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Monthly Archive: December 2014

Dec
31
2014

ACC Basketball Power Rankings – December 31, 2014

It’s almost time to celebrate a new year. A fresh start, a chance to carry out those resolutions, and 365 more opportunities for #goacc greatness. There wasn’t much #goacc in basketball circles this week, however, as most teams rounded out their non-conference slate to end 2014. 1 – Duke: Holy Toledo! The Blue Devils easily …

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Dec
30
2014

Louisville loses to UGA in the Belk bowl, but they are not far from being a top-end program.

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Louisville has been a welcome addition to the ACC. They added quality depth to ACC football. This year they went 9-4, that included a road win at 8-5 Notre Dame. They beat Kentucky helping the ACC to a 4-0 rivalry day record against the SEC. The season ended on a down note though after a …

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Dec
29
2014

After crushing Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl, time to call Clemson a legitimate football power.

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Clemson put on a performance in the Russell Athletic Bowl that I didn’t think they were capable of. Winning wasn’t out of the question, winning 40-6 seemed like a virtual impossibility. Don’t tell that to the Clemson football team and coaching staff. Clemson had a complete performance. It was total domination. Oklahoma came into the …

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Dec
28
2014

ACC Bubble Analysis for December 28, 2014

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Some of ACC fans are more than ready to turn the corner to basketball – like right now. Well going to into the new year and the conference season, let’s find out where your teams stands as it positions itself for the NCAA tournament. In my ranking system, any RPI top (100) win is a …

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Dec
27
2014

Boston College in good hands with Steve Addazio, but a late game collapse at the Pinstripe Bowl will sting.

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I like Steve Addazio at Boston College. I think he’s the right man there, but make no mistake Boston College choked away the Pinstripe Bowl to Penn State. Up 21-7 late in the 3rd qtr, you have to feel pretty good when you are a power running team and have a QB like Tyler Murphy. …

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Dec
27
2014

Miami’s glory days seem further away than ever following Independence Bowl loss.

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Miami entered the season as the pre-season ACC Coastal Division favorite. I never understood that to be honest, but I guess the ACC Media saw something there. The schedule was always too tough, but they should have better than this. In the end, and if you’re being honest, the season was basically a disaster. The …

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Dec
27
2014

Duke has another very good year, but comes up just short in the Sun Bowl.

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There are some teams in the ACC, where I don’t understand how they get so little out of their talent. Then there is Duke and David Cutcliffe. Duke should not have averaged 9.5 wins the last two seasons. The talent is improved, but they shouldn’t be able to play right there with Texas A&M last …

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Dec
27
2014

Virginia Tech shows plenty of pride in Military Bowl win over Cincinnati.

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On November 22, 2014, Virginia Tech sat 5-6 after a humbling 6-3 loss to Wake Forest. The Hokies were finished. They were done, the bowl streak likely over, Beamer was toast. There were two things the Hokies could do when faced with their worst season in over 20 years. They could either pack it in, …

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Dec
26
2014

Optimism abounds in Raleigh, after NC State beats UCF in St. Petersburg Bowl.

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If you’re a NC State fan it really doesn’t get a lot better than what happened on Friday. Your biggest rival North Carolina, got thumped in their bowl game and looks like a program in total disarray. Your team went to the St. Petersburg bowl to battle a solid Central Florida team. NC State beat …

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Dec
26
2014

After 3 years and an ugly bowl loss to Rutgers, where’s the progress at UNC under Larry Fedora?

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After each ACC team’s bowl game, I’m going to write a brutally honest (good or bad) assessment of where I think that ACC football program is at. The first ACC bowl team to finish their season was North Carolina. North Carolina suffered an embarrassing 40-21 loss to Rutgers in the Quick Lane Bowl to finish …

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Dec
25
2014

Pittsburgh’s hire of Pat Narduzzi adds to the list of ACC Football Coaches that match the identity of their school.

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First off Happy Holidays to everyone out there! Opened enough presents? Ate enough food? Here’s a little downtime ACC reading. Pat Narduzzi is set to become Pittsburgh’s new head coach.  Narduzzi has been the Defensive Coordinator at Michigan St. the last 8 years. The Spartans have had one of the most physical defenses during that time. …

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Dec
24
2014

ACC Basketball Power Rankings – December 24, 2014

‘Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the south … and northeast … and parts of Indiana … not a creature was stirring, not even an ibis. The jerseys were hung in the lockers with care, in hopes that the NCAA would not soon be investigating there. The players were nestled all snug in …

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Dec
23
2014

Who is the best defensive basketball team in the country – Virginia or Kentucky?

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In the last few days we’ve seen a couple of incredible defensive performances on the basketball court. Kentucky jumped out to a 41-7 halftime lead against a decent UCLA team, where the Bruins shot 25% for the game. Well that did it, the Wildcats were unquestionably the best defensive team in the country. That was …

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Dec
23
2014

Virginia Tech’s Epperly Named ACC Wrestler of Week

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Virginia Tech’s Epperly Named ACC Wrestler of Week Tech Grappler Upsets Second-Ranked Matt Brown of Penn State   GREENSBORO, N.C.—Virginia Tech redshirt freshman Zach Epperly is the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week after leading the sixth-ranked Hokies to a near upset at fourth-ranked Penn State last week. Epperly, from  Christiansburg, Va.,  is 10-2 …

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Dec
22
2014

Articles from around the ACC Blogosphere December 22, 2014

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Let’s see what the ACC Bloggers are up too during the last full week of 2014! We are going to start with Florida State blog Tomahawknation who have summarized what is likely the end of the Jamies Winston investigation  in regards to his playing career at Florida State. Winston will be playing QB at Florida …

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Dec
22
2014

Seven ACC Squads Ranked in Collegiate Baseball Poll

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  Thanks to @HokieSmash for sending this press release. Led by Virginia the ACC will again try to break their baseball title drought. The Hoos came so close last year to winning the Championship. GREENSBORO, N.C. – Seven Atlantic Coast Conference baseball teams are ranked in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s preseason poll, tied for the most …

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