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Ranking the Conferences: Week 3

With the football playoff looming, it is tempting to analyze which four teams belong in it.  But it is simply too early to begin prognosticating.  Most teams have not even played a conference game yet.  But we are starting to see about conference strength.  Let’s rank the conferences after three weeks.   The SEC.  This is a no-brainer.  Everyone except Arkansas–who...
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10 quick takes on the ACC after week 3

The ACC continues to look solid from top to Wake Forest. While this week didn’t match last week’s success, and there was the hiccup by Virginia Tech overall it was another good week led by Boston College’s huge upset win over USC. Again the ACC avoided any major upsets OOC, outside of the previously mentioned Hokies. 1) Boston College shocks the College Football World Last...
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James Conner breaks Pitt record in FIU win

Lost a bit in Pitt's win over Florida International was the fact that running back James Conner's big day was record-breaking. Conner didn't have a perfect game with the costly fumbles - that much is clear. But at the end of the day, he still racked up 177 yards on the ground and another three touchdowns. Those yards now give him 544 on the season through the team'...
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Paul Chryst speaks on benching of Chad Voytik

In the second half of Pitt's game against Florida International, head coach Paul Chryst made a curious move by replacing starting quarterback Chad Voytik with backup Trey Anderson. The move only lasted a series but with the Panthers up by only seven, the move made little sense to, well, just about everyone. Afterwards, Chryst spoke on his decision. Per the Trib-Review: "...
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Pitt shakes off slow start for 42-25 win over FIU

Yeah, so, that was a lot more entertaining than most of us probably thought it would be. With an early 16-0 Pitt deficit, a lightning delay, three safeties, Dave Wannstedt blowing up Steve Pederson at halftime, fumbling issues, and a Chad Voetik benching, things were, say, interesting in Pitt's 42-25 win over Florida International. Let's take things slowly, shall we? The...
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Pitt vs. FIU TV Schedule, Time, Game Information

The Panthers face Florida International later today in their third contest of the early season. So far so good, as Pitt has beaten their first two opponents - Delaware and Boston College. The program looks to continue their hot start under head coach Paul Chryst as Pitt travels to Florida International to face the Golden Panthers. FIU comes into the game having defeated FCS program...
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Links to sim this weekend's ACC matchups with Game Sim

No game sim predictions will be posted this week on the site since its so early in the season.  There has been one tweak to the college football Game Sim this year, and early results have been encouraging.  Even though there won't be any predictions posted, I thought I would at least post links to sim each of the games this weekend. Note: Both teams have to have played at...
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Will's Week Three Predictions

Last week: 10-2  Overall: 23-2 East Carolina vs. Virginia Tech After one of the biggest wins in recent memory, Virginia Tech needs to avoid a letdown game here. East Carolina is sneaky, and just gave South Carolina a good game.  The Pirates feature one of the best quarterbacks the Hokies will see all year in Shane Carden, who has completed 70% of his passes in the first two games...
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From Old Virginia previews Virginia's matchup with Louisville

Coming to town is a team that UVA has played twice in about 120 years of football; the Hoos have longer histories with Western Michigan and Tulane than the Cardinals.  So it's only natural that they should be a permanent rival, right, ACC?  There's no need to work on the schedule or realign or anything. Date/Time: Saturday, September 13; 12:30 TV: ESPN3 Record against...
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Pitt running back James Conner named Maxwell Player of the Week

Most of the time when the national clubs that distribute awards during the week, you can almost always disregard them. Out of all of the FBS schools, to win one at Pitt (unless you're Aaron Donald, I suppose) is next to impossible. That wasn't the case this week, however, as running back James Conner was named the Maxwell Football Club's Player of the Week. Conner won...
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FIU to start freshman QB against Pitt

Earlier this week, I mentioned Florida International's two-quarterback rotation. In each game, FIU has used two quarterbacks - freshman Alex McGough and junior E.J. Hilliard. While head coach Ron Turner has said both will play earlier, McGough will apparently get the nod first and, according to the Miami Herald, will be the starter. Turner also reaffirmed his commitment to play...
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Analyzing Pitt's 2014-15 basketball schedule

Pitt's basketball schedule dropped a couple of weeks ago and while I've wanted to give some thoughts on it earlier, the start of football season has kind of prevented that. But better late than never, right? Playing in the difficult ACC, the schedule's never going to be all that easy. That's especially true this year as I think the conference will be better than last...
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Wake Forest freshman forward Cornelius Hudson joins the roster

Wake Forest has officially added freshman Cornelius Hudson to the Wake Forest basketball roster.  Hudson is the younger brother of 49ers Wide Receiver, Michael Crabtree.  Hudson is a 6'6" small forward with a versatile skillset. Hudson had been on campus since the beginning of the semester but hadn't yet been approved by the NCAA. “This kid was here on his own...
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Pitt football boasts top 20 offense and defense statistically

It's early, but so far the Panthers' football team ranks near the top of the NCAA in several statistical categories. Per ESPN, Pitt ranks fifth in the nation in total rushing yards at 356.0 per game. That's buoyed, obviously, by star James Conner who is second in the nation individually behind only UTEP's Aaron Jones. In overall offense, that dominant running game...
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Articles from around the ACC Blogosphere 9/9

Virginia Tech is deservedly the story of the week. Their win at Ohio State will end up being one of the best wins of the season. With that said, we’re going to start our articles around the ACC  Blogoshere with Virginia Tech. They earned it Hokie blog Gobbler Country asks is this the dawn of a new era at Virginia Tech? It very well could be, only time will tell. It’s hard...
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Did the NCAA Throw the Big 10 a Lifeline?

It is no secret that the Confidential finds the Big 10 to be vastly overrated, and even in football as compared to the ACC.  It is also no secret that the Big 10 had a dreadful football weekend, with Ohio State and Michigan imploding among other events.  Even Jim Delaney came out and said that he was disappointed by the weekend.  So how convenient is it that the NCAA got the Big...
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Should the College Football Playoff Committee separate teams from their conferences?

When the Big 10 face planted with a disastrous Saturday, the questions started immediately. Was the Big 10 was out of the playoff race already? The weekend was so bad Big 10 commissioner Jim Delany felt compelled to defend his conference. “You want to make sure the narrative and the facts are aligned at the end,” he said. “It’s too early for any narrative for the narrative...
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Pitt RB James Conner ranks second in the nation in rushing

Pitt's James Conner is having a heck of a season so far. Despite being used sparingly in the Panthers' opener against Delaware, the Pitt running back is among the nation's best in rushing yardage. Conner has 367 rushing yards through two games and ranks second in all of the FBS. His 367 yards are behind only UTEP running back Aaron Jones and his five rushing touchdowns...
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ACC Announces Football Players of the Week for September 8

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Three members of Virginia Tech’s defensive unit received Atlantic Coast Conference weekly football honors following their performances in Saturday night’s win at No. 8 Ohio State, which capped an 11-0 weekend for league teams versus nonconference opponents. Junior Deon Clarke, who was tabbed as the Walter Camp Foundation National Defensive...
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ACC Football by The Numbers: Week Two

Here are the numbers that stood out from week two in ACC football. 0.8-Yards per carry average by Florida A&M against Miami. 3-Rushing touchdowns by Shadrach Thornton of NC State. 7-Turnovers forced by Virginia's defense. 12-Number of Louisville players who caught a pass against Murray State. 31-Completion percentage by Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett against Virginia...
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Will's Week Two Rankings

Here are my rankings after week two in ACC football. 1. Florida State (2-0) The Seminoles coasted to their 18th straight win. 2. Clemson (1-1) The Tigers outgained South Carolina State 735-44. 3. UNC (2-0) The Tar Heels needed a interception in the end zone to defeat San Diego State. 4. Duke (2-0) The Blue Devils used a balanced attack to beat Troy. 5. Louisville (2-0) The Cardinals...
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Ranking the Power 5 Football Conferences after week 2

It’s only week 2, and the Big 10 has been virtually eliminated from the 4 team playoff race. Find out why, and if they have any kind of shot to get back into the playoff chase. We’ll give each conference a relative strength value 1-10. 1) SEC – 9.5 The SEC had a light week, playing 2/3 of the FCS this past weekend. South Carolina did look shaky against against East Carolina...
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Virginia performs predictably against Richmond

Sweeping narratives about the just-completed game are usually the order of the day on a Sunday, but this was Richmond and absolutely nothing took place that hasn't been foreseen in the last few months.  So, let's try a position paper instead. To tell the truth, there's no way to tell from the statistics of two games whether Greyson Lambert or Matt Johns should be the...
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Pitt's Artie Rowell out for the season

Pitt loses starting center, Artie Rowell, for the season. Artie Rowell went down with an injury in Pitt's 30-20 win against Boston College, and many thought it would not be a serious diagnosis. However, it was announced today that Rowell is out for the season with an ACL tear. Paul Chryst gave some words on the matter about losing his starting center. "I know I speak for...
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10 quick takes on the ACC after week 2

Week 2 in the ACC was one of those weekends, that makes John Swofford smile. It was undefeated Saturday for the conference capped off by Virginia Tech’s return to national relevancy with their victory at Ohio State. Let’s get to the 10 quick takes on the ACC for Week 2. 1) Welcome back Virginia Tech, we’ve missed you. Critics of Virginia Tech, said Frank Beamer didn’t have...
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