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ACC Daily Links, Dec. 31

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 8:26am
By: Brian Geisinger

Here we go, the last edition of the Daily Links for 2013 - which, I don't know about you, flew by for me. Have a nice new year, everyone. Stay safe and enjoy the holiday.

Boston College
In only a few short hours, Andre Williams and the rest of the Boston College Eagles will square off against Arizona in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl. Here's BC's depth chart for today's game, and, hey, look Mr. Williams is starting at running back - shocker. Williams won't be the only fantastic running back, though: Zona's Ka'Deem Carey totes the rock pretty darn well, too. Get your track shoes on, young man.

#BeatEmDown at Littlejohn Coliseum last night as guards Jordan Roper and Rod Hall combine for 33 points in a 80-50 takedown of VMI. It's been a long and incredibly successful career for QB Tajh Boyd, but his career will end Friday in the Orange Bowl against a school he almost went to - Ohio State.

Do David Cutcliffe and the Blue Devils have one more win in the to close out 2013? Well, we will see tonight in the Georgia Dome against Money Manziel and the rest of the Texas A&M Aggies - kickoff is set for 8 p.m. Oh, Duke basketball has a game today, too: the Blue Devils travel to Greensboro to play Elon at 1 p.m.

Florida State
Aaron Thomas and Ian Miller brought the heat off the bench last night - 19 and 15 points, respectively - as the Seminoles improve to 9-3 on the young season with a 67-59 win over Charleston Southern. One of the greatest players in FSU history, Warrick Dunn, has some words of advice for the Seminoles as they head out to Pasadena for the national title game.

Georgia Tech
Quarterback Vad Lee goes only 5-17 through the air, and the Yellow Jackets close out their 2013 season with a 25-17 loss to Ole Miss in the Music City Bowl. The addition of Trae Golden to Brian Gregory's lineup has provided instant returns, but at 9-4 where does Tech fit on the ACC Basketball Totem Pole?

It was unclear how Penn State transfer Jonathan Graham would fit into the rotation this season, but his ability to protect the rim has earned him increased minutes, and a spot in the Terps' starting lineup tonight against N.C. Central. 

A matchup against No. 2 Syracuse hangs in the near future (this Saturday), but last night, the Canes demolished Loyola 71-48. For Al Golden and the Hurricanes, 2013 ending on a sour note; however, a talented incoming 2014 recruiting class - along with a few other moves - could be just what this program needs to take the next step.

North Carolina
Talented interior offensive lineman Russell Bodine - a junior - will enter this year's NFL draft. How does this afternoon's opponent, the Buzz Peterson-led UNC-Wilmington Seahawks, stack up statistically against the No. 19 Tar Heels?

N.C. State
It wasn't the prettiest of wins, but the Wolfpack did hold on to defeat UNC-Greensboro last night, 68-64. Former N.C. State point guard Chris Corchiani and our very own Lauren Brownlow join the Riddick & Reynolds podcast this week to talk about the Pack's loss last Saturday to Mizzou, and how to improve going forward.

Notre Dame
With star swingman Jerian Grant no longer on Notre Dame's roster, Mike Brey's club will need to receive contributions from some younger players, especially this Saturday when the Irish host No. 7 Duke. Here's a look back at what was a very, very busy 2013 for Notre Dame athletics.

After an extended winter break, Jamie Dixon's Panthers (11-1) have one final tune-up - tonight against Albany (6-6) - before they enter conference play. With some maturation, this season's group of talented freshmen - hello, Tyler Boyd - could help Paul Chryst build something special going forward at Pitt.

Here are five things to keep an eye on tonight when No. 2 Syracuse plays host to an Eastern Michigan squad fresh off a loss last Saturday to Duke. This should come as no surprise, but point guard Tyler Ennis has been named the ACC rookie of the week. It's always more fun when you can evaluate something by putting a letter grade to it, right? Yes, here's a position-by-position evaluation of Syracuse's 2013 roster.

Ugh, things just haven't been going well for Tony Bennett's squad in 2013; they drop an ugly one to Tennessee last night, 87-52. Hopefully 2014 brings them some better basketball (/grasps for a straw). After the game, another clunker of a performance left senior Joe Harris dumbfounded, near speechless.

Virginia Tech
An inexperienced offensive line forced today's opponent in the Sun Bowl - UCLA, coordinated on offense by Noel Mazzone - to get creative running the ball, especially on short-yardage situations. Bang, here's everything you need to know about Tech's preparation for the Sun Bowl, courtesy of Andy Bitter. Also this afternoon, James Johnson's Hokies play host to Maryland Eastern Shore.

Wake Forest
Dave Clawson stayed in the coaching tree family to fill his two key coordinator spots yesterday. He brings Warren Ruggiero - offensive coordinator - and Mike Elko - defensive coordinator - to Winston-Salem.