Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday ACC Football

N.C. STATE @ NORTH CAROLINA (-9), 12:30 PM, TV: ACC Network (XM 191 SIRIUS 36)

MARYLAND (-1) @ BOSTON COLLEGE, 1:00 PM, TV: ESPN3 (XM 192 SIRIUS 92)

BYU @ GEORGIA TECH (-2.5), 3:00 PM, TV: RSN (XM 190 SIRIUS 132)

DUKE @ FLORIDA STATE (-26), 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 195 SIRIUS 137)

Home licking their wounds: Miami, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

*Point spreads for recreational purposes only. Hey, we don’t make the spread, so before Wolfpack Nation starts literally howling about UNC being a 9 point favorite, talk to the boys in Vegas...

ACC Football Links

VERNON #2 (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins took his frustrations out on the Wake Forest defense.


How will Georgia Tech respond to BYU's no-huddle offense?


UNC's academic problems have reached a new low.

UNC has five good reasons to be motivated against N.C. State.

FSU is bigger and faster than Duke, but it's still going to have to work to win.

Duke receiver Conner Vernon is chasing yet another ACC record.

The FSU defense is going to have its hands full.


Boston College freshman David Dudeck has been a bright spot for BC.

Are there some sour grapes at Miami? Sounds like it.

BC’s Uniforms To Benefit Wounded Warriors


Boston College will wear custom-made uniforms for Saturday's game against Maryland as part of Under Armour's UA Freedom initiative, developed to help raise awareness and support for our nation's military and public safety officials.

Each year, Under Armour creates specially designed unis in support of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a non-profit organization that provides programs and services for injured service members and their families.  

The University of Hawaii will also don the patriotic, freedom-inspired uniforms during their Nov. 24 match-up with UNLV. These games mark the fourth year Under Armour has created customized uniforms, including cleats, gloves and helmets to benefit WWP. To further honor all veterans, each team will replace the last names on the back of their jerseys with a core value declaration - Duty, Honor, Courage, Commitment, Integrity, Country, or Service. Team personnel will also pay tribute to the veterans with specially designed sideline gear that features the WWP patch.

Following the games, the jerseys will be auctioned off on the schools' websites with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warriors Project.

To see more from BCInteruption, click here. 

Speaking Of “Wounded”

A THEN HEALTHY PERRY HILLS (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Check out Maryland’s injury report for Satuday’s game against Boston College.

Probable 
Questionable 
Out 
  • TE David Stinebaugh (back)
Out for season 

Quote Of The Day

KRUK (center) (Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

“This is not a must win, but it’s a win they have to have. If that makes any sense?”

Huh?

ESPN baseball analyst and former MLB All Star John Kruk on the Detroit Tigers facing a 2-0 deficit tonight in Game 3 of the World Series. 

Pictures Of The Day


Bo Van Pelt approached the 18th hole of the third round of the CIMB Classic at The MINES Resort & Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia needing a birdie to shoot a record-breaking 59. Oops. Double bogey...That said, he shot a 16 under 62 to sit atop the leader board.  (Stanley Chou/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Gary Stevens (L) and Laffit Pincay Jr (R) attend the Breeders' Cup Press Conference at Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE on October 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Valerie Macon/Getty Images North America)
Australian motorcross rider Chad Reed rides the motocross circuit during a media session during the Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on October 26, 2012 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Robert Cianflone/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Casey Stoner of Australia rides the #1 Repsol Honda Team Honda during practice for the Australian MotoGP, which is round 17 of the MotoGP World Championship at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on October 26, 2012 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Robert Cianflone/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Friday, October 26, 2012

AP Preseason Basketball Poll


Clemson Throttles Wake Forest

BOYD (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Tajh Boyd threw for a school-record 428 yards with five touchdown passes, Sammy Watkins added a school-record 202 yards receiving and No. 14 Clemson routed Wake Forest 42-13 on Thursday night.

Boyd was 27 of 38 and connected with Watkins for three plays of 50 or more yards, including a 61-yarder for a score.

Watkins finished with eight catches and Boyd added touchdown throws of 9 yards to Brandon Ford, 12 yards each to Sam Cooper and DeAndre Hopkins and 2 yards to Charone Peake.

The Tigers (7-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored the first 35 points, including a four-touchdown second quarter, in their fourth consecutive victory and fourth straight in the series with the Demon Deacons (4-4, 2-4).

WATKINS (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Five days after Virginia Tech held Clemson to season lows in every significant offensive statistic except the final score, the Tigers rolled up 534 total yards and essentially ended this one at halftime.

Boyd broke Charlie Whitehurst's 10-year-old record of 420 yards passing after Watkins took care of the school's receiving mark of 197 yards set last month by Hopkins against Boston College.

Tanner Price was 27 of 44 for 232 yards for Wake Forest. He threw touchdown passes covering 8 and 18 yards to Tommy Bohanon.

The Demon Deacons had minus-23 yards rushing in the first half. They've played two Top 25 teams and have been outscored 94-13 while allowing 1,146 total yards.

Maryland Quarterbacks: Strike Three, They’re Out

(Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)

One, two and now three Maryland quarterbacks have been lost for the season. 

The latest to go down is Devin Burn who stepped in for Perry Hills who stepped in for C.J. Brown who replaced Danny O’Brien who transferred. 

The Terps lost starter C.J. Brown to a torn ACL, and then Hills to a similar injury last weekend against N.C. State and now Burns, a converted wide receiver who moved back to his original position just to help out the position.

Burns played in three games this season. His most extensive playing time came when he took over for Hills in the 20-18 loss to NC State, when he rushed for 50 yards and one touchdown. He also completed 3-of-4 passes for 47 yards and helped lead the Terps on three second-half scoring drives.
As a result, Maryland will play Boston College with only one eligible scholarship quarterback on the roster in Caleb Rowe.

And it didn’t stop at the QB position either -- the school also announced that wide receiver Marcus Leak will miss the rest of the season with a fractured toe.

ACC Football Links

(Steeter Lecka/Getty Images)
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

Few coaches in the country do more with less than Wake's Jim Grobe.

There is still plenty for the Deacs to play for tonight against Clemson.


The Tigers are just 1-9 against ACC teams on Thursday nights.

Boston College coach Frank Spaziani shook things up a bit at practices this week.

Georgia Tech and BYU have both had some tough losses this year.

North Carolina's rushing defense has been kind in recent weeks, but it was part of the plan. Sort of.

Duke's offensive line had a little something to do with that.

Virginia Tech's rushing defense has had a few problems of its own.

Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown is still a leader for the Terps, despite his season-ending injury.

Are the days of creampuff opponents over for Florida State?

Duke Johnson is back at practice for the Canes.

ACC Graduation Rate Remains High

THEY MAY LOOK STUPID, BUT THEY'RE NOT...(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
With 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist Tyran Mathieu and three other former LSU Tigers players being arrested on drug-related charges (10 lbs of pot), one might say more crime and lower graduation rates might improve ACC football...

That said, the ACC continues to excel in the area of graduation rates...

The NCAA released its latest round of Federal Graduation Rate and Graduation Success Rate measures Thursday, and the majority of ACC schools are above the national average.  

The FGR is produced by the university and measures what percent of students graduates within a six-year timeframe. This year's FGR figures concern the 2005-06 freshman class.

The GSR factors in athletes who transfer from a program -- and doesn't penalize the school if they do so in good academic standing -- as well as ones who transfer into the program. This year's GSR rates measure freshmen who entered school from 2002-03 to 2005-06.

ACC Men's Basketball
School                        GSR
1. Duke                        100 
1. Wake Forest             100
3. UNC                          91
4. Virginia Tech             90
5. Boston College          88
6. Miami                        87
7. Clemson                    75
National Average        74
8. N.C. State                 73
9. Virginia                    64
10. Florida State           57
11. Maryland                50              
12. Georgia Tech         18

ACC Football
School                        GSR
1. Boston College         94
1. Miami                       94
3. Duke                         92
4. Wake Forest              86
5. Clemson                    75
5. North Carolina          75
5. Virginia Tech            75
FBS Average               70
8. Virginia                     69
9. Maryland                   65
10. N.C. State                62
11. Florida State            55
11. Virginia Tech          55

Overall
School                        GSR
1. Duke                        98
2. Boston College        97
3. Wake Forest             95
4. Miami                      93
5. UNC                        88
5. Virginia Tech           88
7. Virginia                    87
8. Clemson                   84
9. Maryland                  83
National Average        80

10. Florida State           78
11. N.C. State               77
12. Georgia Tech         76

Pictures Of The Day

 Runners clear the water jump in The Bluefin Insurance Solutions Welshpool Handicap Steeple Chase at Ludlow racecourse on October 25, 2012 in Ludlow, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
A fan of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons watches on from the stands as the Clemson Tigers jump out to an early lead in their game at BB&T Field on October 25, 2012 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants warms up in the outfield against the Detroit Tigers during Game Two of the Major League Baseball World Series at AT&T Park on October 25, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Catcher Buster Posey (by way of Florida State) of the San Francisco Giants tags out Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers at home plate in the second inning during Game Two of the Major League Baseball World Series at AT&T Park on October 25, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
 Fans of the San Francisco Giants. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

No, it’s not a tribute to Johnny Walker although it sure looks like it...A general view of the stadium before the Clemson Tigers versus Wake Forest Demon Deacons in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Josh Harris #25 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons runs with the ball against the Clemson Tigers. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thursday Night Football


CLEMSON (-16) @ WAKE FOREST, 7:30 PM, TV: ESPN (XM 91 or 85, SIRIUS 91 or 85)

Pictures Of The Day

Fans stand for the national athem prior to Game One between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers in the Major League Baseball World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants hits a solo home run to center field against Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers in first inning during Game One of the World Series at AT&T Park. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants hits a two run home run to left field against Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers in the third inning. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants hits a solo home run to center field against Al Alburquerque #62 of the Detroit Tigers in the fifth inning during Game One. (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
Welcome to the club...Hello, Reggie Jackson (twice), Babe Ruth and Albert Pujols. (Doug Persinger/Getty Images)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Video Of The Day

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
There was a little trouble down in Death Valley on Saturday during Military Appreciation Day when some students/alums/fans decided to boo when they heard “President of the United States” announced as part of the oath taken by ROTC cadets.

This did not sit well with various folks (both Demorcrats and Republicans) for obvious reasons, and the Clemson president Jim Barker fired off an email to Tiger Nation.

To read it, click here.

Football Quote Of The Day: Duke Is Bowl Eligible, Seriously, They Really Are…

CUTCLIFFE WITH PEYTON MANNING LAST MARCH (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
"It’s only natural that that’s what everybody around them was talking to them about because of the length of time we have not been in a bowl game. I would be na├»ve to not think they weren’t hearing that everywhere they go. That’s a great thing. I saw it in the senior’s faces particularly, to have it behind you. What I expect is that there is a burden gone, but there’s a hunger that needs to be created that’s greater."

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe on the Blue Devils becoming bowl eligible for the first time in 19 years.

Basketball Quote Of The Day: Ol’ Roy Wears Down NCAA

"I'm raising cane to get another appeal. It's silly. We're not going to class on Thursday, so why not let us go Wednesday night? What do the student-athletes gain by staying from 5 to 11 p.m.? What we lose is $120,000 by going charter…It's just ridiculous."

UNC head coach Roy Williams on the Suits In Indianapolis (Formerly Kansas)’s refusal to grant his team a waiver of the 48 hour rule for the Tar Heels game against Long Beach State (Nov. 16, 11 pm).  The rule prevents a team from traveling to a road game more than 48 hours before tipoff.

Yesterday, the NCAA caved and granted the waiver.

Williams told ESPN.com that the Heels had been denied in two attempts to overturn the waiver so they could leave for California on the last commercial flight at 5 p.m. out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

The plan was to go to classes Wednesday and then fly out, Williams said. The alternative, he said, would be for the Tar Heels to pay $120,000 for a charter flight.

Williams said the 48-hour rule shouldn't apply to a game three time zones away, pointing out that the Tar Heels haven't gone on a charter for a road game west of St. Louis since he has been at UNC.

The NCAA finally saw the light on the third attempt. 

ACC Football Links

From| ESPN.com
Duke football is more than just relevant -- it's leading the Coastal Division.

Duke has bigger goals than bowl eligibility.

Wake Forest tends to find a way to give Clemson its best shot.

UNC is playing for pride, and that might be enough against NC State.

NC State redshirt freshman defensive back Juston Burris will be living a dream this weekend.

Wake Forest receiver Michael Campanaro could be back in the lineup this weekend.

Here's a breakdown of the Hokies' offense at their bye week.

It's a good thing the Canes have a bye week, because quarterback Stephen Morris could use a break.

Maryland defensive lineman A.J. Francis is the best quote. Ever.

Florida State will be looking for help from its other rushing options now that Chris Thompson is down and out.

Here are six coaches who will be popular when jobs start opening across the country.

What's wrong with Virginia? Here are three things that make perfect sense.

Georgia Tech is a little bit concerned about BYU's age difference.

Boston College has had two problems on defense: an inability to stop big plays and get off the field on third down.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris wants better focus from his offense. School president 

Duke's win over North Carolina was especially meaningful for the players who came before.

It is time for Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. to step up for Florida State.

How has Georgia Tech fared against Top 25 run defenses?

Patrick Stevens of The Washington Times breaks down the string of quarterback injuries at Maryland, going back to 1998. It isn't pretty.

Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com says Miami faces a long climb back but believes there are reasons for hope.

Did North Carolina coach Larry Fedora take a trip to Party City?

NC State is preparing for Giovani Bernard.

Virginia's defensive line has been a bright spot.

Virginia Tech plans on paring down its running back rotation during the bye.

Wake Forest's offense goes minimalist.

ACC Thursday Night Football

CLEMSON (-16) @ WAKE FOREST, 7:30 PM, TV: ESPN (XM 91 or 85, SIRIUS 91 or 85)

Pictures Of The Day

 The Shetland Pony Gold Cup at Plumpton racecourse on October 22, 2012 in Plumpton, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Jockey Glenn Boss riding Ocean Park (L) and Mark Zahra riding Yosei during trackwork at Breakfast With The Best at Moonee Valley Racecourse on October 23, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Jamie Cudmore of Clermont Auvergne wins the ball from Tom Johnson of Exeter Chiefs during a line-out at the Heineken Cup round 2 match between Exeter Chiefs and Clermont Auvergne at Sandy Park on October 20, 2012 in Exeter, England. (Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Europe)
A race fan looks on prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 21, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

ACC Football Players Of The Week

(Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
OFFENSIVE BACK - Sean Renfree, Duke, R-Senior, QB, 6-5, 225, Scottsdale, Ariz. Renfree led Duke to a 33-30 win over North Carolina by completing 23 of 36 (.639) passes for 276 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The senior engineered a game-winning, 14-play, 87-yard drive that resulted in a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder on 4th-and-2 with 13 seconds left in the game. On the drive, he completed 8-of-11 (.727) passes for 78 yards including the TD and converted three 3rd-down chances through the air as well as the 4th-down conversion for the touchdown. Renfree directed the Duke offense to 510 yards of total offense - the highest total of the David Cutcliffe era versus ACC competition - against a Tar Heel defense that entered the week ranked third in the ACC and 22nd nationally in total defense, allowing just 327.0 yards per game.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Perry Simmons, Duke, R-Junior, OT, 6-5, 300, Raleigh, N.C. Simmons spearheaded Duke's 33-30 win over North Carolina by playing all 91 offensive snaps and helping the Blue Devil offense compile 510 yards of total offense against a Tar Heel defense that entered the week ranking third in the ACC. Simmons was a key component of Duke's offensive front that opened holes for a ground attack that amassed 234 yards - the highest output under David Cutcliffe at Duke. Simmons and the offensive line protected quarterback Sean Renfree, who completed 23 of 36 passes for 276 yards, and only allowed one quarterback sack to a North Carolina squad that entered the game tied for third in the conference in sacks per game (2.43).

(Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
RECEIVER - Bryan Underwood, N.C. State, R-Sophomore, WR, 5-11, 174, University Heights, Ohio.  Underwood hauled in six receptions for 134 yards in the Wolfpack's 20-18 victory over Maryland in College Park. He played 57 snaps from scrimmage. The redshirt sophomore scored on a 68-yard strike from quarterback Mike Glennon in the third quarter, and had a 17-yard catch on the Pack's final offensive drive en route to the winning field goal. Underwood has scored a receiving touchdown in seven straight games - a Wolfpack record and just two games shy of the ACC record.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - T.Y. McGill, N.C. State, Sophomore, DT, 6-1, 298, Jesup, Ga.
McGill anchored the defensive front that tallied six sacks in the 20-18 win at Maryland. While in for just 32 snaps from scrimmage, he made eight total tackles (six solo) and had two sacks for a total of 16 yards.

(Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
LINEBACKER - Telvin Smith, Florida State, Junior, LB, 6-3, 215, Valdosta, Ga. Smith registered a season-high eight tackles, including seven stops, and led Florida State with two tackles for loss in the Seminoles' 33-20 win at Miami. He also forced a fumble that set up Florida State's first points on the night after falling behind 10-0, and came up with two pass break-ups. The Seminole defense held Miami to a season-low 258 total yards and only 29 on the ground. Miami had minus-12 yards rushing in the second half against Florida State, whose defense leads the ACC and ranks in the top seven nationally in all five major statistical categories.

DEFENSIVE BACK - Jonathan Meeks, Clemson, Senior, S, 6-1, 210, Rock Hill, S.C. Meeks had two interceptions, including one he returned 74 yards for a score in Clemson's 38-17 win over Virginia Tech. He also had four tackles and a pass broken up for three total passes defended. The 74-yard return for a score was the longest interception return for a score by a Clemson player since 2006. Ahead 10-7 in the second period, with the Hokies driving, Meeks intercepted the pass at the Clemson 26 yard line and returned it 74 yards for the score to give Clemson a 17-7 lead. With the interception, Meeks jumped to fifth in Clemson history in total interception return yards with 192.

(Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
SPECIALIST - Niklas Sade, N.C. State, Sophomore, PK, 6-3, 200, Wake Forest, N.C. Sade kicked the game-winning field goal with 32 seconds left on the clock at Maryland to give the Wolfpack a 20-18 lead. The sophomore also booted a 21-yarder earlier in the contest. Sade started out the season 2 for 5 on field goals and has since gone 5 for 5. He hit both extra points and kicked off five times against the Terrapins, averaging 60.6 yards and had one touchback.

ROOKIE - Jela Duncan, Duke, Freshman, RB, 5-10, 200, Charlotte, N.C.
Duncan helped Duke to a 33-30 win over North Carolina by totaling 118 all-purpose yards and scoring one touchdown. The rookie running back rushed 22 times for 74 yards, caught three passes for 12 yards, and returned two kickoffs for 32 yards. His 2-yard touchdown was his third rushing score in the last four games. On Duke's game-winning, 14-play, 87-yard drive, Duncan converted a 3rd-and-6 from the North Carolina 19 yard line with a 6-yard reception. Duncan was a key component of Duke's ground attack that amassed 234 yards against a Tar Heel defense that entered the game ranked third in the ACC and 14th nationally against the run, surrendering just 99.7 yards per contest.

Lance Edward Gunderson Armstrong Banned For Life (Again and Some More)

(Getty Images)
You had to see this coming...

Lance Armstrong is having a rather bad run...a series self-inflicted wounds per se.  

After being declared a serial cheater by the anti-doping folks, he was bounced by Nike and then stepped down as the Big Kahuna for his own cancer charity, Livestrong.

Now, the The International Cycling Union (UCI) has banished Armstrong from ever competing again and formally stripped him of his Course De Trichuers titles, along with every cycling achievement since 2008, endorsing the punishment laid out earlier this week by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Pot Calls Kettle Black

2009 COURSE DES TRICHEURS (Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
While announcing the UCI ban of Lance Armstrong and the removal of his Course Des Tricheurs titles, UCI president Pat McQuaid said this:

“Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling, and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling. This is a landmark day for cycling.”

Really?

No sport is more historically plagued with cheaters than cycling and now the governing body, who certainly has played a role in this mess, is high upon the mountain shouting down ‘There is no place for this cheater and drug user in our sport teeming with cheaters and drug users.”

Give us a break.

Terps, Noles Suffer Big Injuries

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Both Florida State and Maryland were  dealt major blows when both lost key offensive players over the weekend to knee injuries.

On Monday,  FSU coach Jimbo Fisher announced senior Chris Thompson would miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

Thompson was Florida State's leading rusher this season and was on pace to become the first 1,000-yard back since 1996 for the Seminoles (No. 12 BCS, No. 11 Associated Press).

Thompson had totaled 687 yards rushing through seven games, and his 7.55 yards-per-carry average was third among ACC running backs.

"He's what's right about college football," Fisher said, "but this game takes no prisoners."

Thompson injured his knee after making a leaping catch along the sideline early in the second quarter of Saturday's win over Miami.

(Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
Up in College Park, Terps’ QB Perry Hills also suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2012 season.

Hills, who underwent an MRI on Monday morning, hurt his left knee during Satuday’s 20-18 loss to N.C. State at Byrd Stadium. After throwing an interception in the second quarter, the true freshman was blocked from behind by linebacker Rickey Dowdy and his leg was driven into the turf and bent backward. 

He exited the game on a cart, wincing in pain and, despite pleas to the training staff, did not return.

Hills had started all seven games for Mayland this season. The Pittsburgh native had completed 57.4 percent of his passes for 1,336 yards and eight touchdowns against seven interceptions.

He replaced pre-season starter C.J. Brown who was knocked out by the same injury. 

Quote Of The Day

(Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
“They talk those guys up every single year and we beat them every single year. They are the least of our worries. Beat us one year and then they can talk smack. Until then, you can't put them in the mix.”

-- UNC senior guard Dexter Strickland giving N.C. State some classic bulletin board fodder when asked by Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com about the Wolfpack being the preseason pick of the ACC media.

To Strickland’s defense, he has never lost a game to N.C. State as UNC has won 13 in a row and 19 of the past 20 meetings.  The two meet on January 26. 

ACC Football Links

(Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com

ACC suspends UNC player and 2 refs.

The hole for Boston College football only gets deeper.

Darius Robinson has a fractured ankle, leaving Clemson's secondary depleted.

With Duke's win over North Carolina, David Cutcliffe's football vision unfolds. Cutcliffe's ACC title guarantee is not looking so crazy now.

Florida State used lessons learned in its loss to N.C. State to pull out the victory over Miami.

With BYU next, no-huddle issues loom for Georgia Tech.

Perry Hills' injury is a blow to Maryland.

The bye week comes at the perfect time for Miami. Stephen Morris is feeling the pain.

Losing to Duke really stung the Tar Heels.

N.C. State escaped Maryland with a win.

Losing has taken a toll on Virginia.

Don't expect any changes to the Virginia Tech offensive scheme during the bye.

Wake Forest's defense came up big against Virginia

Here is the ACC report card for Week 8.

Pictures Of The Day

N.C. State wide receiver Bryan Underwood (80) pulls in a 68-yard touchdown reception during the second half N.C. State's 20-18 victory over Maryland(Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder (3) runs towards the bench after scoring the game-winning touchdown in the closing seconds of the game. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
Duke wide receiver Conner Vernon (2) evades UNC cornerback Tim Scott (7) during the winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.  (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
UNC's Giovani Bernard (26) recovers the ball for a UNC touchdown to take the lead late in the second half. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
N.C. State cornerback David Amerson (1) and safety Brandan Bishop (30) tackle Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
Kelvin Benjamin #1 of the Florida State Seminoles` misses a pass during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Sun Life Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America)
Devonta Freeman #8 of the Florida State Seminoles rushes for a touchdown. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America)
Stephen Morris #17 of the Miami Hurricanes is tackled by Xavier Rhodes #27 of the Florida State Seminoles during a game at Sun Life Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America)
James Wilder Jr. #32 of the Florida State Seminoles rushes. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America)
Rashawn Scott #80 of the Miami Hurricanes misses a pass defended by Xavier Rhodes #27 of the Florida State Seminoles. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America)
Duke head coach David Cutcliffe celebrates after being doused with Gatorade by Duke tight end David Reeves (80), center Conor Irwin (76) and guard Cody Robinson (65). (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
N.C. State's Tom O'Brien gets a hug from his daughter Bridget after N.C. State's 20-18 victory over Maryland. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
Duke defensive end Kenny Anunike (84) and quarterback Brandon Connette (18) tow the victory bell to the locker room. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
Vic Beasley #3 of the Clemson Tigers goes after Logan Thomas #3 of the Virginia Tech Hokies as he tries to pass the ball during their game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee, right, runs the ball past Boston College defensive back Sean Sylvia during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 37-17. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Maryland quarterback Devin Burns (2) runs with the ball against North Carolina State defensive back Juston Burris (11) during the second half. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Sammy Watkins #2 of the Clemson Tigers pushes off Detrick Bonner #8 of the Virginia Tech Hokies. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
The Virginia Tech Hokies huddle on the field before their game against the Clemson Tigers at Clemson Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Quandon Christian #34 of the Clemson Tigers tries to tackle Tony Gregory #22 of the Virginia Tech Hokies. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe gives a low-five to Wake Forest defensive end Tylor Harris (36) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Wake Forest won the game 16-10. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia quarterback Phillip Sims (14) is caught from behind by Wake Forest linebacker Justin Jackson (39) during the second half. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia tight end Paul Freedman (88) hangs his head during the final moments of his teams 16-10 loss to Wake Forest. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
A pass intended for Georgia Tech wide receiver Jeff Greene, right, is broken up by Boston College defensive back Sean Sylvia during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee, right, is tripped up by Boston College linebacker Nick Clancy, not pictured, while running the ball past Boston College's Connor Wujciak, left, during the second quarter. (AP Photo/David Goldman)







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