Last week, we analyzed the last decade of ACC performances in football and basketball. There were some surprises. For example, Boston College in football and Florida State in basketball. But what does it mean overall? How about a ranking of the performances of all schools in both sports? Here you go.
Most sports fans are willing to make fun of a school based on its perceived on-field or on-court performance. Sometimes it is accurate; other times it is not. So, what we set out to do was look at the records of ACC schools in football over the past decade. Who do YOU think had the best record in conference games between 2003 and 2012? Worst? Courtesy of stassen.com, we were able to easily make the calculations.
- Virginia Tech had the best record in ACC conference games this past decade, going 64-20.
- Florida State was #2, albeit significantly behind the Hokies in win total, going 54-29.
- Clemson narrowly edged Georgia Tech for the #3 spot, with a 51-31 record.
- Georgia Tech misses out because of that ACC-CG appearance last year to finish #4 at 51-32.
- Miami comes in at #5 with a 44-35 overall record.
- Boston College has to be a surprise at #6, making it 3 out of the top 6 as former Big East schools, with a 41-38 record.
- North Carolina & Virginia tie at 35-45.
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- Wake Forest went 35-46.
- North Carolina State went 34-46.
- Maryland went 33-47.
- Duke was 12-68.
So, Big 10 fans, you are getting a Maryland team that was 11th in conference wins the past decade. While Maryland has had financial troubles, they were operating under the same system as the rest of its ACC peers. So, good luck with that.
What do you think the rankings would be for hoops? Would it be Duke, North Carolina, or someone else at the top? Who would be at the bottom?
The ACC-B1G Challenge games were announced a few days ago. After looking to see who your school played, the next thought was probably to check out whether any other games were intriguing. And there are several. So let’s just go ahead and rank them for interest.
Gold Medal Games:
1. North Carolina @ Michigan State. Tom Izzo v Roy Williams. That’s a lot of Final Four appearances. MSU always reloads, and North Carolina never stays quiet for long. This one should be a battle in Breslin.
2. Michigan @ Duke. Both teams had good seasons in 2012-2013, with Michigan exceeding expectations by making a run to the title game. Both have a lot of production to replace. Will be a great game though.
3. Indiana @ Syracuse. A rematch of a March Madness game that went for the Orange. A lot of new faces in 2013-2014, but a lot of star power will be back and new to both campuses.
4. Wisconsin @ Virginia. The first one to 40 wins? Don’t expect a lot of points in this one. But this is still a darn good matchup.
Silver Medal Games:
5. Notre Dame @ Iowa. Any time ANY Fighting Irish team comes to town, it is a big deal. A nice regional battle too.
6. Penn State @ Pittsburgh. A battle for Pennsylvania. This one should be close too–Penn State has experience coming back.
7. Miami @ Nebraska. The Hurricanes invested in their program by hiring a dynamic coach. Nebraska is investing in its facilities. A better game on the gridiron, but one to keep an eye on anyway.
8. Florida State @ Minnesota. Both teams fell short of expectations last year. A lot of new faces.
Bronze Medal Games:
9. Northwestern @ North Carolina State. This game might be underrated at #9. But until the Wildcats make a Big Dance, it is hard to take them seriously on the hardcourt.
10. Illinois @ Georgia Tech. Still waiting for that Georgia Tech team to turn the corner. Illinois fans may feel the same way.
11. Boston College @ Purdue. Not exactly the old Patriots-Colts battles featuring Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. It is what it is.
12. Maryland @ Ohio State. Big 10 fans will be rooting for Ohio State. ACC fans will be rooting for Ohio State. Not much of a “challenge.”
Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest are left out of the challenge. We’ll give them participation ribbons even though they are not, obviously, participating.
Listening to ESPN Radio on the way home from work and heard that the schedule for next season’s ACC-Big 10 Challenge had been released.
Here’s the lineup:
Tuesday, December 3
Florida State at Minnesota
Illinois at Georgia Tech
Indiana at Syracuse
Michigan at Duke
Notre Dame at Iowa
Penn State at Pittsburgh
Wednesday, December 4
Boston College at Purdue
Maryland at Ohio State
Miami, FL at Nebraska
North Carolina at Michigan State
Northwestern at North Carolina State
Wisconsin at Virginia
Admittedly NC State does not have the most attractive draw. This is only right after the debacle of 2012/13; however I do believe the coming year will see a less star-laden but more focused Pack. Meaning, of course, this game is winnable, especially at Raleigh.
However there are some great matchups here. Duke/Michigan and UNC/Michigan State, of course, but also the Battle of Pennsylvania, Pitt/Penn State; Syracuse/Indiana looks huge; and the first Challenge appearance of the Irish, Notre Dame/Iowa.
There is even a game in which I might end up rooting for the B1G team; er, go Buckeyes?
Regardless of how well or poorly the ACC does in BCS games, the conference is putting people in the NFL. Just take a look at all of the ACC players drafted this weekend. So that you can keep tabs on your former favorites (or even enemies) as they take their talents to the NFL, here is the complete list:
- Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina, Arizona Cardinals
- EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State, Buffalo Bills
- Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse, New York Giants.
- Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame, Cincinnati Bengals
- Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State, Indianapolis Colts
- Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State, Minnesota Vikings
- DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson, Houston Texans
- Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina, Denver Broncos
- Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina, Cincinnati Bengals
- Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame, San Diego Chargers
- Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State, San Francisco 49ers
- Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State, Oakland Raiders
- David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State, Washington Redskins
- Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State, Tampa Buccaneers
- Brennan Williams, OT, North Carolina, Houston Texans
- Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse, New York Giants
- Shamarko Thomas, SS, Syracuse, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Malliciah Goodman, DE, Clemson, Atlanta Falcons
- Earl Wolff, SS, North Carolina State, Philadelphia Eagles
- Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia, New York Jets
- Jonathan Meeks, SS, Clemson, Buffalo Bills
- Brandon McGee, CB, Miami (Fla.), St. Louis Rams
- Chris Thompson, RB, Florida State, Washington Redskins
- Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State, Washington Redskins
- Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia Tech, Detroit Lions
- Vinston Painter, OT, Virginia Tech, Denver Broncos
- Jamoris Slaughter, SS, Notre Dame, Cleveland Browns
- Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State, Buffalo Bills
- Nick Moody, OLB, Florida State, San Francisco 49ers
- Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson, Arizona Cardinals
- Mike James, RB, Miami (Fla.), Tampa Buccaneers
- Theo Riddick, RB, Notre Dame, Detroit Lions
- Kapron Lewis-Moore, DT, Notre Dame, Baltimore Ravens
- Vince Williams, ILB, Florida State, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Travis Bond, OG, North Carolina, Minnesota Vikings
- Tommy Bohanon, FB, Wake Forest, New York Jets
- Kevin Dorsey, WR, Maryland, Green Bay Packers (just in case you still care about the Terps)
- Everett Dawkins, DT, Florida State, Minnesota Vikings
- Zeke Motta, SS, Notre Dame, Atlanta Falcons
- Sean Renfree, QB, Duke, Atlanta Falcons
Schools with nobody drafted: Boston College, Georgia Tech, Louisville, and Pittsburgh
Just finished watching the Kay Yow Spring Game on ESPN3. Not sure why Duke gets an HD broadcast on ESPNU and we Pack fans have to watch blocky streaming video, but we will have to wait for the ACC Network to correct that one.
This was definitely a game of two halves. Both the Red (first string) and White (everybody else) looked sluggish through thirty minutes, with only Nick Sade scoring as the teams were tied 3-3 at the break.
In the second, though, the switch to a running clock brought out the no-huddle and this is definitely the way for the Pack to go. Both squads had their moments on both sides of the ball with the Red ending up winning 20-10.
The QB battle wasn’t really very close. Don’t have official stats, but Pete Thomas looked much more comfortable than Manny Stocker. Thomas reminded me of Erik Kramer; not fiery like Phillip Rivers, but cool and calm in the pocket. Stocker, however, was handicapped as he is more of a mobile guy in a game of touch where quarterbacks are concerned, so it may yet turn out to be a horse race.
The best of the batch was Florida transfer Jacoby Brissett. Even with the no-tackle restriction, his speed allowed him to get outside once and get a few yards, and he was the most accurate of the group. Of course, he cannot play this season and will have to wait until 2014 to be a factor.
In this kind of game, you look for the unexpected player. In this one, it was Jr running back Milton Hall. The White squad went down the field in the second half largely on his shoulders. It was Hall up the middle and Hall up the middle again until they moved inside the Red five yard line. There Stocker rushed a throw into the end zone and the drive ended in a pick. One more handoff and the White team would likely have scored.
The coaches must have felt the same way. When the Red team moved downfield deep into White territory on the ensuing drive, they were joined by Hall in a red mesh covering the white jersey and he got his TD after all. He has a strong ability to find the holes combined with speed and should give Shadrach Thornton and Tony Creecy a run for their money once the season starts.
On defense Freshman CB Cole Burroughs was impressive. Every time Thomas tried to throw the deep ball to Quintin Payton, Burroughs was there, as he was on several other occasions. The defense as a whole looked good, but Burroughs was the bright spot.
Another thing that impressed me was the sideline interviews with several members of the new staff, particularly DCoordinator Dave Huxtable. They were energetic and enthusiastic, and not in a Chuck Amato kind of way. Of course we will need to see them in adverse situations before we can really judge, but frankly, first impressions were…wow.
So that’s it. This correspondent has gone from cautious optimism about the 2013 season to the feeling that if this team does manage to claw their way up the Atlantic Division standings, they might not fall back down like other recent Pack teams.
Several months ago, the ACC and Notre Dame announced a football partnership, with Notre Dame agreeing to play 5 games against ACC opponents each year. With these games set to begin in 2014, the parties have now announced the games that will be played during the first three years.
Without further ado, here is the schedule for the first three years:
Notre Dame at Florida State
Louisville at Notre Dame
North Carolina at Notre Dame
Notre Dame at Syracuse
Wake Forest at Notre Dame
Boston College at Notre Dame
Notre Dame at Clemson
Georgia Tech at Notre Dame
Notre Dame at Pittsburgh
Notre Dame at Virginia
Duke at Notre Dame
Miami at Notre Dame
Notre Dame at NC State
Notre Dame at Syracuse
Virginia Tech at Notre Dame
All those who thought Syracuse would be the team to get two games with Notre Dame in the first three-year period, raise your hands! Of course, Syracuse had games slated for all three years, so it was a logical plan to keep in place.
Notably, Notre Dame visits three of the more football-oriented programs each year, with trips to Florida State, Clemson, and North Carolina State scheduled. The following three years will involve travels to Louisville, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, and Miami.
On Thursday, Notre Dame announced an extension of its television deal with NBC. The ten-year extension is reported to be worth $15 million a year.
The April 16, 2013, deadline has come and gone, meaning that anyone who decides to go pro between now and April 28, 2013, will make that decision as a point-of-no-return. That will not stop folks from doing so, but the consequences will be a bit sharper. At this point, those eligible for the NBA draft are what they are. There are a number of ACC players that will be among the players drafted. Who are they?
First of all, who are the early entries from ACC schools so far? CBS Sportsline has a nice list going. Here are the players from the ACC schools on the list:
- Steven Adams, Pitt
- Lorenzo Brown, NC State
- Reggie Bullock, North Carolina
- Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse
- Gorgui Dieng, Louisville
- Alex Len, Maryland
- CJ Leslie, NC State
Second, where will these kids go? Well, here is where Chad Ford slots these guys, and other ACC draft-eligibles, in terms of overall NBA talent:
- Len, #8
- Carter-Williams, #10
- Dieng, #17
- Mason Plumlee, Duke, #18
- Adams, #26
- Brown, #42
- Bullock, #45
- Russ Smith, Louisville, #53
- Leslie, #61
- James Southerland, Syracuse, #81
- Richard Howell, NC State, #82
- Ryan Kelly, Duke, #88
- Michael Snaer, Florida State, #92
A few other players to note. These guys are all still undecided: Shane Larkin of Miami is at #30; Rasheed Sulaimon of Duke is at #48; and CJ Fair of Syracuse is at 71. The decision should be tough for Larkin, but fairly easy for Fair. You want to be pretty certain you get a first round contract if you are going to leave.
There was an interesting email in my box yesterday from our own administrator Anthony Caffery (aka Commander Caffrey). It referenced the possibility of Drew Allen, Oklahoma backup, transferring to State. Unfortunately the article he directed me to seemed to indicate that Allen is leaning toward Syracuse. Here’s the link:
Well, we are down to 8 teams left for the NCAA Championship. There are 347 teams that compete in Division 1 basketball. Aside from the other post-season tournaments, there are 8 teams left. What an amazing accomplishment for those teams. March Madness can be the greatest of times. But it really is also the worst of times. A March Sadness, if you will.
Each year, there are 16 teams given 1 through 4 seeds. If a #1 seed wins it all, that means that 15 of those 16 seeded teams will end the season with a loss. In fact, 67 of the 68 teams in the Big Dance end the season with a loss. All but one.
Of course, that happens in the NFL too. And the other major sports have playoff series that end. The difference with the pros is that those teams can, in theory, remain fully intact for the following year. There is always “next year.”
There is no next year for college Seniors. And if you are a very good college underclassman, there is no next year either. It just makes it so…. “final.” As a fan, it’s tough enough to know that this is the last time you will see that superstar. But it is even harder to say goodbye to that 4-year Senior who went from a clueless Freshman to a capable Senior. The guy who went from a boy to a man right in front of your eyes. And then he loses, sheds tears on TV, and is gone. Forever. At least in that jersey.
And it is never easy. Think being Georgetown is tough? Losing to a 15-seed is embarrassing and difficult-to-stomach. But what about Indiana–a #1 seed losing to ANYONE is tough. They were, in theory, “supposed to beat” Syracuse. And now it’s over. It is not limited to being a high seed. Pittsburgh and North Carolina State had low expectations and exited without much fanfare. It’s still ending the season with a loss.
Of course, some team will lose in the National Championship and consider THAT to be the worst-type of defeat. Syracuse fans still mourn the Keith Smart shot–even though they were the last team to taste the bitter pill of defeat in 1987. They may have lost on a shot with a few seconds left, but everyone else was at home. Syracuse had it better than all but one team. And yet there is only painful memories. So there is nothing great about losing late. Or early. Or in the middle. It’s all about losses. And yet the late losses sting the most. So as the teams continue to win, the emotions increase. The desire to win is as much to taste victory as it is to stave off the inevitable sadness that all but one fanbase will be forced to suffer through. What a paradox!
March Madness may be the greatest event in sports, but one cannot help but notice just how much sadness permeates the whole process. For this year’s crop of Elite 8, losing this weekend means no Final Four. It means walking off the court as the net-cutting ladder is coming on. The only consolation is that you did not have to endure the same thing on the final night of the season. Maybe the bowl season is not so bad after all?