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ACC Daily Links, Oct. 28

Monday, October 28, 2013 12:37am
By: Brian Geisinger

Boston College
The Eagles play host to Virginia Tech this Saturday, and Steve Addazio's club has opened up as a 4.5-point home underdog. Former BC QB Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons continue to struggle; Ryan threw four interceptions in a 27-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals yesterday. 

The Tigers check in at No. 8 in this week's BCS standings - thanks in part to a rather lackluster win against the Terps up in College Park, and Missouri losing at home against South Carolina. Head coach Dabo Swinney liked what he saw against Maryland on Saturday; according to him, his team was finally able to put the FSU loss behind them. 

Thanks to the Blue Devils' big win over No. 14 Virginia Tech - their first win over VT since 1981 - Duke received two points in this week's AP top 25 poll. Check out the top-five highlights from Duke's exhibition over Bowie State this weekend, including a monster dunk from freshman Jabari Parker.

Florida State
The Oregon Ducks, who defeated No. 12 UCLA on Saturday, have leapfrogged the Seminoles in this week's BCS standings - FSU checks in at No. 3. It's perhaps cliche to the play of an offensive line is underappreciated, but FSU's unit, which is one of the best in the nation, deserves more credit for the team's success. Christian Jones, Terrance Smith and Jacobbi McDaniel - three of the Seminoles standouts on defense - offer their perspectives on Saturday's beating of N.C. State.

Georgia Tech
Former Yellow Jacket wide receiver Calvin Johnson - now with the Detroit Lions - had a game for the ages yesterday: 14 receptions, 329 receiving yards (seven shy of an NFL single game record) and a touchdown during his team's 31-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Heading into their second bye week, senior QB C.J. Brown, who sat out his team's loss to No. 9 Clemson this Saturday with a trunk injury, has been tabbed by Randy Edsall to become Maryland's starter again when the team picks-up two weeks from now against Syracuse. Statistician Ken Pomeroy released his preseason rankings list for the upcoming college basketball season, and the Terps landed at No. 44.

After surviving two close calls in back-to-back games - against UNC and Wake Forest - the No. 7 Hurricanes can finally get prepared to square-off against in-state rival No. 3 Florida State. As that game approaches, Al Golden made a couple of small tweaks to his defensive depth chart.

North Carolina
Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly from the Tar Heels' blowout win over Boston College this Saturday - spoiler alert: we wouldn't describe UNC's run game as aesthetically pleasing. College basketball season is rapidly approaching (booyah!); here's a breakdown of the 2013-14 Tar Heels - get ready to see the Heels go back to their traditional two-big-men lineup.

N.C. State
In the same Ken Pomeroy rankings as mentioned above, the Wolfpack have come in at No. 72, which slots Mark Gottfried's club as an NIT-bound team. UNC tight end Eric Ebron got an early start on this week's trash-talking as the Tar Heels and Wolfpack prepare to renew their annual rivalry in a few short days.

Notre Dame
The Irish's win over Air Force on Saturday helped vault Brian Kelly's team back into the USA Today Coaches Poll. 

The Pitt defense had a rough go of things trying to stop Navy option attack on Saturday - and, hey, look who's next on the schedule: Georgia Tech. Seniors Talib Zanna and Lamar Patterson led the way in Pitt's 72-59 exhibition win over UC-San Diego, which was closer than head coach Jamie Dixon would've liked. Wideout Tyler Boyd, who got off to such a fantastic start to his freshman campaign, has struggled to get touches in the Panthers' last three games.

Josh Kirkland's path to playing football in the ACC was an interesting one, and now that he's here, the linebacker plans to make the most of it. After almost jumping to the NBA, C.J. Fair decided to return to campus - he's ready to be the man for the Orange as they take their initial plunge into the ACC.

The Cavaliers were dropped - 35-25 - by Georgia Tech in a sloppy game this weekend, but QB David Watford demonstrated that if opposing teams load up the box on defense, he can make big plays in the passing game.

Virginia Tech
According to senior DB Antone Exum, it's critical that the Hokies not let Saturday's upset loss to Duke spoil what could still be a special season up in Blacksburg. After dropping at Lane Stadium to Duke, the Hokies have fallen out of the Top 25 in both major polls - AP and USA Today.

Wake Forest
After a disappointing near upset of No. 7 Miami, Jim Grobe's Demon Deacons are looking to bounce back this week against Syracuse. For a vocal debriefing of what happened against Miami, check out Blogger So Dear's podcast - "Roll The Quadcast."