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ACC Daily Links - Oct. 2

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 8:43am
By: Brian Geisinger

Boston College
By now, you've likely heard how the shutdown of the federal government is jeopardizing the this weekend's Army-BC football game. However, what are some potential contingency plans if the game can't be played on Saturday?

Clemson
Talent-wise the Tigers' roster can stack-up favorably against just about every school in the country; check out this depth-chart analysis between Clemson and this week's opponent, Syracuse. Head coach Dabo Swinney is very excited to play in the Carrier Dome - he hopes his team embraces the environment, too. Clemson's offense gets most of the hype, but this season's defense is a top-25 unit in several categories, which pleases defensive coordinator Brent Venables. 

Duke
The Brooklyn Nets are spending their first week of practice in the confines of Cameron Indoor Stadium, which means a homecoming of sorts for rookie Mason Plumlee. Here are some notes from the Nets' first practice, including some of Plumlee's new teammates talking about what the former Blue Devil brings to the table.

Florida State
This Saturday's top-25 showdown with No. 25 Maryland (why, yes, that did feel weird to type) is rapidly approaching, and the FSU coaching staff is doing everything it can to prepare. On the injury front for this weekend, it looks as though DE Mario Edwards will be able to return to the lineup - after missing the past two games - but safety Tyler Hunter is still day-to-day.

Georgia Tech
Michael Carvell covers college football recruiting for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; here's his early breakdown of Tech's 2014 football class. Last week, the Yellow Jackets had to go against VT's imposing defense, but things won't get any easier this Saturday when their option attack goes to South Beach to take on the incredibly balanced No. 14 Miami Hurricanes.

Maryland
Jordan Noil - a three-star safety/wide receiver from Georgia - committed to Maryland yesterday afternoon. Saturday's top-25 match-up with No. 8 FSU offers Randy Edsall's program, which had been on hard times the past few seasons, a shot at affirmation.

Miami
Freshman speedster Walter Tucker, who was initially supposed to redshirt in 2013, will make his debut this weekend against the Yellow Jackets. Head man Al Golden knows stopping Georgia Tech's offense will be a big challenge for his defense, especially with the improved passing game under first-year starter QB Vad Lee.

North Carolina
Entering his sophomore season, swingman J.P. Tokoto knows he has an opportunity to step up and play better during his second trip through the ACC. Yesterday, a grand jury in Orange County listened to Special Agent A. H. Jones further explain her investigation into athlete-agent involvements in North Carolina.

N.C. State
This season's Wolfpack basketball squad will rely heavily on wings Desmond Lee and Ralston Turner. Also, Scott Wood announced yesterday that he intends on running for the United States' presidency in his future - most importantly: lunch breaks will be two hours long!

Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish were supposed to have one of the nation's best defensive lines - led by stud DT Louis Nix - but through five games, the team's pass rush has been a disappointment.

Pittsburgh
The Panthers' offense has been dynamic so far in 2013, but there is one problematic trend the appears to be developing: a steep drop in production during the second half. Is the offensive line becoming fatigued a bit too soon? 

Syracuse
If the Orange are going to prevail over Clemson on Saturday, their defense needs to find a way to put the brakes on wideout Sammy Watkins. On the hardwood this season, Syracuse is going to need to see improvement from sophomore guard Trevor Cooney.

Virginia
Freshman defensive end Max Valles, who had 2.5 sacks against Pitt, appears to be a player poised to break out. HOO - er, I mean, Who - is the midseason MVP of this year's UVa football squad?

Virginia Tech
The Hokies are ready to unleash their defense this weekend against UNC at Lane Stadium - they haven't forgotten last season's 48-34 defeat in Chapel Hill, either. The VT defense got good injury news in the secondary: after an eight-month rehab, Antone Exum has finally been cleared to return to the playing field. And the cornerback isn't worried about being targeted by the Tar Heels or anyone else.

Wake Forest
If the Demon Deacons are going to beat in-state rivals N.C. State this weekend in Groves Stadium, which has recently been a house of horrors for the Wolfpack, then they're going to need to play with far more energy, according the coach Jim Grobe.