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ACC Daily Links, Oct. 23

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:15am
By: Brian Geisinger

Here are your midweek links; have at them.

Boston College
Steve Donahue picked up the first commit of his 2014 recruiting class last night: point guard Matt Farrell, who chose the Eagles over Dartmouth and Monmouth. More importantly: do you think he's a #Dude, you guys? The chief dude Steve Addazio released his depth chart for this weekend's game with the Tar Heels - it's the usual cast, by the way.

After getting thrashed by FSU last Saturday, Clemson will try to right the ship up in College Park this weekend against a banged-up Terp squad; here's a depth chart comparison between the two schools. In an effort to help his team rebound, coach Dabo Swinney is spending a lot of time at practice this week focusing on the basics - emphasizing micro over macro.

The Blue Devils - 5-2 on the season - are one win away from becoming bowl eligible for the second straight season, but this week's opponent, No. 14 Virginia Tech, will be a stout test for David Cutcliffe's team up in Blacksburg. I know Duke's got a big test up ahead this week, but there's an important hypothetical to consider - what if Coach Cut had his own reality show

Florida State
FSU's win over Clemson propelled the Seminoles to a No. 2 ranking in the year's initial BCS rankings - released on Sunday, but can they stay undefeated and ahead of the No. 3 Oregon Ducks? This FSU roster features several players from the state of Alabama, including Jameis Winston, which should come as no surprise: Jimbo Fisher has put an emphasis on establishing a strong recruiting base in the state. Florida State 51, Clemson 14: the good, the bad, and the funny.

Georgia Tech
Here are 10 intriguing notes on Tech's upcoming opponent, the Virginia Cavaliers. Head coach Paul Johnson is preparing his team to be ready for everything the free-falling 2-5 'Hoos have to offer.

A few hours before the Terps kick things off against Clemson this Saturday, the men's basketball team will play an intrasquad scrimmage at the Comcast Center, which will be the last time fans can catch the team in action before they start up exhibition play Nov. 3. QB C.J. Brown is taking it day-by-day to see if he'll be healthy enough to start against the Tigers on Saturday.

Looking for a quick way to get briefed on the conclusion and results of the NCAA's 2+ years investigation into Miami athletics? Well, check out Jim Young's post on the subject - it's got everything you need to know. Several Hurricane football commits were pleased to see that the sanctions handed out yesterday didn't include a ban on future bowl games.

North Carolina
RB TJ Logan, who has given the Heels a much-needed boost in the run game, will start for the second consecutive week this Saturday against Boston College. UNC has recently started to deploy a two-quarterback system, which both Bryn Renner and Marquise Williams claim to be comfortable with.

N.C. State
Former Wolfpacker Philip Rivers continues his renaissance out west; after seven weeks, the San Diego Chargers QB continues to lead the league in completion percentage - 73.9%. Legendary FSU coach Bobby Bowden will be back in the building this weekend when the Wolfpack travels to take on Florida State in Tallahassee.

Notre Dame
The preseason Bob Cousy Award watch list was released yesterday afternoon, and Irish senior Eric Atkins made the initial cut.

The Panthers visit Navy this Saturday, which means one thing for Paul Chryst's defense: get ready to stop the run. Check out this midseason report on the 4-2 Panthers' initial plunge into the ACC.

One intrepid reporter at ACC Operation Basketball voted PG Tyler Ennis as preseason rookie of the year - Jabari Parker of Duke received every other vote, except for one, which was blank. According to Jim Boeheim, that was smart, though, because Ennis is going to play big minutes in 2013-2014. Unfortunate news for Syracuse football: Rodney Williams, an incoming three-star recruit, suffered a broken fibula last week, which could sideline him for the remainder of his senior season.

If UVa is to bounce back from last week's collapse to Duke, then they need to be prepared to thwart Georgia Tech's potent run game. Speaking of that Duke game, here's a breakdown of what exactly transpired on Saturday in Scott Stadium.

Virginia Tech
Tech's defense is easily one of the best in the country, but the Hokies have had issues bottling up mobile quarterbacks that work out of spread, read-option schemes, which means Duke's Anthony Boone could present a challenge. Here's everything you need to know regarding VT-Duke this weekend. Over the course of his 27 years at VT, Frank Beamer has coached 20 pairs of brother; the latest pair - Kyle and Kendall Fuller - are making opposing QBs wish this family business would close up shop.

Wake Forest
Jim Grobe's Demon Deacons have picked things up recently - winning back-to-back games at home against NCSU and Maryland. Wake will look to keep this momentum going forward when it takes the show on the road against Boston College this weekend.