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Welcome to World Tofu Day!


World Tofu Day was created by the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) Canada to offer an opportunity for people to celebrate plant-based diets and to encourage them to bring animal-friendly foods onto their menus. It celebrates the many alternatives to animal products "and the many advantages of living a cruelty-free lifestyle." It's also a day to get people to try tofu and to view it in a new way, "as a tasty, versatile food that can easily replace many animal-derived products to avoid encouraging the horrible farming industry." The first World Tofu Day was marked in 2014. In Montreal, at least 12,000 people attended a vegan barbecue on the inaugural celebration.

Tofu is made from soybeans that are curdled and then pressed into blocks. It is high in protein, relatively low in calories, and low in carbohydrates. It is low in saturated fat but higher in heart-healthy fats. Tofu contains iron, magnesium, manganese, selenium, and calcium, and is sometimes fortified with other minerals and vitamins. Tofu is versatile. It takes on the flavor of what it is cooked with, it can be used to make anything from the main dish to a dessert, and just like meat, it can be fried, grilled, steamed, baked, or pan-cooked. There are tofu curds, pressed tofu sheets, frozen tofu, and burgers and sausages made from tofu.


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Syracuse running back Sean Tucker on the run in the Orange's game against Virginia Tech on Oct. 23. SU announced Tucker's 2022 Heisman Trophy campaign Monday. Hannah Pajewski | Contributing photographer

Syracuse football announces Heisman campaign for running back Sean Tucker (PS; Leiker)

Fans of Sean Tucker will be pleased by Syracuse football’s most recent announcement.

The program officially launched Tucker’s 2022 Heisman Trophy campaign Monday, complete with a hashtag and microsite. The hashtag, “#PL34SED,” is a play on Tucker’s frequent use of the word when evaluating his performances via Twitter postgame. He even used it in his commitment announcement back in 2020.


Finally, an ACC win Syracuse 41 VT 36. I'm pleased with my performance and happy with the outcome. I ran 20 Att for 112 Yds with 2 Rec for 14 Yds. Thanks to my Oline for helping me reach 1k Yds and more to come... I'm just getting started. pic.twitter.com/LK7N7mOCKx
— Sean Tucker (@seantucker2020) October 24, 2021

The website features videos and stories to get to know Tucker better, a link to his official merchandise, his highlights and stats, a list of his awards and the official campaign hype video.

The Heisman Trophy is presented annually to the most outstanding player in college football. It is named for American football player, coach and sportswriter John W. Heisman.

Syracuse legend Ernie Davis is the program’s only player to ever win the Heisman Trophy. He became the first African-American recipient of the award when he won it in 1961 following a standout season. Davis rushed for 823 yards and 15 touchdowns, breaking multiple program records. Two seasons prior, he’d helped lead SU to its lone national title.
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Jones Named to Butkus Award Watch List - Syracuse University Athletics (cuse.com)

Orange star middle linebacker Mikel Jones in on the Butkus Award Watch List, presented annually to the nation's top linebacker, to start the year for the second season in a row.

The First Team All-ACC selection in 2021 is a preseason All-American by multiple publications heading into his fourth season with the program. A captain and the ACC's second-leading tackler from a year ago, Jones is 1-of-51 player on the Butkus Award Watch List to start the season. The 51 selections is in honor of Dick Butkus, who wore the number 51 in his famed career.

Jones is one of six selections from the ACC to start the season on the watch list, five of which come from the Atlantic division. He finished 2021 with a league-best 60 solo tackles and his 110 total tackles was second. He also notched six games with 10+ tackles.

It's the third major watch list addition for the Orange thus far this preseason. Star running back Sean Tucker was named to the Maxwell and Doak Walker Award Watch Lists last week.

Jones and the Orange open up the season on Sept. 3 in the JMA Wireless Dome. Tickets for the Orange's much-anticipated home schedule are now on sale! Season tickets – which start at just $99 – are the best value for 'Cuse fans. Visit Cuse.com/Tickets or call 888-DOME-TIX to be part of the action. Group tickets and partial plans are also on sale, visit Cuse.com/Groups or Cuse.com/Tickets for more information.


Training Camp Position Preview: Wide Receiver (SI; Gross)

The Syracuse receiving corps was not a large factor during the 2021 season. With over a thousand more rushing yards that receiving, it was clear what worked and what did not work for the Orange. Although, each of their top-five pass-catchers are returning for the 2022 season, providing the potential for significant improvement.

The Go-To’s

The leader in receiving yards last year was Courtney Jackson. The redshirt-sophomore caught 37 passes for 387 yards and three of the 10 passing touchdowns Syracuse had last season. In all 12 games last year, Jackson averaged 32.4 yards per game, good for the best on the squad. But it was not just #85 that did work for the Orange last season.

Highlighted by his 45-yard game-winning score against Virginia Tech, sophomore Damien Alford was the second option. The 6-6 Canadian garnered 249 yards and a pair of touchdowns on only 13 catches. Redshirt-junior, Anthony Queeley, recorded 222 yards and two touchdowns as well.

Devaughn Cooper was second on the team in receptions with 21 and came up just one yard shy of the 200-yard mark. The redshirt-senior caught 10 of his 21 passes in the final three games of last season. With Jackson alongside him in the slot, that could be a lethal combination for an offense with high expectations.

While he is the go-to in the run game, Sean Tucker did rank second on the team in passing yards (255) and third in receptions (20) on the Orange last season. With two of his 14 touchdowns coming through the air, Tucker will continue to be a huge factor in the passing game out of the backfield.
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(youtube; podacst; Locked on Syracuse)

You and Brad Klein get to react to Matt Bonaparte's ACC Preseason Ballot from the Kickoff last week. How much Syracuse Football representation does Bones have? Where do the Orange end up in the ACC Atlantic? The ballot was cast yesterday, but the debate starts today.

Syracuse Football: Dino Babers needs to win, pundits offer some optimism (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse football looks to improve upon its 5-7 mark in 2021 by getting at least one more victory to qualify for a post-season bowl berth in the upcoming campaign.

With only one winning stanza in his tenure as the Orange’s head coach, Dino Babers is probably at least a little bit on the hot seat, even if ‘Cuse athletic director John Wildhack struck down that very notion in late June.

Many Orange fans whom I interact with on social media believe that Babers has to reach six victories in 2022, or SU Athletics leaders will likely let him go.

For me, one main sticking point with that sort of sentiment is that Babers will have multiple first-year assistant coaches on the sidelines with him in the 2022 term.

So unless Syracuse football is downright awful in 2022, I can’t envision Babers getting fired after the coming season. Naturally, I hope that the ‘Cuse triumphs on a half-dozen or more occasions this fall to make the possibility of Babers being dismissed virtually non-existent.

National experts have said some encouraging things about Syracuse football lately.

Now, it’s true that the Orange is projected to face one of the country’s toughest schedules in 2022, at least on paper anyway.

As has proven the case in other recent stanzas, we’ll have to see how the ‘Cuse offensive and defensive lines hold up this fall. The special-teams unit, too, must significantly improve after faltering in 2021.
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As realignment happens again, outlook for Syracuse football murky - The Juice Online (the juice; McGlynn)

With all eyes in the ACC on Charlotte last week, this is the perfect time to talk about Syracuse football. Specifically, the future of Syracuse football. As college football continues to undergo massive changes essentially every summer, talk of super conferences, NIL and realignment intensifies. It raises the question: what is next?

No one obviously knows the answer for sure, but I have to say, the outlook seems fairly bleak. Despite ACC Commissioner Jim Phillip’s warning shot from last Wednesday, the likelihood is that not every team is going to be included in the vision of college football’s future. Jackson State football coach Deion Sanders said it best: “Call it chasing the bag.” These conferences and schools are going to do whatever makes them the most money.

Talks of a 40-team breakaway league certainly do not include the Orange. Expand that out to 50 or even 60 teams and I don’t know if ‘Cuse finds itself earning an invite. In truth, Syracuse has not brought much to the college football table. It has won six games just once in the past eight seasons. That magical 2018 season simply stands out as an outlier at this stage. Outside of that 10-3 campaign, Syracuse is 26-57.

Then there is the market. I love Central New York. I really enjoyed my four years at Syracuse. However, the Big Ten and SEC are not lining up to corner the CNY market. The schools that are moving right now are either well-established powers or play in massive media markets. Syracuse ranks as the 87th media market in the nation, firmly between Shreveport, Louisiana and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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Get to Know Your Orange Man: #18, QB Luke MacPhail (TNIAAM; Wall)

Name: Luke MacPhail
Position: Quarterback
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 217 lbs.
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
High School: Dexter Southfield

2021 stats: Did not play.

2022 projections: With new coaches all of the Syracuse Orange quarterbacks get a fresh chance but the fact that the Orange have added two transfers won’t help MacPhail rise up the depth chart. He saw some action during the spring game and like we said last year he’s got the profile that he could work his way into consideration for a job at Syracuse (or elsewhere) in his 5th or 6th season.

How’d he get here?: He accepted Syracuse’s PWO offer over walk-on offers from Boise State and Elon University.

What’d recruiting sites say?: Two stars from 24/7 where he was ranked the #19 prospect in Massachusetts.

Money quote: Luke’s HS coach Casey Day wouldn’t be surprised to see Luke succeed at a FBS program.


“I think that’s the level of play whe
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Get to Know Your Orange Man: #17, WR Umari Hatcher (TNIAAM; Wall)

Name:
Umari Hatcher
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 178 pounds
Hometown: Woodbridge, VA
High School: Freedom

2021 statistics: Appeared in four games but didn’t have any receptions.

2022 projections: Hatcher made some plays in the spring game and with a new offensive game plan he’ll have an opportunity to find his way onto the field more this Fall. At 6’3 he brings the size on the outside that help the Orange move the ball and convert in the red zone.

How’d he get here?: Chose the Syracuse Orange over a final group of Michigan State, Indiana, East Carolina, Liberty and Maryland. He also had offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, UNC, and Penn State.

What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars all around and a consensus top-50 recruit in the state of Virginia.
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Get to Know Your Orange Man: #17, DL Steve Linton (TNIAAM; De Guzman)

Name:
Steve Linton
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 217 lbs
Hometown: Dublin, Ga.
High School: Dublin

2021 stats: Linton missed the first four games of the season, but played seven of the last eight games for the Syracuse Orange. He recorded six tackles including a sack.

2022 projections: Linton doesn’t profile as your typical defensive lineman, but due to depth issues, he needs to start there. It’ll be interesting to see how Linton fares as the first person going up big offensive lineman, but he’s a capable edge rusher who can force an opposing quarterback into a mistake.

How’d he get here?: Notable Power Fives including Arizona State, Missouri, USF, Baylor and Louisville were interested in Linton.

What’d recruiting sites say?: A standard consensus three-star.

Money quote: Dino’s confident that Linton can get the job done on the defensive line this season.

“You guys should be hugely confident in those guys. Those guys worked hard all offseason. Regarding Steve (Linton) and Caleb (Okechukwu), they’ve been here since Alton Robinson, Kendall Coleman, they’ve seen a lot of good guys come through here. Us going into our senior year, they understand what needs to be done.”
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Get to Know Your Orange Man: #16, LB Leon Lowery (TNIAAM; Wall)

Name:
Leon Lowery
Position: Linebacker
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 225 lbs
Hometown: Elizabeth, N.J.
High School: North Brunswick

2021 stats: Lowery played in two games for the Syracuse Orange last season recording two tackles against Albany.

2022 projections: The starting linebackers are set so Lowery will be used to give them a rest as well as on special teams. His quickest way onto the field this fall would be to excel in coverage which is an area the Orange could use some help.

How’d he get here?: Lowery chose Syracuse over his home state school Rutgers as well as offer from Indiana and Buffalo.

What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars all around.

Money quote: Lowery was recruited as a defensive end, a position he didn’t play until his junior year of high school. His high school coach raved about his work ethic.


“He’s as good a practice player as I’ve ever seen,” Michael Cipot said. “You’d think for who he is and some of the offers he’s got, he’d just go through the motions, but it’s the exact opposite.”
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Get to Know Your Orange Man: #15, QB JaCobian Morgan (TNIAAM; Wall)

Name: JaCobian Morgan
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 223 lbs.
Class: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Canton, Miss.
High School: Canton

2021 stats: Morgan appeared in two games for the Syracuse Orange and completed his only pass attempt for 3 yards against NC State

2022 projections: During the spring game it appeared that Morgan had fallen behind Justin Lamson on the depth chart but Lamson’s injury opens the door for him to fight for the backup spot behind Garrett Shrader. It’s going to be one of the camp’s most interesting battles as recent Syracuse history tells us the Orange will need two quarterbacks at some point this season.

How’d he get here?: Chose Syracuse over offers from Jackson State and Austin Peay.

What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars from 247and ESPN but only two from Rivals only doled out two.
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ACC superlatives: Most overrated, underrated players for the 2022 football season (fayobserver.com; Thompson and Cubit)

ACC superlatives: Most overrated, underrated players for the 2022 football season

The ACC held its annual media days lWednesday and Thursday, signifying the college football season getting closer. Projections, predictions, preseason teams and watch lists have been and will continue to pour in over the next month.

As part of the ACC Kickoff, the USA TODAY Network polled 11 ACC players about everything from the conference's most overrated players to its best traditions.

Here are what the players had to say:

Most overrated player: Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei

The rising junior built high expectations for himself after two dominating starts as a freshman when replacing Trevor Lawrence in 2020. As a full-time starter this past season, though, he struggled.

“He kind of got exposed this past season,” one ACC player said.

Others mentioned: NC State quarterback Devin Leary

Most underrated ACC player: Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham

Despite consecutive losing seasons, the Cardinals' starting signal caller hasn’t gone unnoticed by the rest of the conference, which is loaded with talent at the position. For some, Cunningham stands out and deserves more attention.

“He’s not always regarded as a great passer, but he has a really, really strong arm and I think he has great control of that offense,” a defensive ACC player said. “He’s always a challenge to face, a matchup nightmare.”

Others mentioned: Louisville linebacker Yasir Abdullah, Syracuse running back Sean Tucker, Boston College wide receiver Zay Flowers, Clemson defensive lineman Myles Murphy, Wake Forest running back Justice Ellison, Miami running back Jaylan Knighton and Virginia linebacker Nick Jackson.

Favorite ACC stadium: Carter-Finley Stadium

NC State’s stadium, which has a capacity of 57,583, has been the source of both frustration and admiration from opponents with crowd noise never being a problem.

“Everybody's screaming your name, everybody calling you," another ACC player said. “They call your mom’s name and things like that.”

Others mentioned: Pittsburgh, Clemson and Virginia Tech

Rowdiest ACC fan base: Clemson

As one player put it: “They don’t have a lot of chill over there.” Another player noted that he couldn’t hear a thing when he played there. Fan participation seems to play a part for the Tigers, who haven’t lost a home game since 2016 for the nation’s longest current winning streak at 34 games.

Others mentioned: Pitt, NC State and Virginia Tech

ACC player to add to team: Multiple

Wolfpack linebackers Drake Thomas, an all-ACC first-team selection in 2021, and Isaiah Moore were two of the players that some wanted to add to their current teams.

“I love our linebackers. I wouldn't trade them to the world,” an offensive ACC player said. “But playing against (Moore), he's a guy that you don't always want to play against, like, he's a great linebacker. It'd be a lot of fun to play with him."

Others mentioned: Flowers and Florida State defensive tackle Robert Cooper

ACC championship favorite: NC State

The Wolfpack were close to making it happen last year, but a loss to Miami broke a tie with Wake Forest to earn the Demon Deacons the Atlantic Division title. NC State was good enough to earn respect from its peers, though, as one of the favorites to win it all this season.

“They got a lot of guys coming back,” one player said. “They'll be good this year so think outside of us, it's probably them.”

Others mentioned: Clemson and Boston College

Best traditions: Clemson and Virginia Tech

Clemson’s overall experience in Memorial Stadium has yet to fail to leave an impression on its opponents, who enjoy the Tigers’ tradition of running down the hill.

“It's pretty cool to get that sprint down the hill,” an ACC quarterback said. “Just gets your blood flowing. I kind of like that.”

Playing “Enter Sandman” at Virginia Tech has been a staple of the program since 2000 and one of the most notable traditions in not just the ACC but college football.

“Being a recruit going there and hearing Enter Sandman how the stadium's rocking, that's a special place to play in,” an opposing ACC player said. “So, I definitely think they have a lot of good tradition.”


PSN Poll Question: Most Interesting Pitt Football Storyline pittsburghsportsnow.com; Vukovcan)

The official start of the 2022 Pitt football season starts one week from today as the Panthers will open training camp.

Pat Narduzzi’s squad will start the on-field preparation with the hopes of defending their ACC Football Championship.

Repeating that feat will not be easy for a number of reasons, including trying to replace the two top players from last season’s team in quarterback Kenny Pickett and wide receiver Jordan Addison.

Those won’t be the only storylines to follow as every season brings on different changes and position battles. For instance, who will replace Kenny Pickett? Who will emerge as Pitt’s starting running back? What wide receivers will step up to join Jared Wayne in the starting lineup? What changes will occur on the Panthers defense?

Our question to you is what storyline are you looking forward to following the most during Panther Training Camp?

What Storyline Are Looking Forward To Following Most During Camp?

  • Slovis vs. Patti
  • Pitt's Starting Running Back
  • Who Will Emerge at Wide Receiver?
  • Young Players Earning Playing Time
  • Pitt's New LB Group
  • Other
View Results
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Dennis Dodd says Notre Dame has plenty of reasons to join a conference – 105.9 WLNI-FM (wlni; radio;)

Dennis Dodd says Notre Dame has plenty of reasons to join a conference

Dennis Dodd, national college football writer for CBS, joins us to talk all the latest news in the NCAA, including where things currently stand in the ongoing realignment talks, gives his thoughts on ACC commissioner Jim Phillips and his media answers during ACC Kickoff week, and details whether the Fighting Irish will eventually join the Big Ten or ACC.


Cutthroat ACC Expansion (RX; HM)

Cutthroat ACC Expansion

The ACC wanted to keep the Big Ten and Pac-12 as a counterbalance against superconferences when the SEC added Texas and Oklahoma... then the Big Ten poached USC and UCLA and the Alliance was over!

Then the ACC floated the idea of a "loose partnership" with the Pac-12, but apparently it was only going to bring in a few million dollars at most.
Now many people are saying that it's time for the ACC to stop trying to play nice and be "cutthroat"! By that, they mean the ACC should take the best teams out of the Pac-12 and/or Big XII and, with them, most of the television revenue currently going to those conferences.
Which teams are most valuable, though - and how much? Here's a table showing average viewers for each school in either the ACC, Big XII, or Pac-12, along with what percentage of the conference total that school represents. This is only for conference games, and even then excluding games against USC, UCLA, Texas, and Oklahoma. No, Notre Dame doesn't count as an ACC game, either! Finally, teams that average over 1.3 million viewers are in bold.


ACCVwr(M)%TVPac12Vwr(M)%TVBig12Vwr(M)%TV
FSU2.0759.7%Ore2.13215.0%OkSt1.62210.9%
Lou1.9359.1%Wash1.73012.2%Bay1.61010.8%
Clem1.8158.5%Stan1.62011.4%TCU1.56710.5%
Mia1.7788.3%AzSt1.54710.9%KSt1.4679.9%
Pitt1.6057.5%Utah1.48010.4%WVU1.4059.5%
Syr1.5787.4%OrSt1.3569.5%ISU1.3329.0%
VA1.5787.4%Colo1.2288.6%TxTc1.1637.8%

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Pac-10 Update: Lowball Offer - what next? (RX; HM)

Pac-10 Update: Lowball Offer - what next?

It's being widely reported that ESPN's initial offer for PAC media rights was $24.5 million (via Jason Scheer, on an interview with 365 Sports/247 Arizona Insider). By contrast, ACC teams are already getting at least $26.5 million* - before adding any Pac-10 teams!

Oregon and Washington are reportedly demanding unequal shares to stay in the Pac-10, which doesn't sit well with the other eight.
John Canzano made these points a few days ago:


The Pac-12 (minus USC and UCLA) will have 12.5 million television households in its remaining markets. The Big 12 currently has only 10.2 million TV homes, but will expand to about 15 million after the additions of BYU, Central Florida, Cincinnati, and Houston. The ACC has 28.2 million households. It’s TV markets are superior to the Big 12 and its not close. Also, the ACC already has a partnership with ESPN, which covets inventory in the Pacific Time Zone.
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Rx: Stop Overscheduling Early! (RX: HM)

Rx: Stop Overscheduling Early!

You want respect? You want TV ratings? You want Mo Money? The problem is clear: too many early OOC losses have killed ACC football in terms of early season rankings (and, as a result, TV ratings).


And re: narrative building...

Aug/Sept vs. OOC P5 since 2017, ACC is 17-33, including a combined 1-13 for FSU, Miami, NC State and Pitt.

SEC is 24-19
B1G is 26-23 https://t.co/vkzxtpuBL8
— ️♈️ (@ADavidHaleJoint) July 25, 2022
I understand why ACC teams schedule tough non-conference opponents early in the season. It sells tickets, and if the ACC school wins, they'll be ranked in the top 25 and likely have a very good season.
That said, most of the time - at least in recent years - it has had just the opposite effect. Oh, you may sell tickets to the big OOC game, and you may get good TV ratings, too... but if you lose, especially if it a discouraging loss, how does that affect ticket sales for the rest of the season?
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Strongest 2022 Conference (RX; HM)

Strongest 2022 Conference

For the 2022 season only...

1. SEC
2. ACC
3. Big Ten
4. Big 12
5. PAC-12
6. AAC
7. Sun Belt
8. Mountain West
9. MAC
10. C-USA

(ACC and Big Ten are really close)
— Conference Commandos (@ConfCommandos) July 25, 2022
Agreed - the ACC is probably the 2nd best football conference this season, although they'll get competition from the Big Ten (and, tbh, I don't think the ACC is all that far behind the SEC).

MSTiger's ACC Expansion Plan (RX; HM)

MSTiger's ACC Expansion Plan

GUEST ARTICLE: MSTiger
Our old guest writer "MSTiger" is back with some ideas on ACC Expansion...
If the size of these leagues are limitless and the SEC and BIG 10 are unstoppable... If this is the case the ACC should be proactive and get the best brands in a block that create multipliers and not worry about the idea of playing everyone. The first step is to get to 20. So there are several options

Best Brands Available

The best available brands seems to be
Washington
Oregon
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Orlando Sentinel's Matt Murschel: ACC Football Preview (spreaker.com; podcast; Phillip Jordan)

On today's Talkin' College Football Podcast Phillip Jordan is joined by Orlando Sentinel national college football writer Matt Murschel to preview the ACC. Phillip and Matt discuss:

- Jim Phillips comments at ACC Football Kickoff and where the conference is at
- Is Clemson the conference favorite?
- Are NC State, Miami, and Wake Forest viable contenders?
- Forecast for the 2022 Florida State Seminoles


Teel: Conference revenue matters, but ACC football programs need to win (richmond.com; Teel)

A
s an Alabama assistant coach, Mario Cristobal competed against ACC football’s best in consecutive national-championship epics. The Crimson Tide survived Clemson in January 2016 and fell to the Tigers on a last-second touchdown a year later.
This season, his first as Miami’s head coach, Cristobal commences the task of reviving the Hurricanes’ storied program, an undertaking essential to the ACC’s need to enhance its football brand, television appeal and revenue.
“It’s our job as coaches to continue to upgrade the standards for the conference,” Cristobal said Thursday at the ACC’s preseason gathering.

Yes, lost amid all the chatter here about second-year commissioner Jim Phillips’ challenge to close the revenue gap between the ACC and the wealthier SEC and Big Ten is this truth:

If they are truly committed to competing at the highest level, the ACC’s schools also have to help themselves. Invest more in football, the economic engine that drives college athletics, and — hello! — win more games.

In short, give fans, advertisers and ESPN, the conference’s media partner, more reasons to care about ACC football.
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Power ranking the ACC — where does Florida State fit? (tomahawknation.com; podcast; P, M and S)

With ACC Kickoff media days in the rearview mirror and fall camp starting this week, football season is finally on the horizon and everyone — at least for the large part — is feeling pretty good about their team.

With the ACC lacking a clear favorite, every team has to feel they have at least a small window to play in Charlotte for the conference championship.

And yes, that includes Florida State.

This week, the Seminole Wrap podcast crew breaks down their view of the strengths and weaknesses on the roster plus how FSU’s roster stacks up to the ACC overall. Host Brian Pellerin and analysts Jon Marchant and Max Escarpio put the conference’s teams (Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Louisville Cardinals, NC State Wolfpack, Boston College Eagles, Syracuse Orange, Clemson Tigers, Miami Hurricanes, North Carolina Tar Heels, Pittsburgh Panthers, Virginia Cavaliers, Duke Blue Devils, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Virginia Tech Hokies) into three categories: Worse than Florida State, Coin Toss with Florida State and Better than Florida State.

Are the Seminoles ready to compete with the top teams in the ACC?


ACC Football: Examining Over/Under Win Totals for the 2022 Season (athlonsports.com; Josephs)

For those who don't remember last year, Pittsburgh was the ACC champion with the Panthers knocking off Wake Forest in the title game. It was the first time in a while that Clemson didn't win the ACC or even appear in the game in Charlotte. We'll see if the Tigers can improve an anemic offense that struggled at times last year. The Atlantic also will be contested by NC State, who has the pieces on both sides of the ball to be a threat. The problem with the Wolfpack is that when there are expectations, they struggle to meet them. Of course, there's also the Demon Deacons, who return a lot of offensive firepower.

Related: ACC Football 2022 Predictions

The ACC Coastal could develop into a three-team race as Miami's recruiting has taken a step up with the arrival of new head coach Mario Cristobal. Pitt and North Carolina could threaten the Hurricanes if both teams can find new quarterbacks to replace their current NFL signal-callers. Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Duke all have new head coaches while Georgia Tech doesn't seem to be making much progress under Geoff Collins.
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Behind the Scenes- ACC Football Kickoff (seminoles.com; video; Herdt)


2022 Louisville Football Media Guide Depth Chart: Offense (thecrunchzone.com; Blankenbaker)

The 2022 Louisville Football Media Guide was released last week in conjunction with the ACC Kickoff in Charlotte. Within the media guide was its annual first look Depth Chart. As is usually the case the 1st depth chart can change dramatically from when those books are printed to when Louisville actually takes the field for its opener on September 3rd vs. Syracuse.

Freshman and Transfers have the most upward potential and we’ll note a few individuals to keep an eye on as Fall Camp carries on.

Quarterback:

    • Malik Cunningham 6-1, 190, Sr.
    • Evan Conley 6-2, 212, Jr.
    • Brock Domann 6-2, 227, Jr.
Malik Cunningham is the unquestioned leader of this group heading into the 2022 season. Louisville is desperate to find a capable back up. Evan Conley played injured last year, Brock Domann was very green. A year later and healthier and perhaps the Cards have a better answer than they did in 2021 when Malik had to come off the field.

Malik Cunningham’s accolades to date:


    • #1 Pass Efficiency Rating in Single Season: 2019
    • Thrown 4 of Louisville’s Longest 12 Receptions in School History
    • 2nd & 4th Most Rushing Yards in a Single Game by a QB.
    • 3rd, 5th, 6th & 7th Most Rushing Yards in a Single Season by a QB.
    • 2nd Most Rushing Yards in a Career by a QB
    • 2nd Most TDs Rushing in a Season by a QB
    • 2nd Most TDs Rushing in a Career by a QB
    • #6 Career Rushing in Louisville Football History (needs 104 yards to move into Top 5)
    • #7 Completion Percentage Year by a UofL QB: 2021
    • #4 Completion Percentage In A Career (62.7%)
    • #6 Career Passing Yardage (needs 468 to match Dave Ragone at #5)
    • #3 in TD Passes in a Game (5, he’s done it twice)
    • #6 in Career TD Passes (62, needs 7 to tie Lamar Jackson at #5)
    • #4 Total Yards in a Single Game (2021 Duke)
    • #6 & #10 in Total Yards in a Season
    • #4 in Total Yards in a Career
    • #7 & #8 in Total Yards Per Game in a Season
    • #5 in Total Yards Per Game in a Career
    • Led Nation in Passing Yards Per Completion in 2019.
    • Led ACC in Rushing TDs in 2021.
Who we are watching: Freshman Khalib Johnson joined Louisville as an early enrollee in January but was limited with an injury during the Spring. Khalib has a lot of size and is a proven winner. Don’t be surprised if he moves up the board during Fall Camp or as the season progresses.



Running Back:

    • Jalen Mitchell 5-10, 214 R-Soph OR
    • Trevion Cooley 5-10, 211, Soph OR
    • Jawhar Jordan 5-10, 180, R-Soph OR
    • Tiyon Evans 5-11, 210, Jr.
Louisville’s backfield is absolutely loaded. Jalen Mitchell returns as the leader of the position with 722 yards (4.66ypc) from a year ago. Mitchell is a very smart and powerful runner and an absolute chore to tackle.

General consensus in 2021 was that Trevion Cooley needed more carries. Just 1 touchdown in 86 carries, but did run for 5.01 ypc and amassed 431 yards a year ago. Cooley has nice vision and he has the burst the Cards need to break out for long gains. Wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Cooley increase his workload in 2022.
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Onondaga County’s bid for mammoth chip plant: At crunch time, a new company surfaces, McMahon says (PS; $; Weiner)

Two computer chip giants are now considering Onondaga County as a finalist in their search for sites to build new semiconductor manufacturing plants in the United States, according to County Executive Ryan McMahon.

The companies will likely decide on a site within the next two months if Congress passes a bill this week providing $52 billion in incentives for chip makers to open plants in the U.S., McMahon said.

McMahon said he is trying to close a deal with one of the chip giants that would lead to an investment of $40 billion to $90 billion and the creation of 4,000-8,000 jobs over the next 20 years.

“It’s high stakes right now,” McMahon told syracuse.com | The Post-Standard. “We’ve put ourselves in a position to capture a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for New York state and the United States.”

He added, “If we land the one that we’ve been competing for, this could be the largest project in the country’s history. I feel really good about this.”

Until now, McMahon had acknowledged that the county was concentrating its efforts on luring one “big fish” chip maker or several smaller manufacturers to the 1,250-acre White Pine Commerce Park in Clay.

McMahon declined to disclose the names of the companies. But he said a second big chip maker has entered the picture and is among the companies that sent chief corporate officers to visit the site off Route 31 in Clay this spring and summer.

“We’ve hosted multiple executives from multiple companies,” McMahon said. “These are critical decisions these companies are making, so they’re doing their due diligence.”

McMahon said White Pine is “the best mega-site the country” to host a chip plant because of its size and availability of reliable power, water and sewage treatment capacity that the plants require.
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