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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!

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New Duke Blue Devils Page

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

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

Duke Football: The Over/Under

This article is the next in a series of articles in which the Confidential selects the over/under for football wins in 2014.  We’ll take a cursory look at the schedule and determine what we think is the point where folks will struggle to select “over” or “under.”  We hope people will share their comments as to “why” they are going over/under.  If you disagree with our over/under choice, of course, feel free to let us know too.  The ninth team up: Duke.  We are going with an over/under of 8.5.

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ACC Lacrosse Update

The best conference in lacrosse, the Atlantic Coast Conference, continues to impress.  The latest top 20 for the men has all six schools ranked in the top 9.  The fourth place team in the ACC, Notre Dame, is ranked fifth overall after winning the ACC tournament.  Virginia, who was 1-4 in conference play, is ranked #8 overall.  There is simply no precedent for such top-to-bottom conference domination.

That being said, it is Loyolla and Denver that are atop the standings at #1 and #2.  and Johns Hopkins squeezes in between the ACC sextet at #6.  It was quite a coup for the Big 10 to land Johns Hopkins–the Confidential still bemoans the ACC’s failure to do so.  However, as lacrosse remains a non-revenue sport, there is only so much the conference could have or should have done in that regard.

There are few regular season games left for the ACC schools.  on Saturday, there are a trio of games, as Notre Dame hosts #19 Army, Maryland hosts Navy, and Syracuse hosts Colgate.  Duke travels to Boston on Sunday for its finale.

The women are similarly as impressive, with seven of the eight schools in the top 15.   Of course, with Maryland #1, Syracuse #2, North Carolina #4, and Boston College #5, an argument can be made that the women are doing even better than the men.

All in all, the ACC is simply dominant in lacrosse.  Let’s hope that the ACC can follow through on its dominant regular season by bringing home two trophies.

Confidential Bracketology: March 15, 2014

Let’s have some fun projecting the NCAA’s top 4 seeds for the Big Dance.  This is based on what the Confidential thinks will happen tomorrow.  We limit it to the seeded teams.

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TJ Warren is ACC Player of the Year

TJ Warren has won the ACC Player of the Year award, a very bright spot in what has been a so-so season, though IMHO a much better one than last year.

Warren led the league in scoring at 24.8 ppg and while many fans and media thought the award would go to Duke’s Jabari Parker, Warren’s win is justifiable.  It is pretty clear that without the sophomore’s nearly automatic scoring touch the Pack could not have achieved 19 wins and a .500 conference record.  He scored 81 points in his last two games, so he is peaking at the right time. Read more…

Duke and Virginia Fans…

With a subregional in Buffalo and a regional in New York City, there is no secret that Syracuse wants to be in the East.  With all the bracketology columns around the Internet, there are as many opinions as there are, well, you know the saying.  So here is the question–where do Duke and Virginia fans WANT to be placed in the Big Dance?

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ACC Seeding Polls: Duke, Virginia, Syracuse, UNC

Here are four polls… where do you think each of Duke, Virginia, Syracuse, and UNC should be seeded?  In other words… where do the teams really and truly deserve to be seeded as of right now.  Base it on the work done as of today!  Not what you think happens later this week.  Don’t forget to scroll down and vote relative to all four schools.

Virginia

 

Syracuse

 

Duke

 

North Carolina

 

If you think you know basketball, and as a fan of the ACC you SHOULD know basketball, let’s see how well you can do against other fans of ACC schools.  Go here:

 

 

 

Syracuse: Deserving of its 25-2 Record

Last week at this time, this author wrote that Syracuse was a flawed team that is and deserves to be 25-0.  Part of the logic was that a team that captures victory from defeat is deserving of that–even if arguable luck and good calls play a role.  Syracuse haters cannot focus on one or two plays.  One week later, the only reasonable conclusion is that Syracuse deserves to be 25-2.  Again, this author is a diehard Syracuse fan that has been following basketball since, well, forever.  Rest assured, it was before the Carrier Dome was even conceived.  Much like Syracuse haters could not focus on one or two plays as demonstrative of luck or referees dictating the outcome, Syracuse fans cannot do the same here.  It is what it is.  The team is a fair and deserving 25-2.

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The ACC’s New World Order

Earlier this year, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim answered a question about how it felt to be a part of what might be the best basketball conference in history.  To which he replied, “We already were.”  Referring, of course, to the Big East in its former configuration.

Now this correspondent is an old-school ACC guy, so naturally I bristled a little.  As did many of us.

And the thought crossed my mind, “wait until he gets into the conference schedule for real…”

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