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Welcome to INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY!

EVERYONE IS TO PUT THE CAPS LOCK ON BEFORE TYPING ON INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY, A DAY THOUGHT UP BY DEREK ARNOLD OF IOWA IN 2000. HE STARTED THE DAY AS A PARODY, TO TAKE A JAB AT THOSE WHO WRITE IN CAPS WHEN IT IS NOT NECESSARY. WRITING IN ALL CAPS IS OFTEN USED TO INDICATE THAT THE PERSON TYPING IS SHOUTING, AND ITS USE IS OFTEN SEEN AS BEING RUDE OR ANNOYING. BEING THAT CAPS LETTERS ARE ALL THE SAME HEIGHT, THEY ARE HARDER TO READ THAN LOWER CASE LETTERS. THIS GIVES ONE INDICATION OF WHY THEY MAY BE SEEN AS BEING ANNOYING. THE DAY WAS ORIGINALLY JUST CELEBRATED ON OCTOBER 22, BUT AFTER "INFOMERCIAL KING" BILLY MAYS PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 28 IN 2009, THE DAY BEGAN BEING CELEBRATED ON THAT DATE AS WELL. THIS IS BECAUSE THE CAPS LOCK KEY STARTED BEING CALLED THE BILLY MAYS KEY BECAUSE BILLY MAYS SEEMED LIKE HE WAS ALWAYS YELLING WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT A PRODUCT.

KEYBOARDS HAVE NOT ALWAYS HAD A CAPS LOCK KEY. UPPER AND LOWER CASE LETTERS WERE ADDED TO THE REMINGTON NO.2 TYPEWRITER IN 1878. A SHIFT KEY WAS ALSO ADDED, WHICH HAD TO BE PRESSED DOWN TO SWITCH BETWEEN THE CASES. THE SHIFT LOCK, INTRODUCED IN 1914 ON THE REMINGTON JUNIOR TYPEWRITER, MADE IT EASIER TO TYPE MULTIPLE CAPITAL LETTERS AT A TIME. THE FIRST COMPUTER WITH A CAPS LOCK KEY WAS THE XEROX ALTO, RELEASED IN 1973. IBM INTRODUCED THE MODEL M KEYBOARD IN 1984; IT STANDARDIZED MANY KEYS, INCLUDING THE CAPS LOCK KEY. MOST KEYBOARDS STILL USE THIS LAYOUT, AND ALMOST ALL KEYBOARDS HAVE CAPS LOCK KEYS.


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Syracuse's bowl chances, offensive line down in this week’s stock watch (DO; Black)

Syracuse’s conference winless drought continued on Friday after the Orange (3-4, 0-3 Atlantic Coast) fell to Pittsburgh (5-2, 2-1 ACC), 27-20, in the Carrier Dome.

SU started slow on offense again, falling behind 24-6 by halftime. Starting quarterback Tommy DeVito entered the game banged up and his health only further deteriorated, as the redshirt sophomore was taken out of the game for good in the second quarter in favor of Clayton Welch. Welch played well in his stead, sparking the Syracuse offense and bringing the Orange within a touchdown late in the fourth, but the comeback attempt came too late and SU dropped below .500.

Here’s whose stock is up or down after Syracuse’s loss to the Panthers.

STOCK UP

After attempting just eight passes since transferring to SU from Butte College in 2017, Welch set career-highs across the board Saturday. He took over at quarterback for the final two-plus quarters and served as the offense’s lifeblood, connecting on a 94-yard touchdown pass to Taj Harris and leading the team in rushing. During a game in which their starting quarterback went down with an injury and they fell behind by three possessions in the first half, the Orange very well could’ve written the game off and looked forward to their matchup with Florida State. But Welch gave Syracuse and its fans the energy they needed, despite the comeback falling short. SU head coach Dino Babers indicated that DeVito will be the starter against the Seminoles if he’s ready to go, but Welch’s performance on Friday must give Babers some confidence should DeVito be forced to leave again.

Syracuse’s versatile defensive tackle had one of the best games of his career against the Panthers, totaling five tackles, two for loss. Black also had two of SU’s three sacks in the game, tying his career-high that he set in against Liberty. The second of his quarterback takedowns came on a key third down in the third quarter, when he chased down Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett and forced the Panthers to punt. The sack gave the Orange possession and ultimately a field goal attempt in a two-possession game, though Andre Szmyt hooked the kick. Black has played well this season as part of SU’s group of defensive tackles that’s had to make up for the loss of Chris Slayton, who was drafted to the NFL earlier this year.
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Syracuse football 1 of 4 teams without a Power Five win. When might they finally get one? (PS; Mink)

There are no shortage of indicators Syracuse football is struggling on the field in 2019.

But there’s one stat that puts SU among company nobody wants to keep.

The Orange is one of four teams within the five major conferences without a Power Five victory, another eyesore for a team falling short of preseason expectations.

That means 61 of 65 schools comprising the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC, plus Notre Dame, all have a victory against somebody who competes within those five conferences.

Syracuse is 0-4 in such games this year, as its three victories have come against Liberty (5-2), Western Michigan (4-4, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) and FCS Holy Cross (3-4, 1-0 Patriot League).

Two of the four games against major-conference opposition have been blowouts, as Maryland shellacked the Orange a week before Clemson spoiled the most bally-hooed night in SU football in more than 20 years.

The other two losses, both coming in the last two weeks, have been one-score games.

Syracuse is joined by Rutgers, Northwestern and Arkansas as the only other major-conference schools without a victory against one of their peers.
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Syracuse the only ACC team without a conference win (ESPN; AP)

Syracuse is the lone team in the Atlantic Coast Conference without a league win, yet coach Dino Babers continues to operate on an even keel.

"I don't think there's a game in the ACC we've been out of, and I'm proud of that part," Babers said Monday. "I don't think the guys have quit. Being close -- some people think that's really cool, but we're not in it to be close. Everybody here wants to get a win."
Syracuse (3-4, 0-3 ACC) lost 41-6 to Clemson , 16-10 to North Carolina State and 27-20 to Pittsburgh on Friday night. Two of those losses were at home, where the Orange were undefeated a year ago.

Against the Tigers, who were ranked No. 1 in the country, any chance for an upset win before a sold-out Carrier Dome crowd was lost early in the third quarter with the Orange trailing 17-6. Quarterback Tommy DeVito was sacked for a 10-yard loss on a third-and-3 play from near midfield and Syracuse had to punt. After Chris Fredrick intercepted Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence on the ensuing possession and returned the ball to the Clemson 9, DeVito threw a pick on the next play, the Tigers responded with a quick score and that was it.

North Carolina State built a 16-0 lead in the third quarter, then survived a late Syracuse push, escaping when time ran out on the Orange. And Pitt rushed to a 24-6 halftime lead and withstood a late surge keyed by backup quarterback Clayton Welch, a redshirt senior who is a junior college transfer getting his first extended time under center after DeVito was injured.

One common thread punctuated those losses: sacks. Clemson and N.C. State each registered eight and Pitt had nine, the most for the Panthers since 2001. On the season, Syracuse has allowed 35 sacks, the top mark in the nation, behind its injury-plagued offensive line.

"The thing that we need to do is we need to grow, and we're not growing fast enough for me," Babers said. "You have to have more than one protection. Wide receivers are not doing the things they're supposed to do. It's all spread out."
Babers hinted at possible lineup changes when the Orange visit Florida State (3-4, 2-3) on Saturday.

"More people are going to get opportunities, and what they do with those opportunities in practice will let us know whether they're going to get an opportunity (in games)," he said. "At certain positions it's really important for continuity. Now I think we're at the point where we'll break up that continuity and make sure we have the right people."
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Syracuse Football Lost Friday Night, Something That Didn't Happen 60 Years Ago - The Sports Column | Sports Articles, Analysis, News and Media (thesportscol.com; Fear)

Born in Syracuse, as a kid I lived and died Syracuse football. A dream came true on 1959 when the Orangemen went all the way to win the national crown.

Curiosity, it was, last Friday night. Watching Syracuse play, that is. It’s not something I do much these days. But last Friday night I was drawn to the renewal of an old, Eastern rivalry, SU v. Pitt. Pitt won, 27-20, and the loss put SU at 3-4 on the year.
But 60 years ago—in 1959, to be specific—it was a different story. SU was my favorite team. College football was my favorite sport. Syracuse beat Pitt 35-0 that year. An undefeated season, a Cotton Bowl win, and a national championship followed.

It was more difficult being a fan in those days. Your favorite team didn’t play every week on TV (the NCAA prohibited it), and there weren’t many bowl games to celebrate a good season, either. You followed teams mostly through newspaper accounts and college football books, which I read from cover to cover, like the one to the right.

As the 1959 season was about to begin, I wondered how SU would do. Syracuse had finished the ’58 season in the nation’s top ten, but never challenged for the national crown—beaten, as the Orangemen were, by Holy Cross in the season’s second game.

‘Holy Cross!’ Back then, The Cross was part of the so-called “The Big 11” in Eastern football (see footnote). The Crusaders had success in 1958 (6-3) even with a rough schedule that included Syracuse, Pitt, Boston College, and Penn State.

In 1958, SU won every game before and after HC, until the Orange met Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. OU won easily 21-6.

Ben Schwartzwalder was the head coach back then, known nationally because he had been Jimmy Brown’s head coach. An incredible athlete, Brown’s finished his career in the 1957 season before going on to star with the Cleveland Browns.

Schwartzwalder looked to reload and reload he did, with another soon-to-be-famous running back, a player named Ernie Davis. Davis began playing for the Orange varsity in 1959, and he had a hell of career at Syracuse, winning the Heisman Trophy in 1961. The Carrier Dome field, where SU plays today, carries Davis’ name.
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Schwedes (left) and Sarette (photo, WorthPoint)

Ben had another star player, an interesting player, too, from Germany, named Ger Schwedes. Schwedes was SU’s wingback behind an unbalanced line. Schwedes passed and ran, but in each of his three years on the varsity, he had more running than passing yards. 1959 would be his best passing year at 560 yards—paltry by today’s standards—and sophomore Dave Sarette, who played quarterback, didn’t pass much either (760 total yards).
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Noles News: Is the Willie Taggart era doomed? (tomahawknation.com; Krypton)

Football:
FSU is 3-4 after losing to Wake Forest and the pitchforks are out for Willie Taggart but unless something changes financially & politically Willie Taggart will be FSU’s coach in 2020.
Ontaria Wilson was having a breakout year but his season is over after another season-ending injury for FSU.

It was the best defensive game of the season vs. a potent Wake Forest offense and FSU’s offense blew it.

FSU fans were disappointed when Cam Akers fumbled in Wake Forest territory; the only person more disappointed was Cam Akers himself.

FSU is improving under Taggart but the rate of improvement is not fast enough.

FSU joins Wisconsin on the misery index; FSU fans would trade places with Wisconsin fans (one week vs two years)

How would you grade FSU’s performance vs. Wake Forest?

Recruiting:
Jeff Sims threw a couple of dimes in primetime on ESPNU:

The home team strikes first with this 50-yard catch and run by Jhaylin Embry from Jeff Sims ⚡@JeffSims_10 #DoSomething | #OneTribe
— Who's Next (@WhosNextHS) October 18, 2019
That pass was

Jeff Sims with a that finds Jhaylin Embry again! A 2-point conversion ties things up at 14 to start the 2nd half.@JeffSims_10 #DoSomething | #OneTribe
— Who's Next (@WhosNextHS) October 19, 2019
It’s a vicious cycle for Willie Taggart and FSU right now; in order to win more Taggart has to recruit better talent but he can’t recruit better talent without winning more:
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Noles News: Questions and rumors swirl around Taggart and FSU (tomahawknation.com; Marchant)

Football:
Questions and rumors are swirling around Willie Taggart, but right now that’s all they are: rumors.
Is this rock bottom for FSU, or just for FSU fans? The fan confidence in the direction of the program plummeted despite FSU losing to Wake Forest pretty much exactly how Vegas predicted.
Don’t miss the latest Nolecast and the reaction to FSU’s loss to Wake.
FSU football may be disappointing to watch, but they aren’t among the most disappointing teams from this past week, or even close to the worst this season:

UMass is still our overall leader with 4 appearances on the list.

In the Power 5, Arkansas, Miami (FL), and Nebraska have all had three games in which they failed to come within two scores of the spread. Yikes.
— Bud Elliott (@BudElliott3) October 21, 2019
On a much better and more uplifting note, Janarius Robinson’s family is starting to rebuild, literally:
Janarius Robinson said that his family is finally going to break ground on their house on Nov. 1. Hurricane Michael destroyed his home just over a year ago.
— Wayne McGahee III (@WayneMcGaheeIII) October 21, 2019
Willie Taggart held court for his usual Monday press conference. He said some interesting things about mental resiliency of the team after a blowout but more importantly three close losses; injuries — especially to the offensive line; the generally good play from the offense but was also vague about who would start under center vs Syracuse; his role in the playcalling; what they’re doing to fix mistakes, and more. Taggart believes FSU is very close to turning the corner.

Bud Elliott reviews every game from Week 8, but in the most efficient way possible.
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Updates from Willie Taggart’s Monday FSU press conference: Syracuse Week (tomahawknation.com; Korosec)

Willie Taggart will meet with the media on Monday afternoon for Florida State’s ( 3-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) weekly press conference following the Seminoles’ loss to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The ’Noles are preparing to meet Syracuse (3-4, 0-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) for Homecoming week looking to avenge last season’s embarrassing, 30-7 loss in the Carrier Dome. The Seminoles will face the Orange in a late afternoon contest. Kickoff will be at 3:30 pm in Doak Campbell Stadium and it will be televised on ESPN2.

Florida State opened as the double-digit favorite over the Orange on Sunday despite likely losing another wide receiver for the second straight week. Syracuse and Dino Babers have had a rough year and the Seminoles will hope to capitalize by inking in a W in the win column. Florida State suffered multiple injuries during Saturday’s contest against the Deacs’ and hopefully Taggart will be able to provide some good news during today’s press conference.

Stay tuned, as we provide updates in the comments section below.


Pitt-Syracuse Aftermath: Orange Squeeze (pittsburghsportsnow.com; Stiegerwald)

You’ll hear people say that a win is a win and style points don’t matter. Pitt undoubtedly got the win part as they traveled to Syracuse and downed the Orange, 27-20 on Friday night. Style points? That’s another matter as the Panthers squandered a 24-6 halftime lead. In the second half, Pitt was outscored 14-3 and weren’t assured victory until A.J. Davis converted on a 3rd-and-2 with 1:46 left in the game. The Panthers didn’t adjust well after halftime and Syracuse’s quarterback change breathed some life into a team that looked like it was going to get blown out. Yes, it’s a win. But apparently the voters are still skeptical as Pitt still hasn’t entered the Top 25 in either poll.

Pitt’s defense racked up nine sacks, bringing their season total to 36, seven more than 2nd place Ohio State. The Panthers didn’t force any turnovers, but outgained the Orange 377 to 328.

The Panthers move to 5-2 (2-1 ACC), but will need at least one more in-conference loss by Virginia to move into 1st in the Coastal.
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Pitt football | Panthers search for killer instinct in second half (tribdem.com; Filicic-Godsey)

After a close game against Syracuse that saw Pitt nearly squander a three-score lead, the Panthers (5-2, 2-1 ACC) are searching for answers for their inability to put away teams in the second half.

Against Syracuse, the Panthers took a 24-6 lead into halftime but allowed the Orange back into the game in the second half. It’s part of a growing trend for Pitt this year, as the Panthers have led or been tied at halftime in six of their seven games, but then allowed opponents to storm back. Pitt has outscored its opponents in the first half 115-52; in the second half, the Panthers have been outscored 103-41.

“It comes down to execution,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said about his team’s second half woes. “Do our guys get lackadaisical thinking we’re up? I don’t know. Last year, were we up very often at halftime?

“Maybe it’s a different thing playing with a lead.”

The Panthers have led five games at halftime this season and won four of them. Against Central Florida, Duke and Syracuse, the Panthers built up three-score leads in the first half and wound up escaping each game with a narrow win.
Central Florida and Duke both came back and took a lead over Pitt, before the Panthers got a go-ahead score in the final minute of each game.
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ACC Football 2019: Best and worst from Week 8 (chopchat.com; Parker)

The eighth 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 are a fan of the ACC football world or one of its teams, the past weekend of games exposed two things: the Atlantic Division is going to come down to a game between the perennial champs and the team that banned alcohol from the Orange Bowl years ago while the Coastal Division is a cluster of chaos.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at what we saw last weekend in Miami Gardens…or Syracuse…or even the late game involving our FSU football team, who now sits hoping that a hot end to the season might send them back to a bowl game.

Now, the slate is set for two games involving teams desperate for a win and two teams who are setting up for another December showdown in Charlotte for a chance to bring home the conference championship.

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.
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Sage Surratt Named ACC Receiver of the Week...Again (bloggersodear.com; Foster)

Wake Forest football's Sage Surratt has once again been named the ACC Receiver of the Week for his role in the Deacs’ win over Florida State Saturday night. This marks the fourth time in the eight weeks the award has been given this season that Surratt has been the recipient.

Kicker Nick Sciba was also named as the ACC’s Co-Specialist of the Week, along with Georgia Tech’s Pressley Harvin III.

It was a big week for these guys.

Congrats to our Week 8 honorees!

Howell, Surratt Headline Week 8 ACC Football Players of the Week
— ACC Football (@ACCFootball) October 21, 2019

The ACC Receiver of the Week Award might as well be renamed The Sage Surratt Award, as Surratt literally has half of the awards so far this season.
Surratt had 7 receptions for 170 yards, with an average of 24.3 yards per catch, and a long of 51 yards.
Sciba played a huge part in the Deacs winning the game, as he went 5-5 on field goal attempts and made his only extra point attempt of the game. The offense got the ball into the redzone six times, but was only able to score a touchdown once. Sciba took care of things though, and added to his record-breaking streak of consecutive makes.
On the season, Surratt now has 53 receptions for 881 yards and 9 touchdowns. Yet somehow he is not on the Heisman watch list, in spite of the fact that receivers with much less impressive stats than his are.

So I’m going to go ahead and start the #WhyNotSage campaign.
Congrats to both Sage and Nick on their awards.



Syracuse Football: Chandler Jones goes off, Orange alum update (itlh; Queripel)

In Week 7 former Syracuse football star, Chandler Jones had a big game for the Arizona Cardinals. Here are the highlights and the NFL alum update.

On Sunday, Metlife was the host to a contest featuring three former Syracuse football players. The visiting Arizona Cardinals faced off against the New York Giants. Riley Dixon and the G-men took a loss to the Cardinals.

In the matchup, Dixon booted the ball deep three times. One punt pinned the Cardinals within their own 20 with Dixon’s longest traveling 43 yards. On average, his punts were 37.3 yards this week.

On the other side of the field, Justin Pugh and Chandler Jones suited up for the birds. On the offense, the team found success in the run game while the passing game struggled. Kyler Murray was sacked twice and passed for just over 100 yards.
Behind the offensive line with Pugh, the Cards rushed for over 150 yards behind Chase Edmonds. The former Syracuse O-lineman got his seventh consecutive start of the season. The Cardinals won their third straight game as they defeated the Giants 27-21.
For the Cards defense, Chandler Jones had his best game of the season as he virtually lived in the Giants backfield.

Jones had his way with the New York O-line and sacked the quarterback four times. In the third, he recorded a strip-sack against the rookie QB. In all, Jones ended with five tackles, four sacks, and one forced fumble.

After the game, Chandler Jones spoke about his success against the big blue, per the team’s website:

“When you’re rushing the passer, it’s like a game of chess. Early in the game, I got into (offensive tackle Mike Remmers) a little bit more, doing a lot of power rushes. He started to sit down (in pass protection), and once I got him to sit down, I started going for the edge.”

Curbin’ NY’s Enthusiasm #PrettyPrettyyyyGood
— Chandler Jones (@chanjones55) October 20, 2019
Heading into Week 8, Jones has 8.5 sacks, which is just behind Myles Garret and Shaq Barrett for the lead league, who have nine sacks apiece.

Next week the Cards will go on the road to face the New Orleans Saints.

Zaire Franklin is the last Orange in the NFL. For the Indianapolis Colts, he has mainly been a special teamer this season.
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Brett McMurphy’s College Football Bowl Projections After Week 8 - Stadium (watchstadium.com; McMurphy)

Last week, I replaced Georgia with Alabama in my College Football Playoff projections after the Bulldogs’ loss to South Carolina. This week, I’m replacing Alabama with LSU after Saturday’s high ankle sprain injury suffered by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said Tagovailoa will miss this week’s game against Arkansas and is expected to return on Nov. 9 when the Crimson Tide host LSU. However, I’m going with LSU over Bama with a less than 100 percent Tagovailoa.
If LSU wins at Alabama and takes the SEC title at 13-0, I’m projecting the Tigers as the No. 1 overall seed in the College Football Playoff.
My other three College Football Playoff teams remain the same as last week: Ohio State, Oklahoma and Clemson.
After Boise State’s loss at BYU, I’m projecting SMU as the Group of 5’s New Year’s 6 bowl representative in the Cotton Bowl as the American champion.
If SMU – the last undefeated team in the American – loses along the way, it would open the door for either an undefeated Sun Belt champion Appalachian State or a 12-1 Mountain West champion Boise State to earn that New Year’s 6 bid.
The biggest change in this week’s projections was moving Wisconsin out of the New Year’s 6 bowl lineup after the Badgers’ upset loss at Illinois and replacing UW with Penn State as the Big Ten’s representative in the Rose Bowl.
Onto this week’s projections:

College Football Playoff
Championship – Jan. 13 (CFP semifinal winners)
Projection: LSU vs. Ohio State
Semifinals
Peach Bowl – Dec. 28 (CFP semifinal)
Projection: LSU (CFP No. 1) vs. Clemson (CFP No. 4)
Fiesta Bowl – Dec. 28 (CFP semifinal)
Projection: Ohio State (CFP No. 2) vs. Oklahoma (CFP No. 3)
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(Syracuse has dropped out)

ACC Leads all P5 in 2019 GSR (RX; HM)

ACC Leads all P5 in 2019 GSR

This came out last Wednesday (October 16), but I missed it in my IN box until now...

ACC Makes Another Strong Showing in NCAA Graduation Success Rates
Average GSR of 92 percent leads all Power 5 conferences

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The high level of academic success among Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes is again reflected by the NCAA Graduation Success Rates (GSR) report released on Wednesday.

The ACC continues to lead peer conferences with an average graduation rate of 92 percent – up from 91 percent a year ago and three points higher than this year's national average of 89 percent. Other key notes for the ACC in comparison to peer conferences:

  • Eighteen ACC teams achieved GSR scores of 100 in the sports of men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball.
  • Ten ACC men’s basketball teams earned higher than the Division I basketball GSR average, leading all Power 5 conferences. Clemson, Duke, Miami, Pitt, Virginia and Wake Forest posted GSR scores of 100. The six ACC men’s basketball teams with perfect scores are the most of any Power 5 conference.
  • Ten ACC football teams earned higher than the FBS football GSR average, second-most among Power 5 Conferences.
  • In the sport of football, the ACC remains the only conference to have multiple teams register GSR scores of 90 or higher every year since 2005. Duke (96), Louisville (91) and Boston College (90) reached that plateau this year.
  • Eleven ACC women’s basketball teams earned higher than the Division I women’s basketball GSR average, second-most among Power 5 conferences.
  • This marks the 12th straight year that the ACC has had at least four women’s basketball programs score 100, making it the only peer conference to do so. Six ACC teams – Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse and Virginia – hit the century mark in the latest report.
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JHowell's Picks - 2019 Week 9 (RX; HM)

JHowell's Picks - 2019 Week 9

Here are JHowell's computer picks for week 9:

Saturday, October 26, 2019
#2-Clemson (-36.5) vs. #62-Boston College (TP=57 Odds=.907)
#19-Michigan (-0.5) vs. #14-Notre Dame (TP=52 Odds=.508)
#29-Pittsburgh (-10) vs. #61-Miami (Florida) (TP=47 Odds=.658)
#31-Virginia (-1.5) @ #46-Louisville (TP=59 Odds=.517)
#48-North Carolina (-3) vs. #47-Duke (TP=57 Odds=.543)
#49-Florida State (-9) vs. #71-Syracuse (TP=56 Odds=.617)

...projections for the NCAA FBS football games through the games of 10-26-2019... The favorite is listed first with the projected margin of victory (i.e., the line) in parenthesis. 'TP' represents the total number of points expected to be scored in the game and 'Odds' represents the odds of the favorite winning straight-up (not against-the-spread).
Prohibitive favorite: Clemson over BC.
Solid favorites: Pitt over Miami, FSU over Syracuse.
Toss-ups: Notre Dame at Michigan, Virginia at Louisville, and Duke at UNC.
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What they're writing about the ACC - 10/22/19 (RX; HM)

What they're writing about the ACC - 10/22/19

From "The Read Option" by Banner Society:
12. Virginia Tech, by Alex
Winner of the first TWO-POINTER SHOOTOUT in history, the product of a new rule this season. This took exactly six OTs against North Carolina, including multiple scoreless OTs in which the teams traded missed field goals.

The Hokies are kind of bad, but they’re 5-2 and have won two wild games in a row. Their 26-year bowl streak will probably hit 27, even if it takes a weird NCAA waiver.

Poor UNC, which is a couple of two-pointers away from being 5-2 with a win over Clemson but is instead 3-4. (It’s also true that UNC is inches from being 1-6, so maybe the Heels should be grateful.)
I've resigned myself to the idea that the Hokies just aren't going to get any easy wins this year... but if they can keep winning a little longer it won't matter.
13. South Carolina fans, by Jason
It was rainy, so there were towels. Those towels became projectiles all throughout an angry fourth quarter for the home crowd. Such a constant barrage of metaphor must be ranked.
Throwing in the towel so soon, Gamecocks?
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AP vs. Losses - 10/22/19 (RX; HM)

AP vs. Losses - 10/22/19

I put together this table of losses (zero, one, two or three*) vs. AP rank to make a few points:

APUndefeatedOne-LossTwo-Loss3-LossLosses
1Alabama0
2LSU0
3Ohio State0
4Clemson0
5Oklahoma0
6Penn State0
7Florida1
8Notre Dame1
9Auburn1
10Georgia1
11Oregon1
12Utah1
13Wisconsin1
14Baylor0
15Texas2
16SMU0
17Minnesota0
18Cincinnati1
19Michigan2
20Iowa2
21Appalachian St0
22Boise State1
23Iowa State2
24Arizona St2
25Wake Forest1
26Memphis1
27UVA2
28San Diego St1
28Pitt2
30Washington3
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Other

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Cost of big distribution center project in Clay just went up $70 million (PS; Moriarty)

The cost of building a proposed distribution center that would employ 1,000 people in Clay has suddenly shot up $70 million and now stands at $350 million.

George Laigaie, a principal of Trammell Crow Co., said the company’s initial estimate of $280 million did not include all the interior materials and equipment that will be needed for the highly automated, five-story facility.

“The initial estimate was very preliminary,” he said. “It did not include the full fit-out.”

He said the size of the building and the amount of land required for it is not changing.
Dallas-based Trammell Crow has proposed building the center on a 111-acre property currently occupied by the Liverpool Public Golf & Country Club at the northwest corner of Morgan Road and the Liverpool Bypass north of the village of Liverpool.

The building would have a footprint of 820,000 square feet, which by itself would make it pretty large. But with nearly 3.8 million square feet of floor space, it would be one of the largest distribution centers in the world.

At $350 million, it would be second only to the Destiny USA shopping mall as the Syracuse area’s most expensive construction project.

With five floors of storage space, the building is expected to need an extensive network of conveyors and other equipment to move merchandise in and out, and up and down.
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