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ACC Daily Links, Dec. 30

Monday, December 30, 2013 8:34am
By: Carlos Collazo

Boston College
Quarterback Chase Rettig is still an integral piece of Boston College's run heavy offense. The Eagles recently picked up another commitment for their 2014 recruiting class in defensive end Austin Stevens. Stevens was formerly committed to Kansas.

Gene Sapakoff writes that Clemson's football MVP could be Lisa Chan, the team's sports nutritionist. In their quest for consistency, the Tigers are looking to match up against Ohio State in the Orange Bowl.

Duke football standout Juwan Thompson had originally planned on playing basketball in college. Former Duke quarterback Sean Renfree had a strange season with the Atlanta Falcons this year. He got injured in an August preseason game and didn't take a snap the entire year.

Florida State
Wayne Hogan says that the foundation for Florida State athletics is set with hard work and fun. As the Seminoles approach the conference schedule, their basketball team is ranked in the top 10 defensively. They are also in the top 11 for field goal percentage defense and blocked shots.

Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets were able to grab a tough 58-55 victory over the Charlotte 49ers after Trae Golden's last-second three-pointer. Georgia Tech will face Ole Miss today in the Music City Bowl, and they are looking forward to taking down their SEC rival and ending a six-game losing streak to SEC teams in bowl games.

Seth Allen fueled Maryland's 85-74 comeback over Tulsa with 15 points. Allen had just finished recovering from a broken left foot and has been slowly playing more and more with the team in practice. He played 21 minutes against Tulsa.

Teddy Bridgewater and the Louisville football team routed Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl, winning 36-9. Manny Navarro says that the bowl game loss shows that Al Golden is still in the early stages of rebuilding Miami's football program.

North Carolina
Ryan Switzer, T.J. Logan and the rest of UNC's special teams unit were a big part of North Carolina's 39-17 bowl victory against Cincinnati. After starting the season 1-5, UNC's turnaround and 7-6 record gives the team optimism for next season.

N.C. State
The Wolfpack had a 10-point lead over No. 25 Missouri with less than nine minutes to play but wasn't able to hold on for the win. The Tigers came back and beat State, 68-64. The Missouri loss and loss to N.C. Central puts a lot of pressure on State when it plays UNC-Greensboro tonight at 7.

Notre Dame
The Irish ended their season on a high note after defeating Rutgers 29-16 in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. With that win, and Michigan's loss to Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Notre Dame becomes the winningest team in college football again.

Pitt is still in on four-star receiver Adonis Jennings. If the Panthers were to land Jennings, they would have four four-star recruits in their 2014 class. Former Pitt running back Ray Graham made his NFL debut with the Texans on Sunday, recording 8 yards rushing and 12 yards receiving.

Nate Mink looks back at the five keys for Syracuse beating Minnesota 21-17 in the Texas Bowl. Syracuse carried the conference banner on the basketball court, as four other ACC schools lost to non-conference teams. Syracuse went up against unbeaten Villanova, and won by double-digits to move to 12-0 on the season.

The Cavaliers will be hoping to avoid a loss in their final non-conference road game at Tennessee. UVa has been rumored as a participant in the 2014 Barclay's Center Classic in Brooklyn. CBS's John Rothstein says the other three schools will be La Salle, Rutgers and Vanderbilt.

Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech suffered a big loss to UNC-Greensboro as the Spartans upset the Hokies and grabbed a 55-52 victory Sunday. Virginia Tech's last two bowl games have hinged on the placekicker, and in Tuesday's Sun Bowl game against UCLA, the Hokies will turn to Michael Branthover - who hasn't kicked an extra point or field goal since high school.

Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons were one of the many teams to suffer non-conference losses on the basketball court this week. Wake Forest fell to Xavier 68-53, after Matt Stainbrook's impressive 21-point, 10-rebound performance. The loss was enough for Jeff Eisenberg to put Wake on stock report as one of the biggest losers of the week.