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ACC Football Rankings: Week 6

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 week 6:

  1. Clemson 5-0.  No knock on Louisville, but Clemson gets the spot at 5-0, with a win over Louisville.  Maybe Louisville wins this game if played at home.  Maybe Louisville wins this game if played on a neutral site.  Maybe Louisville wins this game 6 or 7 times out of 10.  Maybe Louisville wins this game with better refs.  But Clemson won THE GAME that was actually played.  The best way to keep refs out of the game is to make them irrelevant by winning by a large margin.
  2. Louisville 4-1. Despite the loss, the Cardinals have a win over Florida State already on the resume.  So that gets them the #2 spot.  Even if Miami beats Florida State, Louisville will likely keep the spot.  What Louisville must do is remain focused and realize that winning out may yet get them a playoff spot–especially if Clemson stumbles against Florida State down the road.
  3. Miami 4-0.  Miami did what they were supposed to do in beating Georgia Tech.  But this is exactly the type of game that Al Golden would lose.  So now Miami has cleared its first obstacle.  The next obstacle is Florida State–who has dominated the Hurricanes of late.  Mark Richt can put a huge stamp on the resurrection of Miami by winning this game.
  4. North Carolina 4-1. The Tar Heels have four straight wins, as 2016 is setting up exactly like 2015–a disappointing loss to an SEC team that fades into obscurity and then a lot of wins.  Only this year, North Carolina has now gotten past Florida State too.  While an argument can be made for Virginia Tech at #4, we’ll make the Hokies earn it on the field against the Tar Heels this week.
  5. Virginia Tech 3-1. This was a tough one.  Both Virginia Tech and North Carolina have one loss.  They play this week.  North Carolina lost to Georgia, while the Hokies lost to Tennessee.  Again, the Hokies can easily take the #4 spot with a win over UNC.  Earn it on the field.
  6. Florida State 3-2.  Sure, the Seminoles have two losses, whereas a few ACC teams still only have one loss.  But the Seminoles beat Ole Miss and have lost to two teams that have only one loss UNC and Louisville.  A loss to Miami may yet in the cards though, as this is becoming a real rebuilding year for Florida State.
  7. NC State 3-1.  NC State has a loss to East Carolina, which pales into comparison with how Virginia Tech dominated ECU.  The win over previously undefeated Wake Forest propels them into the #7 spot though.  With Notre Dame coming to town, this is a huge statement game.  More importantly, with consecutive trips to Clemson and Louisville following this game–a loss can mean the realistic possibility of being 3-4 heading into the final 5 games.
  8. Wake Forest 4-1.  Well, Wake Forest had a chance to get itself into bowl eligibility with a 6-0 start, but it was doubled-up by North Carolina State, 33-16.  This puts Wake Forest behind NC State in the standings also.  Now it must face a Syracuse offense that can put points on the board in ways that Wake Forest perhaps cannot.
  9. Georgia Tech 3-2.  The Yellow Jackets are 3-1, with losses to Clemson and Miami–two teams that are a combined 9-0.  No shame in that.  Now Georgia Tech must travel to Pittsburgh, to face another 3-2 team that finds itself a few teams back in the Coastal standings.
  10. Pittsburgh 3-2.  The Panthers recovered from consecutive losses by defeating Marshall.  As expected.  The schedule gets tough again, with Georgia Tech coming to town, followed by a trip to Virginia.  After that, there are games against Virginia Tech, Miami, and Clemson–a combined 12-1.  So the importance of these next two games cannot be understated.  A bowl remains likely, but can Pitt can beyond merely 6 or 7 wins?
  11. Boston College 3-2.  Boston College has now beaten UMass, Wagner, and Buffalo en route to a 3-2 record.  Things get very real with Clemson up next.  An argument could be made for Duke here (who beat Notre Dame), but they just lost to Virginia.  Notre Dame just beat Syracuse, but they lost to Duke.  Meanwhile, Syracuse and Virginia have no business at #11 yet.  So B.C. gets this position–however temporary–by default.
  12. Duke 2-3.  It is hard to put Duke ahead of the pack, having lost to Virginia, who is at the bottom.  But Duke did beat Notre Dame, so Notre Dame cannot be ahead of Duke with the same record.  Next up is Army, which should be an easier game for Duke.
  13. Notre Dame 2-3.  The Fighting Irish did what they needed to do–beat Syracuse.  With Stanford and Miami looming, they really need to defeat North Carolina State–which will be tough on the road.  For now, Notre Dame gets the #13 spot.
  14. Syracuse 2-3.  The ‘Cuse could be #15.  But Syracuse has had to play Louisville (4-1), USF (4-1), and a desperate, hungry Notre Dame team.  They get to keep the #14 spot for another week.  Dino Babers can get them back to .500 with a win @ Wake Forest.
  15. Virginia 2-3.  Virginia got another win–this time over Duke.  It just shows the depth of the coaching and talent in the ACC that the #15 team is this good.  If Virginia had only just taken care of Richmond–it remains an anchor on these standings.

So, what do you think?  How would you change these rankings?

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Confidential Survivor Pool Update: Week 6

After five weeks, we are down to only 18 entrants without a single strike.  This week, the FSU and Duke games tripped up a few folks.  In fact, we are down t 26 overall entrants.  This means that eight have one strike.

As we move on to Week 6, here is the chart of who is left:

No Entry Name Wk1 Wk2 Wk3 Wk4 Wk5
1 4 TIME CHAMPS-FINGERS CROSSED NCST GT WF BC PITT
2 ACAFFREY (COMMANDER CAFFREY) SYR MIA UNC BC PITT
3 BCEAGLE74 WF GT NCST BC PITT
4 BENSTANDREW SYR ND MIA LOU BC
5 CDWHIT09 DUKE BC NCST VTC PITT
6 HHUNTLEY17 DUKE GT UNC BC ND
7 HOOPULLEDMYWEAVE SYR GT WF BC ND
8 INTOTHEMEATGRINDER VTC MIA WF BC PITT
9 JFLIPPEN SYR GT NCST VTC BC
10 MADCADDIES6 WF GT NCST BC PITT
11 MIKEMAB2000 DUKE BC WF UNC MIA
12 MSU_DAWGS02 DUKE LOU WF BC PITT
13 MYKCITTY WF GT NCST BC PITT
14 PAGING_DR_HOO SYR GT WF BC PITT
15 RIGHT PROFILE SYR GT WF BC PITT
16 RIVES33 SYR GT WF VTC PITT
17 TWOHOOS SYR GT WF FSU BC
18 UOFL223 WF GT NCST BC ND
19 CLEMSON82 WF GT NCST ND BC
20 DRANDYT WF DUKE NCST SYR BC
21 HODOR WF BC NCST ND PITT
22 LD17 SYR BC WF VTC FSU
23 LENVILLECARDS SYR BC WF ND PITT
24 MR. TAR HEEL SYR GT WF BC DUKE
25 SUATO92 SYR GT BC LOU PITT
26 TANNYBOGUS – 3 NCST UNC CLEM BC DUKE

And here is the chart as to which teams have been used or not used:

Team Survivors Who Haven’t Picked This Team
1. Boston College (3-2) 1
2. Wake Forest (4-1) 7
3. Georgia Tech (3-2) 11
4. Pittsburgh (3-2) 12
5. Syracuse (2-3) 13
6. No Carolina St. (3-1) 15
7. Duke (2-3) 19
8. Notre Dame (2-3) 19
9. Virginia Tech (3-1) 21
10. Miami Fla (4-0) 22
11. North Carolina (4-1) 22
12. Louisville (4-1) 23
13. Florida St. (3-2) 24
14. Clemson (5-0) 25
15. Virginia (2-3) 26

Looks like a lot of folks are saving Louisville, Florida State, Clemson, and Virginia–the latter for different reasons.  However, kudos to the Wahoos for beating Duke!

Good luck in Week 6 everyone!

 

Confidential Survivor League Update Week 6

The Confidential runs two fantasy football leagues each year… an individual player league (see here) and a double-elimination survivor league.  Two more teams were eliminated, leaving 28.  Of the 28 teams remaining, 14 now have one loss:

No User Name Wk4 Wk1 Wk2 Wk3 Wk4 Wk5
1 4 TIME CHAMPS-FINGERS CROSSED GT DUKE NCST LOU FSU ND
2 ACAFFREY (COMMANDER CAFFREY) NCST BC VIRG LOU FSU DUKE
3 BCEAGLE74 WF BC NCST ND FSU DUKE
4 CDWHIT09 WF MIA NCST LOU FSU ND
5 HHUNTLEY17 BC VTC VIRG UNC FSU DUKE
6 HOOPULLEDMYWEAVE MIA VTC VIRG UNC FSU ND
7 INTOTHEMEATGRINDER WF BC VIRG LOU FSU DUKE
8 JFLIPPEN BC NCST VIRG LOU FSU DUKE
9 LD17 SYR BC VIRG LOU FSU DUKE
10 MADCADDIES6 GT BC VIRG ND FSU PITT
11 MSU_DAWGS02 WF PITT VIRG UNC FSU DUKE
12 RIGHT PROFILE WF BC UNC LOU FSU DUKE
13 SUATO92 SYR BC WF ND FSU DUKE
14 UOFL223 GT SYR NCST LOU FSU DUKE
15 ANDR00MAJ WF BC VIRG NCST DUKE SYR
16 ANJAC FSU PITT CLEM ND DUKE BC
17 CLEMSON82 SYR DUKE VIRG NCST FSU BC
18 DREW_WMS SYR BC WF LOU FSU NCST
19 DSHRIMPTONIV WF PITT VIRG NCST ND DUKE
20 INFIELDIN WF SYR VIRG LOU FSU BC
21 LENVILLECARDS WF DUKE VIRG UNC VTC ND
22 MCAFFREY ND BC NCST LOU FSU SYR
23 MR. TAR HEEL WF BC SYR LOU VTC PITT
24 RIVES33 BC DUKE VIRG LOU VTC ND
25 SNATCH ADAMS PITT NCST SYR VTC FSU ND
26 TANNYBOGUS CLEM GT MIA LOU FSU VIRG
27 TWOHOOS WF BC VIRG LOU GT DUKE
28 WAHOO 88 SYR BC VIRG UNC GT DUKE

ACC Fantasy Football: Week 6 Recap

Thanks to all those who continue to participate in our weekly fantasy football league!  It is a free game.  There is a prize on a season-long basis.  The rules are here.   Feel free to enter the season-long game.  Stay tuned for our week 7 prize!  But this post is about the results from Week 6–individual team results are located here in the comments section.  So here we go:

As always, this is done by hand so the potential for error is there.  It is final in 48 hours.

RESULTS

With 9 entries, 4 teams get wins (bold), 4 teams get losses, and 1 team gets a tie (italic):

Commander = 151.4 pts

MSU = 130.0 pts

Lenville = 128.4 pts

LD = 99.8 pts

ACwolfpacker = 96.4 pts

Brian = 91.9 pts

HHuntley = 71.8 pts

Chrislords = 66.0 pts

Josh V = 63.4 pts

 

STANDINGS AFTER WEEK 6 :

  • Accwolfpacker  5-0-1
  • LenvilleCards 4-2
  • Commander 4-2
  • Brian 3-2-1
  • LD   3-3
  • MSU Bulldog   3-3
  • HHuntley17   2-3-1
  • Chrislords  1-5
  • Josh V   0-4-2

GREAT JOB BY EVERYONE!   On to Week 7….

Confidential Survivor League Update Week 6

The Confidential runs two fantasy football leagues each year… an individual player league (see here) and a double-elimination survivor league.  This year, the league has been slow to eliminate participants, but things picked up significantly this week as several teams took on a loss.  Of the 30 teams remaining, eight now have one loss.  It has been reliance on Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech that has taken down teams so far:

No User Name Wk4 Wk1 Wk2 Wk3 Wk4
1 4 TIME CHAMPS-FINGERS CROSSED GT DUKE NCST LOU FSU
2 ACAFFREY (COMMANDER CAFFREY) NCST BC VIRG LOU FSU
3 ANDR00MAJ WF BC VIRG NCST DUKE
4 ANJAC FSU PITT CLEM ND DUKE
5 BCEAGLE74 WF BC NCST ND FSU
6 CDWHIT09 WF MIA NCST LOU FSU
7 CLEMSON82 SYR DUKE VIRG NCST FSU
8 DREW_WMS SYR BC WF LOU FSU
9 HHUNTLEY17 BC VTC VIRG UNC FSU
10 HOOPULLEDMYWEAVE MIA VTC VIRG UNC FSU
11 INFIELDIN WF SYR VIRG LOU FSU
12 INTOTHEMEATGRINDER WF BC VIRG LOU FSU
13 JFLIPPEN BC NCST VIRG LOU FSU
14 LD17 SYR BC VIRG LOU FSU
15 MADCADDIES6 GT BC VIRG ND FSU
16 MCAFFREY ND BC NCST LOU FSU
17 MSU_DAWGS02 WF PITT VIRG UNC FSU
18 RIGHT PROFILE WF BC UNC LOU FSU
19 SUATO92 SYR BC WF ND FSU
20 TANNYBOGUS CLEM GT MIA LOU FSU
21 UOFL223 GT SYR NCST LOU FSU
22 DSHRIMPTONIV WF PITT VIRG NCST ND
23 LENVILLECARDS WF DUKE VIRG UNC VTC
24 MIKEMAB2000 WF BC VIRG VTC FSU
25 MR. TAR HEEL WF BC SYR LOU VTC
26 PAGING_DR_HOO WF SYR VIRG UNC GT
27 RIVES33 BC DUKE VIRG LOU VTC
28 SNATCH ADAMS PITT NCST SYR VTC FSU
29 TWOHOOS WF BC VIRG LOU GT
30 WAHOO 88 SYR BC VIRG UNC GT

Confidential Fantasy Football Game: Week 6 Entry Page

Even if you missed out on Weeks 1 through 5, the Confidential’s Fantasy Football Game is still joinable in Week 6.  Chances are, you cannot catch the leaders.  But you can certainly be a spoiler.  As those who entered know, the game is free and simple… just pick your team.  See rules.  Here is the recap of Week 6 and the standings.  Looks like some familiar names at the top of the standings.

To enter, just comment with your entry for Week 5.  Things get real this week, as there are no FCS teams to pad stats against.  And some very good matchups!

You are allowed one free roster change each week.  For each other change, there is a loss of one point in this week’s scoring…. a maximum of 5 point deduction.  At the same time, there is a potential 5 point bonus for having roster diversity.  If you want the same roster as last week, just do nothing.  If you want to change your roster or join anew, just comment below.

RETURNING ENTRANTS, PLEASE KINDLY POST BOTH LAST WEEK’S ROSTER AND YOUR ROSTER FOR THIS WEEK!  IT WILL BE GREATLY HELPFUL!

ENTRY DEADLINE 7:59 P.M. on FRIDAY OCT. 9, 2015!

Good luck to all!

Week 6 ACC Preview

Welcome to Week #6.  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:

Friday

Louisville (4-1) @ Syracuse (2-2), 7:00 p.m.  Louisville’s season is off to a good start–even if not the national champion contender season that last year was.  In contrast, Syracuse is a reeling, desperate team.  It does not get easier for the Orange, with Florida State and Clemson looming.  If the Orange can win this one, they have a realistic bowl chance.  That gives them the ability to “only” win three of Pitt, BC, NC State, and Wake Forest.

Saturday

Virginia Tech (3-2) @ North Carolina (2-2), 12:30 pm.  The Hokies have fallen off the map after a win over Ohio State.  North Carolina has been awful on defense.  With a wide-open Coastal, neither of these teams can afford a second conference loss.  Larry Fedora’s squad needs this game badly.

NC State (4-1) @ Clemson (2-2), 3:30 pm.  After last week’s near shocker against Florida State, nobody would blame you for thinking that Clemson could be upset here.  However, with a new QB, and two-thirds of its toughest games played, the Tigers are looking to go on a run.  NC State can win.  The more likely result is that Clemson will continue righting the ship.

Wake Forest (2-3) @ #1 Florida State (4-0), 3:30 pm.  The Seminoles made it interesting last week, sending a message that this is not last year’s team.  With or without Winston.  Although Florida State rallied to win, it was an ugly win by any definition.  Wake Forest has played good defense, but they have not faced anything like what Florida State will bring to the table offensively.  And Florida State’s surprisingly weak defense gets a chance to get confidence against a struggling Demon Deacons offense.

Pittsburgh (3-2) @ Virginia (3-2), 7:30 pm.  It was bad enough for Pitt to lose to Iowa.  Losing to Akron… at home… was an embarrassment.  Now the Panthers travel to a rejuvenated Virginia, who is already above last year’s win total.  Both schools are 1-0 in conference play, with Pitt beating BC and Virginia beating Louisville.  Virginia’s losses to BYU and UCLA are nothing to be ashamed of.  Gotta figure the Wahoos will take care of business.

Miami (3-2) @ Georgia Tech (4-0), 7:30 pm.  Hurricane sighting last week!  Miami got back on track with a very nice win over a good Duke team.  Georgia Tech had three unimpressive wins for surprising everyone with a win over Virginia Tech.  The Yellow Jackets can win this game and gain a leg up in the Coastal.  Miami’s Al Golden cannot afford another let down.  Miami is not about 6 win seasons… it is about 8+ win seasons.  4-2 at the halfway point is exactly what the Hurricanes need.

ACC GAME OF THE WEEK: #14 Stanford (3-1) @ #9 Notre Dame (4-0), 8:00 pm. Last week, Notre Dame showed it could overcome 5 turnovers and still win handily over Syracuse.  The win over Michigan now looks dubious.  Of course, Stanford’s loss to USC looks bad, especially given that BC beat USC and then lost to Colorado State.  Notre Dame’s defense looks as solid as ever this year, and Stanford is routinely stout on defense.  Expect this one to be fairly low scoring.  Notre Dame’s home field advantage and veteran QB should be the difference.

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

The Confidential’s ACC Standings Poll: Week 6

As we enter Week 6, things are finally starting to get easier to figure out at the top.  With all the correspondents voting, here are the poll standings as of today:

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