Confidential Survivor Pool Update

After three weeks, only 32 entrants remain in the running for the prize.  So far, entrants have been eliminated based on Wake Forest’s week 1 loss and Louisville’s week 3 loss.  Here are the folks still in the running, as well as the picks that they have used to date:

1 4 TIME CHAMPS-FINGERS CROSSED GT MIA PITT Not In
2 ACAFFREY (COMMANDER CAFFREY) GT VIRG MIA Not In
3 ANDR00MAJ LOU WF GT Not In
4 BCEAGLE74 BC NCST ND Not In
5 BLUEHOOS NCST WF ND Not In
6 CDWHIT09 BC DUKE PITT Not In
7 CLEMSON82 GT DUKE ND Not In
8 CUSE1105 NCST WF GT Not In
9 DRANDYT DUKE MIA GT Not In
10 DREW_WMS GT CLEM PITT Not In
11 DSHRIMPTONIV DUKE GT PITT Not In
12 FSUFAN009 SYR DUKE DUKE Not In
13 HOOPULLEDMYWEAVE NCST WF MIA Not In
14 INFIELDIN UNC MIA DUKE Not In
15 INTOTHEMEATGRINDER SYR DUKE PITT Not In
16 JFLIPPEN NCST LOU MIA Not In
17 MADCADDIES6 BC NCST ND Not In
18 MIKEMAB2000 ND FSU PITT Not In
19 MR. TAR HEEL NCST WF GT Not In
20 MSU_DAWGS02 SYR WF ND Not In
21 RIGHT PROFILE DUKE WF MIA Not In
22 RIVES33 NCST VIRG GT Not In
23 SCHMHOO BC WF PITT Not In
24 SUATO92 NCST DUKE MIA Not In
25 TANNYBOGUS – 2 LOU CLEM NCST Not In
26 TANNYBOGUS – 3 LOU CLEM NCST Not In
27 TBONEBAILEY GT VTC NCST Not In
28 THEHOOK NCST DUKE PITT Not In
29 TJKAISER22 BC WF PITT Not In
30 TWOHOOS SYR WF ND Not In
31 UOFL223 VTC MIA DUKE Not In
32 WAHOO 88 SYR WF GT Not In
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Week 3 ACC Preview

Welcome to Week #3.  Check out our latest poll, and remember to get your week’s entry in for our fantasy football contest.  It is free… with prizes.   And you can join anytime.  Here are this week’s games:

Saturday

Syracuse (1-0) @ Central Michigan (2-0), 12:00 pm.  Syracuse was a sleeper team for some.  They seemed asleep against Villanova, a game replete with coaching errors, missed assignments, and a QB ejection that nearly cost the Orange the game.  Meanwhile, Central Michigan cannot be taken lightly, especially at home.  This is a danger zone for Syracuse.  It is hard to see a loss here and a bowl game.

East Carolina (1-1) @ #17 Virginia Tech (2-0), 12:00 pm.  The enter ACC stood up and applauded Virginia Tech for taking down Ohio State.  And now the reality sets in that Virginia Tech may be a contender.  If Virginia Tech thumps East Carolina–that is one more proverbial feather in the cap for the Hokies.  The important thing is avoiding the let down that has plagued some of Frank Beamer’s teams in the past.

Georgia Southern (1-1) @ Georgia Tech (2-0), 12:00 pm.  It is hard to tell what to make of Georgie Tech.  And a win against Georgia Southern will not answer many questions either.  What we do know is that Georgia Tech has done what they have needed to do to be 2-0.  And 3-0 is better than all the alternatives.

Pittsburgh (2-0) @ Florida International (1-1), 12:00 pm.  The Panthers are suddenly an interesting team.  They have looked great on defense, but the emergence of James Conner as a Heisman Trophy candidate to compliment Tyler Boyd is really putting Pitt on the map.  Could we see the Panthers enter the top 25 for the first time in quite a while?  Perhaps.  But a win against Florida International must come first.

Arkansas State (1-1) @ Miami (1-1), 3:30 pm.  Miami returned to form with a nice win in Week #2.  A lot of folks are looking at this game as a potential upset.  Arkansas State is battle tested, while Miami remains light years away from its glory days.  Keep an eye out on this one.  The ACC needs its marquee names to avoid upsets, even if they are going to end up mediocre.

NC State (2-0) @ South Florida (1-1), 3:30 pm.  Like Georgia Tech, NC State is undefeated.  Like Syracuse, NC State cannot be too proud of its undefeated status.  But it is what it is.  And a win over the Bulls would get the Wolfpack halfway to a bowl game with 9 games to go.  Not too shabby.  The Bulls will be hungry, having given away a win against Maryland.

Kansas (1-0) @ Duke (2-0), 3:30 pm.  Sure, this one looks better as a hard court matchup than a gridiron one.  But we saw Duke get 10 wins last year, and Kansas is just a few years removed from an Orange Bowl.  Nevertheless, the conference needs every win it can get over a Power 5 school.  Duke cannot let this one get away.

Wake Forest (1-1) @ Utah State (1-1), 7:00 pm.  The Demon Deacons have another tough OOC matchup against a non-Power 5 school.  A win means little fanfare, while a loss can be demoralizing.  Let’s hope the Wake Forest can build off last week’s win and get another one for its new coach.

#9 USC (2-0) @ Boston College (1-1), 8:00 pm.  The Trojans looked OK against Stanford, but it really seemed like Stanford lost opportunities.  Still, USC never lacks for talent.  Boston College disappointed against Pitt.  If Pitt is for real, then BC has a puncher’s chance.  If Pitt is an average team, then this one could get ugly.  But keep in mind that Boston College looked as good against Clemson/Florida State as anyone else last year.  Never say never for Steve Addazio.

Purdue (1-1) @ #11 Notre Dame (2-0), 7:30 pm.  Purdue lost to Central Michigan, while Notre Dame shutout Michigan.  We suspect that Purdue is better than they looked, and Notre Dame is worse than they looked, in Week 2.  With Notre Dame’s difficult schedule, beating the teams that they are supposed to beat is mandatory.  The Fighting Irish need to take care of business here.

ACC GAME OF THE WEEK: #21 Louisville (2-0) @ Virginia (1-1), 12:30 pm.  We think Louisville is good and it sure appears that Virginia is improved.  But this is the Cardinals first road game and obviously the first road game in the ACC.  The ACC could use a Louisville in the top 10, so many fans might root against the upset here.  At the same time, Virginia has had a rough year or two, and it would be nice to see Mike London’s coaching seat cool off.  This one should be interesting.

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Week 2 ACC Preview

Welcome to Week #2.  Check out our latest standings, and remember to get your week’s entry in for our fantasy football contest.  It is free… with prizes.   And you can join anytime.  Here are this week’s games:

Friday

Pittsburgh (1-0) @ Boston College (1-0), 7:00 pm.  Both teams looked very good in Week #1, relative to recent history and expectations.  One will leave Friday night with a sour taste in its mouth.  Will it be Pitt and its talent or Boston College and its Addazio’ moxie that gets the win?

Saturday

South Carolina State (1-0) @ #23 Clemson, 12:30 pm.  Obviously, Clemson’s loss was more impressive than South Carolina State’s win.  If Clemson wants to have a chance at a great season, it must start gaining momentum this week.

Richmond (1-0) @ Virginia (0-1), 3:30 pm.  Another game featuring a 1-0 underdog and an 0-1 favorite.  Virginia cannot afford a loss, which is not quite the same as needing a win.  The London era will be doomed if they drop this one.

Georgia Tech (1-0) @ Tulane (0-1), 4:00 pm.  Georgia Tech is a team that seems a lock for 7 wins, but not at all likely to get 9 wins.  It just is what it is.  Tulane is a tougher opponent than Wofford, but still a game that Georgia Tech must win.

Michigan (1-0) @ #16 Notre Dame (1-0), 7:30 pm.  Both teams are 1-0, but neither was tested too much in Week 1.  Welcome to real football, O’ Kings of the sport.

Old Dominion (1-0) @ NC State (1-0), 6:00 pm.  NC State was unimpressive in winning Week #1.  They need to get some better momentum started against ODU and get some confidence heading into the tougher part of the schedule.

Gardner-Webb (0-1) @ Wake Forest (0-1), 6:30 pm.  Wake Forest cannot lose this game or 0-12 is not beyond the realm of possibility.

Murray State (1-0) @ #25 Louisville (1-0), 7:00 pm.  The Cards look great against Miami in the opener.  This is a game that should be a romp if Louisville is ready to take the next step.

Florida A&M (0-1) @ Miami (0-1), 7:00 pm.  The Hurricanes disappointed on Monday and get a regional opponent on short rest.  The Al Golden era is treading water right now.

Duke (1-0) @ Troy (0-1), 7:00 pm.  Duke is cupcake city schedule-wise.  Duke won the winnable games next year and should continue the pattern easily this week.

Citadel (0-1) @ #1 Florida State (1-0), 7:30 pm.  This one should be over after 20 minutes.

San Diego State (1-0) @ #21 North Carolina (1-0), 8:00 pm.  Perhaps the most interesting game of the week after Pitt-BC, North Carolina was OK against Liberty.  This week’s opponent is a squad that expects to go bowling.  UNC would like to make a statement.

ACC GAME OF THE WEEK: Virginia Tech (1-0) @ #8 Ohio State, 8:00 pm.   The big game of the week is huge for both teams.  This is Ohio State’s only test for months.  Meanwhile, if Virginia Tech is going to get back to national relevance, it needs to pull the upset over a Braxton Miller-less Ohio State team.  Will it happen?  Who knows.  But there is no bigger opportunity for the ACC to show its relevance this week.  For more on the Big 10 & ACC, see here.

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ICYMI: 40 Years of Big 10 vs ACC

Here are a few tweets that you may have missed regarding the Big 10 and ACC:

ACC Fun Fact. Exclude Neb, PSU, Miami, and FSU. Clemson/Ga Tech have 1.5 national championships since 1975, OSU and Michigan: 1.5.

Yes, Clemson and Georgia Tech have as many national championships as Michigan and Ohio State in the past 40 years.  Think about that.

And given that FSU has 3 national championships while a member of the ACC, that is a 4.5 to 1.5 edge for the ACC over the Big 10.

And that excludes the ACC’s best team–Florida State–who has 3 of their own.

And if you want to count current ACC/B1G members, Big 10 gets 4.5 for PSU/Nebraska (6 total). ACC gets 5 for Pitt/Miami (9.5) total.

So the Big 10 was wise to go buy a few programs that have actually won a national championship or two.  But the ACC’s additions of Pitt/Miami gets another 4.5 (did not realize split title for Miami).  Errata!  Errata!  Anyway, that is still a 9-6 edge for the ACC.

Upon further review, do you still think the Big 10 is a better football conference than the ACC?  If so, why?

And let’s not forget Notre Dame… ha ha ha.

Comparing the ACC and Big 10 After Week 1

The SEC is the best football conference…. just look at the top 25.  Even setting aside the rankings bias, there is still no comparison.  But is the ACC ready to challenge the Big 10 in football as of 2014?  Let’s take a closer look at this battle after Week 1.

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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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