ACC Weekly

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  1. hornfaninbama

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    This is something that I'm going to start this season. It will be a general look at the conference teams; marquee games and players will be the usual focus.

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    The ACC looks to be much more competitive on a national level than any time in the past. 6 different ACC teams are ranked in the Preseason Top 25, headlined by 2 schools in the top 5. The most impressive freshman in college football last season has returned to help the Seminoles defend their National Title. The ACC looks to be deep, and tough. Whoever wins the conference will have been tested every week.


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    #21 North Carolina State Wolfpack
    4-3 (2-1)
    Coaches: UNR
    AP: UNR
    Highest Position in Polls: #22

    North Carolina State looks to continue the momentum they built last season. They have a trio of very talented QB's. Whether Coach decides to start Jacoby Brissett, Manny Stocker or Pete Thomas, the Wolfpack should be set under center. The Pack also have a set of very good running backs, Shadrach Thornton and Tony Creecy will help the ground game stay potent, and effective. The WR corp is solid, if unspectacular, but very young. This group of players should be around for several seasons and help lead NC State into the upper echelon of the ACC. Defensively NC State has an excellent group of DT. Unfortunately 4 of their 5 best at the position are upperclassmen. They will help the defense in the run game and shouldn't have trouble getting after the opposing QB in passing situations. The flip side of that coin is that if they don't the DB's will have a hard time stopping opposing WR. There is some athletic ability in the defensive backfield, but it needs to molded into on field production.

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    #20 Virginia Tech Hokies
    3-3 (1-1)

    Coaches: UNR
    AP: UNR
    Highest Position in Polls:

    Virginia Tech has been on an unprecedented run the last decade and a half. Beamerball served the Hokies well, and led them to several consecutive 10 win seasons and they haven't missed a bowl game in the better part of 2 decades. The VA Tech fans finally get to see Mark Leal take important snaps with the graduation of Logan Thomas. Leal is a little short for a pocket passer, but he has exceptional accuracy and a live arm. The Hokies lack a standout talent at WR, but they are all solid WR who can help in the passing game. JC Coleman is back to head the running game and the little guy can still outrun most players. With Leal next to him the option game could be a big focal point of the Hokie offense. The OL for VT will open holes and keep Leal off his back, the have the potential to be the best offensive line in college football. As usual, the Hokie defense is stacked. They shouldn't have any trouble slowing down even the most potent offensive attacks. The back 4 are particularly impressive; both safety spots are held down by seniors, and they will keep the young and talented CB's in proper position. Programs have been built to last on the backs of line play and defense, the Hokies look to do the same this season.

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    #11 North Carolina Tar Heels
    5-1 (2-0)
    Coaches: #8
    AP: #8
    Highest Postion in Polls:

    The Tar Heels had an interesting season last year, they were the worst team in college football in the turnover battle. A lot of that had to do with Bryn Renner trying to do to much, but it may not get better over night in Chapel Hill. UNC will be starting a new QB this year, and the battle is still raging right up to the first game of the season. Coach has yet to name a starter, but the rumors say that he will start the season with a 2 QB system. Ramar Morris and TJ Logan give the unnamed man a good runner to hand off to. The Tar Heels return an exciting WR corp headlined by Junior's TJ Thorpe and Quinshad Davis. The QB will have an easy time finding Davis on deep routes, his size and speed combo should help him out jump and out run smaller DB's. The defense for UNC is very good; DE is the weak link, but the other 9 players should be able to make up for it. The middle of the DL will be solid with 2 excellent DT, UNC has 4 very good OLB and a 5th one on the way with true freshman Steve Sutherland in the fold. Travis Hughes has all the tools to be one of the best LB in the country. The defensive backfield is deep, but very green. If they can step up their game UNC could be very hard to score against.


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    #9 Miami Hurricanes
    7-0 (5-0)

    Coaches: #1
    AP: #1
    Highest Position in Polls:

    Miami looks to be returning to the mountain that was vacated after Butch Davis left South Florida. It's been a long slog for the 'Canes but they are on the precipice of elite. With Duke Johnson leading the way the offense could be the most explosive in the conference. Johnson has incredible speed and acceleration; if he gets a sliver of daylight he can take it to the house from anywhere on the field. A quality group of WR and a very good QB will help him find all the space he wants. The Hurricanes will field an excellent defense, one that should be worthy of their heritage. The back 4 are excellent, and could be better than any group of DB's anywhere in the country. The scary part is that all 4 of them could return next season. The DL will be salty and the LB will be able to make plays anywhere on the field. Miami is an excellent team from top to bottom, and it would surprise no one to see them win the ACC and compete for a National Title.

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    #4 Clemson Tigers
    2-0 (0-0)
    Coaches: #16
    AP: #16
    Highest Position in Polls:

    Clemson lost the best QB in program history with the graduation of Tajh Boyd. Boyd was able to lead Clemson to the edge of elite, but not quite past the threshold. This season Chad Kelly will step under center for the Tigers. He'll have a good running back behind him, and a WR corp loaded with seniors. It is his first year as the starter but it will never be any easier for him. The OL is going to be good but not great. The defensive line will be the straw that stirs the drink for Clemson. They could be one of the most dominant in the country. If they can get to the QB the secondary has a chance to make big plays.

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    #3 Florida State Seminoles
    2-0 (0-0)

    Coaches: #5
    AP: #5
    Highest Position in Polls:
    The defending National Champions return the most electric QB in all of college football. Famous Jameis inserted himself into the Heisman Trophy conversation last season, and he could win it this year. The 1-2 punch of James Wilder and Devonta Freeman are still in Tallahassee to line up on Winston's shoulders, and there is an excellent corp of WR for Winston to find in the passing game. The defense will be led by an incredible front 4, and a dynamic back 4. The DL and DB will help FSU stop most offenses. FSU finally put all the talent to good use last season, there is no reason why they shouldn't be able to do it again this year.



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    Several games look to factor into the ACC title run. Here's a look at some of the best.

    Week 5
    Clemson vs Florida State
    Last season this matchup was a top 5 matchup and it has the potential to be the same this season. It could be a defensive battle, or a high scoring shootout.
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    Week 6

    Virginia Tech vs North Carolina
    Two of the most talented teams in the ACC will battle it out. This could be a top 10 matchup, and both offenses are explosive.
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    Week 7

    Florida State vs Miami
    Not only is this a rivalry game, it could be a title game preview. These two could very well be the class of the ACC. It should be a very exciting game
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    Week 8
    Florida State vs NC State
    The Seminoles face off against the only team to defeat them last season. You can bet the 'Noles will be out for revenge.
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    Week 9

    Clemson vs NC State
    Clemson snuck past the Wolfpack last season, and the Wolfpack got much better as the season went on. The momentum from last season may carry them through this one.
    Week 10
    NC State vs North Carolina
    The North Carolina schools face off for the state title. This one should be a barn burner. Both teams could score often.
    Week 12
    North Carolina vs Miami
    Could be a division championship game. Both teams have the talent on both sides of the ball to be upper echelon. Set your DVR's.

    Week 13
    Virginia Tech vs Miami
    The Hokies and the Hurricanes will meet and could decide one half of the conference. VT will want to win this one badly, and so will Miami.
     
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  2. hornfaninbama

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    Best Players in the ACC


    The ACC will field some of the most talented rosters in the country this season; and there is something for everyone. The ACC has excellent QB's, top tier WR's, and some phenomenal players on the defensive side of the ball as well. This early season overview will look at 3 players who figure to lead the ACC this season.
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    Florida State Seminoles Quarterback Jameis Winston
    Any discussion related to the best player in the ACC has to start with Winston. Last season he was the most explosive quarterback in college football and led the Seminoles to a National Title for the first time since 1999. Winston spurned his homestate Auburn Tigers, and Crimson Tide to play 2 sports at Florida State, and the move has paid off. Winston is in his 3rd season in Tallahassee, his second as the starter, and he's the closest thing college football has had to Vince Young since Vince Young. He should throw for 3000 yards and rush for another 1000. While that's an incredible feat, Winston has the speed (86) and arm (92 power, 89 accuracy) to pull it off. Florida State looks to put the ball in his hands often and let him lead them to a repeat. It could be his final season in Tallahassee, but early reports say he will probably stay for at least one more season. His Heisman candidacy could be buoyed or busted during the week 5 game against Clemson.

    Season Stats: 111-166 for 1660 yards 10 TD's and 13 Interceptions 67.8% completion percentage; 63 carries 394 yards and 5 TD's
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    Miami Hurricanes Running Back Duke Johnson
    Duke Johnson is lightning fast (98), but it's not his speed that sets him apart; it's how quick he gets to top speed (99 acceleration). He stops and starts quicker than anyone since Barry Sanders. He has the shiftiness ( to get past any defender in his way and the speed to out run them afterward. He's helping to lead a resurgence to the top of the poll's for Miami, and even in his freshman season he lived up to his predecessors. Now he's trying to surpass Willis McGahee, Clinton Portis, and Edgerrin James in the Miami hall of excellence. Johnson is another Heisman contender, and if he puts up the season he's capable of he could be the ACC Offensive Player of the Year as well. There may not be a more explosive player in college football. Look for the Hurricanes to go to Johnson like voters to the polls in Chicago; early and often. It's tough to say what Johnson's ceiling is, he could easily rush for 2000 yards, but most analysts predice anywhere from 1500 to 1800 and around 15 total TD's.

    Season Stats: 195 Carries 1025 yards and 15 TD's; 15 catches for 114 yards and 1 TD; 24 KR 601 yards
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    Clemson Tigers Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins
    Watkins won the Biletnikoff award for the best WR in college football last season, and passed up a surefire 1st round grade to return to Clemson for his senior season. Watkins has electrifying speed, any ranking that doesn't list him as one of the fastest players in college football should immediately be discarded. Watkins returns kickoff's as well, and puts his wheels to good use there also. Even with all that speed he's not a one trick pony, he has a very good set of hands (91 catching, 95 catch in traffic, 97 spectacular catch) and has worked hard during his time in Clemson to improve his route running (86.) Once he gets his hands on the ball he is as hard to bring down as a running back (95 elusiveness.) Watkins was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy last season and says he wants to win it this season.

    Season Stats: 33 Catches 440 yards 2 TD's; 17 KR 509 yards with 2 TD's
    Players on the Cusp:
    North Carolina State Running Back Shadrach Thompson
    84 carries 522 yards 5 TD's

    North Carolina Wide Receiver TJ Thorpe
    29 catches 357 yards 1 TD

    Virginia Tech Quarterback Mark Leal
    73-134 969 yards for 5 TD's and 8 Int.
     
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  3. Bucs

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    Good Shit.
     
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  4. fuzzyl0gic

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    hornfaninbama great content man, it is difficult to write content about other users and teams besides yourself, but those are the best to read. I'll be keeping up with the ACC weekly! Can we also post tid-bits in here about our team or do you want to keep it cleaned up?
     
  5. hornfaninbama

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    If you have something you want to add that would be great.

    I wish I could get TEClemson's site to work, for some reason when I went into the League specific logo pages I got an error message from Webs that said page not found.
     
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    #10 UNC Falters Against #9 OU

    Chapel Hill, NC (9/5/2013) - Trubisky was named the starter for week one as the coaching staff decided to redshirt Watson and let his skills mature. Trubisky had a very rough time in his first collegiate game of his career, facing a top tier defense and throwing five picks. He looked really good early on, but got over confident and tried to force some throws. The defense made him pay. Despite that, the coaches liked what they saw. He has a lot of potential. The playbook and passing attempts will be toned down next week so he can gain some confidence back.
     
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    Miami Coach Speaks Out
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    Coral Gables, FL- ACC Weekly recently had a short conversation with Coach Bucs of the Miami Hurricanes. He shed light on a few things, and talked about some of his more heralded players.

    ACC Weekly: What do you think will be your toughest ACC matchup this season and why.

    Coach Bucs: Well there are certainly some tough teams in the ACC, arguably the toughest conference in the nation, but for us it's got to be Florida State, thats always a tough game as they are an in-state rival, then add in the fact that they are defending ACC and National champions and a win would be a nice feather in our cap.


    How does it feel to be the coach to lead Miami out of the desert and back into the elite?

    We've definitely improved since I've taken over and have had some nice wins , but I wouldn't say we are elite yet. Haven't really accomplished anything, no Coastal title last season was a real disappointment, the fans and alumni have a high bar here at the U , and we don't want them to lower it, so until we get back to that level we aren't content.


    Who do you think will be the most important player for your offense? Why?

    The obvious response would be Duke Johnson, but Phillip Dorsett and Rashawn Scott are equally important, they have proven they can get down the field and catch those deep balls and make plays , having that ability will make teams think twice about stacking the box.

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    Going to go with Defensive End Anthony Chikillo, running the 3-3-5 our defensive line needs to be able to bring a good pass rush to help out our defensive backs and force poor throws that they can capitalize on.


    What would make this season a success for the Hurricanes?

    We always want to bring home a crystal ball, but an ACC title and BCS berth is the first step.


     
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    A Basketball School With a Football Problem
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    Chapel Hill, NC- North Carolina has long been a sleeping giant in college football. They've had some amazing players wear the iconic interlocking NC logo, from Lawerence Taylor, Greg Ellis, Julius Peppers, Jeff Saturday and Alge Crumpler, but they have had a tough time putting together a string of sucessful seasons. Coach Fuzzyl0gic is hoping to change that and we sat down for a short interview with him this week.


    ACC Weekly: What will be your toughest game the rest of the way?
    Coach Fuzzyl0gic: I'm going to cheat and make this the TWO toughest games. Bucs has had my number this cycle, defeating me twice in really close games that go down to the wire. This game will most likely determine the division, winner takes it. Then there is Baron, my arch-nemesis of college and the pros. I've yet to win a game against him, so beating down lowly NC State and reclaiming the state for UNC would be huge as well.
    What player has been the key to your offense so far? Why?
    Despite a horrid start to the year, QB Mitch Trubisky is looking better each week. He has shown the ability to come out and fling the rock in dire situations, and he is also becoming more and more a game manager and making the right reads. We can only go as far as he takes us offensively. He has some very nice targets in Thorpe and Davis, along with a couple of great TEs.
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    Your defense? Why?
    I'm going to cheat again and say our dline as a whole. As a unit, they've put together 19 sacks in just six games. Our defensive unit as a whole has been amazing this year, and the reason why we've been in some games, and gone on to win.

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    Can you win the ACC @ UNC?

    Absolutely we can. We're on the right track this year, we just have to not beat ourselves and play smart football. The talent is there.
    What recruit from this season or last are you most excited about getting on the field?
    It may surprise you, but none other than Curtis Jackson. He has been flying all over the field in practice, and the kid just seems to have a knack for making plays. We're very excited to see what he can do against opponents next season.
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  9. Gravity

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    This is gonna come down to the wire it looks like. Gonna be a lot of shakeup in the rankings last few weeks.
     

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