europe)
Runners take the water jump in The Bathwick Tyres Yeovil Handicap Steeple Chase at Wincanton racecourse on October 18, 2012 in Wincanton, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates after the Tigers won 8-1 against the New York Yankees during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Down go the Yankees.  CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees wipes his forehead during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers won 8-1 and are now headed to the World Series. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Frank Beamer

(Kyle Green for USAT)
The Hokies long-tenured head coach turns 66 today. 
Beamer was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, grew up in Fancy Gap, Virginia (and, no, we don’t know where that is), went to high school in Hillsville, Virginia, and earned 11 varsity letters in high school as a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball.
He attended Virginia Tech and was a starting cornerback for three years on the football team, playing in the 1966 and 1968 Liberty Bowls. He graduated in 1969 and attended Radford University for graduate school while serving as an assistant football coach at Radford High School.
From 1981 to 1986 he was the head coach of the Murray State Racers before heading to Blacksburg. He also coached at Maryland and The Citadel.
Beamer’s first winning season was in 1989 when the Hokies went 6-4-1 and his last losing season was in 1992 (2-8-1) the year before Virginia Tech’s bowl run started in 1993 and continued through the 2011 season.  Under Beamer, the Hokies have won six ACC titles and never finished worse than second in their division. 

ACC Media Picks Wolfpack To Win ACC Basketball

(From TheACC.com) For the first time in nearly four decades, North Carolina State enters the season as the Atlantic Coast Conference favorite.

The Wolfpack, with four starters back from a team that reached the NCAA round of 16, earned 26 of 53 first-place votes Wednesday from media members at the league's annual "Operation Basketball" media day.
WILL PURVIS (l) AND LESLIE (r) HAVE THE LAST LAUGH? (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh N&O)
It is the first time N.C. State has been picked as the preseason favorite since the 1974-75 season, while it marked only the second time in 16 seasons that neither Duke nor North Carolina were picked to win the league race.

In addition, N.C. State junior C.J. Leslie was player of the year, teammate Lorenzo Brown was an all-ACC pick and guard Rodney Purvis was voted rookie of the year.

"It's new territory for our team," second-year coach Mark Gottfried said. "This is unchartered waters. And we have to learn how to accept that responsibility. It's something I think our guys are in the process of doing right now. And when you start playing games, you have to understand that you're viewed differently than maybe you were a year ago, so we've got to be ready for that."

N.C. State hadn't been picked first since the year after David Thompson helped the Wolfpack stop UCLA's run seven straight national titles on the way to program's first NCAA championship in 1974. The Wolfpack hasn't won the ACC tournament since 1987 and last won a regular-season crown in 1989.

(Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
Wednesday's vote came two days after the league coaches also picked N.C. State as the preseason favorite in their first-ever vote on an ACC finish or preseason awards.

N.C. State had been picked to finish eighth or lower in four of the past six seasons, including twice being picked to finish last. But things have changed since Gottfried's arrival, with the Wolfpack returning to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006 and reaching a regional semifinal before losing a tight game to eventual finalist Kansas.

N.C. State (24-12) finished with its best win total since 1988. Now Gottfried has an experienced core to go with one of the nation's top recruiting classes.

Before Wednesday, Duke or North Carolina had been picked to finish first in the preseason every year since 2004-05, when the Chris Paul-led Wake Forest squad was tabbed the favorite. N.C. State fans are hoping this year marks the beginning of standing up to those nearby rivals - the Wolfpack has lost 10 straight meetings - and making the ACC race about more than just a two-team discussion.

Duke was second with 21 first-place votes and has four starters back from a team that finished second in the league before falling to 15th-seeded Lehigh in its NCAA opener.

North Carolina was third after losing NBA first-round draft picks Harrison Barnes, John Henson, Kendall Marshall and Tyler Zeller. The Tar Heels have won the ACC regular-season title and reached an NCAA regional final the past two years.

(Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
Reigning tournament champion Florida State was fourth and got the other six first-place votes.
FSU guard Michael Snaer, who joined Leslie and Brown on the preseason all-ACC team, said he wasn't worried about the focus on N.C. State, Duke and North Carolina instead of paying attention the the Seminoles following their first ACC tournament title - a run that included wins against the Blue Devils and Tar Heels.

"I don't think we sent that message obviously because people aren't thinking that we're going to be as good as we're going to be," Snaer said. "Yeah, teams can have all the talent. I mean, when has that affected us? We play teams with talent all the time but our defense is still the same."

Miami was picked fifth, followed by Maryland, Virginia, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Boston College.

N.C. State Top ACC Team In USA Today Preseason Coaches’ Poll


Injured Terp Tackle Moves On To Coaching

(Katherine Frey/Washington Post)
Back in 2010, Pete DeSouza was the starting right tackle at Maryland.  Then one night his scooter was struck by a car, breaking both of DeSouza’s legs.  After extensive rehab, he made it all the way back to the Terps’ practice squad, but doctors remained concerned about further and permanent injuries.

DeSouza took on the role as “student coach” putting his post-football career on a faster track.

To read the Washington Post story about DeSouza, click here

Quote (Perhaps Fib) Of The Day

(Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)

"They deserve the accolades that they're getting right now. They had a great run down the stretch. I'm old enough that I remember when Duke and North Carolina State and North Carolina were all three really good teams and I think that was good for all of us. So to me, we're getting to the point back where it used to be, and I like that. I really do."

-- UNC coach Roy Williams on N.C. State's selection as preseason choice to win the ACC. 

ACC Football Links

(Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson continues to move the defense away from former coordinator Al Groh's philosophies.

Clemson's defense has also gone back to basics.

Maryland is trying to find a quick fix for its running game.

Miami's defense has made progress, but has it made enough to beat FSU?

For guys like Lamarcus Joyner, growing up in enemy territory involved a little trash-talking.

Virginia coach Mike London felt the need to defend the direction of the program.

Clemson's offense? That's "a real booger" to prepare for.

Duke has moved its focus from the loss to the Hokies to rival North Carolina.

Will Wake Forest be mentally prepared for its trip to UVa?

N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien said his team has handled adversity much better than it has handled success.

Clemson had Virginia Tech's number last year -- but not its signals.

Maryland defensive end A.J. Francis has the frame to lend a hand.

Pictures Of The Day

Australian for “gobbley gook?" Aussie supporters during the 2012 Quad Series match between the Australian Diamonds and South Africa at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on October 17, 2012 in Newcastle, Australia. (Tony Feder/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Tony McCoy riding Another Trump (C) on their way to winning The simplythebestevents.co.uk Handicap Steeple Chase at Huntingdon racecourse on October 16, 2012 in Huntingdon, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
C’mon, why not enjoy it while we can? Robert Griffin III walks off the field after the Redskins defeated Minnesota Vikings 38-26 at FedExField on October 14, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images North America)
A fan runs for cover during what would turn out to be a 3 1/2 hour rain delay of Game 3 of the NLCS between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in St. Louis. The Cards won 3-1 and lead 2-1.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

U.S. President Barack Obama does the “U” before speaking during a campaign rally at the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami on October 11, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Where We Stand And What’s Next?

GAME OF THE WEEK: VIRGINIA TECH (4-3, 2-1) at No. 19 CLEMSON (5-1, 2-1).  Last year Clemson won both meetings fairly easily and it marked the first time the Hokies lost to the same team twice in one season. Virginia Tech looked better after spotting Duke a 20 point lead with J.C. Coleman racking up 183 yards rushing. Clemson has struggled to stop the run, ranking No. 99 in the nation. On the other hand, the Hokies have had trouble stopping the run as well so look for a bunch of running up and down the field.  This one is best nicknamed the “Inconsistent Bowl.” Either team gets some much needed cred with a win.

N.C. STATE (4-2, 1-1) at MARYLAND (4-2, 2-0). There is talk that a Wolfpack win in College Park would be an upset, but we aren’t so sure. Maryland is much improved with a solid defense and big output from Stefon Diggs (239 all-purpose yards last week against the Hoos.), but N.C. State beat a pretty darn good Florida State team and they’ve had a week off to prepare.

No. 14 FLORIDA STATE (6-1, 3-1) at MIAMI (4-3, 3-1).  Miami can’t stop the run (giving up 253 yards per game) and their starting quarterback may not play due to a bum ankle.  Florida State should win fairly easily. If not, look for the Tallahassee fan base to go CRAZY...and NOT in a good way.

NORTH CAROLINA (5-2, 2-1) at DUKE (5-2, 2-1). Ahhh…the battle for the Victory Bell. This promises to be one of the better match ups in this long (if not storied) football rivalry.  In the 99th meeting between the two, Duke looks to get bowl eligible while winning for the first time since 2003.  The Heels should just give the ball to Giovani Bernard, who has 2,956 yards (OK, actually it’s 439 yards) rushing in the last two weeks.

WAKE FOREST (3-3, 1-3) at VIRGINIA (2-5, 0-3). This could be hard to watch and expect plenty of Wahoo fans disguised as empty seats at this one…UVA has lost five straight ACC games and Wake has lost three of their last four.  Looking back, one has to ask “how in the world did the Demon Deacons beat UNC with or without Giovani Bernard?”

BOSTON COLLEGE (1-5, 0-3) at GEORGIA TECH (2-4, 1-3). Weird to see the Jackets with a 2-4 record at this point in the season and BC has yet to beat a FBS team…Georgia Tech didn’t lose last week (they had a bye) while the Eagles were getting squashed by an angry Florida State.  GT fired Al Groh as Defensive Coordinator and replaced him with Charles Kelly.  Good luck with that…oh yeah, it’s Boston College.  

Preveiw: Game 3 Nats v. Giants Today

AP WASHINGTON SAN FRANCISCO Giants manager Bruce Bochy expects Marco Scutaro to be in his lineup card for Game 3 of the NL championship series, two days after National's St. Louis slugger rookie Bryce Harper Matt Holliday plowed into the San Francisco second baseman.

"I think so. It feels much better," Scutaro said Tuesday night after participating in a workout at Nats Busch Stadium. "I thought it was going to be worse. Normally, the next day is when you feel it the most."

Neither seemed too interested in any talk of retaliation.

"What's on our mind is to go out and play our best ball," Bochy said Tuesday night, a day before the best-of-seven series resumes at AT&T Park Busch Stadium with the Giants and Washington Nationals St. Louis Cardinals tied at one game apiece. "That's over. You have to move on."

Scutaro said a shutout from Matt Cain would be perfect and knew nothing about get-even plans. If Bryce Harper Matt Holliday approached him before the game, he joked that the Nationals Cardinals slugger would be in for a fight.

The recollection of the play was vivid.

"All of a sudden, I just saw this train coming," he said. "I didn't have time to do pretty much anything. I don't even know how I threw the ball to first, but I think I did, huh?"

He added that if Harper Holliday had slid any farther, "probably you're going to make it to shortstop."

Cain, who will face fellow 13-game winner Ross Detwiler 16-game winner Kyle Lohse, said little about any possible animosity. Cain added that he wouldn't be afraid to throw inside against Harper Holliday.

Detwiller Lohse hopes to end a string of early exits for Nats Cardinals starters in Game 3. He's all about efficiency, avoiding extended at-bats and letting hitters get themselves out.

To read more, think about time travel, then figure out how to make the Nats win NLDS Game 5, and then click here

Text Message To The Wrong Person Of The Day

JIM MORRIS (Ted Mayer Photo)
“How are you feeling?”

-- Miami head coach Al Golden at 5:30 a.m. to injured quarterback Stephen Morris. Morris is questionable for Saturday’s big in-state rivalry game with Florida State due to an ankle sprain.

Problem was, the Canes head coach sent the text to longtime Miami baseball coach Jim Morris.

"I'm feeling fine," the baseball Morris said.

Stephen Morris, on the other hand, is looking like a game day decision.
STEPHEN MORRIS (Elise Amendola/AP Photo)

ACC Football Links

SAMMY WATKINS (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com

Duke dismisses CB Tim Burton.

Boston College's opponent this weekend is unsettled, too.

Chad Morris says Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins is ready to break out.

Duke receiver Jamison Crowder has been added to the Biletnikoff Watch List.

Florida State got much better play out of its offensive line last week.

Georgia Tech needs Jeremiah Attaochu's playmaking spark.

Darin Drakeford is loving life as a pursuing linebacker for Maryland.

Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman is back on the outside.

North Carolina is focused on stopping Conner Vernon.

N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien says the bye came at a good time.

Virginia running back Perry Jones sustained a concussion against Maryland last week.

Though J.C. Coleman had a breakout performance, Virginia Tech still plans to rotate running backs.

Pictures Of The Day

Doug O'Neill, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winnner I'll Have Another, holds up Santa Anita's Doug O'Neill bobblehead, which will given to fans with paid admission last Saturday at Santa Anita. (AP Photo/Benoit Photo)
Spain's Dani Pedrosa leads compatriot Jorge Lorenzo during the MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan. (Greg Baker/AP Photos)
Maryland tight end Matt Furstenburg catches the ball in front of Virginia safety Brandon Phelps, who can only get his hand on Furstenburg's helmet. (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Yeah, it’s old news but it’s still cool and to see the LEGO version, click here. Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria jumps out of the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos on Oct. 14, 2012 in space. The Austrian broke the world record for the highest free fall in history after making a 23-mile ascent in a capsule attached to a massive balloon. (Jay Nemeth/Red Bull Stratos via Getty Images)
Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers throws a pitch against the New York Yankees during game three of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 16, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

ACC Football Players Of The Week

MANUEL (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Offensive back: EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State. Manuel passed for a career-high 439 yards and matched his career high with four touchdown passes as the Seminoles defeated Boston College 51-7. Manuel had the 10th-best single-game passing yardage performance in program history by completing 27 of 34 attempts. He also established a new career best with a 77-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Shaw. He connected with tailback James Wilder Jr. on two scores, and wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin for one. The Seminoles converted all seven trips into the red zone as they moved to 6-1 on the year and 3-1 in ACC play.

Offensive lineman: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina. Cooper played all 85 offensive snaps, graded a team-best 93 percent, had 14 knockdown blocks and did not allow a sack in Carolina’s 18-14 win at Miami. Cooper helped pave the way for Carolina’s 272 rushing yards, which included 177 from Giovani Bernard, 77 from Romar Morris and 14 from A.J. Blue. Both of North Carolina’s touchdowns came on the ground. On the first scoring drive, Cooper had key blocks on three plays that went for 10 or more yards, including the 10-yard touchdown run by Bernard. 

Receiver: Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech. Davis had a big game as the Hokies rallied to beat Duke 41-20. The senior caught five passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns to spark the comeback, scoring on passes of 42 yards and 47 yards. 

DIGGS (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Defensive lineman: James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech. Gayle was all over the field in helping shut down the Duke offense after a big first quarter en route to a 41-20 Hokies win. The senior tallied a team-high nine tackles, including 2.5 for loss and a sack to go along with three quarterback hurries as the Hokies held the Blue Devils to just 22 yards rushing for the game. 

Linebacker: Darin Drakeford, Maryland. Drakeford played a key role on the Maryland defense as the Terrapins held on to defeat Virginia 27-20. The senior made seven tackles, five of them unassisted, three tackles for loss and two sacks. He also forced a fumble by Virginia quarterback Phillip Sims midway through the fourth quarter, which the Terrapins recovered. 

Defensive back: Tre Boston, S, North Carolina. Boston posted six tackles, broke up a pass and intercepted another in an 18-14 victory at Miami. Boston led a Tar Heel defense that held Miami to 235 yards passing, 60 yards fewer than its season average. 

Specialist: Stefon Diggs, WR/KR, Maryland. Diggs made his impact right from the start in Maryland’s 27-20 win over Virginia by taking the opening kickoff 100 yards untouched for a touchdown. It was just the fourth 100-yard kickoff return in school history and gave Maryland a lead it wouldn’t surrender. On Maryland’s next drive, Diggs took a short pass 60 yards to set up another touchdown. He finished with 89 receiving yards on four catches and a season-high 239 all-purpose yards. This is the third weekly award for Diggs in his freshman campaign after previously earning rookie of the week honors on Sept. 24 and Oct. 8.  

Rookie: J.C. Coleman, TB, Virginia Tech. Coleman moved into the starting lineup and made the most of his opportunity, rushing for a career-high 183 yards on just 13 carries (14.1 yards per carry) with two long touchdown runs. The 183 yards rushing are the most by a true freshman under head coach Frank Beamer. Coleman scored on runs of 45 yards and 86 yards.

Wolfpack Picked To Win Hoops By ACC Coaches

LESLIE (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
N.C. State has been picked as the favorite in the first ACC Men’s Basketball Coaches Preseason Poll announced yesterday.

The Wolfpack, which returns four starters from last season’s team that posted a 24-13 record and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, received eight first-place votes in balloting among the league’s 12 head coaches.

Duke received three first-place votes and placed second in the overall voting, which awarded 12 points for each first-place vote, 11 for each first-place vote, etc. North Carolina received the remaining first-place vote and placed third.

N.C. State junior forward C.J. Leslie, who averaged 14.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last season, was voted the Preseason ACC Player of the Year. Leslie heads up the ACC Coaches’ Preseason All-ACC team and is joined by Wolfpack teammate Lorenzo Brown, Duke’s Mason Plumlee, Florida State’s Michael Snaer and North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo.

N.C. State’s Rodney Purvis, one of three members of a highly-regarded Wolfpack freshman class, was voted the Preseason ACC Rookie of the Year.

This marks this first year that the ACC coaches have predicted a preseason order of finish or voted on individual honors. Media members will vote on their predicted order of finish and other preseason honors during the ACC’s annual Operation Basketball, which will be held Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C.

Team Predictions (first-place votes)
1. N.C. State (8) 139
2. Duke (3) 130
3. North Carolina (1) 124
4. Miami 104
5. Florida State 103
6. Maryland 78
7. Virginia 68
8. Clemson 61
9. Georgia Tech 40
T10. Virginia Tech 32
T10. Wake Forest 32
12. Boston College 25

Blue Devils Work Out At Ft. Bragg

COACHES JEFF CAPEL (middle) AND STEVE WOJCIECHOWSKI (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh N&O)

AP FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Mike Krzyzewski gave his Duke team a taste of his Army past.
The former West Point cadet, player and coach had the Blue Devils at Fort Bragg on Monday for a day of physical training and an open practice in front of a few hundred soldiers.

"I just want our guys to be around the best team in the world, and the best team in the world is our military," Krzyzewski said. "So, for a day, we're going to have that honor."

For Krzyzewski, the visit to this sprawling Army post in central North Carolina reconnected him to his past.

Before he became "Coach K," he was Bob Knight's point guard at West Point in the 1960s and rose to the rank of captain before resigning in 1974 and getting his record-setting college coaching career off the ground. Before he arrived at Duke in 1980, he coached the Black Knights for five years.

Krzyzewski said his doctors wouldn't let him tackle the obstacle course -- which the players called the toughest part of the day -- because the 65-year-old has had both hips replaced. But he added that his experiences in the Army were "good for me at one time in my life, and it's paid good dividends for me, and I wanted them to be exposed to it."
(Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
Getting on the court and practicing wound up being the easiest thing the players did. With the university on fall break until Wednesday, the team had an opening in the schedule to make the 90-mile trip south. They arrived Sunday and spent the night in barracks.

Then came a 5:45 a.m. wake-up call and a march to physical training. They tackled an obstacle course before arriving at the physical fitness center where they practiced. Virtually every player showed up at the gym caked in dirt from the obstacle course.

To read more, click here


ACC Football Links

TOMMY HEFFERNAN (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

Clemson recruit Robert Nkemdiche might just drive Clemson fans nuts until signing day.

Miami didn't exactly make the grade against UNC.

The rest of the ACC fared pretty well. Kind of. Speaking of Boston College ...

There's no defense for BC's defense.

The Hokies will be looking for some payback this weekend.


Duke couldn't keep pace with the Hokies' big plays.

Here's a must-read on UNC linebacker Tommy Heffernan for all ACC fans.

Maryland is finally enjoying some success after a few tumultuous seasons.

X-rays were negative for Miami QB Stephen Morris.

Was Jimbo Fisher listening to his critics? Doubt it.

Pictures Of The Day

Only in San Fran...? (L-R) Founding members of The Greatful Dead Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and San Francisco Giants third base coach Tim Flannery sing the national anthem prior to Game Two of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park on October 15, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)
Buster Posey (by way of Florida State) and Sergio Romo of the San Francisco Giants celebrate their 7-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Two of the National League Championship Series. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images North America)
Russell Wilson (by way of N.C. State and Wisconsin) of the Seattle Seahawks looks to pass during their upset win over the New England Patriots at CenturyLink Field on October 14, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images North America)
Place kicker Nick Novak (by way of Maryland) and Mike Scifres of the San Diego Chargers watch Novak's kick split the uprights for a field goal in the first quarter of the NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California. . (Harry How/Getty Images)
Demaryius Thomas (by way of Georgia Tech) of the Denver Broncos runs the ball against Takeo Spikes #51 of the San Diego Chargers in the first quarter. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Philip Rivers (by way of N.C. State) of the San Diego Chargers reacts to his false start penalty against the Denver Broncos during the second quarter. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Running back Willis McGahee (by way of Miami) of the Denver Broncos looks for room to run alongside teammate Dan Koppen #67 against the San Diego Chargers in the first quarter. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Thank You

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) celebrates with fans after a 76-yard touchdown run during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Saturday ACC Football Scoreboard

(Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
VIRGINIA TECH 41, DUKE 20 Recap

NORTH CAROLINA 18,  MIAMI 14 Recap 

MARYLAND 27, VIRGINIA 20 - Recap

FLORIDA STATE 51, BOSTON COLLEGE 7 Recap

(The) Pictures Of The Day

Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder (3) reels in a 62 yard pass over Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller (17) to score in the first quarter. The Hokies beat Duke 41-20 at Lane Stadium on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va Saturday Oct. 13, 2012. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)

James Wilder Jr. #32 of the Florida State Seminoles leaps over Sean Sylvia #19 of the Boston College Eagles for a touchdown during a game at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

(Other) Pictures Of The Day

Miami players' Brandon Linder (65), Shane McDermott (62) and Mike James (5) tackle North Carolina' Shakeel Rashad (42) as Sylvester Williams (92) applies pressure during the first half of a NCAA college football game in Miami, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Duke wide receiver Conner Vernon (2) can't hold onto this pass in the end zone during the first quarter at a full house in Lane Stadium. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
Miami's Tracy Howard (3) is unable to tackle North Carolina's Erik Highsmith (88) during the first half of a NCAA college football game in Miami, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Miami's Denzel Perryman (52) tries to knock North Carolina's Erik Highsmith (88) out of bounds during the first half of a NCAA college football game in Miami, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas.  (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Daniel Lin)
North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner (2) and wide receiver Erik Highsmith (88) celebrate after defeating Miami 18-14. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Head coach Larry Fedora (L) of the North Carolina Tar Heels and head coach Al Golden of the Miami Hurricanes talk at mid field prior to the game on October 13, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Duke's defense had no answer for Virginia Tech running back J.C. Coleman (4) as he ran roughshod over the Blue Devils for 183 yards and two touchdowns. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
Running back Perry Jones #33 of the Virginia Cavaliers attempts to catch the ball in the end zone over defensive back Eric Franklin #48 of the Maryland Terrapins at Scott Stadium. (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Quarterback Perry Hills #11 of the Maryland Terrapins runs with the ball past defensive end Eli Harold #7 of the Virginia Cavaliers. (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Quarterback Phillip Sims #14 of the Virginia Cavaliers fumbles the ball after being hit by linebacker Darin Drakeford #52. (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Kelvin Benjamin #1 of the Florida State Seminoles catches a pass in front of Bryce Jones #17 of the Boston College Eagles. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Malachi Moore #87 of the Boston College Eagles brings down E.J. Manuel #3 of the Florida State Seminoles. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Wide receiver Kevin Dorsey #12 of the Maryland Terrapins catches the ball over cornerback Drequan Hoskey #22 of the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium. (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Virginia Tech's Luther Maddy (92) reacts after sacking Duke quarterback Sean Renfree (19) during an NCAA college football game Saturday Oct. 13, 2012 in Blacksburg, Va. Maddy had two sacks total, for a combined loss of 14 yards.  (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Daniel Lin)

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