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Quarterbacks led ACC past SEC last season

Quarterbacks led ACC past SEC last season

To understand how the ACC overtook the SEC in football supremacy in 2016, start with the quarterbacks.For the much of the past season, mock NFL drafts have ranked Mitch Trubisky as the top quarterback prospect. Yet the North Carolina junior was only the ACC’s third-team...

ACC overtakes SEC in college football

ACC overtakes SEC in college football

In football’s quest to become a year-round sport, it’s never too early to look ahead to the 2017 season.The national title Clemson claimed Monday night was the ACC’s second in four years, and the league has been represented in the College Football Playoff all three years. The...

Shortsighted Heisman failed to promote future

Shortsighted Heisman failed to promote future

Dear Heisman Trophy trustees:You blew it. Again.Do you realize the challenge football faces these days with declining numbers at youth levels due to parents concerned about the safety of the game? ... Click here for the rest of my FanRagSports.com story

ACC teams were national on many levels

ACC teams were national on many levels

Clemson is positioned in the College Football Playoff for the second-straight year. The ACC, frustrated by living in the neighboring SEC’s shadow, would love to point to two national titles in the last four years. That would be one more than the SEC.The ACC’s Florida State won...

Door opened to Heisman for Watson

Door opened to Heisman for Watson

A couple of weeks ago Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson seemed to have the Heisman Trophy wrapped up. The Downtown Athletic Club was ready to send out the engraving order for the stiff arm trophy.But Louisville and Jackson have stumbled two weeks in a row. The Cardinals lost...

Turnovers make Wake Forest a threat

Turnovers make Wake Forest a threat

Don’t let last week’s final score fool you: Louisville 44, Wake Forest 12.Wake Forest used three Cardinals turnovers to forge a 12-0 halftime lead, was still ahead 12-3 in the third quarter and played strong enough defense against superior talent to trail only 16-12 midway...

Georgia Tech needs big plays to repeat 2014

Georgia Tech needs big plays to repeat 2014

Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas played like a “Man in Full” as a sophomore in 2014. One of his victims two years ago was Clemson and then-freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson in the Yellow Jackets’ 28-6 victory.Thomas was the 2014 third-team All-ACC quarterback behind...

Lamar Jackson works on his game from pocket

Lamar Jackson works on his game from pocket

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The dynamic quarterback missed some playing time as a true freshman with an injury, but he showed enough flashes to enter his sophomore season with preseason Heisman Trophy attention.That hint suggests Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, who finished third in the...

Clemson welcomes national expectations

Clemson welcomes national expectations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Nick Saban points to Clemson as his preseason pick for the No. 1 team in the nation.Sure, the crusty Alabama head coach is trying to deflect attention from his defending national championship team, but he named Clemson – not Florida State, Oklahoma, or...

Williams returns to potent Clemson offense

Williams returns to potent Clemson offense

Clemson returns prolific Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson. The Tigers junior quarterback compiled 1,105 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns along with 4,104 passing and 35 TDs.Not a bad starting point to begin 2016 for last year’s ACC champions and national runner-up to...