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ACC Football Rankings: Week 3-4

Each week, the Confidential will rank the top 15 teams (includes Notre Dame) in the A.C.C. and provide a brief explanation for the decision.  Feel free to list your own below or otherwise comment.  Here it goes for the week between Weeks 3 and 3:

  1. Louisville.  The Clemson win at Auburn was nice, but what Louisville did to Florida State was staggering.  The Confidential actually expected the Cardinals to win, but to win so convincingly was a surprise.  Again, Lamar Jackson is the real deal. Louisville needs to handle Marshall and not look forward to the game at Clemson in two weeks.
  2. Clemson.  Clemson finally started looking like Clemson.  Unfortunately, it was against an FCS opponent.  Clemson needs to get it together ASAP against an improved Georgia Tech squad that is 3-0 with wins over Boston College and Vanderbilt.  If Clemson is looking ahead to Louisville, there could be trouble.
  3. Florida State.  Logically, Florida State should drop substantially given that they have one loss, while a few ACC teams are still undefeated.  But the win against Ole Miss is still better than the wins that Miami< Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest have put up.  As bad as Louisville made the Seminoles look, we’ll leave them at #3. They travel to South Florida this week, the second straight week of playing a team on the road that just beat Syracuse on the road.
  4. Georgia Tech.  The Yellow Jackets are 3-0, with wins over Boston College and Vanderbilt.  Nobody else below them in these standings has two wins over P5 teams (Louisville does, though).  If Georgia Tech can beat Clemson, they will be the early favorites in the Coastal.
  5. Miami.  Miami continues to win and is starting to make some noise about being an ACC contender.  The schedule strength is going to ramp up and we’ll learn a lot in two weeks when the Hurricanes make their ACC debut this year against Georgia Tech.
  6. Wake Forest.  Don’t look now, but the Demon Deacons are 3-0, and their next three opponents are @ Indiana, @ NC State, and home against Syracuse.  They still have Boston College, Army, and Virginia on the schedule.  It is not impossible for them to sweep all of these games en route to a 9-3 season, right?  We’ll see.  But better to be 3-0 than what the teams below have.
  7. Virginia Tech.  At 2-1, the Hokies have wins over Liberty and Boston College.  The latter was impressive, given that the Eagles defense is ordinarily quite stout and 49 points was surprising.  Still, it is “just” Boston College, so the Hokies are plugged in at #7.
  8. Pittsburgh.  At 2-0, Pitt had a real chance to make its mark against an Oklahoma State team that had lost to Central Michigan.  But the Panthers defense was not strong, allowing 45 points in a 45-38 loss.  For Pitt, this puts them squarely in the middle of these standings, and the team on their heels is, no pun intended, the Tar Heels–Pitt’s next opponent.
  9. North Carolina. The Tar Heels went to Illinois and won and then held serve against James Madison.  They get to host Pitt this week to battle for a more significant move up these standings.
  10. NC State.  NC State bounced back from the East Carolina loss to beat Old Dominion 49-22.  This puts them at 2-1 and the slight edge over what is likely a “better” Notre Dame team.  Of course, the Fighting Irish come to town on October 8, so this edge will have to be earned shortly.  Next up is Wake Forest, though.
  11. Notre Dame.  Notre Dame is 1-2, having lost to an improved Texas team and a solid Michigan State team.  Of the 1-2 teams, these are the two most impressive losses (so far, anyway).  Duke is up next.
  12. Boston College.  Boston College is 1-2, like Syracuse.  B.C.’s losses were to 2-1 Virginia Tech and 3-0 Georgia Tech.  The Eagles have a win over UMass, and FBS opponent.  This gives them the slight edge over Syracuse (and Duke).  Next up are Wagner and Buffalo–two good chances for wins.
  13. Syracuse.  The Orange “D” was atrocious against Louisville and not much better against South Florida.  After jumping out to a 17-0 lead, the Orange stopped moving the ball and stopped stopping the movement of the ball.  As Louisville and South Florida are better opponents than Wake Forest and Northwestern, Syracuse gets a clear edge over Duke for the #13 spot.  The FCS opponents favor Syracuse slightly too.  Up next, a chance for a win against similarly-talented UConn, albeit on the road.
  14. Duke.  Look, losing to Wake Forest at home is not the end of the world, but losing to a Northwestern team with losses to West Michigan and Illinois State is not great.  1-2 keeps them out of the basement, but Duke is trending down.  And Notre Dame is up next.
  15. Virginia.  The only 0-3 team–Virginia looked better against Oregon than Richmond, and looked much better against UConn.  Perhaps Virginia can pull out a few victories this year after all?  Well, with Central Michigan up next, you would think MAC opponent, but the Chippewas beat Oklahoma State on the road, which Pitt could not do.  We’ll see.

So, what do you think?  Should we have dropped Florida State farther?  Any other errors in your opinion?

Five Notable ACC Performances From Week Three

The ACC put up a whole lot of points last weekend, totaling 498 points for an average of 35.5 points per team. Seven teams scored over 40 points, as the conference had a strong weekend. All eyes were obviously on Florida State and Louisville, where Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals totally demolished the Seminoles 63-20. With all 14 teams playing, there were plenty of notable performances to acknowledge.

Louisville Quarterback Lamar Jackson

This is an obvious choice, but it would be a disservice to Lamar Jackson to take his performance for granted. The leading Heisman candidate made Florida State look like a high school team, competing on 65% of his passes for 216 yards and a touchdown through the air and torching them on the ground for 146 yards and four touchdowns in the Cardinals 63-20 win. Jackson was impressive in his first two games, piling 13 total touchdowns, but many were hesitant to give Jackson his due since they were against Charlotte and Syracuse. Jackson silenced the critics with a signature performance against Florida State. If Jackson continues this torrid pace, he will easily become Louisville’s first Heisman Trophy winner.

Georgia Tech Running Back Dedrick Mills

The Yellow Jackets’ freshman running back had a big game against Vanderbilt, leading the team with 14 carries and scoring three touchdowns in the team’s 38-7 victory. Dedrick Mills ran for 58 yards on the day, including a 15-yard touchdown in the first quarter. The 5’10” 210-pound running back was the Jackets’ weapon on the goal line, scoring two more touchdowns in the third quarter from four yards and five yards out. Mills was a key component in the Yellow Jackets’ rushing attack in their win against a SEC opponent.

North Carolina Quarterback Mitch Trubisky

The Tar Heels got a huge boost of momentum in their 56-28 victory over James Madison, with the junior quarterback leading the way. Mitch Trubisky was surgical, hitting on 24 of his 27 pass attempts for a whopping career-high 432 yards and three touchdowns for UNC. Trubisky led an offense that completed seven out of eight third down conversions and a total of 635 yards. The Tar Heels hope this game gets Trubisky into a groove as they open their ACC schedule against Pittsburgh this week.

Virginia Tech Quarterback Jerod Evans

Junior quarterback Jerod Evans and Virginia Tech bullied Boston College in a 49-0 victory. Evans tied a school record with five touchdown passes, the second time this season he has thrown at least four touchdowns. Evans went 16 for 23 on the day with 263 yards in the air and an additional 48 yards on the ground. Evans was in complete control of the game as the Hokies gained 476 yards on the day and owned a 35:15 time of possession.

Miami Quarterback Brad Kaaya

The Miami signal caller finally had his breakout game against Appalachian State in a 45-10 victory. Brad Kaaya threw for 368 yards on a 77.8% completion percentage with three touchdowns. Kaaya surpassed the 300-yard mark for the eighth time in his Miami career and is now tied for third-all time in school history with 49 career passing touchdowns. Kaaya injured his knee during the game, but played through it and should be a full go against Georgia Tech in two weeks.

 

Monday Sermon: NFL, Lady Gaga, and Evil

This is a new series considering the sports world in light of Biblical morality.  It would be great if sports could be a Godly diversion without delving deeply into that which is ungodly.  To be sure, the Confidential is not a pastor.  But this is just Bible scripture being quoted and compared to modern life anyway.  If you have any ideas for topics, or would like to be a guest author for this or a similar subject, please feel free to send a direct message on Twitter (@acconfi). 

The NFL is supposed to be a diversion from the rigors of daily life.  It is supposed to be entertainment.  Unfortunately, like all other aspects of entertainment, sports is now controlled by evil influences.  A person of any or no religion might agree with the Bible in that “the love of money is the root of all evil.”  1 Timothy 6:10.  From millionaires arguing with billionaires as to how to divide the television, ticket, and memorabilia revenue taken from those who are rather incapable of sparing it… sports teams ransoming a local government to put up money to fund a stadium… to NCAA officials jealously protecting their right to profit off the free labor provided by college athletes… to… you get the picture.  But what people do not realize is just how evil these sports entities have become.

Most recently, the NFL has decided that–of all the performers out there–it would use Lady Gaga for the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show.  The Confidential has long given up on the NFL as simply not interesting, and cannot even remember the last Super Bowl watched.  Selecting a Satanic influence like Lady Gaga for the halftime show does not cause any regret.

The Bible repeatedly notes that a future generation will be full of mockers of God. “How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.”  Jude 1:18.  “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts . . .” 2 Peter 3:3.  Can you think of anyone who epitomizes scoffing, mockery, and walking after their own lusts more than Lady Gaga? 

Ah, you say, there is nothing wrong with Lady Gaga.  She is just a performer of dance music.  Well, let’s take a look at some of those lyrics.  Do you want your family listening to these lyrics or someone who sings these lyrics:

Judas

Ohohohoh

I’m in love with Judas

Ohohohoh
I’m in love with Judas

Judas! Judaas Judas! Judaas
Judas! Judaas Judas! GAGA

When he comes to me I am ready
I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs
Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain
Even after three times he betrays me

I’ll bring him down, bring him down, down
A king with no crown, king with no crown

[Chorus]
I’m just a Holy Fool, oh baby he’s so cruel
But I’m still in love with Judas, baby
I’m just a Holy Fool, oh baby he’s so cruel
But I’m still in love with Judas, baby

I couldn’t love a man so purely
Even prophets forgave his crooked way
I’ve learned love is like a brick you can
Build a house or sink a dead body

I’ll bring him down, bring him down, down
A king with no crown, king with no crown

Ew
In the most Biblical sense,
I am beyond repentance
Fame hooker, prostitute wench, vomits her mind
But in the cultural sense
I just speak in future tense
Judas, kiss me if offenced,
Or wear an ear condom next time

I wanna love you,
But something’s pulling me away from you
Jesus is my virtue,
Judas is the demon I cling to
I cling to

Yes, this is definitely the type of person you want your family listening to… someone that glorifies Judas, who betrayed Jesus Christ.  And she gets a halftime show?  We need to convert bathrooms to “all gender” to avoid offending those who cannot even grasp the simplicity of male and female, but the NFL needs to promote someone who can offend the Lord.

“Oh, it is just art.”  No, it is not any more “art” than if someone sang a song glorifying HB2 or racism, is it?  A North Carolina law has caused national uproar for its lack of “compassion,” but a singer that glorifies Judas is gleefully given a halftime show.  Is a song glorifying Donald Trump just art?  Is a song glorifying Fox News just art?  If the NFL had chosen a Christian rock band (to the extent that there is such a thing), would that have been dismissed as art and accepted by the masses.  Of course not… because society openly tolerates offending Christians.

 

“Ah, but it is just one song.”  Is it?  Maybe you prefer the lyrics to Government Hooker, Bloody Mary, Bad Kids, and Born This Way.  And that is just one album.  Wow.  “Born This Way” suggests the tired Satanic mantra of loving yourself the way you are–rather than seeking to change and improve, much less become more Godly.  Jesus never said to love yourself.  He said: “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 10:39.  Jesus dined with sinners, but called them to repent.  Does Lady Gaga think that?  No.  She says: “Just love yourself and you’re set.”  Set for what?  Hell.

Here is something else the Bible says:
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.   [2 Timothy 2-6.]
You can bury your head in the sand like an ostrich.  But in the end times, men will be lovers of themselves.  In fact, doesn’t this paragraph describe today?  We have women loving themselves so much and without natural affection that they will kill their unborn babies.  If you’ve seen a baby Ultrasound at 10 weeks, or even 7 weeks, and are still OK with even first-term abortion, that is just plain evil.  We have families working two jobs, which leads only to adoration of money, kids raised by Daycare (i.e. Don’t care) and atheistic government indoctrination, and adultery.  We have people pursuing pleasure rather than God.  Idiots are posting their dinners on Facebook out of an absurd pride or boast (or self-delusion regarding the degree to which people care).  People hate those that are choosing to eschew evil.  We have false Christians–going to church, but listening to satanic trash like Lady Gaga and Beyonce (or allowing their kids to listen to it!!!).  In fact, how many so-called Christians have a form of Christianity that denies the divinity of Jesus Christ, reducing him to a hippie with some “good ideas” to pick and choose from?  Or how many so-called Christians over-emphasize the “love” aspect of God, completely forgetting that Jesus mentioned Hell far more often than Heaven?  That was part of his love–a warning to turn away from sins of the flesh and to instead turn to God.  Like the 1st and greatest commandment.

In fact, it says clearly to “turn away” from those that are afflicted by the evil of the generation that is describe.  Sure, it is hard to “turn away” from those victimized by Lady Gaga and other entertainment of this ilk.  You may give your family and friends a few chances to get it right before turning away completely.  But it should be much easier for a Christian to “turn away” from Lady Gaga.  The Confidential wishes it still watched the Super Bowl so it would have some meaning to not watch it this year.  But perhaps others can wake up and take a stand this year, when the selection of Lady Gaga for the halftime act should be repugnant to Christians.  If you cannot give up a Super Bowl to defend God, what does that say?
Finally, let’s conclude with the words of Jesus:
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. 22If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. 23He that hateth me hateth my Father also. 24If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.  [John 15: 18-25.]
Are you going to be of this world?  Is your desire to not be hated by the world strong enough to stand up for what is right?  Are you willing to be persecuted by this evil world that hates God?  Are you willing to even just choose God over the Super Bowl?

Confidential Survivor Pool Update: Week 4

Three games into the double-elimination season, the 34 entrants remaining for last week were reduced further by two, knocking the entrants down to 32.  And three teams took on a strike with their Florida State and Boston College selections.  Only 25 teams have yet to suffer a first strike.

As we move on to Week 4, here is an interesting chart as to which teams have been used or not used:

Team Survivors Who Haven’t Picked This Team
1. Wake Forest (3-0) 13
2. Georgia Tech (3-0) 15
3. Syracuse (1-2) 18
4. No Carolina St. (2-1) 19
5. Boston College (1-2) 24
6. Duke (1-2) 25
7. North Carolina (2-1) 27
8. Miami Fla (3-0) 29
9. Florida St. (2-1) 30
10. Virginia (0-3) 30
11. Clemson (3-0) 30
12. Louisville (3-0) 30
13. Notre Dame (1-2) 31
14. Virginia Tech (2-1) 31
15. Pittsburgh (2-1) 32

Nobody has used Pitt yet.  In any event, good luck to everyone in Week 4!

The Confidential’s College Football Top 25

Now that we are three weeks into the season, the time has come to start ranking all of the college football teams.  At this point, there is a solid basis to start fairly comparing and contrasting.  So here it is:

  1. Alabama.  At 3-0, the Crimson Tide has beaten two major programs in USC (badly) and Ole Miss (barely).
  2. Louisville.  While some teams have big wins, Louisville has only big wins, including a huge win over Florida State.
  3. Ohio State.  An argument for #2 could be made here, with a win over Oklahoma.  However, Houston has that same win.
  4. Houston.  See above.  Actually, given Houston’s win over Cincinnati, an argument could be made to slot them ahead of Ohio State.
  5. Clemson.  With a win over Auburn, only a pedestrian win over Troy hurts the Tigers.  This will resolve itself in short order, with games against Louisville and Florida State looming.
  6. Stanford.  With wins over Kansas State and USC, Stanford has only played good programs so far.  What else can you ask of the Cardinal?
  7. Michigan.  At 3-0, Michigan has not played anyone outstanding, but that win over 2-1 Colorado has to count for something.  UCF and Hawaii are certainly not FCS teams.
  8. Michigan State.  A win over Notre Dame is usually impressive, but it remains to be seen just how impressive.  With the only other win being Furman, Sparty can go no higher than #8.
  9. Washington. When your best win is Rutgers–who struggled early against Howard and narrowly defeated New Mexico–this is not going to get you far.  However, the Huskies have been dominant so far.
  10. Tennessee.  Style points are not there, but at 3-0 with a win over Virginia Tech anchoring things, the Volunteers sneak into the top 10.
  11. Georgia (3-0)
  12. Wisconsin (3-0)
  13. Texas A&M (3-0)
  14. Arkansas (3-0)
  15. Nebraska (3-0)
  16. Georgia Tech (3-0)
  17. Arizona State (3-0)
  18. Boise State (2-0)
  19. Florida State (2-1).  Losing to Louisville, and only Louisville, cannot be enough to be unranked.  Sorry.  Ole Miss has lost to FSU and Alabama, still that is two losses.  Oklahoma has lost to Ohio State and Houston–still that is two losses.
  20. Florida (3-0)
  21. Baylor (3-0)
  22. Miami (3-0)
  23. Central Michigan (3-0)
  24. West Virginia (2-0)
  25. Georgia Southern (3-0); Memphis (3-0); Indiana (2-0); Minnesota (2-0); Navy (3-0); San Diego State (3-0); South Florida (3-0); Toledo (3-0); Utah (3-0); Maryland (3-0); Wake Forest (3-0); Army (3-0); Western Michigan (3-0) (TIE–no undefeated team deserves to be left out of the top 25.. are we sure that Baylor is THAT MUCH better than Maryland or Wake Forest based on quality of opponents beat and 2016 only?  Of course not.  Only history makes us think that some 3-0 teams are better than others).

So there it is.  What do YOU think?

ACC Week Two: Five Breakout Player Performances

 

 

The second week of the ACC football pretty much went as scripted. The powerhouse teams won and the teams under them played as expected. The ACC went 9-5 this weekend (there were two matchups featuring all-ACC teams) with big-name players such as Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Miami’s Mark Walton having spectacular games. There are player performances that need to be recognized, some less obvious than others.

 

Louisville Quarterback Lamar Jackson

I know this is the most obvious performance to talk about, but any list without Lamar Jackson would serve as an injustice to him. Jackson put up an astonishing 610 yards and five touchdowns in the Cardinals’ trip up to Syracuse. Jackson is putting up Heisman numbers, as the Cardinals have dismantled their two opponents this season. Jackson ran for 199 yards on a 9.5 per rush average on the way to running in for four touchdowns. Jackson will have the opportunity to prove himself this week as #2 Florida State comes to town.

 

Miami Running Back Joseph Yearby

Teammate Mark Walton is one of the leading rushers in the nation, but Joseph Yearby is just as important to the Hurricanes offensive attack. Yearby carried the ball three more times than Walton and also added 21 yards in the passing game to his 121 yards on the ground. Yearby only trails Walton by 45 yards this season, as both players have been vital to Miami’s dominant 2-0 start.

 

Florida State Wide Receiver Jesus Wilson

Quarterback Deondre Francois, running back Delvin Cook, and wide receiver Travis Rudolph will receive all the praise and headlines, but Jesus Wilson is just as important to the Seminoles’ success. Wilson is a very dynamic and explosive player, as he is featured in the Seminoles’ running, passing, and return game. Wilson ended the first quarter with an impressive 89-yard punt return for the Seminoles. The senior also took a jet sweep for six yards and was the Noles’ second-leading receiver bringing in four balls for 53 yards.

 

North Carolina Mitch Trubisky

After a loss that could put a team in the tank for the following week, North Carolina needed a leader to step up. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky stepped it up as he completed 80% of his throws and accounted for four touchdowns, two with his arm and two with his legs. The junior showed confidence and the ability to get better each play. Senior teammate T.J. Logan wasn’t surprised saying, “He was ready to come out here and ball. Just Mitch making plays.” Trubisky went 19-24 with 265 yards and two touchdowns and also added 42 yards on the ground with two more scores.

 

Wake Forest Running Back Cade Carney

The Demon Deacons are enjoying their 2-0 start this season and have freshman running back Cade Carney to thank. The freshman running back caused problems all day for the Duke Blue Devils, rushing for 108 yards and three touchdowns. Carney’s highlight play of the day was a 55-yard run on 3rd-and-short. The true freshman was named one of the ACC’s offensive players of the week, joining the names of Lamar Jackson and Florida State’s Travis Rudolph.

Tough Road Ahead for NC State after 1-1 Start

Of course it’s still early, but it already feels like NC State is behind the eight ball. Everyone knew that it would be a tough road for the Wolfpack. When they drew games against Notre Dame and Miami outside of the division play, those six wins were definitely going to be tough to obtain. Now, without one of those non-conference wins, State will probably need an upset or two to go bowling this winter.

What’s done is done, so we have to put aside the questionable coaching in a largely disappointing game with ECU. Not to take anything away from the Pirates, they certainly showed up on Saturday. However, it’s hard not to see that game as a missed opportunity. Moving on, NC State now must find five more wins in one of their toughest schedules. If we were to break this up into tiers, it would look like this: games they have to win, games they could win, and games they probably won’t win.

Games NC State has to Win

9/17 vs Old Dominion

10/1 vs Wake Forest

10/29 vs Boston College

11/12 @ Syracuse

There were six relatively easy wins on this schedule, these four plus William & Mary and ECU. My thought at the beginning of the year was that, being NC State, this team would inexplicably lose one of these, but replace it with an improbable win (which we’ll get to later). If ECU is going to be the loss in this scenario, that’s fine, but there’s no margin for error anymore. These four games have to be wins, there’s no way around it. I know the three ACC schools are better this year, and Wake could even be looking at nine wins. The fact is, Wake hasn’t won in Raleigh since 2006. BC is a little scarier, especially since they lead the all time series 8-5, but that’s still one to feel confident about. Finally, Syracuse has only beat State once in nine total meetings. With these four wins, the Wolfpack’s win total will be at five, with just one more win needed to get to the postseason.

Games NC State Could Win

11/5 vs Florida State

11/19 vs Miami

The aforementioned “improbable” win in my mind has to be Florida State. Every other year, the Seminoles make the trek to Raleigh, and as is tradition, NC State gets a win that makes everyone scratch their heads. Ok, maybe it’s not as common as I’m making it out to be, but the Wolfpack have won five of the last nine meetings in Raleigh. This is the most likely win, even if FSU is currently second in the AP poll. The other option is Miami, another home game. It’s hard to know what kind of team the Hurricanes will be this year, but it’s very possible that under their new coach, they might not live up to the preseason hype. They could function as win number six, which would be preferable to playing for bowl eligibility against UNC a week later. Speaking of the Tar Heels…

Games NC State Probably Won’t Win

10/8 vs Notre Dame

10/15 @ Clemson (LOL)

10/22 @ Louisville

11/25 @ UNC

Don’t get me wrong, I’d be overjoyed if the Wolfpack could pull the upset in any of these games (especially that last one). Unfortunately, these four look like they’re on another level right now. Sure, Notre Dame is at home and it was a fun game last time, but they looked like a solid team in their overtime loss at Texas. The only hope State has in these games is the change of a trap game. Notre Dame follows their trip to Raleigh with Stanford and Clemson with Florida State (after a bye week). Finally, all bets are off in a rivalry game. UNC looked like a far superior team in 2014, when NC State left Chapel Hill with a 35-7 win. Overall, wins in these games are possible, but shouldn’t be counted on in the quest for six wins.

Final Thoughts

After two vastly different non-conference games, it’s hard to say anything definite about this team. If they follow the regular pattern, I’d still predict a 6-6 record and a lower bowl game (probably Shreveport or DC). Perhaps that improbable win will be enough to make fans forget about last week’s loss. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

ACC to Relocate Championship Games from North Carolina

Brian Hamilton of Sports Illustrated has reported that the “ACC will relocate all neutral-site championships for 2016-17 from North Carolina, due to HB2 law,” including this statement:

Not really much to say here.  After several decades of television, movies, music videos, and atheists running educational institutions, what else can be expected?  On the one hand, you have fools that believe that a man should be able to dress like a woman and go into the womens bathroom.  On the other hand, you have fools who want to force that same man out of the womens bathroom where their daughters are and into the mens room where their sons are.  And here comes the ACC to pick a side of fools.

 

ACC Football Rankings: Week 2-3

Each week, the Confidential will rank the top 15 teams (includes Notre Dame) in the A.C.C. and provide a brief explanation for the decision.  Feel free to list your own below or otherwise comment.  Here it goes for the week between Weeks 2 and 3:

  1. Clemson.  The Tigers did not look impressive against Troy, barely winning 30-24.  Troy did win their first game, however, by 40+ points.  So maybe this is a better than expected Troy team.  Regardless, Clemson gets the nod here because of its win AT the Auburn Tigers, which is the best win of the top 3 teams.
  2. Florida State.  The Seminoles took care of its FCS opponent, Charleston Southern, 52-8.  Coupled with a win on a neutral site against Ole Miss, FSU is a clear #2.  Whether they keep it after this week is another story.
  3. Louisville.  As good as Louisville looked in beating Charlotte, they looked even better beating Syracuse.  But Syracuse is no Auburn or Ole Miss.  So Louisville will have to earn its surge up these standings on the field… which comes this week in a game against Florida State.  Lamar Jackson is the real deal.  The Louisville defense looks stout.  Not only is Louisville “capable” of winning, Louisville may actually take it to the Seminoles.  We’ll see.
  4. Miami.  Miami continued its parade of games against middling Florida opponents, beating Florida Atlantic, 38-10.  With Kaaya at QB, the Hurricanes get to keep their slot–even if the true tests do not come until later.
  5. Georgia Tech.  The Yellow Jackets are 2-0, adding a win over Mercer to their resume.  Vanderbilt is up next–we shall see what happens.
  6. North Carolina. The Tar Heels went to Illinois and won–and, although Mac teams seem to do it every year–for a P5 team to win at a Big 10 school is always worthy of maintaining its spot in the standings.  So, we keep UNC here.
  7. Notre Dame.  Notre Dame beat Nevada, entitling it to also keep its place in the standings.  Next up for the Fighting Irish is Michigan State.  We’ll learn a lot about Notre Dame’s fortunes this week.
  8. Wake Forest.  Although most ACC power rankings had Wake Forest low, they had a win over Tulane, whereas other schools had wins over F.C.S. opponents.  Well, the Demon Deacons went to Duke and got another win.  At 2-0, with a win over Duke, Wake Forest deserves its #8 ranking all the more.  It stays ahead of Pitt by having a road win.  Not sure Penn State is any better than Duke.
  9. Pittsburgh.  5 teams were tied for #10 last week because they were 1-0 with a win against an FCS opponent.  only one pulled out a victory in Week 2, as the Panthers beat Penn State, albeit at home.  A win over Penn State has to be enough to put a 2-0 team ahead of a 1-1 team.
  10. Boston College.  Boston College is 1-1, with a loss to Georgia Tech and a win over UMass–an FBS opponent.  Despite the win, B.C. at 1-1 with a win over UMass simply cannot be atop Pitt with a win over Penn State.
  11. Virginia Tech.  There are 4 ACC teams at 1-1 with a win over an FCS foe only.  Of them, Virginia Tech lost on a neutral site to a top 15 team in Tennessee.  This is more impressive, or less unimpressive, than the other three teams combined loss/win characteristics.  Ergo, the Hokies get the nod.
  12. Syracuse.  The Orange “D” was atrocious against Louisville, but the Cardinals may make a lot of defenses look atrocious.  Compared to Duke losing at home to Wake Forest and NC State losing to East Carolina, Syracuse gets the #12 spot this week.
  13. NC State.  East Carolina may or may not be “better” than Wake Forest, but Duke lost at home, while NC State lost on the road.  Both teams were playing in-school opponents, but this loss just seems more understandable overall.  Edge to the Pack.
  14. Duke.  Look, losing to Wake Forest at home is not the end of the world, but it might just show that the Duke surge of recent years may be waning.
  15. Virginia.  The only 0-2 team–Virginia looked better against Oregon than Richmond.  Perhaps the Spiders are better than the Ducks?  Well, this happens from time-to-time.  At least there is some momentum for the Wahoos–who do have prior history to look at in terms of FCS losses and rebounds.

So, what do you think?  Should we have re-arranged Clemson, Florida State, and Louisville?  Are you finally ready to believe that Wake Forest is top 8?  

Monday Sermon: Cheerleading and Nakedness

This is a new series considering the sports world in light of Biblical morality.  It would be great if sports could be a Godly diversion without delving deeply into that which is ungodly.  To be sure, the Confidential is not a pastor.  But this is just Bible scripture being quoted and compared to modern life anyway.  If you have any ideas for topics, or would like to be a guest author for this or a similar subject, please feel free to send a direct message on Twitter (@acconfi). 

There are several instances where the Bible discusses nakednesss.  For example, in Exodus 28:42: “And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach . . .”  Isaiah 47:2-3, adds “Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.  Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen.”  Exodus and Isaiah certainly suggest that exposing the thighs is exposing one’s nakedness.  And up until a few decades ago, this seemed to be a concept that Christians and non-Christians alike shared as a general moral compass for our society.  Not any more.  But the Bible speaks for itself.  And, if God believes that exposing the thighs is being naked, what does this say about female cheerleading outfits?  It says that female cheerleaders today are naked.

In other words, if you are a female cheerleader today, you are a naked person in public, at least in God’s eyes.  If you are a parent of a cheerleader, you are a parent of a girl/woman who exposes her nakedness to all that are watching.   And, yes, this means that NBA players in the 1970’s were naked too.  This is a standard that applies to both genders–male and female–do not expose your nakedness by exposing your thighs.

Of course, are cheerleaders even necessary?  In a sports-world where NFL fans fight each other in the stands (occasionally killing each other), is there really any need for folks to be “led” into “cheering” for their team?  If anything, the sports idolatry and media hype make people over-cheered.  But even assuming that cheerleading is somehow necessary, why does it involve scantily-clad women being part of it?  Does an athlete really require scantily-clad women gyrating on the sidelines to perform his job?  If a doctor was accompanied by a “dance team” of bikini-clad women, would it inspire confidence or cause you to question the doctor’s sanity?  If a professor stopped a lecture to take a 3 minute break–and then some scantily-clad women and accompanied men came in to dance and gyrate–would it make any sense at all?  And if other professions and tasks do not require cheerleaders, why does sports?

But many self-proclaimed Christians seem to be OK with cheerleading.  “What is the harm?”  Well, would you find it harmful if they were wearing zero clothes?  If not, then perhaps this says more about whether you are truly Christian or even moral at all.  If so, what is the basis for drawing that distinction?  In God’s eyes, there is no discernible difference between wearing “no clothes” and wearing a bikini bottom or even exposing your thighs.  So why do YOU draw that distinction?  Is it only because you are bombarded with television, movies, music videos, Internet images, and such that desensitized you to reality?  Like the frog that does not sense when the water goes from cold to deathly boiling, the gradual increase in acceptable nakedness was not perceptible absent a discerning eye.  Wake up!

And people are watching–whether they want to or not.  And this is probably worse on television than in person.  From the nosebleed seats, it is hard to tell what is going on down on the sideline of the field.  But the television cameras do not hesitate to show cheerleaders.  In fact, they seem to love to zoom into a cheerleaders groin area while she is being lifted into the air by some male cheerleader.  Even as a non-Christian, isn’t that just a little creepy?  If you asked someone to take a picture of your family, and that person zoomed onto anyone’s groin area–would you not find that creepy?  So why are we zooming in on a cheerleader’s bikini area during television games?  Because you are being programmed to convert your moral compass away from the Biblical morality.  And if that fails, it will at least corrupt you and lead you into sin one way or another.

Whether on television or at the game, a mature, Christian man of faith will look away, and certainly not look twice and thrice (or lust) at these naked girls/women.  But boys and men of different spirituality or lesser maturity will not just look but lust.  In those instances, the nakedness leads males toward sin and destruction.  And what about the young girls?  Young girls will look at the naked cheerleaders and assume that this must be acceptable…after all… it is happening in front of tens to tens of thousands of people, including their parents and perhaps even the parents of these cheerleaders, and not be reproved or rebuked.  This teaches them to grow up assuming that their thighs are to be freely shown to all.  This, of course, is fine with worldly people.  But if you are a Christian, can you truly find it “fine” without also having to disagree with the letter and spirit of the Bible?

And why is it that cheerleaders must be naked anyway?  This is not inherent to the concept of cheerleading somehow.  Here is a photo of cheerleaders from several decades ago that were feminine, yet covered their nakedness:

Is there anything remotely wrong with the apparel of these cheerleaders?  It is appropriately modest.  The nakedness is covered up, without interfering with the dubiously-necessary cheerleading activities.

But do not try to find cheerleading photos of the past few decades that are similarly modest.  Even in looking for this old photo, the Internet first bombards one with images of cheerleaders wearing bikinis and having feet in the sky exposing the bikini area.  Even assuming you disagree with the Bible regarding thighs as nakedness, how do you defend the focus on the groin?  And how and why is this considered acceptable and normal?  It is shameful and absurd.  And this is all without even considering the abomination that is cheerleaders for professional athletes–which from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and in every direction otherwise–is really just tolerated-pornography in terms of clothing and actions.  But high school and college cheerleading alone is absurd.

If you disagree, ask yourself why?  Why is is worth fighting over the right for young girls/women to expose their nakedness?  Why is it worth fighting over your right to see young girls and women expose their nakedness?  Is your sinful mind not creative enough to find sources of nakedness without having it also show up in every aspect of life–be it a candy bar commercial or a sporting event?  More importantly–ask yourself who are you disagreeing with?  This is not the Confidential’s book that the Confidential is referencing for the source of nakedness–it is the Bible.  And, while you are certainly given the free will to disregard the Bible, understand that you are really just  disagreeing with God.  The Confidential merely passes this along for you to consider… hopefully wisely.

Indeed, the Confidential is certainly not able or capable of changing the world.  If you like seeing naked cheerleaders, fear not–the Confidential is not under any illusion or delusion that they will be going away any time soon.  The Confidential is just similarly not under any illusion or delusion with respect to what God and the Bible have to say on the subject: modern cheerleaders are naked.

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