By Popular Demand–the ACC Survivor Pool is Back for 2014!

The Confidential’s Survivor Pool is back for 2014!  Sign up today: http://www.officefootballpool.com/pools.cfm?poolid=96660&p=2&pwd=orangebowl

We are limiting this to the first 100 entrants.  With thousands of ACC fans, sign up today.

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ACC Fantasy Football Contest 2014!

So, you think you know college football? Especially ACC football?  Prove it.

The Confidential is announcing a friendly (i.e. no prize) contest in a fantasy football style format.  FANT-ACC Football!  If you think you know ACC football, here is your chance to prove it.

Here are the rules:

Rule #1:  Each week, we will post the week’s entry page.

Rule #2: Anyone desiring to enter that week must submit ONE (and only one) comment in that post announcing the following:

  • One Quarterback from “an ACC school” (i.e. the 14 ACC schools, plus Notre Dame)
  • One Running Back from an ACC school
  • One Wide Receiver from an ACC school
  • One more Running Back, Wide Receiver, or Tight End from an ACC school
  • One defense for an ACC school.
  • One coach for an ACC school

Example of a great entry: Jameis Winston (QB) FSU; Duke Williams (RB) Miami; Jamison Crowder (WR) Duke; Ryan Switzer (WR), UNC; Clemson Defense; and Coach Scott Shafer.  Note the use of first names, positions, and schools.  There are obviously more than one Williams in the ACC.  Also, see Rule #6 regarding diversity in selecting your team.

Rule #3: The scoring is as follows for QBs, RBs, WR’s, and TE’s:

  1. 1 point for every 20 yards passing
  2. 1 point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving.
  3. 5 points for a touchdown of any variety (i.e. includes special teams)
  4. 2 points for participating in a 2-point conversion… i.e. passing, rushing, or receiving for one.
  5. For a QB only… 5 bonus points for winning a game in which he attempted at least 90% of the teams passes.  Yes, if your QB only completes 88% of his teams passes because a backup comes in for the second half of a game against an terrible foe, no points are awarded.  We are rewarding he defeating of a meritorious foe, not a cupcake.

Rule #4: The scoring is as follows for a Defense:

  1. Scoring formula = (30 MINUS the number of points the defense allows in regulation)Example, if your team allows 21 points, the defense gets 9 points.  If your team allows 52 points, the defense gets -22 points.  If the score is 30-30 in regulation, but 52-50 in overtime, the defense gets 0 points.
  2. 5 bonus points for winning the game, 2 bonus points for losing in overtime.
  3. 1 points for a recovered fumble, interception, or sack.
  4. -4 points for allowing 500 yards of offense, 400 yards of passing, and/or 300 yards of rushing.

Rule #5: The scoring is as follows for a Coach:

  1. 6 points for winning a game against an FBS opponent
  2. 3 points for winning a game against an FCS opponent.
  3. -6 points for losing a game against an FCS opponent.
  4. Bonus points for defeating a ranked team: 20 points for top 5, 15 points for #6-#15, 10 points for #16-#25.  The poll will be the AP Poll until the College Football Playoff Standings is released, currently expected to be October 28, 2014Example: If your coach defeats the #9 ranked team, he will get 15 bonus points; if he defeats a 16th ranked team, he will get 10 points).

Rule #6: Bonus points: If your entry uses players/coaches from six different ACC schools, you will receive 5 bonus points that week.

Rule #7: The entrant with the highest number of points will “WIN” the week.  The winner will be congratulated in a post.

Rule #8: This is a contest for FUN.  However, it is that much more FUN to be a winner and prove that you have superior college football knowledge.  So we hope that everyone enjoys the friendly competition.

Rule #9: The contest will end with the conclusion of the regular season (i.e. there will be no entries the week of the ACC Championship Game).  The Confidential will name an Overall Winner(s), if any, at the end of the contest in a congratulatory post.  If no entrant records at least two WINS, then there will be no Overall Winner and the congratulatory post will be merely to recognize all of the participants that received one WIN.  There may be multiple Overall Winners.

Rule #10:  The source of the statistics will be the ESPN boxscore, as of the date that it is reviewed by the Confidential for tabulation.  Once the Confidential reviews the ESPN boxscore, the scoring is final–even if ESPN is inaccurate or there is a change to the boxscore.

SO… let us repeat… are you willing to prove each week that you know ACC Football?  Let us know if you plan to submit entries this year.

 

 

 

 

Do You Think You Know ACC Football? Prove it!

So, you think you know college football? Especially ACC football?  Prove it.

The Confidential is announcing a friendly (i.e. no prize) contest in a fantasy football style format.  FANT-ACC Football!  If you think you know ACC football, here is your chance to prove it.

Here are the rules:

Rule #1:  Each week, we will post the week’s entry page.

Rule #2: Anyone desiring to enter that week must submit ONE (and only one) comment in that post announcing the following:

  • One Quarterback from “an ACC school” (i.e. the 14 ACC schools, plus Notre Dame)
  • One Running Back from an ACC school
  • One Wide Receiver from an ACC school
  • One more Running Back, Wide Receiver, or Tight End from an ACC school
  • One defense for an ACC school.
  • One coach for an ACC school

Example of a great entry: Jameis Winston (QB) FSU; Duke Williams (RB) Miami; Jamison Crowder (WR) Duke; Ryan Switzer (WR), UNC; Clemson Defense; and Coach Scott Shafer.  Note the use of first names, positions, and schools.  There are obviously more than one Williams in the ACC.  Also, see Rule #6 regarding diversity in selecting your team.

Rule #3: The scoring is as follows for QBs, RBs, WR’s, and TE’s:

  1. 1 point for every 20 yards passing
  2. 1 point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving.
  3. 5 points for a touchdown of any variety (i.e. includes special teams)
  4. 2 points for participating in a 2-point conversion… i.e. passing, rushing, or receiving for one.
  5. For a QB only… 5 bonus points for winning a game in which he attempted at least 90% of the teams passes.  Yes, if your QB only completes 88% of his teams passes because a backup comes in for the second half of a game against an terrible foe, no points are awarded.  We are rewarding he defeating of a meritorious foe, not a cupcake.

Rule #4: The scoring is as follows for a Defense:

  1. Scoring formula = (30 MINUS the number of points the defense allows in regulation)Example, if your team allows 21 points, the defense gets 9 points.  If your team allows 52 points, the defense gets -22 points.  If the score is 30-30 in regulation, but 52-50 in overtime, the defense gets 0 points.
  2. 5 bonus points for winning the game, 2 bonus points for losing in overtime.
  3. 1 points for a recovered fumble, interception, or sack.
  4. -4 points for allowing 500 yards of offense, 400 yards of passing, and/or 300 yards of rushing.

Rule #5: The scoring is as follows for a Coach:

  1. 6 points for winning a game against an FBS opponent
  2. 3 points for winning a game against an FCS opponent.
  3. -6 points for losing a game against an FCS opponent.
  4. Bonus points for defeating a ranked team: 20 points for top 5, 15 points for #6-#15, 10 points for #16-#25.  The poll will be the AP Poll until the College Football Playoff Standings is released, currently expected to be October 28, 2014Example: If your coach defeats the #9 ranked team, he will get 15 bonus points; if he defeats a 16th ranked team, he will get 10 points).

Rule #6: Bonus points: If your entry uses players/coaches from six different ACC schools, you will receive 5 bonus points that week.

Rule #7: The entrant with the highest number of points will “WIN” the week.  The winner will be congratulated in a post.

Rule #8: This is a contest for FUN.  However, it is that much more FUN to be a winner and prove that you have superior college football knowledge.  So we hope that everyone enjoys the friendly competition.

Rule #9: The contest will end with the conclusion of the regular season (i.e. there will be no entries the week of the ACC Championship Game).  The Confidential will name an Overall Winner(s), if any, at the end of the contest in a congratulatory post.  If no entrant records at least two WINS, then there will be no Overall Winner and the congratulatory post will be merely to recognize all of the participants that received one WIN.  There may be multiple Overall Winners.

Rule #10:  The source of the statistics will be the ESPN boxscore, as of the date that it is reviewed by the Confidential for tabulation.  Once the Confidential reviews the ESPN boxscore, the scoring is final–even if ESPN is inaccurate or there is a change to the boxscore.

SO… let us repeat… are you willing to prove each week that you know ACC Football?  Let us know if you plan to submit entries this year.

 

 

 

 

Pre- Pre-Season Confidential Poll: August 11, 2014

Well, football season is really right around the corner–in three weeks we will be talking about actual wins and losses, rather than potential and hope.  Ranking the ACC teams (plus Notre Dame) is very challenging.  First, Florida State may be in a class of their own.  The Atlantic is largely a race for second-place, with no real certainty as to how Louisville and Clemson will respond to replacing departing stars.  Second, the Coastal is so wide-open… only Virginia really seems unlikely to win it all.  With all that, these rankings are only worth so much.  But here they are:

  1. Florida State (50 points, 5 first place votes).   The Seminoles are the team to beat in the ACC and nationwide.  A tougher schedule makes a repeat quite a daunting task though.
  2. Clemson (44 points).  The Tigers remain fairly loaded, despite having to replace a lot of skill-player production.  As always, Clemson will challenge itself early and often out-of-conference.
  3. Miami (33 points).  Sooner or later Miami will have to win the Coastal.  Is it this year?
  4. Louisville (32 points).  The Cards get plenty of love early.  The schedule is substantially more difficult for Bobby Petrino v 2.0.
  5. (tie) Notre Dame and Duke (26 points).  People hate Duke basketball and Notre Dame football.  But these academic heavyweights are looking to have outstanding football seasons.
  6. (tie) see above.
  7. North Carolina (21 points).  Much like one wonders when Miami will return to prominence, one wonders if North Carolina will ever be a serious football threat.  Mack Brown was able to do it.  But not much else.  Maybe 2014 will be the year.
  8. Virginia Tech (20 points).  Virginia Tech is the last school to be on all of the Confidential ballots.  Frank Beamer has been legendary, but is he running out of juice?
  9. Syracuse (10 points).  The Orange are one of those teams with a huge range of potential… not too many win totals would be a total surprise.  With a year under the belts of their quarterback and head coach, expectations are on the higher side.
  10. Pittsburgh (6 points).  The Panthers are a team that generally recruits well.  Someone on ESPN even picked them to win the Coastal.  Not sure if they are ready for that kind of jump, but you never know.

Others: Georgia Tech (5 points), Boston College (2 points).  Wake Forest, Virginia, and North Carolina State did not receive any votes.

What do YOU think?  What is your top 10?

Power Conference Scheduling

If you have not been paying attention, a growing number of coaches in the five power conferences would like to see those conference members schedule only teams from the other power conferences.  According to ESPN, 46% (somehow deemed a majority) of coaches favor such a proposal.  Should you?

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2014 ACC Football School Media Guides

Most schools issue a media guide at the beginning of the football season.  These are FULL of useful and interesting information.  Here is a link to the ACC’s Media Guide in PDF form, as well as links to the 15 ACC school football media guides:

  1. Boston College: Link to PDF and index or Viewer
  2. Clemson: Link to PDF
  3. Duke: Link to PDF
  4. Florida State: Link to PDF
  5. Georgia Tech: Link to PDF or Viewer
  6. Louisville: Viewer
  7. Miami: Link to PDF
  8. North Carolina: Viewer
  9. North Carolina State: Link to PDF
  10. Notre Dame: Link to PDF
  11. Pittsburgh: Link to PDF
  12. Syracuse: Pending–check here
  13. Virginia: Link to PDF
  14. Virginia Tech: Link to PDF
  15. Wake Forest: Link to PDF

Enjoy!

2014 Rosters For Each ACC Football Team

Wondering who #37 is for your opponent?  Here are links to the rosters for all ACC Football teams:

  1. Boston College
  2. Clemson
  3. Duke
  4. Florida State
  5. Georgia Tech
  6. Louisville
  7. Miami
  8. North Carolina
  9. North Carolina State
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Pittsburgh
  12. Syracuse
  13. Virginia
  14. Virginia Tech
  15. Wake Forest

So, there you go… the rosters for each and every ACC football team!

 

 

The Confidential’s Preseason All-ACC Team

With football season about 30 days away, now is as good a time as ever to distribute the 2014 Preseason All-ACC teams.  So, without further adieu, here are the First, Second, and Third teams.

FIRST TEAM ALL-ACC

QB:       Jameis Winston, Florida State

RB:       Duke Johnson, Miami; Karlos Williams, Florida State

WR:      Jamison Crowder, Duke; Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh; Rashad Greene, Florida State

TE:        Nick O’Leary, Florida State;

OL:       Cameron Erving, Florida State; Sean Hickey, Syracuse; Tre Jackson, Florida State; Laken Tomlinson, Duke; Shaq Mason, Georgia Tech

DL:       Vic Beasley, Clemson; Mario Edwards, Jr., Florida State; Luther Muddy, Virginia Tech; Grady Jarrett, Clemson

LB:       Denzel Perryman, Miami; Stephone Anthony, Clemson; Kelby Brown, Duke; Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech

DB:       Anthony Harris, Virginia; Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech; Jeremy Cash, Duke; PJ Williams, Florida State

ST:        Roberto Aguayo (K), Florida State

Continue to 2nd and 3rd team…

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Conference Conversation Topics

Here is a quick comparison of the conference conversation topics on blogs and message boards throughout the Internet today:

ACC:

  1. Football: FSU–champions Again!  Can they repeat?
  2. Football depth on the increase with Miami rounding into form, and Louisville coming on board.
  3. Basketball: The big 4 of Duke, Syracuse, UNC, and Louisville… going to be awesome.  National championships are inevitable.
  4. Lacrosse–deepest conference by far.
  5. Notre Dame is nice to have around.

SEC:

  1. Football–Bama, Auburn, LSU, South Carolina, A&M, Georgia, Missouri, Florida… so very very good at football.  Which team will win it all?
  2. Nick Saban
  3. Basketball–Kentucky and Florida–will they get #1 seeds and make the Final Four?

B1G:

  1. BTN and other TV contracts: generating plenty of money!
  2. CIC: generating plenty of money!
  3. Oh, and we added Rutgers and Moneyland…errr Maryland.
  4. Did we mention how much money we were making?
  5. We have top notch wrestling!

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again.  The Big 10… first in money and nothing else.  See here.

New Wake Forest Demon Deacons Page

The Confidential is going to create a quick summary page for each ACC school, with important links.  Today’s is Wake Forest.  It may be found here.

If you have a Wake Forest blog and would like to have reciprocal links, send us a direct message on Twitter or comment on this page.