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ACC games one way to predict Notre Dame

ACC games one way to predict Notre Dame

Notre Dame begins its fourth season under the Atlantic Coast Conference deal that allows the football team to maintain its treasured conference independence. In exchange, the Irish schedule ACC schools and grant ACC membership for other sports.From the results of the...

ACC fails to measure up as best conference

ACC fails to measure up as best conference

The bottom fell out of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The top capsized, too.The mighty USS Duke and Louisville both went down on Sunday among eight ACC teams eliminated the first week of the NCAA Tournament. Only North Carolina is left hanging on and hoping the shell will stay...

Young ACC corners make their mark early

Young ACC corners make their mark early

Cornerback is one of those positions that used to require seasoned veterans. Rare was the incoming freshman that played. They needed time to learn the college game.But that’s not necessarily the case anymore. The mature true freshmen with ability are pressed into action. Nine of...

ACC returns another strong cast of receivers

ACC returns another strong cast of receivers

The ACC does wide receivers, too. Dynamic wideouts were one reason the ACC supplanted the SEC as the nation’s top football conference in 2016.The so-called basketball conference was highlighted by the play of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson leading the Tigers to the national...

NC State women shaking up ACC

NC State women shaking up ACC

RALEIGH – If you thought ACC men’s basketball was off to a topsy-turvy start, check out what’s happening on the distaff side of the conference.North Carolina State, once a proud national power under the legendary Kay Yow, opened ACC play with back-to-back upsets of No. 2 Notre...

ACC bowl primer from Clemson to NC State

ACC bowl primer from Clemson to NC State

Clemson leads 11 ACC teams into the bowl season with its second-straight berth in the College Football Playoff. That total in a 14-team conference ties a league record for the third time in four years.The Tigers finished last year as the runner-up to Alabama. They are the No. 2...

Michigan and Florida State in odd Orange Bowl

Michigan and Florida State in odd Orange Bowl

Two teams that finished third in their respective conferences’ divisions meet in the Orange Bowl. Michigan and Florida State play on the unholy bowl date of Dec. 30 in a town called Miami Gardens despite an artificial field at Hard Rock Stadium.In the immortal words of Vince...

Florida State remains on the fringe

Florida State remains on the fringe

Florida State is one of those schools that can attract a top recruit or two with Leonard Hamilton as its respected head coach. The problem is keeping them around to build a program that can climb the ACC ladder.It’s one step forward with a coveted recruit and then back to the...

Tar Heels gained confidence despite Clemson loss

Tar Heels gained confidence despite Clemson loss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – North Carolina is picked to win the ACC’s Coastal Division, which — around the rest of the nation — can be called “The Other Guys.”Clemson, the 2015 national runner-up, and Florida State, the 2013 national champion, reside in the tougher ACC Atlantic. Louisville...

ACC can top SEC in conference matchups

ACC can top SEC in conference matchups

We all recognize the SEC is the nation’s top football conference, but many of us outside the SEC like to point out that the SEC is largely top heavy.Granted, the SEC has more schools that can annually contend for a national title and it is topped by Alabama’s modern dynasty, but...