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ACC Daily Links, Nov. 25

Monday, November 25, 2013 12:54am
By: Carlos Collazo

Boston College
Andre Williams became the first player in Boston College history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. For many people, Williams is just as deserving of the Heisman trophy as Johnny Manziel, Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston.

This Saturday, Clemson will take on in-state rival South Carolina - a team that Tajh Boyd and the rest of the Tigers have had trouble beating over the years. Clemson basketball fell to Massachusetts in the Charleston Classic final, 62-56.

The Blue Devils struggled against the Vermont Catamounts yesterday, barely scraping by with a 91-90 win. Coach K called the performance "unacceptable." On the football field, however, Duke is still doing extremely well - especially late in games.

Florida State
The Seminoles are still at No. 2 in the AP poll, with four first-place votes. Alabama, FSU and Ohio State are the only undefeated power conference teams, and they fill up the 1, 2 and 3 spots respectively. The Seminoles were disappointed in their defensive efforts against Idaho, and they are focusing on improving on their tackling this week.

Georgia Tech
Trae Golden bounced back during the Yellow Jackets' 78-71 win over North Carolina A&T, scoring 12 of his 20 points in the second half. Jeff Schultz looks at Georgia Tech's chances against the Georgia Bulldogs this week.

Evan Smotrycz showed what he was capable of doing in the Terrapins' first solid win of the year against Northern Iowa. But some people think that the Terps need to get more out of sophomore center Shaquille Cleare. Cleare didn't attempt a single shot or pick up an assist in 23 minutes.

Injuries to the Miami Hurricanes' secondary have led to coach Al Golden changing some things up on the depth chart. Ladarius Gunter, Corn Elder and Nate Dortch are all expected to be unavailable Friday when the Canes take on Pitt.

North Carolina
Behind an impressive shooting performance by Marcus Paige, the No. 24 Tar Heels were able to upset No. 3 Louisville to win the Hall of Fame Tip-Off. The Tar Heels had a record-breaking day on the football field after an 80-20 win over ODU.

N.C. State
Some Wolfpack followers are encouraged by the fact that Maryland is only opening as a three-point favorite at home against State this week. State could use that encouragement, after a disappointing loss to in-state rival ECU.

Notre Dame
The Irish went 2-0 over the weekend on the hardwood, with victories against Santa Clara and Army. During the final home game of the season for Notre Dame, the football team topped BYU 23-13.

With a 17-16 win this weekend over Syracuse, the Panthers ensured bowl eligibility. On the basketball court, things are about to get much tougher for Pitt. The Panthers will take on Texas Tech and then either Stanford or Houston - all three teams are better than the competition Pittsburgh has already faced this season.

In a look back at the stats of its loss to Pittsburgh, you can see that Syracuse wasn't able to run a single play in the red zone. The team is going to have to do a whole lot more to take down Boston College, and the attendance for the Orange also has room for improvement.

A run of 20 consecutive points in the second half helped the Cavaliers defeat the Liberty Flames 75-53. It was a huge day for fourth-year walk-on Thomas Rogers, who scored his first collegiate points during the game.

Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech dropped another close game, this time to Seton Hall, 68-67. Many are beginning to worry about this pattern in tight games for the Hokies. Virginia Tech's path to an ACC title game became more clear on Saturday, but the Hokies still have to cross their fingers and hope that UNC is able to take down rival Duke if they want a chance at it.

Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons are still finding themselves near the bottom of the ACC in many football power rankings after losing to Duke this weekend.