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Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to International Coffee Day!

There are different legends as to how and when the drink was first brewed. One story claims that a 6th century goatherd from Kaffa named Kaldi saw that his goats were more lively after eating coffee beans. A monk named Mullah apparently noticed this and brewed the beverage and spread word of it around the region. Another story from the 15th century claims that a 9th century mufti—a Muslim legal expert—of Aden was the first to make the drink, and it became popular in Middle Eastern courts afterwards.

Coffee was brought to Italy by 1615, and to France by 1644. It became a popular drink in the court of Louis XIV in 1669, after the Turkish ambassador introduced it to him. France later introduced a coffee seedling to the Caribbean island of Martinique, and the plant eventually spread throughout Central and South America. The Dutch introduced the coffee plant to Indonesia and Java.

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Bye Week Breakdown: Three areas of improvement for Syracuse during mini break (; video; Niko & Matt)

This week marks the first of two weeks this season where the Syracuse Orange football team will enjoy a bye week.

However, just because it's a bye week does not mean it's an off week.

The team will still be working hard to prepare for its next opponent, the NC State Wolfpack, on Thursday, October 10.

Bye Week Offensive Report Card for Syracuse Football – Orange Fizz – Free Syracuse Recruiting News (; Shults)

After a solid victory over a team Syracuse had no business playing in Holy Cross, the bye week is upon us. Five weeks into the season, how does Syracuse’s offense grade out in our bye week report card?

Offensive Line

Coming into this season the offensive line was a major question mark for Syracuse. And after five weeks… we haven’t seen much improvement. Even in the last two weeks against Western Michigan and Holy Cross Tommy DeVito was sacked four times. Western Michigan took him down three times. That’s unacceptable. Clemson sacked DeVito in astounding eight times, but the Orange won’t face a defensive front like the Tigers again this season.

First and foremost SU needs center Sam Heckel back. With Heckel back, Airon Servais can move back outside to give this unit more cohesion. Hopefully Syracuse can heal up over the bye week so it’s back in full force going into conference play.


Tight Ends

It’s early in DeVito’s tenure as the face of Syracuse football but he’s keying in on his tight ends, especially in the red zone. Junior Aaron Hackett is off to a career year, with three touchdowns in the past two weeks. His emergence gives DeVito a 6-foot-3, 234 pound target over the middle with solid hands. Meanwhile freshman Luke Benson grabbed his first touchdown on a 70 yard catch and run against Holy Cross. While we’re not used to a Dino Babers offense utilizing tight ends, let us dream of two tight end sets (or 12 personnel) cruising down the field for easy Syracuse scores


Wide Receivers

Outside of Trishton Jackson, the wide receivers have been a let down so far (looking at you Taj Harris). Harris is averaging just 54 yards per game. The bigger concern is the lack of depth at the position. Last season four SU players finished the season with over 500 yards receiving. This year only Harris and Jackson are on track to finish above the 500 yard mark. Some of this is due to DeVito still growing at QB, and some is due to the lack of explosive plays. But with a turnstile offensive line, Dino Babers had to switch the offense to more quick passes. From there receivers just have to make defenders miss.


Running Backs

SU finally committed to establishing the run against Western Michigan when it ran for over 250 yards. Moe Neal is on track to blow by 1,000 yards from scrimmage – he already has 476 yards on the ground and through the air. He’s also capitalizing on checkdown throws from DeVito and has already passed his former season-high in receptions (13 from last season). Overall the running backs are averaging 120 yards per game, even with a beleaguered offensive line.


Syracuse Welcoming Bye Week with Open Arms spectrum; video; Staff)

On the heels of two straight wins, Dino Babers and the Syracuse football team will use their week off to regroup and rejuvenate.

30 Minutes in Orange Nation (; radio; Steve & Seth)

Steve is joined by Syracuse Football beat writer, Nate Mink, to discuss Syracuse’s 41-3 win over Holy Cross including what he learned about the Orange in the win. Later, Syracuse Basketball beat writer, Mike Waters joins to talk about what he knows about the Orange heading in to the season.

Why I kept Clemson at No. 1 (Nate Mink’s top 25) (PS; Mink)

There’s a new No. 1 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25.

Alabama reclaimed the top spot after Clemson narrowly avoided an upset loss at North Carolina on a failed two-point conversion by the Tar Heels late in a 21-20 loss.

It’s the first time No. 1 dropped in the poll following a win since Ohio State did so in 2015, and as longtime Clemson maven Tim Bourret pointed out, it has happened 75 times since the AP poll started in 1936.

Two other notable achievements in this year’s poll.

1. Alabama has reached No. 1 in 12-straight seasons, the longest streak in AP poll history.

2. Southern Methodist and Wake Forest are both ranked for the first time since 1950.

Beat writer Nate Mink takes you inside his AP top 25 ballot, including an explanation for why he still voted Clemson No. 1.

1. Clemson (5-0)
2. Alabama (5-0)
3. Louisiana State (4-0)
4. Georgia (4-0)
5. Oklahoma (4-0)
6. Ohio State (5-0)
7. Auburn (5-0)
8. Texas (3-1)
9. Notre Dame (3-1)
10. Wisconsin (4-0)

Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Predictions: Week 5 (CFN; Staff)

2019-2020 Bowl Projections: Week 5

A few key points this week …
1) Too many Pac-12 teams. The league will have to find homes for a few programs – it’s a good problem to have – with a few conferences not likely to fill out their contracted bowl slots.

2) Trying to figure out the military schools. Army, Navy and Air Force will all end up being bowl eligible. Geography and sponsorship tie-ins matter.

3) Indiana isn’t supposed to be able to go to its projected bowl since the Redbox wants to switch it up as much as possible, but there aren’t any other viable options from the Big Ten.

4) The College Football Playoff will be epic. The projection has changed for the semi-finals based on what happened this weekend. However, this only happens if all for killer teams go unbeaten.

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

Friday, December 20
2:00 ET, ESPN
Thomas Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
MAC vs. Conference USA
Projection: Eastern Michigan vs. Florida Atlantic
Last Season: FIU 35, Toledo 32

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl

Friday, December 20
7:30 ET, ESPN2
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
American Athletic vs. at-large
Secondary: MAC, and if not, Conference USA
Projection: SMU vs. Marshall
Last Season: Ohio 27, San Diego State 0

Cure Bowl

Saturday, December 21
1:30 ET, CBS Sports Network
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
American Athletic vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Temple vs. Coastal Carolina
Last Season: Tulane 41, Louisiana 24

New Mexico Bowl

Saturday, December 21
2:00 ET, ESPN
Branch Field at Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
Conference USA vs. Mountain West
Projection: Southern Miss vs. San Diego State
Last Season: Utah State 52, North Texas 13


CFN College Football Rankings 1-130: Week 3

Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl

Saturday, December 21
3:30 ET, ABC
Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
American Athletic vs. MAC
Projection: Memphis vs. Ohio
Last Season: UAB 37, Northern Illinois 13

Camellia Bowl

Saturday, December 21
5:30 ET, ESPN
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Western Michigan vs. Arkansas State
Last Season: Georgia Southern 23, Eastern Michigan 21

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl

Saturday, December 21
7:30 ET, ABC
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
Mountain West (champion) vs. Pac-12
Projection: Utah State vs. USC
Last Season: Fresno State 31, Arizona State 20

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Saturday, December 21
9:00 ET, ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Conference USA vs. Sun Belt (champion)
Projection: Appalachian State vs. Louisiana Tech
Last Season: Appalachian State 45, Middle Tennessee 13

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

Monday, December 23
2:30 ET, ESPN
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
American Athletic vs. Conference USA
Secondary: ACC
Projection: UCF vs. North Texas
Last Season: Marshall 38, USF 20


College Football Schedule, Predictions, Previews, Lines, TV, Scoreboard: Week 3

SoFi Hawai’i Bowl

Tuesday, December 24
8:00 ET, ESPN
Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union Field at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
BYU vs. American Athletic or Mountain West
Projection: BYU vs. Hawaii
Last Season: Louisiana Tech 31, Hawaii 14

Walk-On’s Independence Bowl

Thursday, December 26
4:00 ET, ESPN
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA
Secondary: American Athletic, Conference USA
Projection: Florida State vs. Tulane
Last Season: Duke 56, Temple 27

Quick Lane Bowl

Thursday, December 26
8:00 ET, ESPN
Ford Field, Detroit, MI
ACC vs. Big Ten
Secondary: MAC
Projection: NC State vs. Colorado*
*No Big Ten or MAC team projected available
Last Season: Minnesota 34, Georgia Tech 10

Military Bowl Presented By Northrup Grumman

Friday, December 27
12:00 ET, ESPN
Navy-Marine Corps. Stadium, Annapolis, MD
ACC vs. American Athletic
Projection: Boston College vs. Navy
Last Season: Cincinnati 35, Virginia Tech 31

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Friday, December 27
3:20 ET, ESPN
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
ACC vs. Big Ten
Projection: Syracuse vs. Nebraska
Last Season: Wisconsin 35, Miami 3

Updated ACCN Revenue Projection - 10/1/19 (RX; HM)

I have been waiting for this update for a while now...well done Mark.

Updated ACCN Revenue Projection - 10/1/19

The ACC Network has signed up many millions of customers since my last revenue estimate - in fact, it's almost doubled since then - so it's high time for an update...

The ACCN is now available to about 70 million customers. We'll estimate that about half of those live in the ACC footprint (if we include Indiana), which is 35M. We'll also assume that about 80% of cable customers within the footprint will actually get the ACC network, but we'll only count on 20% out of footprint.

In footprint: 0.80 X 35M = 28 million subscribers.
Out of footprint: 0.20 X 35M = 7 million more (35M total).
According to an article posted by

The ACC Network -- which industry sources say costs around $1 for distributors within the ACC Conference footprint and around half that outside the footprint
I'm going to question that $0.50 per sub out of footprint and go with $0.25 instead. Using the above numbers, we get...
In footprint: 28 million subs X $1 = $28M/month
Out of footprint: 7 million X $0.25 = $1.75M/month
Combined estimated monthly rate: $29.75M/month
The ACCN didn't launch until September 22nd, and the ACC's fiscal calendar runs from July 1st through June 30th - so year one is really just 85.5% of a full year. That gives us a gross year one revenue stream of

12 months/year X 0.855 X $29.75M/month = $305M/year
That's still a pretty big number, but I haven't subtracted any operating costs associated with the ESPN side (it's not really 100% profit!) Unfortunately, I can only guess here - let's say it costs $2M/month to operate? So let's subtract another $24M, leaving us with $281 million net.

Finally, let's assume that ESPN and the ACC split that money 50/50. I've seen arguments that maybe the ACC would not get half because it lacked contract leverage, but that is offset by the huge upfront investment that the ACC schools have made (something SEC schools, for example, did not do), so I'm sticking with 50/50 for now:

$281M/year / 2 = $140.5 million/year
Of course, the ACC must split its half between the conference and the 15 schools. If we make another conservative assumption - that the ACC keeps an equal share (it won't be more than that) - then we must split it 16 ways:
$140.5M / 16 = $8.78 million/year/school
That's actually right in line with the estimates tossed out by much-maligned FSU AD Stan Wilcox.

It's also in line with the budget projection put out by Clemson AD Dan Radakovich - but well ahead of schedule, of course.

The 2020-21 school year figures to be a full 365 days of ACCN revenues, and the number of subscribers is likely to keep going up (with the potential to nearly double the current number once the other TV providers sign up). That could bump the revenue up as high as $10.5 million per school per year. And keep in mind - this is all without Comcast, which will probably sign up by 2022 or 2023 - which raises the ceiling even higher.

ACC, Number 3! ACC, Number 3! - 9/30/19 (RX; HM)

ACC, Number 3! ACC, Number 3! - 9/30/19

According to JHowell's computer, the ACC is - on average - the 3rd best college football conference in the nation:

Big Ten0.6280.643
Big 120.6190.612
Pac 120.6110.649
Sun Belt0.4780.405

Looking Ahead to 2019 Week 7 (RX; HM)

Looking Ahead to 2019 Week 7

ACC Announces Football Game Times & Networks for October 12
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the following football game times and networks for the week of Oct. 12:

Thursday, Oct. 10
Syracuse at NC State, 8 p.m., ESPN

Friday, Oct. 11
Virginia at Miami, 8 p.m., ESPN

Saturday, Oct. 12
Georgia Tech at Duke, 12:30 p.m., RSN
Rhode Island at Virginia Tech, 4 p.m., ACCN
Louisville at Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m., ACCN
Florida State at Clemson, 3:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., ABC – game time tbd after the games of Oct. 5.

Open Dates: Boston College, North Carolina, Pitt

All times are Eastern.

BOTTOM LINE: FSU and Clemson are both idle this week, so essentially whether they play in prime time or not depends on what happens in the Big Ten... this one's so complex I'm going to let Matt Sarzniak explain it:

I think these are the possibilities for the three B1G games plus Florida St.-Clemson on 10/12.
— Matt Sarzyniak (@mattsarz) September 30, 2019

BR's Comments on 2019 Week 5 (RX; HM)

BR's Comments on 2019 Week 5

BR: Winners and Losers from Week 5 of College Football

Loser: Clemson's Clueless Offense
It's time for Clemson fans to be concerned.

How many times can you play poorly, shrug it off and expect to continue to win? On Saturday, it nearly came back to bite the defending national champions, who haven't looked like one of the nation's top four teams to date yet in 2019.

Sure, there's plenty of time for the Tigers to find their championship form, and they have a schedule devoid of Top 25 opponents to sharpen their skills against. But if they play anything like they did against North Carolina, it's not going to take a gold-standard team to hand them a loss...

With Clemson's soft schedule, it may not make the College Football Playoff with a loss...

Loser: The Fuente Flop at Virginia Tech
The number 45 was not kind to the Virginia Tech Hokies on Friday night.

Duke handed the once-proud Hokies a 45-10 shellacking in Lane Stadium, and after that debacle, it's fair to wonder what the heck is wrong with the Justin Fuente era in Blacksburg.

Not only did David Cutcliffe's team roll up 45 points against legendary defensive coordinator Bud Foster in what will be his final year on the Hokies' sideline, but it was also the team's worst home loss in 45 years.

Just how bad was it?

This was Virginia Tech's worst loss as an ACC team, dating back to its inclusion in 2004. And according to ESPN, it's even worse than that. The setback was Tech's worst home conference loss since 1950 when they were in the Southern Conference and lost 54-0 to William & Mary during a 0-10 season.

For Duke, meanwhile, it was the Blue Devils' biggest ACC road win since 1989...

With Miami, Rhode Island and North Carolina coming up, the Hokies need to turn it around in a hurry before the schedule gets tougher.

Miami football: Manny Diaz expects wounded Virginia Tech Saturday (; Rubenstein)

After Virginia Tech was blown out 45-10 at home on Friday night by Duke Miami football head coach Manny Diaz said he expects a wounded Hokies team at Hard Rock Stadium against the Hurricanes on Saturday.

The Miami football team has won the last two meetings and three of the last four against Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes ended a four-game losing streak with an impressive 38-14 victory in Blacksburg in 2018. Miami enters this year’s game with the Hokies after a sluggish 17-12 win over Central Michigan followed by a bye.

Like the Miami football program, the once-powerful Hokies have struggled for the last two seasons. Since the ACC went to two divisions for football in 2005, Virginia Tech leads the Coastal Divison with six titles. The Hokies three ACC Championships are second only to Clemson’s five and Florida State’s four in the same time span.

Since starting last season 4-2, Virginia Tech has gone 4-7 and lost six of their last seven ACC games. Miami has a similar streak since beginning the 2017 season 10-0, the Miami football team has won seven and lost nine. In the same time span, the Hurricanes have are 4-11 against Power five teams since their 10-0 start to 2017.

Starting with a loss to Pittsburgh to end the 2017 regular season and a 38-3 defeat to Clemson in the ACC Championship game that season Miami has lost four of their last 11 ACC games. This is not the Virginia Tech Miami football rivalry that dominated the Big East in the 1990s and first half of the 2000s.

From 1991-2003, the first 13 years of the conference, either Miami, Virginia Tech or both won the Big East outright or had a share of the title. Miami played in five games with National Championship implications during that time and Virginia Tech one. Diaz spoke about what he expects from Virginia Tech on Saturday.
... (; Giglio)

Clemson made the College Football Playoff with one loss in 2016 and again in 2017.

That’s a challenge the Tigers would be wise not to give the College Football Playoff selection committee again this season.

The Tigers dropped in the national polls, to No. 2 behind Alabama, after a close call with North Carolina this past Saturday. Quite frankly, you could make an argument that Auburn, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma have all been more impressive than Clemson through the first month of the season.

There’s still plenty of hockey left. Clemson will get its chance to shine. The “eye test” will have to be the Tigers’ best friend. That and avoiding an ACC hiccup.

The committee has not left out an unbeaten champion from a “Power 5” conference out of the CFP, which began in 2014. However, there have been two one-loss P5 champions left out.

The Big 12 made its own mess in 2014 by declaring Baylor and TCU “co-champions,” even though Baylor won the head-to-head matchup. So throw that example out.

But the committee left one-loss Big Ten champion Ohio State out last year, which is the precedent that doesn’t bode well for Clemson.

ACC Football News and Notes: Clemson's close call drops them to #2 (; Doucette)

As we begin the second month of ACC play, we look back at an interesting month in the league. Clemson is still the class of the league and maybe the country. Wake Forest and Virginia are making strong cases for themselves as well. There were the tough losses in Week 3 like the Citadel 27-24 OT win at Georgia Tech. In Week 4 there was Appalachian State’s 34-31 victory over North Carolina. All in all. it was a good first month in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Clemson had their hands full last Saturday against the Tar Heels. They had to stop a two-point try to win the game late. The victory gives the Tigers 20 consecutive wins. This is the second-longest streak in the ACC history and the longest active streak in the country. The league record is 29 set by Florida State back in 2012-14.

Boston College running back A.J. Dillon has been named ACC Running Back of the week for the third this season, and eighth time in his career. Dillon now has 3,324 rushing yards which rank him third among active players. He is ranked 30th in the league in career rushing yards. Dillon ran for 159 yards vs Wake Forest last weekend, the third straight week of 150 yards or more. It’s the 15th 100-yard game of his career and he has five more 100-yard rushing games than any other player in the league during that span.

On Saturday, the Eagles head to Louisville to take on the Cardinal. The game will feature two very good backs. Dillon, who is first in the league and third in the country with 125.4 yards per game, and Cardinal running back Javian Hawkins who is averaging 97.5 yards per game which ranks him third in the league.

Football looks for first ACC win against Boston College • The Louisville Cardinal; Wiest)

After taking a 35-24 loss against Florida State (2-2, 1-1), the Cardinals (2-2,0-1) are looking to claim their first ACC win against Boston College.

In Louisville’s last game against Florida State, the Cardinal’s defense took heavy damage in the first quarter with 21 points scored by the Seminoles’ offense.

Louisville’s offense against the Seminoles also had a slow start in the game with only one touchdown scored in the first half.

In order to claim their first ACC win, Louisville will need to buckle down on the defense line, limiting Boston’s (3-1, 1-0) scoring opportunities. Boston College has already put an ACC win on the board against Virginia Tech, giving them the edge in conference standings.

The Cardinals will also need to build off of offensive energy. In the previous game versus Florida State, the Louisville’s offense made their greatest plays in the second half. However, sophomore Malik Cunningham was the only player who caught passes for the Cardinals, gaining 286 yards with two touchdowns.

While rushing has been a strength for the Cardinals, they were stopped by FSU’s defense, only allowing 164 gains off of rushes. This is the lowest this season, meaning other teams are paying attention to yard gaining players like sophomore Hassan Hall, who has had 239 yards in four games.

Losing against FSU is a tough blow to Louisville’s schedule, with the Cardinals having to face off against four more ACC teams consecutively. After playing Boston College, Louisville will square off against No. 24 Wake Forest for the mid-season game.

With a week off from play, Satterfield will be looking to secure the team’s first conference win. This game will be significant in gaining ground lost from a 2-10 deficit last season. If the Cardinals win against BC, this already puts Satterfield’s first year one win higher than last season.

The Cardinals face off against Boston College on Oct. 5 at 12:30 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium.

... (; D'Angelo)

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Clemson drops from its top spot in the polls for the first time this season after escaping with a one-point win at North Carolina

If Clemson is undefeated entering the College Football Playoff, we can look back and say a questionable play call by Mack Brown on a two-point conversion Saturday might have saved the season.

The Tigers were staring at a playoff altering upset when North Carolina, a 25.5-point underdog, scored with 1:17 remaining to pull within 21-20. And although Brown then made the right call to go for two, the play — a triple option in which QB Sam Howell kept the ball, ran right and was stuffed at the 3-yard line — was questionable and gave UNC no chance against Clemson’s defense.

In the end, that stop might be the reason Clemson is in the playoff and not the Orange Bowl in late December. Although there was plenty of time for Clemson to put together enough of a drive — something it had trouble doing most of the game — to attempt a game-winning field goal had UNC converted.

So now, what we have is the Clemson conundrum.

Clemson (5-0) relinquished its top spot in the polls for the first time this year following the struggle at North Carolina, falling to No. 2. As an Associated Press voter, I had the Tigers No. 3 in my ballot behind Georgia and Alabama. Clemson’s margin was dominating the previous week with 62 of 65 first place votes in the coaches poll and 55 of 62 first place votes in the AP poll.

Clemson’s issue now becomes playing in, by far, the weakest Power Five conference in the country and a schedule that could, at the end of the season, include zero ranked teams. The team hurting the Tigers the most is Texas A&M. The Aggies were No. 12 the first two weeks and then started a steady fall with losses at Clemson and to Auburn at home and then an underwhelming victory over Arkansas on Saturday. Now, A&M is barely hanging on, coming in tied for No. 25 this week.

Wake Forest has been a pleasant surprise, checking in at No. 22 this week, but the Demon Deacons have the same issue as Clemson. It will be very difficult for them to climb with its ACC schedule being about as a soft as Clemson’s and if it loses to Clemson, that could knock Wake out of the rankings.
... (; Parker)

The fifth week of the 2019 ACC football season is in the books and we break down what went right and what went wrong for the conference.

If you’re wondering what that collective scream was coming from the ACC football offices in the state of North Carolina, it was the fact that the conference was one odd two point conversion decision away from watching their only hope of making the college football playoff go bye bye, only to be saved by an off play call.

Alas, it was another interesting week involving the Power Five conference that saw one of the old powers prove it isn’t ready to give up just yet – and another one seems to have given up just in time for what might be their make or break game this week that could decide the team that will win the Coastal Division.

So, with the month of October staring us in the face and the second month of ACC football set to kick off, here’s a look at both the best and worst to take place this weekend involving the Power Five league and what took look forward to the most during the next weekend of the college football season.

FSU football plays arguably their best game in two seasons and blows out NC State

Critics are going to go more after the Wolfpack than praising the former powers of ACC football, but those of us in garnet and gold have to be impressed with what we saw both on offense – led by backup quarterback Alex Hornibrook – and a defense that showed what pressure can do to the opposition.

Wake Forest holds on for win over Boston College to stay unbeaten

Yes, the Seminoles have to play Clemson in their next game – more on the Tigers in a moment – but the Demon Deacons still haven’t lost a game yet and have to play the Seminoles the following weekend. Yes, they have been winning by three points against subpar teams, but a win is still a win.

Duke blows out Virginia Tech in Friday night game to stay in Coastal Division race

If you had the Blue Devils coming out with the win, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal – if you had them winning by 35 points inside Lane Stadium, most people would have told you that you were crazy. Alas, Duke is still in the party and with two conference losses the Hokies are in trouble.
... (; Goldin)

#1 Clemson (5-0, 3-0) (LW:#1)

Yeah, ummm, so at one point people said UNC could be our toughest remaining game and let’s hope that’s the case. No reason to hit the panic button yet. This performance, a bye week, and then FSU coming to town could be a huge spark that gets us playing on the level we all expect. Also, always trust Brent Venables.

Brent Venables the Based God
— Alex (@NotAlexCraft) September 28, 2019
#2 Notre Dame (3-1, 2-0 vs ACC) (LW:#2)

The Irish bounced back with a 35-20 win over UVA. ND hosts Bowling Greene Saturday.

#3 Wake Forest (5-0, 1-0) (LW:#4)

The Deacs edged out BC 27-24 and the dream of the undefeated Clemson-Wake matchup lives on. Wake will also enjoy a bye week before hosting Louisville.

#4 Duke (4-1, 1-0) (LW:#5)

Duke absolutely crushed Va Tech Friday night 45-10. The Devils led 38-10 in the fourth and ran a fake punt on 4th and 3 which got 28 yards, just because they can.

— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) September 28, 2019
Duke looks hot right now and Saturday night will host Pitt in what may be one of the day’s better games.

#5 Virginia (4-1, 2-1) (LW:#3)

UVA fell against Notre Dame 35-20. Wahoos will have the weekend off before heading to Miami.

#6 Syracuse (3-2, 0-1) (LW:#7)

‘Cuse easily took down Holy Cross 41-3. Orange have the week off before heading to NC State.

T#7 Boston College (3-2, 1-1) (LW:#6)

BC comes up short against Wake. Eagles head to Louisville this weekend.

T#7 North Carolina (2-3, 1-2) (LW:#9)

UNC probably gets their best “win” in a loss. Hats off to the Tar Heels on a hard fought game. There’s also been a lot of talk about their jumbotron shenanigans:
... (itlh; Esden Jr)

Syracuse football running back Moe Neal wants to leave his mark on the hill. Here’s how he has already done that and what’s next for him.

People have overlooked Moe Neal his entire playing career.

At 5-foot-11, 195 pounds everyone assumed he can’t be a lead back for Syracuse football.

As a freshman in 2016, he was a change of pace back for the Orange. In 2017 he got even more run but was still only the second-leading rusher for Syracuse.

Even as a junior he had the best year of his career but he didn’t get to do it alone, he shared the workload with Dontae Strickland.

Heading into 2019 everyone was talking about the Syracuse running game, but no not about Moe Neal, instead fans and media focused on Oklahoma transfer Abdul Adams.

Despite being overlooked, Moe Neal has maintained his cool and has found different ways to contribute.

That reached a new level on Saturday vs Holy Cross in Week 5. Early in the first quarter Neal became the 23rd running back in program history to reach the 2,000-yard rushing barrier.

Dino Babers was asked about the milestone in his post-game presser:

“How cool is that? I still remember when he came in as a freshman and we’re sitting there, he’s a North Carolina guy and I’m talking to him about running the football and he did a lot of things we liked as a freshman and there were some things he needed to work on.

When I think of Moe Neal I think of the Western Michigan game this year where he ran through arm tackles and it didn’t phase him. He didn’t even give those guys the time of day on the run. He has really come a long way and he deserves all the kudos he gets. He still has eight or nine games to run past some really impressive names from the past.”

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The highly anticipated anticipated opening of Wegmans’ 100th store in Raleigh broke records Sunday, the grocer reported.

The grocer confirmed Monday that about 3,000 people waited in line Sunday morning for the 7 a.m. opening. That broke the company’s store-opening record, and the company opened the store at 6:45 a.m. — 15 minutes earlier than planned.

The store also reported Monday that more than 30,000 people came through the day, which the Rochester, N.Y.,-based store said “ranks as the top store opening attendance in company history.”
The chain has a cult-like following, and the Raleigh store is the first of five that are expected in the Triangle, with two also coming to Cary, one to Wake Forest and one to Chapel Hill.

It took 30 to 45 minutes for the line that had wrapped around the building to get inside when doors opened, according to Wegmans spokesperson Jo Natale on Sunday.

“We knew there was a lot of excitement, but the outpouring we saw yesterday was beyond anything we could’ve hoped for,” said Wegmans Store Manager Hallie Johnston in a news release Monday.

The city of Raleigh had issued warning about high volumes of traffic expected Sunday. The company hired 20 off-duty Raleigh police officers to guide traffic, The News & Observer reported.

In anticipation of the opening, a group of nine people decided to tailgate outside Wegmans starting at 10 p.m. Saturday. Eight of the nine people were from New York, where 46 Wegmans stores are located, according to the company’s website.

Cheri McDonald created a Facebook group for the event when she first found out a Wegmans was opening in Raleigh.

“I’ve personally been waiting 24 years for this day! Some I know have been waiting even longer. Time to celebrate!” she wrote in the group’s first post.

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The man known as "Orange Chuck" now has at least TWO loves of his life--his favorite Syracuse Orange sports teams and his new bride, Nicole.

Longtime Syracuse University athletics fan Chuck Fiello Jr. got hitched on 2019's final weekend of September and received a big surprise with an appearance at the nuptials by Otto, the famous Syracuse Orange mascot. Friends of Fiello's, well aware of Chuck's undying love of SU, arranged for the fuzzy orange to attend the ceremony in Bridgeport. The Fiellos have memories to last a lifetime.


It was a day of double duty for Otto, performing at Syracuse football's 41-3 victory over Holy Cross at the Dome AND at the wedding. And Otto's big surprise for Mr. and Mrs. Fiello was preserved on video by the folks at CNY Central.

Fiello now uses one of the photos with Nicolle and Otto as his social media profile, both on Facebook and on Twitter, where his handle is orangechuck.

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