Black Monday

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This Monday, September 1, Labor Day, will be Black Monday. The Louisville Cardinals will make their ACC debut in Papa Johns Cardinals Stadium against the Miami Hurricanes at 8 p.m. on ESPN. An Orange-out might be passe in Syracuse but the Cards fans and team are excited to be back in black. The traditionalist Charlie Strong refused the teams request to let them wear the black uni’s during his tenure, opting instead to stick with their more traditional red and white uniforms. One of the first things Bobby Petrino did upon his return was to bring back the black, and why not, he introduced them in the first place.
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Week 1 ACC Preview

The first week of the football season is here.  Check out our latest standings, and remember to get your first week’s entry in for our fantasy football contest.  It is free… with prizes.   Here are this week’s games:

Thursday, August 28, 2014:

Wake Forest @ Louisiana-Monroe, 7pm.  Wake Forest opens their season at Louisiana-Monroe.  That makes it tougher, but Wake Forest needs to win this game if it wants to get to bowl eligibility.

Friday, August 29, 2014:

Villanova @ Syracuse, 7pm.  The Orange have gone to two straight bowl games.  To get to a third, they need to win the winnable games.  And no game is MORE winnable than a game against FCS-foe and basketball rival, Villanova.

Saturday, August 30, 2014:

Delaware @ Pittsburgh, Noon.  Some are picking Pitt to win the Coastal, others are not nearly as confident.  When is the last time you thought Pitt over-achieved???

#7 UCLA @ Virginia, Noon.   This is likely a make-or-break year for Mike London.  An opener hosting UCLA is time-zone friendly, but not talent friendly.  But you never know.

Wofford @ Georgia Tech, 12:30 pm.  Some think that there is a hot seat in Georgia Tech.  The Yellow Jackets need to take care of Wofford handily and get off to a good start.

Georgia Southern @ North Carolina State, 12:30 pm.  North Carolina State does not challenge itself OOC, but it does not have a ton of talent either.  A win over Georgia Southern is key for bowl eligibility. 

Boston College @ UMass, 3:00 pm.  Like Wake Forest, Boston College opens on the road against a foe that rarely hosts major programs.  If BC is to make another bowl this year, they need to beat their in-state opponent in Game 1.

William & Mary @ Virginia Tech, 3:30 pm.  With the Braxton Miller injury, the Hokies might be looking ahead to Ohio State with a bit more eagerness.  But they cannot look past Bill and Mary.  Remember James Madison?

Rice @ #17 Notre Dame, 3:30 pm.  The Fighting Irish have had off-field distractions of late, but they do get their QB back.  Rice and Notre Dame match-up a lot better academically than they do on the gridiron.

#16 Clemson @ #12 Georgia, 5:30 pm.  Clemson, like Florida State, does not shy away from playing the big boys out-of-conference.  It works when you win, it can be a setback with a loss.  The Tigers are an unknown this year.  We will know a lot more Saturday evening.

Elon @ Duke, 6:00 pm.  Duke has high expectations after last year’s double-digit wins, but they did not plan for this success and are not tested much OOC.  Elon should be dispatched easily.

Liberty @ #23 North Carolina, 6:00 pm.  While Duke had the big year last year, most figure UNC to be primed for a breakout under Larry Fedora.  Makes you wonder… why did both schools schedule their games for the same, exact time?

#1 Florida State @ Oklahoma State (Dallas, technically), 8:00 pm.  If Clemson-Georgia is not the biggest game of the weekend for the ACC, then FSU-OSU is.  The Seminoles are defending their championship by taking on a solid Oklahoma State team in Texas–an away game masquerading as a neutral game.  How can you not be looking forward to this one???

Monday, September 1, 2014:

Miami @ Louisville, 8:00 pm.  The only ACC conference game on the slate is a good one–the Schnellenberger Bowl.  Indeed, the Coach is in the Mount Rushmore for both schools (Louisville, Miami).  Meanwhile, both of these schools could easily be top 4 schools in the ACC, along with Clemson and Florida State.  One will start the season 0-1.

 

 

 

Louisville Football 2014- Answering the Questons

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Cardinals fans are ready for ACC football. Its a new era for Louisville as 2014 ushers in a season like no other. The Cards welcome in a new conference, a new coaching staff and a new quarterback. Add all of this together and who knows what’s in store for this football team this season. I will break down their roster and schedule and hopefully come up with some answers.

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Wolfpack Football 2014 – Better Days

Well it’s almost time, so your Uncle Mikey is going to share with you his thoughts on the NC State Wolfpack’s chances for 2014.

First a look back.  Last year was not bad. It was horrible, devastating, a catastrophe, a waste, a pile of steaming filth of unknown substances. 3-9, including zero conference wins.  Defeat snatched from the jaws of victory vs UNC.  Loathsome quarterback play, little or no defense, and a bunch of players trying desperately to adapt to a new coach’s system with no success.

So, not much to look forward to, right?

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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!

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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