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ACC Daily Links, Nov. 11

Monday, November 11, 2013 8:20am
By: Andrew Tie

Boston College
Many people, including some reporters at ACC media day, believed Boston College would finally show improvement in basketball this year, but an 0-2 start, including a loss to UMass Sunday, isn't helping. Senior wide receiver Alex Amidon broke the BC all-time receiving yards record against New Mexico State. 

Clemson remains in the top 10 of the BCS standings but moved down a spot to No. 8. Shakin the Southland did a power rankings of the ACC and still has Clemson second at an Orange Bowl-caliber level. 

With the Blue Devils getting set to take on Kansas, there won't be any sort of shortage of storylines. In his season opener, Jabari Parker looked impressive and flashed some of his incredible potential and skill. Duke football, which is no longer the punchline of jokes, might be this year's version of the 2006 Wake Forest team. In order to maintain the success in football, Duke must focus on offensive improvements. Let's also make this clear: Duke being 7-2 isn't a fluke

Florida State
With Oregon losing, FSU is solidly at No. 2 in the BCS standings. With the Ducks losing, Florida State has a clear path to the national championship game. Freshman safety Nate Andrews impressed in the first start of his career. Here are three things we learned about FSU over the weekend. Stewart Mandel of SI.com writes that FSU looks like the No. 1 team after another big win. 

Georgia Tech
With Miami losing to Virginia over the weekend, Georgia Tech is back in first place in the Coastal Division. Paul Johnson is in favor of new NCAA rules that would give a recruiting break to coaches during the summer.

The Terps continue to struggle to find the sixth win that would make them bowl eligible, and that showed in a sloppy loss to Syracuse. With all of Maryland's shortcomings recently, Randy Edsall continues to not take the blame, at least so says John Feinstein.

In Miami's loss to Virginia Tech, the Hurricanes had a disappointing showing defensively, writes Manny Navarro. The Canes are still focused on winning the Coastal in order to get to the ACC championship. But in order to win the Coastal, these last three games are all must-wins. 

North Carolina
In UNC's season-opening win over Oakland, Marcus Paige and J.P. Tokoto showed some promise. There's been a youth movement on the football team with a lot of underclassmen getting playing time. 

N.C. State
Vegas opened the week with N.C. State as a 7.5-point underdog to Boston College, a team that struggled with New Mexico State. The offense has been the main problem with an inability to just score touchdowns and put points on the board. 

Notre Dame
The Irish's dreams of making a BCS game were crushed with a loss to Pitt. Jerian Grant and Garrick Sherman led the No. 21 ranked Irish to a win over Stetson.   

It took a while, but Paul Chryst finally got a big win. Chryst praised quarterback Tom Savage for his play

I know FSU is really good, and I know Syracuse isn't the best team out there, but Vegas has FSU as 38.5-point favorites over Syracuse. Sheesh. Safety Ritchy Desir had one of his best games against Maryland. 

With UVa down a lot to UNC, backup quarterback Greyson Lambert got some playing time. Some recruits truly don't care about the on-field scores during the season. Donovan Dowling committed to Virginia this weekend even with the blowout loss to UNC. 

Virginia Tech
The Hokie offense roared to life in their big win over Miami. Here are some extra observations from the game. Running back Trey Edmunds injected some life into the Hokies in the win over Miami, writes Norm Wood. 

Wake Forest
Turnovers doomed the Demon Deacons in their big loss to Florida State, but really based on how FSU has played this year against everyone, it's not too surprising.