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Syracuse offense back on track after 52-point performance, prepare for Holy Cross next (cnycentral.com; video; Hauswirth)


The Syracuse Orange are back on track offensively, something that has the team and its offensive play-makers shedding a smile this week.

Players met with the media Tuesday night during the team's weekly availability, detailing their happiness with bouncing back against Western Michigan while also tempering the expectations as they try to keep it going against Holy Cross on Saturday.
"Yeah, we figured it out," Syracuse receiver Trishton Jackson explained. "It was our speed and our tempo. We started to go faster in practice and it transitioned to the game Saturday. That was really the main goal during the week and we executed it on Saturday."

"Really just moving the ball and just executing," Orange quarterback Tommy DeVito said. "When the defense gives us turnovers, putting points up on the board, whether it's a field goal or a touchdowns, obviously we always want a touchdown -- but any kind of points is good. So, to be able to do that compared to what we did two weeks ago, is a lot better."

Both DeVito and Jackson connected in a big way against the Broncos, accounting for six catches and 141 yards. Not to mention, a pair of touchdowns as well.

It was the duo that many were talking about ahead of the 2019 season -- a couple of former four-star recruits finding a way to produce at a high level.

Well, it's happening -- or at least for one game.
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Syracuse back at .500 with FCS foe Holy Cross next (yahoo.com; AP; Kekis)

Syracuse is .500 after four games and after Saturday faces a two-week stretch to correct any issues before Atlantic Coast Conference play begins in earnest.

Orange coach Dino Babers knows it's a work in progress.

''Saw some good, saw some bad,'' Babers said Monday after a 52-33 home win against Western Michigan. ''Still continuing to grow. I think they got better.''

The Orange (2-2) host Championship Subdivision foe Holy Cross (1-2) on Saturday before going into a bye week.
Syracuse began the season with a 24-0 road win over Liberty and the victory on the weekend came after bad losses to Maryland and Clemson . Syracuse scored a combined 26 points in those games.

''Football is all about adversity and how you respond to it,'' Babers said. ''To be able to have those two losses and be able to come back this weekend, produce and hold our own, so to say, in the Dome, means a lot. It shows how much character we have in the room.''

The Broncos still put a lot of points on the board to continue a disturbing trend since the opener. In the past three games, the Orange defense has allowed 137 points and 1,819 yards - an average of 603.3 yards a game - and is ranked 124th nationally in total defense.

Still, Syracuse is tied for the top spot in the nation with 11 turnovers gained - six interceptions and five fumble recoveries. The Orange recovered three fumbles and intercepted a pass against Western Michigan to extend their streak of consecutive games with a takeaway to 18, the third-longest active streak in the Bowl Subdivision.

''I hope that we start getting more of the defense that we saw earlier in the year,'' Babers said. ''The one thing that our defense has been outstanding about is getting turnovers. As long as they keep giving us extra possessions, we're going to have opportunities to win games as long as we're efficient on offense.
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Syracuse Football: Stock Up, Stock Down – Orange Fizz – Free Syracuse Recruiting News (orangefizz.net; Leonard)

About a quarter of the way into the season, it’s time to take stock on some individual players. Whose stock is up the most and down the most from the start of the season to now?

Stock Up

Trishton Jackson
Jackson has established himself as the number one guy. After his second two touchdown, 140+ yards performance of the season against Western Michigan Saturday, he was named ACC receiver of the week. The Michigan State transfer has been as advertised. Jackson is currently fourth in the ACC in receiving yards.

Sterling Hofrichter
On one hand maybe its not the best that a punter is your second highest stock up of the season four games in. On the other hand, though, punters are underratedly valuable. Hofrichter is top five in the country in average yards for punt right now. All the dude does is back opponents up inside the 20-yard line.

Aaron Hackett
Hackett had caught eight passes in his Syracuse career and one career touchdown before Western Michigan. On Saturday, the junior reeled in six passes and two touchdowns. He entered the season as the second string tight end to Chris Elmore and now it appears, based on the way the other receivers are contributing, Syracuse could really use his pass-catching skills going forward, especially in the red zone.

Lakiem Williams
Frankly, it’s hard to pick much from the defense after three straight games of 30+ points allowed (first time that has happened since 2011 for Syracuse). We should give some credit to Williams though. He leads the team in tackles (32) and sacks (2.5) through four games. Not too shabby for a guy who never really played outside of special teams coming into the year.

Stock Down

Nykeim Johnson
This is the biggest mystery. Johnson is averaging 1.3 yards per catch this season and has compiled a measly 13 receiving yards in four games. The same guy who caught at least one pass in every game last year and was known for being a “deep threat.” Three of his four touchdowns last year were 40+ yards. He has gone from a key consistent part of each Syracuse game to a complete non-factor. Hard to say for sure but you’d assume the offseason injury is part of the reason and maybe he just isn’t fully healthy yet?
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SU Football is Missing an Identity – Orange Fizz – Free Syracuse Recruiting News (orangefizz.net; Gross)

Even after a comprehensive win over Western Michigan, Syracuse is still without an identity. That’s not a good thing. Take last year’s Orange: They were a team that rarely turned the ball over, took the ball away, dominated the kicking game, pressured the opposing quarterback and relied on a tough athletic quarterback on offense. Their strengths were consistent and unrelenting, their weaknesses were unsurprising and overcomeable.

Dino Babers came into this season talking up the defense and tempering expectations for the offense. After a week 1 shutout against Liberty, it seemed he hit the nail on the head. Are the Orange destined for a season of low-scoring defensive wars? Since Liberty, that theory has been debunked. SU has allowed 63, 41 and 33 against Maryland, Clemson and Western Michigan. Granted, the defense was impressive against the Tigers and banged up in the secondary against the Broncos.

Still, is an up-tempo team that plays in a Dome going to ever going be a defensive team? Time-of-possession disparity wears out the defense when the Syracuse offense stalls. And Dome conditions breed offense. Think about the Saints, Falcons, Colts and Cowboys. All of those NFL teams play at least some home football indoors and none design their roster for defense. It’s hard to see SU football playing like a physical defensive BigTen school this season, or ever.

Syracuse needs to put points up if it’s going to win games. So let’s ask the same question: what is the offensive identity of this team? With a first-year starting quarterback and an inexperienced offensive line, it was easy to see this team as run-heavy offense.

Dino Babers had three capable backs to mix in with Moe Neal, Abdul Adams and Jarveon Howard. Although sacks count towards rushing stats in NCAA (stupidly), SU is getting out rushed 772 to 535. The opposition is averaging two more yards per carry (5.4).
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Syracuse Football: Top 3 keys to victory vs Holy Cross Crusaders (itlh; Esden Sr)

Our Paul A. Esden Sr shares the top three keys to victory for the Syracuse football squad in Week 5 vs the Holy Cross Crusaders.

The smoke has cleared and now we have the answer. No not if Tommy DeVito will live up to his hype with Syracuse football; no not to if the offensive lines have turned the corner; none of these.

The burning question that has been in everyone’s mind leading up to last week’s game versus Western Michigan:

Who would win in the battle of Universities located on top of a hill? Syracuse or the Hilltoppers of Western Michigan?
Now we can move on to this week’s contest. But I kid…

Syracuse took a major step forward in last week’s game against the Broncos and executed their game plan for a solid win.

In the I told you so category the first three pass plays were to speedster No. 7 Dee Eskridge of WMU that may have had a greater impact in the game, except on the third play he was injured and did not return. This aided the Andre Cisco-less Orange on defense and helped the OITNF on offense as this had the Broncos without their starting cornerback.

On to this week’s opponent, Holy Cross plays in the Patriot league of the FCS.

They are considered a Division 1 school but have their own playoffs and are limited to the number of scholarships that they can give out. The FCS allows 65 total scholarships compared to the 85 allowed by the BCS. Members of the Patriot League, wait for it, further limit themselves to 15 scholarships!

So when the Crusaders trot out onto the turf of the dome they will be fielding 70 fewer scholarship athletes than the Orange. Vegas has the Orange Is The New Fast as 38.5 point favorites with an ESPN Matchup Predictor favoring the Orange to win at 97.7 percent.
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Syracuse Football: Abdul Adams is the missing piece on offense (itlh; Mlodzinski)

Syracuse football got an offensive explosion in Week 4. Here’s why the Orange needs to find a way to get Abdul Adams more involved to continue that success.

At 2-2, it is quite obvious that this Syracuse football team has underperformed.

While realistically they’re truly only one win below what their expectation would’ve been at this point in the season, the way they’ve gotten to .500 hasn’t been pretty.

The Orange shut out Liberty in Week 1, but only scored 24 points, in spite of their offense. Then, it all went downhill, as the ‘Cuse got throttled at the hands of Maryland in College Park, and then, while they had numerous chances, got trounced again, this time at home against Clemson.

Finally, just last week, the Tommy DeVito led offense looked a lot better, but it wasn’t a convincing win, as Syracuse won at home against a high-powered Western Michigan offense, 52-33.

Now, as the regular season is now already one-third of the way through, the Orange have a virtual write-off win against FCS Holy Cross, before a bye-week, and then the start of ACC play.

Coach Dino Babers has said that he hopes all injured players will be ready for that North Carolina State game on October 10, as well as an offense that needs to get all of its kinks figured out before that game if it still wants to reach the coveted Orange Bowl.
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Syracuse Football: Dino Babers hopes to have full roster by ACC schedule (itlh; Esden Jr)

Syracuse football head coach Dino Babers is hoping to have a fully healthy roster by ACC schedule. Here are all the details and updates.

Syracuse football has fought back to .500, despite battling through a wide array of injuries.

On Monday, Dino Babers spoke with the media and hoped that his roster would come together by the time the full ACC schedule rolls around.

Two key players on both sides of the ball have been out for weeks.

Syracuse starting defensive tackle McKinley Williams has been out since back in August with a lower-body injury. While Sam Heckel missed the last three games and is likely to miss this Saturday’s game vs Holy Cross.

“I would hope that McKinley would be getting ready somewhere around that time.”

Also in Week 4 vs Western Michigan, the Orange suffered a key injury in the secondary to Antwan Cordy. The status of Heckel and Cordy is unclear, but depending on what the medical staff says, they could both be ready in two weeks time.

Speaking of the secondary an hour before kickoff on Saturday, the University dropped a bombshell. Both Ifeatu Melifonwu and Andre Cisco were ruled out due to injuries suffered in the Clemson game.
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https://accsports.com/acc-analytics/with-wake-4-0-jamie-newman-pushes-dark-horse-heisman-candidacy/ (accsports.com; Geisinger)

It wasn’t too long ago — about five weeks, to be exact — when Jamie Newman was named the starting quarterback to open the 2019 season for Wake Forest. Since then, though, Newman has been on a bit of a rocket ship. Through four games, Newman is one of six FBS quarterbacks with at least 10 touchdown passes (12) and a completion rate above 70 percent (71.1 percent). The other players on that list are a who’s who of college football royalty: Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, Joe Burrows, Sam Ehlinger and Anthony Gordon — Mike Leach’s latest project.

Newman is the only player in the country with at least 1,000 passing yards (1,278), 10 passing touchdowns, 100 rushing yards (160) and two or more rushing touchdowns (three). He’s in elite territory, right now.

A few Jamie Newman national ranks for passing stats:
1,278 yards | 6th (trails Tua, in front of Ehlinger)
12 TDs | T-8th
177.0 passing efficieny | T-11th
— Conor O'Neill (@ConorONeillWSJ) September 22, 2019

More importantly, Wake Forest is still undefeated — with solid wins over Utah State and North Carolina. For the first time since 2008, Wake Forest landed in the Coaches Poll. The Demon Deacons, No. 41 in ESPN’s FPI, are on the doorstep of entering the AP Poll, too. (Newman is now 7-1 as a starter.)
Wake Forest is 4-0 to start the season for just the seventh time in program history. This is also the first time since the magical 2006 season that Wake Forest has gone undefeated in non-conference play.

I need tempo (tempo)

As has been the case under Dave Clawson and offensive coordinator Wayne Ruggerio, Wake Forest plays super fast. Back in the 2017 season, John Wolford excelled in this get-it-and-go system (No. 6 in the FBS in adjusted pace); now in 2019, it’s Jamie Newman that’s piloting the ACC’s ultimate go-go offense.

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Cutcliffe: Here comes ACC football :: WRALSportsFan.com (wralsportsfan.com; video; Cutcliffe)

Duke football coach David Cutcliffe says his players have had plenty of rest as they head into an ACC game at Virginia Tech.

FSU Football is just fine if Alex Hornibrook is starting QB this week (chopchat.com; Parker)


FSU Football may be going with the lefty for at least one game – and that’s going to be just fine considering what we saw last weekend.

It was the moment where fans of the FSU football program thought things couldn’t get any worse – just ahead of the second half letdown that has been the symbolic moment in each game this season, the injury bug hit the Seminoles in the worst possible spot when quarterback James Blackman went down with a knee injury.

While Blackman’s injury put a damper on the third quarter as Louisville staged their comeback to take the lead into the fourth quarter, it also allowed one thing to come to the forefront: the Seminoles are going to be just fine if grad transfer Alex Hornibrook has to start at least one game for the Seminoles.

Hornibrook came into the game and took over, getting FSU football the lead back with a great touchdown pass to a wide open Tamorrion Terry that helped take the pressure off. The Noles would add another touchdown later in the quarter and looked like a team that was – dare I say – impressive in the 11 point win.

With the news this weekend first reported by Noles247 that Blackman suffered a MCL sprain, the Seminoles now may have a chance to turn to their backup for the NC State game – and with his resume and the way he performed, that’s just fine with myself and a decent amount of the fan base.

Some people seem to forget that this is a player in Hornibrook who was essentially one game away from the College Football Playoff just two seasons ago at Wisconsin and has a pretty good record leading a Power Five program for the three seasons he did with the Badgers before graduating and transferring to Tallahassee this summer.

Translation: FSU football is going to be just fine with a man who threw for a touchdown in his first ever pass for the Seminoles and finished the day completing 75 percent of his passes for over 250 yards and two scores – numbers that fans in garnet and gold will take all day, every day to go with Cam Akers running for over 100 yards each game.
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Ask Anthony: Should Notre Dame football join a conference? (toledoblade.com; Bellino)

Anthony Bellino — host of “The Morning Blitz” weekday mornings from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Toledo’s Fox Sports Radio 1230 WCWA — answers questions weekly for The Blade. His opinions don’t necessarily represent those of The Blade. You can follow him on Twitter @ACBellino.

Blade sports writer Kyle Rowland asked Anthony: Is it time for Notre Dame football to join a conference?
Well, that depends on who you ask. For me, a Big Ten guy, I believe they should be in the Big Ten. Based on location, ease of travel, and natural rivalries that already exist, it only make sense.

But, here’s the thing: Notre Dame is already in a conference. Sort of. Notre Dame began its relationship with the ACC in 2014, when the Fighting Irish joined the conference in all sports except for football, for which it remains independent. Within that agreement (which in 2017 was extended through the 2037 season), Notre Dame football gets to retain its independence while playing an average of five ACC football games each season. The ACC gets a boost from Notre Dame road games on their turf, while ND still gets their home slate on NBC. Notre Dame still gets to participate in the ACC’s bowl tie-in games and still gets to schedule whomever they want outside of the roughly five ACC matchups each season.

Now, if ND were to surrender its independence, they are contractually obligated to join the ACC. With ND’s contract already intact with NBC, a deal that pulls in roughly $15 million per year through the 2025 season, the athletic department just got another boost with the launch of ESPN’s new “ACC Network”, which will more than likely have a larger impact on the non-football sports. If you’re Notre Dame, you can’t get the collections coming fast enough. ND has worked the ACC for all the benefits, while still getting their own private TV deal.

If you’re ND, it was a win-win. The ACC receives nothing from the Notre Dame-NBC deal. They just receive the prestige of the name coming into their conference for five games per season.

I would like to credit Notre Dame on this front. It has kept their “nonconference” schedule entertaining. This past weekend in Georgia was a great college football showcase. I could go on another rant about how that game in particular should be the gold standard for every athletic director in the country. Get away from these big-time matchups in Dallas at “Jerry’s World”, these neutral site money grabs and get major matchups back on campus.

Notre Dame this season plays No. 3 Georgia (23-17 loss) from the SEC, No. 21 USC and Stanford from the Pac-12, No. 20 Michigan (make sure that No. 20 is in pencil because they are not the 20th best team in the country) of the Big Ten, plus they’ll sprinkle in BGSU on Oct. 5. Louisville, No. 18 Virginia, Virginia Tech, Boston College, and Duke round out their ACC schedule. Navy and New Mexico make up the remaining two games.

The fact that ND continues to schedule some of these big-name programs is impressive and should be applauded.
But what’s the criteria for the College Football Playoff committee?
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Bowl projections: Notre Dame's outlook after UGA loss (si.com; Shapiro)


Notre Dame’s path to the College Football Playoff is murky entering Week 5 after a 23–17 loss at Georgia on Saturday. The Fighting Irish will need to go undefeated to keep their playoff hopes alive, and without a conference title game, Brian Kelly and Co. could still be on the outside-looking-in even with nine straight wins to end the season.

An 11–1 regular season would still be a major accomplishment for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish host Virginia and USC in two of the next three weeks, and road matchups against Michigan and Stanford provide potential pitfalls. Ian Book will need to be spectacular for Notre Dame’s season to last into 2020. So where will the Irish and the rest of college football conclude their respective 2019 seasons? Check out Sports Illustrated’s latest slate of bowl projections below.

Dec. 20

Bahamas Bowl, Nassau (2 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Conference USA vs. MAC
Florida Atlantic vs. Central Michigan
Frisco Bowl (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
American vs. Sun Belt
SMU vs. Louisiana Lafayette

Dec. 21

Celebration Bowl, Atlanta (12 p.m. ET, ABC)
MEAC vs. SWAC
North Carolina A&T vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
New Mexico Bowl, Albuquerque (2 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Conference USA vs. MWC
UAB vs. San Diego State
Cure Bowl, Orlando (2:30 p.m. ET, CBSSN)
American vs. Sun Belt
Tulane vs. Arkansas State
Boca Raton Bowl (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
MAC vs. American
Eastern Michigan vs. Cincinnati
Camellia Bowl, Montgomery (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Buffalo vs. Troy
Las Vegas Bowl (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
Pac-12 vs. SEC or Big Ten or MWC
Washington State vs. BYU
New Orleans Bowl (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)
C-USA vs. Sun Belt
Louisiana Tech vs. Coastal Carolina


Dec. 23

Gasparilla Bowl, Tampa (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Conference USA vs. ACC or American
Marshall vs. Memphis

Dec. 24

Hawai'i Bowl, Honolulu (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
MWC or BYU vs. American
Hawaii vs. Temple

Dec. 26

Independence Bowl, Shreveport (4 p.m. ET, ESPN)
SEC vs. ACC or Notre Dame
Arkansas vs. Pitt
Quick Lane Bowl, Detroit (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Big Ten vs. ACC or Notre Dame
Nebraska vs. NC State

Dec. 27

Military Bowl, Annapolis (12 p.m. ET, ESPN)
American vs. ACC or Notre Dame
Navy vs. Virginia Tech
Pinstripe Bowl, Bronx (3:20 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Big Ten vs. ACC or Notre Dame
Maryland vs. Boston College
Texas Bowl, Houston (6:45 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Big 12 vs. SEC
Baylor vs. Ole Miss
Holiday Bowl, San Diego (8 p.m. ET, FS1)
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Iowa vs. Utah
Cheez-It Bowl, Phoenix (10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Big 12 vs. Pac-12
Colorado vs. West Virginia

Dec. 28

Camping World Bowl, Orlando (12 p.m. ET, ABC)
Big 12 vs. ACC or Notre Dame
Iowa State vs. Wake Forest

Dec. 30

First Responder Bowl, Dallas (12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Big 12 vs. Conference USA
Texas Tech vs. North Texas
Music City Bowl, Nashville (4 p.m. ET, ESPN)
SEC vs. ACC or Big Ten or Notre Dame
South Carolina vs. Duke
Redbox Bowl, Santa Clara (4 p.m. ET, FOX)
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Minnesota vs. Cal

Dec. 31

Belk Bowl, Charlotte (12 p.m. ET, ESPN)
SEC vs. ACC
Kentucky vs. Syracuse
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King of the Hill: ACC Football Power Rankings (Week 4) (cardiachill.com; Whaley)


Here’s how I rank the conference teams based on what we’ve seen so far. Number in parentheses is the team’s ranking last week.

  1. (1) Clemson (4-0) - Beat Charlotte, 52-10
  2. (2) Virginia (4-0) - 28-17 win over Old Dominion
  3. (8) Pitt (2-2) - 35-34 win over UCF
  4. (4) Wake Forest (4-0) - 49-7 win over Elon
  5. (7) Florida State (2-2) - 35-24 win over Louisville
  6. (3) Louisville (2-2) - Lost to Florida State
  7. (5) North Carolina (2-2) - Lost 34-31 to Appalachian State
  8. (6) Miami (2-2) - 17-12 win over Central Michigan
  9. (9) North Carolina State (3-1) - Beat Ball State, 34-23
  10. (10) Boston College (3-1) - Defeated Rutgers, 30-16
  11. (11) Virginia Tech (2-1) - Bye
  12. (12) Syracuse (2-2) - Beat Western Michigan, 52-33
  13. (13) Duke (2-1) - Bye
  14. (14) Georgia Tech (1-2) - Bye
Few things to point out. From a Pitt perspective, they got quite the bump after their win over UCF. That bump was not only due to that game but how they also played at Penn State. Given the strength of those performances, I don’t know how you can slot them lower than third.
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As Clemson dominates the ACC on and off the field, Carolina prepares for a rare shot at No. 1 - UNC Basketball, Football, Recruiting and More (mavensports.com; Wilkerson-New)

The Tigers have the best coaches, facilities and players in the conference

North Carolina hasn’t had much to smile about over the past two weeks, but Myles Dorn cracked one when he looked ahead to Saturday.

Kenan Stadium packed on a sunny afternoon for No. 1 Clemson and the chance to meet the defending champions in a game that will be televised nationally ABC.

It doesn’t get much better than that.

“If you can’t get up for them, then you can’t get up for anybody,” Dorn said. “It’s a great benchmark for us, the No. 1 team in the nation. Who else to see where you’re at? if you can’t get up for them, then you can’t get up for anybody.”

There’s a little extra energy in the Carolina locker room this week as the Tar Heels look to take advantage of a rare opportunity.
“Even if you do go through four or five years in college football, how many times do you really get to play the No. 1 team in the country?,” linebacker Jeremiah Gemmel said. “Going at it full force this week and trying to shock the nation.”
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Comments on Updated Bowl Projections - 9/24/19 (RX; HM)

Comments on Updated Bowl Projections - 9/24/19

CBS Sports has updated their college football bowl predictions - naturally, I want to analyze it.

First, let's look at their playoff projection:

2020 College Football Playoff
DATE GAME / LOC. MATCHUP PREDICTION
Jan. 13 National Championship New Orleans Title game Semifinal winners
Dec. 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA Semifinal (1) Alabama vs. (4) Georgia
Dec. 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ Semifinal (2) Clemson vs. (3) Oklahoma
I've said it before and I'll say it again - Clemson deserves to play in Atlanta, not Glendale. Bogus!

What about the rest of the New Year's Six Bowls?

Selection Committee Bowl Games
DATE BOWL / LOCATION MATCHUP PREDICTION
Jan. 1 Sugar New Orleans SEC vs. Big 12 LSU vs. Texas
Jan. 1 Rose Pasadena, CA B1G vs. Pac-12 Ohio State vs. Oregon
Dec. 30 Orange Miami Gardens, FL ACC vs. SEC/B1G/ND Virginia vs. Notre Dame
Dec. 28 Cotton Arlington, TX At-large vs. At-large Boise State vs. Wisconsin
Better. At least they have Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl while it's still a possibility.* Unfortunately, they project UVA as the ACC representative - which would make this game a 2019 season rematch.

What about the rest?

Other Bowl Games
Sun Bowl Dec. 31 El Paso, Tex. ACC vs. Pac-12 Miami (FL) vs. Wash. State
Belk Bowl Dec. 31 Charlotte, N.C. ACC vs. SEC Syracuse vs. Tulane+
Music City Bowl Dec. 30 Nashville, Tenn. ACC vs. SEC Virginia Tech vs. Texas A&M
Camping World Bowl Dec. 28 Orlando, Fla. ACC vs. Big 12 N.C. State vs. Iowa State
Pinstripe Bowl Dec. 27 New York, N.Y. ACC vs. Big Ten Florida State vs. Nebraska
Military Bowl Dec. 27 Annapolis, Md. ACC vs. American Pittsburgh vs. Memphis
Quick Lane Bowl Dec. 26 Detroit, Mich. ACC vs. Big Ten - no ACC team available
Independence Bowl Dec. 26 Shreveport, La. ACC vs. SEC Wake Forest vs. UCF+
CBS has Miami returning to the Sun Bowl, Syracuse making (I think) their first trip to the Belk Bowl, VT playing in the final Music City Bowl (for the ACC), NC State in the Camping World Bowl, Pitt back to the Military Bowl and Wake saying farewell to the Independence Bowl for the rest of the conference.
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2019 NCAA Rules Review Videos - 9/25/19 (RX; HM)

2019 NCAA Rules Review Videos - 9/25/19

The NCAA is now putting out these videos to help fans understand some of the trickier rules of college football.

2019 college football rules review #1


Rogers Redding, CFO national coordinator of football officials, explains the reasoning behind, and provides examples of penalty calls that were made in college football between August 22 - September 8.

2019 preseason college football rules review
Blindside Blocks

2019 preseason college football rules review - Blindside Blocks

Rogers Redding, CFO national coordinator of football officials, explains the reasoning and examples of the blindside block calls for the 2019 season.
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Are Pitt and Syracuse Overscheduling? (RX; HM)

Are Pitt and Syracuse Overscheduling?
With Syracuse’s loss to Maryland last week & Pitt’s loss to Penn State today, Syracuse & Pitt remain only Power 5 schools that have never had a perfect nonconference record in last 29 years
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 14, 2019

WOW! That sounds pretty bad - and when you hear a stat like that the first thing that naturally pops into your head is "Aha! They're overscheduling!" However, is that really the issue, or is it something else perhaps?

Just so we can get a feel for this, who exactly have these teams played? Let's look at the non-conference opponents of both Syracuse and Pitt since they joined the ACC in 2013...

PittSyracuse
2013New MexicoWPenn StateL
Old DominionWat NorthwesternL
at NavyLWagnerW
Notre DameWTulaneW
2014DelawareWVillanovaW
at FIUWat C MichiganW
IowaLMarylandL
AkronLNotre DameL
2015YoungstownWRhode IslandW
at AkronWC MichiganW
at IowaLLSUL
Notre DameLat USFL
2016VillanovaWColgateW
Penn StateWUSFL
at Okie StLat UconnW
MarshallWNotre DameL
2017YoungstownWCCSUW
at Penn StateLMTSUL
Okie StateLC MichiganW
RiceWat LSUL
2018UalbanyWat W MichiganW
Penn StateLWagnerW
at UCFLUconnW
at Notre DameLNotre DameL
2019OhioWat LibertyW
at Penn StateLat MarylandL
UCFWW MichiganW
Delaware?Holy Cross?

First let's look at Pitt's OOC Schedules for 2013-19... who did they lose to, and was it a case of overscheduling?
2013: Pitt lost to Navy but beat Notre Dame - the only P5 non-conference opponent.
2014: Pitt played one P5 - Iowa, which they lost - then also lost to Akron.
2015: Pitt played two P5's - Iowa and Notre Dame - and lost them both. Possible overscheduling.
2016: Again two P5's - Penn State and Oklahoma State - Pitt split them.
2017: Same two P5 OOC teams, but this time Pitt lost both.
2018: Pitt played Penn State, at ranked UCF, and at Notre Dame - and lost all three! Overscheduling!
2019: Pitt played at Penn State and hosted ranked UCF - and split them. Reasonable schedule, IMO.

VERDICT: Pitt overscheduled a couple of times, particularly in 2018. However, the bigger problem for the Panthers is consistency - they'll upset a great team and lose to a mediocre one in the same season! Still, I don't see much upside in scheduling Oklahoma State...

Next, let's examine Syracuse' OOC Schedules:
2013: Cuse faced 2 P5 foes - Penn State and Northwestern - losing both. Possible overscheduling.
2014: Still 2 P5's - Maryland and Notre Dame - same result. Possible overscheduling.
2015: Only one P5 this season - but it was Top 10 LSU; also lost at USF
2016: One P5 - Notre Dame, which they lost to; also lost to USF. Reasonable
2017: Lost to Middle Tennessee St and at LSU. Reasonable
2018: One P5 - Notre Dame, which beat the Orange. Reasonable
2019: One P5 - at Maryland, which was a loss for Syracuse. Reasonable

VERDICT: When the Orange first began playing in the ACC, Syracuse was accustomed to needing some big-name non-conference opponents, which resulted in overscheduling the first 2 seasons - but since then it's been reasonable - although I still don't see why they scheduled LSU. The Orange seem to be in a pretty good rhythm now in terms of schedule - the o nly issue now is winning!
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BOTTOM LINE: It's unfortunate that neither ACC newbie has managed to go undefeated in OOC yet, but I don't think it's been due to overscheduling except for a few schedules. Mostly the SoS is just about right - but the ACC team executes poorly in that one game...
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Links, news and rumors - 9/24/19 (RX; HM)

Links, news and rumors - 9/24/19

From BR: Every B/R Top 10 College Football Team's Biggest Weakness

1. Clemson: Trevor Lawrence's Decision-Making
At this point in the season, it's not the end of the world if your biggest weakness is one of the things you thought would be a strength and you're still unbeaten (and relatively unchallenged).

That's the story for the defending national champion Clemson Tigers.

Sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who replaced Kelly Bryant as the starter a season ago and was a revelation for the Tigers, leading them to the title and getting better as the year went on, was one of the popular preseason picks for the Heisman Trophy.

In 2018, he had 30 touchdowns and four interceptions. So far this year, he's already thrown five picks to go along with his seven touchdowns.

Lawrence still has weapons all around him, including two of the nation's top receivers in Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross. But for whatever reason, the numbers aren't there. His completion percentage is down, and he hasn't posted any electrifying games.

Despite acknowledging that he's made some poor choices with the football so far, Lawrence didn't seem worried, per TigerNet.com's David Hood.

"I think I'm the same guy I was," he said. "There have definitely been some bad decisions that I have made in games, and that's going to happen when playing quarterback."

If Lawrence doesn't get things on track this season, Clemson won't win a title. He's got time to shake off the cobwebs, though. The Tigers don't have any ranked opponents remaining on their regular-season schedule, which leaves a whole lot of reps for the quarterback to regain his sea legs.

Head coach Dabo Swinney and Co. just hope he's back to his '18 form in time for the big boys.
If that's the worst you've got, the Tigers will be just fine...
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From NBC Sports: Virginia Tech and East Carolina agree to walk away from scheduling agreement

After not being able to sort through their differences, Virginia Tech and East Carolina are going their separate ways and tossing away a series of upcoming games... “East Carolina and Virginia Tech, after consultation with their respective legal counsel, have mutually agreed to cancel the scheduled series of football games (2020-2025),” a brief statement from Virginia Tech’s official football program Twitter feed said Monday afternoon.
As a Hokies fan I can tell you that while this was an interesting series, it won't be missed and has basically already been replaced - by Old Dominion.

Posted 23 hours ago by Hokie Mark
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Jersey Mike’s sub shop in DeWitt set to open (PS; Doran)


Jersey Mike’s sub shop, which is new to Central New York, is set to open its new restaurant next week in the Marshall’s Plaza in DeWitt.

The sub shop will open Oct. 2, according to workers putting the finishing touches on the building today. The restaurant had originally planned to open Wednesday, but had to push that back a week, the workers said.
The sub shop is 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Jersey Mike’s is in the plaza housing CoreLife Eatery, Smoothie King and Blaze Pizza - which all have opened.

The chain, which started out as Mike’s Subs in New Jersey in 1956, has more than 2,000 locations either open or being developed. They feature hot and cold subs and wraps.

This is the first Jersey Mike’s in the Syracuse area - its closest locations to Central New York are in Albany and Dickson City, Pa. It is at 3401 Erie Blvd. E. in DeWitt.
 

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