ACC Coastal Non-Conference Schedule Grades

As noted in yesterday’s piece about the ACC Atlantic division, I’m faced with a dilemma. The first three power conferences I graded each only played three non-conference games. I made my expectations pretty clear. With a few exceptions (either for teams who are expected to be College Football Playoff favorites or who are expected to […]

Frank Beamer and the value of being ready

In a season marked by an unusual degree of coaching turnover, a third retirement hit the news wires on Sunday, as Frank Beamer announced that he would step down at Virginia Tech when this 2015 campaign ends. Beamer joins Steve Spurrier and George O’Leary as a retiree after many decades in college football’s arena of […]

Pitt and North Carolina play a huge game, and it’s not 1979

The city is Pittsburgh, but the program is affectionately known as Pitt — to the point that “Script Pitt” on Dan Marino’s helmet became a cherished college football look. (Why it had to be abandoned is beyond me. I digress…) Thursday night, the Steel City hosts both a game and a visiting team which bring […]

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Season Shapers: Miami and Duke possess potential

While the Florida State Seminoles and the Clemson Tigers will fight for a College Football Playoff spot and a New Year’s Six bowl in the coming weeks, the Miami Hurricanes and Duke Blue Devils figure to author the larger story of the ACC in 2015. You’re familiar by now with the notion of a “season […]

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, left, and Miami heach coach Al Golden, right, chat at midfield before their teams meet at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday, November 2, 2013. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)

After losing to Florida State, Al has only one more Golden opportunity in Miami

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re interested in sampling opinion, editorial commentary, and news analysis in the wake of noteworthy sports occurrences. If that’s the case, you probably have at least some interest in the wider theater of what counts as news, the range of human events from the trivial (sports) to the […]

Duke picked up a critical win at Georgia Tech last weekend. The Blue Devils probably didn’t expect Virginia to be an equally consequential contest the following weekend, but the other teams in the ACC Coastal didn’t expect Duke to represent such a key game last season. Duke is now finding out what it’s like to be on the other side of the tracks. Virginia-Duke will do a lot to shape the evolving ACC Coastal race.

Georgia Tech, Duke, and the paradox of staying power

On a Saturday with 50 or more games, it’s easy to identify certain contests as being more important or attractive because they’re top-25 games or in-division games. Yet, those games stand out BEFORE, not after, the final result. When one sifts through the whole of a weekend — and in mid-December, the full regular season […]

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 31: Justin Thomas #5 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets runs during the first half of the Capital One Orange Bowl game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Sun Life Stadium on December 31, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

It’s probably time to ease up on the ACC

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ACC! ACC! ACC! The ACC Cleaned Up Against The SEC This Past Weekend — What Does It Mean?

Thanksgiving weekend, which is now rivalry weekend in college football (this wasn’t always the case, at least not universally), provides the last big wave of non-conference games before the bowls. In particular, Thanksgiving weekend pits SEC East teams against ACC Atlantic teams in rivalry showdowns. Usually, the SEC has won these games, but in 2014, […]

Urban Meyer’s proven ability to adjust to injuries at the quarterback position dates back to his tenure at Utah. If anyone can get Ohio State’s offense ready for a big game with a short turnaround time and lots of question marks in the equation, it’s Meyer.

Conference Questions: The Buckeye-Spartan Showdown, ACC Coastal Chaos, And Pac-12 South Parity

If it’s the middle of the season (seven full weeks down, seven full weeks to go plus Championship Saturday and Army-Navy Saturday), conference races are beginning to acquire some real texture. We talked a lot about the SEC yesterday, and also about the Big 12.  Today, we hit the three other power conferences — the […]