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ACC Daily Links - Sept. 30

Monday, September 30, 2013 7:17am
By: Brian Geisinger

Last night's Breaking Bad finale was, well, incredible, which should come as no surprise. With that said - in the spirit of Walter White - lets get to these links, Heisenberg-style.

Boston College
Army will travel up to Boston to take on Steve Addazio's Eagles this Saturday. Boston College has opened as a 13-point favorite for their matchup with the Black Knights, which is the most BC has been favored in a game against an FBS opponent since the 2010 season. Former BC quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons made it a game late, but the New England Patriots held on for the win in Sunday night's contest, 30-23.

Clemson
As his Tigers get set to travel north to take on Syracuse this weekend, coach Dabo Swinney is very pleased with his team: "There's no doubt this is the most complete team we've had." Clemson received one first-place vote in the most recent USA TODAY coaches poll, but Swinney says it wasn't his vote - he thinks Alabama is the top team in the land.

Duke
Coach K is planning on using his blueprint for Olympic basketball success with this year's incredibly athletic roster. Mike Krzyzewski has led the Blue Devils to an insane 18 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, but now with Syracuse in the mix, Jim Boeheim is the active leader in career tournament appearances among ACC coaches with 30 (Coach K has 29).

Florida State
The Seminoles are undefeated and ranked No. 8 in the country; starting this week, however, their schedule really will start to pick up - three of their next four opponents are ranked inside the Top 25, which #goacc. What are three pertinent things to take away from Saturday's win over Boston College?

Georgia Tech
The kickoff time for the Yellow Jackets' upcoming game against Miami has been set for 3:30 p.m. this Saturday. Former GT wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is the leading receiver for a Denver Broncos offense that is on pace to become the most prolific unit of all-time (only winners get wings, you guys).

Maryland
The No. 25 Terps, who are ranked inside the AP poll for the first time since the 2010 season, will kickoff at noon this Saturday against No. 8 Florida State.

Miami
The No. 14 Hurricanes, who moved up a spot in this week's AP top 25, will open up their ACC schedule against Paul Johnson's Yellow Jackets this weekend.

North Carolina
Early in the 2013 season, Larry Fedora's Heels find themselves at 1-3. But despite the poor start, UNC's expectations for what the can accomplish remain high. By now, we all know the Tar Heels were blasted by ECU 55-31 two days ago, but what exactly did the Pirates do that gave UNC so much trouble?

N.C. State
The Wolfpack's ground game was out in full force against Central Michigan Saturday, when State ran for 239 yards. Mike Glennon's first NFL start goes down as a loss for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; also, I'm pretty sure Glennon will have nightmares of Patrick Peterson for the next few weeks.

Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish, who this week fell out of the AP top 25 poll for the first time since the start of the 2012 season, have already lost two games in 2013 and find themselves at an early season crossroads. 

Pittsburgh
The Panthers, who have won three straight and have a bye this week, could really do some damage if they could get their offense and defense to play sharp at the same time.

Syracuse
Fresh off their bye week, it's time for the Orange to focus in on stopping Clemson's potent offensive unit.

Virginia
The Cavaliers' defense really came to play Saturday against Pitt, but their offense struggled, badly. Yesterday was a rough day for former UVa QB Matt Schaub and his team, the Houston Texans.

Virginia Tech
There are four ACC schools inside this week's AP top 25 poll - again, #goacc - but the Hokies - despite their 4-1 record - aren't one of them; they ended up in the "others receiving votes" for both major polls - AP and USA Today coaches. On a light note, The Key Play does a wonderful job using GIFs to put last Thursday's win over Georgia Tech into perspective.

Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons will welcome the N.C. State Wolfpack into the confines of Groves Stadium - a building that has given the Pack fits over the past decade - for yet another "must-win" game.