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ACC Daily Links, Nov. 5

Monday, November 4, 2013 11:37pm
By: Brian Geisinger

Boston College
Steve Addazio's Eagles are 4-4 so far in 2013, but they've yet to win on the road; that could change this weekend, though, when they head west to take on 1-8 New Mexico State. A win over the Aggies would move the Dudes that much closer to becoming bowl eligible, too. Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis was brilliant in the Eagles' upset of Virginia Tech last weekend, and he was rewarded for his efforts: the senior was named the ACC Linebacker of the Week.

After a 59-10 demolition of Virginia last Saturday, head coach Dabo Swinney feels good about the state of his program as his team heads into their bye week. Make no mistake: all roads of the Clemson passing attack run through junior wideout Sammy Watkins, who's having a career year.

Here's a blow-by-blow breakdown of an Amile Jefferson block which leads to an easy transition bucket for the Blue Devils in their exhibition game against Drury. This is the kind of effort Coach K will want from Jefferson all season long. Duke forward Jabari Parker has been named to the 2014 Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award preseason watch list.

Florida State
The Seminoles returned to the practice field for the first time since their defeat of Miami, and they've wasted no time setting their sights on their next opponent: Wake Forest (yikes, you guys). Yesterday, Jameis Winston was named ACC Freshman of the Week for the sixth time - or, as I like to call it: Monday.

Georgia Tech
College basketball is right around the corner, and From The Rumble Seat has put together their breakdown of how the Yellow Jackets' backcourt will shake out in 2013-14. Jemea Thomas, who picked off his eighth career pass last Saturday against Pitt, garnered - for the second week in a row - ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors.

The Terps will look to hand Virginia Tech their third straight defeat when the two squads kickoff at 12:30 PM next Saturday. Here's Randy Edsall's most recent update of his team's depth chart: C.J. Brown is listed as the Terp's lone starting QB, which bodes well for his health.

Sophomore tailback Dallas Crawford, who had a monster game a few weeks ago at UNC, is ready to fill in for the injured Duke Johnson. Expect Deon Bush - a talented sophomore - to start seeing more playing time at safety over senior AJ Highsmith.

North Carolina
As the Tar Heels prepare to open up their season this Friday against Oakland, they must do a better job taking care of the basketball. You'd be hard-pressed to find too many proponents of running the two-quarterback system, but the duo of Bryn Renner and Marquise Williams has worked out quite nicely the past few weeks for the Heels.

N.C. State
Heading into this weekend's Triangle-based gridiron showdown against Duke, N.C. State is still trying to iron out their quarterback situation. Former Wolfpack football player Eric Leak continues to make headlines - unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons.

Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish's defense - normally a staple of their success - was uncharacteristically bad last weekend against the ground attack of Navy.

Hey ACC, welcome to the Peterson Events Center, which - for the 12 consecutive season - has already sold out. The Panthers have compiled a record of 180-22 (.891) in this building. The underdog Pitt Panthers are preparing for their showdown this weekend against longtime rival Notre Dame.

Here are five things to look for tonight - what's up, Michael Gbinije? - when Syracuse takes on Ryerson University (from Toronto) in their second exhibition game. Former Syracuse great Donovan McNabb (ACC Legend!) gave a pep talk to Scott Shafer's crew Friday night before their game against Wake Forest last week - which, by the way, the Orange won with a dominant defensive performance.

When your punter is unquestionably the MVP of your season thus far, well, things probably aren't going so swell for your football team. Unfortunately, more bad news for Mike London's team: the head coach announced that safety Demetrious Nicholson is in fact out for the rest of the season.

Virginia Tech
The Hokies have suspended junior big man C.J. Barksdale for the first three games of the 2013-14 season for a violation of team rules. According to Frank Beamer, Logan Thomas - despite turning the ball over eight times in his last two games - remains the starting QB this week against Miami - and there's no controversy to be had.

Wake Forest
Jim Grobe and his staff must prepare/game plan this week to deal with FSU's golden child Jameis Winston, which won't be much fun, I'm guessing. Here's a preview of this season's Wake Forest basketball team - Jeff Bzdelik's fourth year steering the ship in Winston-Salem - from the Greensboro News & Record.