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ACC Daily Links - Sept. 26

Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:45am
By: Brian Geisinger

Boston College
These Dudes don't make mental errors, you guys; through the first three games of 2013, the Eagles are the NCAA leaders in the fewest penalties committed per game and the fewest penalty yards per game. The Florida State Seminoles come to town this Saturday, and if the Eagles are going to pull off the upset, they must find a way to slow down freshman QB Jameis Winston. Mike Cloud: ACC Legend.

After changing positions several times, junior Vic Beasley has finally found a permanent home as a defensive end - much to the chagrin of ACC quarterbacks. Losing Nuke Hopkins and Brandon Ford to the NFL has taken a toll on the Tigers' offensive efficiency. Here's a preview for this weekend's Clemson-Wake Forest game, which is kicking off at 3:30 PM on Saturday.

QB Brandon Connette has had his share of struggles while filling in for the injured Anthony Boone. However, the junior seemed to settle in to a level of comfort last weekend against Pitt, when he completed 66 percent of his passes and throw for 323 yards. Duke's defense must do a better job minimizing the big plays of opposing offenses.

Florida State
Freshman QB Jameis Winston has been awfully impressive in his debut season, and he credits a lot of that to his relationship with head coach Jimbo Fisher. FSU is in the mix for DE Keyon Brown, who is one of the top defensive prospects in the 2014 recruiting class. Brown is scheduled to make a commitment this afternoon.

Georgia Tech
Tonight, the nation will turn its eyes to Paul Johnson and his triple option attack. Here's a preview for the Yellow Jackets and Hokies Thursday night showdown! Brian Gregory and the Yellow Jackets picked up a commitment last night: Ben Lammers - a 6-10, three-star center from Texas.

Hello, ESPN! The Terps updated their basketball schedule and have included television dates and channels for the 2013-14 season - their last in the ACC. Head coach Randy Edsall was recently asked about the APU - All Players Union: "It's great players have that ability to express their opinions for what they might believe in."

The No. 15 Hurricanes take on South Florida this Saturday on the road and, according to coach Al Golden, it looks as though Miami's QB Stephen Morris, who was injured last week against Savannah State, will be good to go. Another ACC Legend: Edgerrin James! Defensive end Anthony Chickillo returns home to Tampa for this weekend's game against USF, and he's glad to do so as a more mature player.

North Carolina
In-state rivals UNC and ECU have a tee time set for 12:30 PM this Saturday in Kenan Stadium; here's an in-depth look at the match-up. At 1-2, the Tar Heels need their offense to start clicking - Gio Bernard isn't walk through that door.

N.C. State
Josh Freeman benched, Mike Glennon promoted. Whoa hey, there are three former NCSU quarterbacks that will be starting this week in the NFL - one of them is a self-described WOLF-BADGER, too. The Pack welcome Central Michigan, who will be starting a freshman quarterback - Cooper Rush, to the confines of Carter-Finley Stadium this weekend.

Notre Dame
Bob Stoops and Oklahoma will be in South Bend this weekend for a clash of Top 25 teams, and the Fighting Irish better be ready to handle the Sooners' speed on offense.

Head man Paul Chryst released an updated version of his team's injury report for their showdown with UVa this weekend. On offense with Tyler Boyd and Devin Street, Pitt has looked darned good. However, on the defensive side of the ball, well, let just say that could stand to improve a little.

The Orange have a bye on the gridiron this week; lets check and see how their defense has been performing so far this season - hint: pretty well, actually. 

As the Cavaliers head north to Pitt this weekend, those around the program are curious to see if QB David Watford will get to run with the football more. Also, UVa better be ready for a shootout, because the Panthers offense is built to score - 107 points combined in their last two games.

Virginia Tech
The Hokies will look to finally get their offense going tonight - in primetime - when they take on the Yellow Jackets. Word on the street - I mean, Twitter - is that VT's defensive coordinator Bud Foster is fired up to take on P.J.'s option attack.

Wake Forest
Hey, look! Blogger So Dear did a Q&A with Shakin The Southland, where they discuss the Saturday's upcoming Wake Forest-Clemson game. Bonding...yeah! Linebacker Hunter Williams has found a home in the middle of the Deacons' defense, and he's been wreaking havoc every since.