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Welcome to National Banana Split Day!

National Banana Split Day is dedicated to the popular ice cream treat. The foundation of a banana split consists of a banana cut in half lengthwise in a long dish, also known as a banana boat. Most banana splits then have three scoops of ice cream placed between the banana, one each of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. The vanilla is usually topped with candied pineapple, the chocolate with chocolate fudge, and the strawberry with strawberry sauce. Finally, whipped cream, crushed nuts, and a maraschino cherry top the confection. By most accounts, the banana split was invented by 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist David Strickler in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, in 1904. The price was originally 10 cents per sundae, and they became popular with students at nearby Saint Vincent College, before spreading all over the country. Strickler ended up buying the pharmacy and ran it until 1966, when he sold it. He died in 1971, but the pharmacy operated under other owners until closing down in 2000. Each year the Great Banana Split Celebration now takes place in Latrobe. In 2004, the National Ice Cream Retailers Association presented Latrobe's mayor with a certificate validating that the banana split was first created in city.

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Star Syracuse running back Sean Tucker has racked up 2,122 rushing yards through his first two seasons, second in school history behind Joe Morris (2,373).

Tucker by the numbers: Where does he stand among SU's great RBs? (PS; Leiker)

Sean Tucker rewrote the school’s record book last season.

He’s going to have a shot at climbing the ranks even more in 2022.

Tucker’s 2,122 rushing yards through two seasons is second all-time behind Joe Morris (2,373).

Tucker is 1,303 yards away from jumping past a bunch of players and moving into second on the school’s career rushing list, also behind Morris (4,299).

Another mark within reach: Tucker could become the first Syracuse player to lead the team in rushing in three-consecutive seasons for the first time since David Walker from 1990-92.

Here’s a look at where Tucker ranks in a couple notable categories compared to other great Syracuse running backs.

If you’re having trouble seeing these graphs and stats on your mobile device, click here.
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Tucker, SU football's quiet star, has a louder side few have experienced (PS; $; Leiker)

Sean Tucker’s first high school touchdown had its own sound effect, one that boomed louder the faster he ran toward the goal line.

Kaelin Wade recognized the sound, even as he raced down the field next to Tucker.

It was his bubbling, body-shaking, high-pitched giggle echoing as he crossed the 20-yard line.

Tucker, Syracuse’s reserved, record-breaking All-American running back, sounded like one of the hyenas from “The Lion King.” That’s the best way Wade could describe his friend’s laugh when telling the story earlier this month.

But when Tucker completed the 89-yard breakout rush to the end zone, there was no celebration. His excitement quickly faded. He and Wade exchanged a handshake and helmet tap before Tucker was back on the sideline stretching out for the next drive.

That’s the Tucker most people know.

He’s made a name for himself not just by being one of the top running backs in the country but by being one of the quietest, too.

Occasionally, Tucker lets his guard down — in short, quick bursts, just like he runs.
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Syracuse football: Over/Under on wins in 2022 set at 5 (TNIAAM; De Guzman)

The start of the Syracuse Orange football season, and that means you can start laying down some bets on Cuse’s 2022 campaign. DraftKings now has Team Futures odds available, and you can find those by clicking on this link.

One of those odds is the over/under win totals for teams this season. And to make Syracuse fans sweat their chances at a bowl appearance, DraftKings has Syracuse’s odds squarely at 5. The under is the slight favorite right now at -140. If you want to take the over, it’s set at +120.

Here’s a look at how that compares to the set over/under number to the other teams (excluding Wagner) on Syracuse’s schedule according to DraftKings,

A quick glance will show that Syracuse has the second lowest set win total for over/under bets. That’s a little distressing for the Orange bowl chances, as early on it seems like DraftKings is going to favor many teams above Syracuse right now.
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Syracuse football cornerbacks coach Chip West drills defensive back Quan Peterson during fall camp Aug. 9. Eight of the Orange's 11 defensive starters from 2021 return this year. N. Scott Trimble | strimble@syracuse.com

SU’s secondary has been turnover central in camp. Can it translate to games? (PS; $; Leiker)

Entering its third season under coordinator Tony White, the Orange’s defense is set to be a hallmark of the program once again.

Syracuse football returns nearly all its defensive starters from last season, including marquee players Mikel Jones and Garrett Williams. Fall camp has also introduced a promising crop of newcomers to step in if needed and learn from their older peers for future seasons.

Here are some of the biggest defensive storylines to follow as the Orange heads into the regular season:

The big question: Can the secondary translate turnovers to the games?

Syracuse’s secondary has managed to snatch more than a couple interceptions during fall camp.

On Tuesday, both Ja’Had Carter and Isaiah Johnson picked off Carlos Del Rio-Wilson during a team period. Coach Dino Babers called out Jeremiah Wilson earlier in camp for having a number of picks. Several others have come during 1-on-1s.

More of them have been on backup quarterbacks than Garrett Shrader, so it shouldn’t be too much of a cause for concern in terms of the offense. It’ll be more interesting to see if the camp success translates to game success after an underwhelming turnover rate in 2021.

Last season, the Orange had the second-fewest interceptions in the ACC with just four. Three of those were by Duce Chestnut, and the fourth was grabbed by Jason Simmons Jr.

With some of the top-ranked secondary players in the conference, there’s no reason that number can’t increase this season. Reducing the amount of time elite, opposing ACC QBs have the ball in their hands this year will be critical for Syracuse’s chances at making it to the .500 mark and a bowl game.
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SU should look similar on defense, except at one big unit (PS; $; Leiker)

Writing Syracuse football’s defensive depth chart for Week 1 will be almost as easy for Dino Babers as hitting copy and paste.

Save for the defensive line, all of the Orange’s starters from the end of last season return. That was solidified when cornerback Garrett Williams returned for another year, and linebacker Mikel Jones announced in December he was also coming back for another year after being 50-50 on declaring for the 2022 NFL Draft.

Syracuse’s linebacking depth is solid. Jones, Stefon Thompson and Marlowe Wax return as the starting trio, with second stringers Derek McDonald and Leon Lowery also back.

Redshirt freshman Austin Roon saw playing time alongside the latter two during camp and might relieve McDonald of being the backup for both Jones and Wax as he was last year.
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Predicting Syracuse football’s 2022 offensive statistics - The Juice Online (the juice; Sears)

As the 2022 season rapidly approaches, it’s fair to wonder how exactly each individual player on the Syracuse roster will perform over the year.

I’ve decided to put out stat predictions based on an optimistic yet reasonable assumption for each player, should they play a full slate of games. That means no injuries are accounted for, and each player plays at or above their expected level.

Also, without a final depth chart released, we’ll be using my projected starters for this exercise. Last week, I did my projected stats for the defense. We conclude today with the offensive side of the ball.

  • INT”- Interceptions
  • REC”- Receptions
  • YDS”- Yards
  • ATT”- Rush attempts
  • TD”- Touchdowns
QUARTERBACK

QB Garrett Shrader
– an above average rushing talent at the position, Shrader was fourth in the nation in rushing yards for a quarterback and has a chance to lead in that category this year if the coaching staff leans on that side of his game. Still has work to do throwing the ball but a year of experience under center should help in that area.

  • 2021 Stats: 123-of-234(52.6%) 1,444 YDS, 9 TDs, 4 INT
    173 ATT, 781 YDS, 14 TDs
  • 2022 Prediction: 175-of-301(58%) 2,105 YDS, 18 TDs, 9 INT
    165 ATT, 640 YDS, 8 TDs
RECEIVERS

WR Courtney Jackson
– the best receiver on the team last year, Jackson spent the majority of his snaps in the slot and figures to play there again this year. He doesn’t have a large frame but has great short area quickness and those soft hands that the coaching staff loves.

  • 2021 Stats: 37 REC, 389 YDS, 3 TDs
    4 ATT, 23 YDS
  • 2022 Prediction: 60 REC, 785 YDS, 6 TDs
WR Anthony Queeley– starting outside receiver with good speed, a strong build, and a good contested catch rate in limited snaps. Struggled with drops, but should get more usage overall in offensive coordinator Robert Anae’s new system.
  • 2021 Stats: 15 REC, 222 YDS, 2 TDs
  • 2022 Prediction: 45 REC, 560 YDS, 3 TDs
WR Damien Alford– my bet to have a breakthrough year, Alford has a huge frame and speed to separate from corners downfield. SU’s best deep threat and yards-after-catch player. Should be the biggest beneficiary of Anae’s new system.
  • 2021 Stats: 13 REC, 249 YDS, 2 TDs
  • 2022 Prediction: 40 REC, 600 YDS, 6 TDs
TE Maximilian Mang– the tight end position hasn’t been used much but Anae could change that, and has a big target to throw to in Mang. Will most likely be used simply as a blocker.
  • 2021 Stats: 1 REC, 12 YDS
  • 2022 Prediction: 10 REC, 70 YDS, 1 TD
RUNNING BACK

RB Sean Tucker
– the best player on the team, Tucker will be the heart and soul of what should be a very productive offense. Perfect running back size; great feet, vision, tackle breaking ability; and the speed to pull away for long touchdowns, Tucker has it all and should once again be one of the top offensive players in the country overall.

  • 2021 Stats: 246 ATT, 1496 YDS, 12 TDs
    20 REC, 255 YDS, 2 TDs
  • 2022 Prediction: 232 ATT, 1380 YDs, 16 TDs
    15 REC, 175 YDS, 2 TDs
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Syracuse Remains Heavily Involved With Saboor Karriem (SI; McAllister)

One of the top defensive backs in the 2023 class is West Orange (NJ) High standout Saboor Karriem. Karriem has offers from Boston College, Duke, Illinois, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others.

Karriem took official visits to Duke and Illinois over the summer. With those in his rearview mirror, Karriem is looking to visit other schools this fall including Syracuse.

"I'm trying to head up to a game," Karriem said. "We haven't set on one because of the schedule. But coach Monroe was talking about Louisville."

The 6-3, 180 pounder has been on the Syracuse campus before. He visited in January and in March. Both were unofficials, and Karriem is trying to take an official as well.

"Coach Babers was saying he wanted me to get a real official," Karriem said. "Most likely in the winter."
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Stephen Bailey Returns for a Training Camp Update! (youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Matt Bonaparte and Owen Valentine are joined by Stephen Bailey of 247 Sports once again to talk Syracuse Football training camp.

SU football season predictions: Will Orange win enough to cool Babers’ seat? (PS; $; Staff)

Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack kicked off the offseason by cranking the heat on head coach Dino Babers after a 5-7 record, the team’s third-straight losing season and fifth in six years.

Babers’ job status again came up at the start of summer, when Wildhack attempted to cool talk by saying Babers wasn’t on the hot seat after a series of staff changes.

Either way, Babers’ future is the most consequential question that will be answered by the end of the year.

He’s in the fourth year of a contract signed after the 10-win season in 2018, with a buyout figure reportedly >$10 million if the school chooses to cut ties.

It’s late enough into the contract that if Babers wins enough games — the number to hit for a bowl game is six — the school may need to consider a new extension to Babers’ deal to signal to recruits he isn’t going anywhere.

Falling short of a bowl game, though, with a roster that returns All-American running back Sean Tucker and other NFL prospects along a veteran offensive line, at linebacker and in the secondary, raises an unnerving question: If not now, when?

Our team takes a stab at SU’s record and gives more predictions for the upcoming season:

SU record

Brent Axe: 6-6


Yes, the schedule is one of the toughest ever for SU. The key to reach a bowl game is to lean on its experience and cash in as many wins as it can in the stretch of five homes games in the first six matchups of the schedule.

Emily Leiker: 6-6

There are about six games on this schedule that I feel could go either way looking at them before seeing any game action. Three of them will more than likely be losses (Louisville, Clemson and Wake Forest); three could be wins (Virginia, Florida State and Boston College).

With so much returning talent on this Syracuse roster and a unified goal of making a bowl game for the first time since 2018, I think it’s very plausible the Orange breaks even and makes that bowl game it’s wishing for. I’d be surprised if SU finished anything better than .500, though.

Nate Mink: 7-5

A strong start in September is imperative, and the path is viable, with five of the team’s first six games at home.

Louisville is a quick-strike offense SU knows it must weather early to avoid losing the game by halftime, like so many of those recent horror shows in Kentucky. Purdue got bullied at scrimmage against physical outfits last year. In one glaring example, a 30-13 loss to Wisconsin, the Badgers’ quarterback threw just eight passes.
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On The Block On Demand 8-24 (ESPN; radio; Axe)

Brent discusses if Syracuse can make progress this year without reaching a bowl game. Later, Brent discusses his upcoming official Syracuse football record prediction.

On The Block On Demand 8-23 (ESPN; radio; Axe)

Brent Axe discusses the ups and downs of having Garrett Shrader as the starting quarterback. Later, Josh joins him for the blindside.

Syracuse Football’s Most Important Players: #7 Duce Chestnut – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (orangefizz.net; Ezeir)

It’s odd to think that a Syracuse team with a low level offense and a middle of the pack defense from a season ago should be hyper focused individually on the defensive side of the ball. Or at least us here at the Fizz feel that the biggest weights lie on the shoulders of a mostly-returning 2021 group that ranked 6th in the ACC in points allowed. As our list of the top ten most important SU football players continues, it’s understandable with the aforementioned tee-up where number seven makes his mark on a certain side of the line of scrimmage.

For the third straight spot, our Fizz crew is rocking with a defensive player, but in a different position compared to Marlowe Wax and Chris Elmore. The seventh most important player for Syracuse football in 2022 is Darian “Duce” Chestnut in the secondary.

This should come at no surprise with Chestnut playing his tail off as a standout freshman a year ago. The Camden, New Jersey native and former four-star commit was named a Freshman All-American by ESPN, FWAA, Pro Football Focus and 247 Sports. On top of that, Chestnut finished as the runner-up in ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year voting, second only to Clemson’s Andrew Mukuba, who tore it up in the secondary as the Tigers go-to safety, recording six pass deflections, a solo tackle in every game except one, and seven in a highly-contested bout with NC State for a Clemson team that only lost three games.

This near honor could have easily been awarded to Duce though. He closed out the season third team All-ACC after starting all twelve games at corner. The 6’0 freshman had the second-most passes defended in the conference, led the Orange with three interceptions (even with NFL hopeful Garrett Williams on the other side of the field) and became just the third Orange true freshman defensive back and first corner in the last 40 years to earn a week one starting job out of camp, joining Andre Cisco (2018) and Markus Paul (1985), who both went on to be drafted in the first four rounds of the NFL Draft. His remarkable season can be encapsulated with his stacked numbers, closing out the season with 43 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions and eight pass breakups.

But what’s to come of Chestnut in the same system, but a possible sophomore slump looming over his head?
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Why Syracuse football will finish 5-7 in 2022 (TNIAAM; Ostrowski)
Time is a flat circle, which means there’s a good chance the Orange will once again finish 5-7.

OK, it’s mostly because of the extremely difficult schedule, but the point stands: history often repeats itself and SU might finish just shy of a bowl berth yet again. Here’s how that could happen:

Louisville Cardinals- Loss (0-1, 0-1)

Dr. Bob’s new offense gets off to a good start with Garrett Shrader looking like a dual-threat quarterback. Unfortunately, Malik Cunningham performs the part better, puts up a performance that triggers some repressed Lamar Jackson memories, and leads the Cardinals to victory in a nail-biter

at UConn Huskies- Win (1-1, 0-1)

Sean Tucker nabs two TDs early and the Orange quickly out the game out of reach. Carlos Del Rio-Wilson and others get their first reps in the second half and help widen the gap even more.

Purdue Boilermakers- Loss (1-2, 0-1)

The Orange offense once again starts clicking early, but a decision to go for it on 4th and short in enemy territory backfires. The Boilermakers come out of halftime with momentum on their side and start to pick apart the SU front seven, who can’t apply enough pressure. The end result is a two-score loss.

Virginia Cavaliers - Win (2-2, 1-1)

With his mentors now on the Syracuse sideline, Brennan Armstrong doesn’t play his best and is picked off by both Duce Chestnut and Garrett Williams, while Tucker steamrolls the Virginia D and pleases the Friday night crowd.
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SU fan group renames tailgate as part of NIL deal with football player (cnycentral.com; Sladek)

An up-and-coming Syracuse football player will be making more than $5,000 this fall after signing a name, image and likeness (NIL) deal with one of Syracuse football's biggest and well-known tailgate groups.

'Fine Mess' has rebranded as "Enrique's SyraCRUZ Tailgate" after redshirt freshman and rising OL Enrique Cruz.

In 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of college athletes profiting off their name, image and likeness. Tailgate co-founder Mark Cupelo and his friends came up with the idea to sign an under-the-radar player that otherwise might not get NIL opportunities this year. A person with passion for the Orange and helping others. They put the proposal on the INFLCR (“influencer”) platform where SU athletes can view potential deals.

"We asked them to respond and let us know why they'd be the perfect representative for this project," said Cupelo. "To talk about their passion for Syracuse and involvement in communities both in central New York and their hometown."

It caught the eye of Cruz when he was home with his family in Chicago. "I always do stuff for my community, back home we do the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. I coach little kids and at my high school when I can. When I'm here in Syracuse, I regularly host recruits and always down to do it. I wrote few rough drafts and after having my mom and grandma look it over I sent it in. "
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Links, News and Rumors 2022 AUG 25th (RX; HM)

Links, News and Rumors 2022 AUG 25th

Light at the end of the tunnel?

From ASD: Top ESPN exec says network has “every incentive” to increase ACC revenue.

we now have confirmation from Burke Magnus, a top ESPN executive, as he detailed ESPN’s current and future relationship with the ACC... Magnus said ESPN had “every incentive” to help raise the revenue of the ACC [my italics - HM]. He mentioned several possibilities for this mostly centering around increased content which could include a 9th ACC football conference game, and/or increased league games for basketball. He also talked about the enormous investment ESPN made into the ACC Network... Judging by Magnus’s comments ESPN will be making a significant effort to help the ACC’s financials.
Listen to the interview on the SBJ podcast [click here].
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How Close was 2021 FSU? (RX; HM)

How Close was 2021 FSU?

To predict how the Seminoles 2022 season will play out, we first need to look back at the 2021 season. Here are the results of all 12 games, along with the margin of victory or defeat:


OpponentScoreMargin
Notre DameL 41-38(OT)-3
Jacksonville StL 20-17-3
Wake ForestL 35-14-11
LouisvilleL 31-23-8
SyracuseW 33-30+3
North CarolinaW 35-25+10
UMassW 59-3+56
ClemsonL 30-20-10
NC StateL 28-14-14
MiamiW 31-28+3
Boston CollegeW 26-23+3
FloridaL 24-21-3

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Is Mack Brown the Answer at UNC? (RX; HM)

Is Mack Brown the Answer at UNC?

Previously, we included UNC in a list of college football underachievers. How much of that falls on two-term Tar Heels Head Coach Mack Brown?

From the email of "bill Dooley":


Mack Brown, the BFF of ESPN, has never really won commensurate with the talent levels of his teams (except with a once in a lifetime QB who willed a National Championship win). Brown has an average, annual National Recruiting Rank of 9.1 at Texas and UNC, since 2000. Yet, despite all of the amassed talent at UNC and Texas, Mack Brown is...
...is 49-60-1 (.445) vs. Top 25 opponents
...is 14-32 (.304) vs. Top 10 opponents
...is 5-18 (.217) vs. Top 5 opponents
...is 2-9 (.181) vs. #1 or #2 ranked opponents
...has NEVER beaten Florida State, his alma mater (0-8)*
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ESPN computer predicts college football conference champions (SI; Parks)

We're getting closer to the college football season with analysts announcing their predictions for what to expect ahead of the 2022 kickoff.

That includes the ESPN Football Power Index, which announced its projections for which teams have the best chance to win their conferences this year.

ESPN Football Power Index (FPI) college football rankings are a measure of team strength that predicts a team’s future performance.

Rankings and predicted scores are based on 10,000 simulations of a team’s season, using a combination of analytics, including scores to date, quality of opponents, and a team’s schedule.

Predicting college football conference champions

Big 12 — Texas


Chance to win Big 12: 39.6%

To make College Football Playoff: 17.4%

What to expect: Texas being back remains the stale joke of every offseason, but you can't deny that Steve Sarkisian has been aggressive making things right. Sark turned out a subpar 5-win team in his debut season, including a home loss to Kansas, but the Longhorns came away with a small, elite group of transfers.


Not least the addition of 5-star quarterback Quinn Ewers, who, though he lacks experience, comes with extremely publicized ability and promise from recruiting analysts. He'll pair with star receiver Xavier Worthy and be complemented by Bijan Robinson, arguably the best back in the nation.

Defensively, this team suffered the lack of a threatening pass rush and leadership in the back seven, both problems Sark thinks he's help solve by adding transfer linebacker Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey and defensive back Ryan Watts.


ACC — Clemson

Chance to win ACC: 63.4%

To make College Football Playoff: 58.2%

What to expect: Last season for the first time in six years, Clemson failed to win the ACC title or make the playoff, throwing the program, an early CFP dynasty, off schedule.

Injuries on defense and a sluggish offense, to say the least, were the culprits behind Clemson's 10-3 mark last fall. DJ Uiagalelei brings 5-star pedigree to the quarterback position, but only mustered nine touchdowns while throwing 10 picks a year ago for the ACC's second-worst offense.

Now, the Tigers should have everybody healthy on what looks like another elite defensive front - Myles Murphy and Bryan Bresee are stars to watch on the line - while Uiagalelei looks to bring back some of the sparkle he showed in a brief outing in 2020.
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Two ACC teams open 2022 football schedule with Week Zero matchups (augustafrreepress.com)

Florida State and North Carolina will open the 2022 football season on Saturday as part of the Week Zero schedule.

The Seminoles face Duquesne at Doak Campbell Stadium at 5 p.m. The Tar Heels welcome Florida A&M to Kenan Stadium for an 8:15 p.m. kickoff.

ACCN will originate its signature football program The ACC Huddle from Chapel Hill that evening.

Saturday, Aug. 27

Time, TV, SiriusXM, App/Web

Duquesne (0-0) at Florida State (0-0), 5 p.m., ACCN, 84, 84

Series: First Meeting

ACCN: Drew Carter (play-by-play), Roddy Jones (analyst), Lericia Harris (sideline)


Florida A&M (0-0) at North Carolina (0-0), 8:15 p.m., ACCN, 84, 84

Series: First Meeting

ACCN: Matt Barrie (play-by-play), Tim Hasselbeck (analyst), Kelsey Riggs (sideline)

ACC Notes

Five ACC teams in AP Top 25

Five ACC teams are ranked in the preseason AP Top 25 poll. The five teams are the second-most of any conference and match the league’s highest ever total set previously on four occasions (2017, 2010, 2005, 2004).

No. 4 Clemson leads the way and is joined by No. 13 NC State, No. 16 Miami, No. 17 Pitt and No. 22 Wake Forest. Clemson has been ranked in the preseason AP Top 5 each of the last six seasons – the second-longest active streak in the country.

NC State equaled its highest preseason ranking ever in the AP poll, matching the 1975 Wolfpack, which also began the year at No. 13. Wake Forest claimed its highest ever ranking in the preseason poll at No. 22. Defending ACC champ Pitt holds its highest preseason spot since 2010.


Five ACC teams in USA Today Coaches Top 25

No. 4 Clemson leads a group of five ACC teams ranked among the top 25 of the preseason USA TODAY Sports AFCA coaches poll.

The Tigers are joined by No. 13 NC State, No. 16 Pitt, No. 17 Miami and No. 19 Wake Forest. The ACC’s five ranked teams are second-most among all conferences.

NC State and Wake Forest claimed their highest preseason ranking ever in the coaches poll, and defending ACC champ Pitt holds its highest preseason spot since 2010.
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Maryland football adds non-conference games to future schedules, including old ACC opponent (247sports.com; Ermann)

Maryland football announced multiple non-conference opponents on its future schedules on Wednesday. The Terps will host Towson in 2025) and James Madison in 2027, along a home-and-home series with Wake Forest in 2030 and 2031.

With these additions, Maryland’s non-conference schedule is now finalized through 2025 according to a press release from the school:


ACC betting preview: Picks for league champ, division winners, win totals (theathletic.com; $; Staff)

After six straight ACC titles and six straight College Football Playoff appearances, Clemson was far from national title contention last year. However, the Tigers won their last six games and enter 2022 as a significant favorite to win the ACC this season.

Clemson is -145 to win the conference, according to BetMGM. D.J. Uiagalelei failed to stand out at quarterback last year, but enters 2022 with a year of starting under his belt and now five-star recruit Cade Klubnik joins the quarterback room to go with sophomore running back Will Shipley in the backfield.

Defending champion Pitt lost quarterback Kenny Pickett to the NFL and Biletnikoff Award winner Jordan Addison to the transfer portal. The Panthers (+900) are fourth in the odds, behind Miami (+600) and NC State (+700). Wake Forest, which won the ACC Atlantic last year, dropped down the odds (+1400) with the uncertainty surrounding quarterback Sam Hartman.

A collection of The Athletic’s college football staff made their picks for the upcoming season. The results of those surveys will be published via six betting previews: ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and Group of 5/independents.

Odds to win the 2022 ACC Championship Game

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Previewing the ACC football season (wfuogb)

This is one of the worst previews for Syracuse ever written...

Classes have begun again, which means college football season is nearly upon us. With the first few games slated for this Saturday, here is your guide to a year of ACC football that promises to be exciting and competitive.

Atlantic Division: Familiar Faces and High Expectations

Neither division of the conference seems to be predictable going into the season, yet they are quite different in their overall outlooks. All across the Atlantic Division, we see returning personnel in key places: quarterbacks, coaches, and defensive skill players. No team better exemplifies this than NC State, who returns a league-leading 82% of their production from a 9-3 team in 2021 — including quarterback Devin Leary and most of the offensive line. The Wolfpack offense was formidable last season but leaned heavily on Leary and a prolific pass game. However, with turnover among running backs, the run game may be the “X-factor” for NC State this season. Its defense, led by 2021 All-ACC linebacker Drake Thomas, was fourth in the conference in scoring defense and should be efficient this year as well.

The preseason media pick to win the conference this year is Clemson, which should come as no surprise. Anchored by a top-10 defense, the Tigers quietly went 10-3 last season after falling out of the ACC title race. Clemson brings back plenty of NFL-level talent on that side of the ball, including a defensive line that may be the best in the country when healthy. The team loses its top two cornerbacks from last season, but defensive depth was never an issue for the Tigers last season, so there is reason to believe the replacements will be more than adequate. Clemson’s offense returns a lot of its production from last year, though a skeptic might ask if that is a bad thing after it finished 100th nationally in yards per game under quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei. Notably, the Tigers lose long-time defensive coordinator Brent Venables to Oklahoma, but the sheer recruiting dominance and history of success point to Clemson being the team to beat this year.

Wake Forest, the defending Atlantic champions, should be a formidable force this year as well, though news of quarterback Sam Hartman’s non-football medical issue has raised questions about a Demon Deacons offense that relied heavily on him last year. If and when Hartman returns could determine the outcome of the season for Wake Forest. Leading receiver A.T. Perry returns, along with four 2021 starters on the offensive line, so most key pieces remain from an offense that was fourth nationally in scoring last season. Under new defensive coordinator Brad Lambert, Wake Forest’s defense looks to improve upon a less-than-ideal 2021 campaign. The Demon Deacons were not effective against the run, and their secondary loses most of its 2021 starters, but much of the defensive line returns and should improve upon last season’s numbers. The Demon Deacons can compete for the ACC title once again with their difficult-to-defend offense, but Hartman’s unknown timetable casts uncertainty over the season.

Florida State brings back quietly-efficient quarterback Jordan Travis this season as they seek to bounce back from a 5-7 campaign last year. The offensive line has tons of experience, though it has been shaky over the past few seasons, and it will be pivotal in establishing the run game with running backs Treshaun Ward and Trey Benson, as well as Travis. A pair of transfer receivers should bolster what was a slow but efficient pass game, and explosiveness, whether through the air or on the ground, will be paramount to the offense’s success. The Seminoles’ defense was average among ACC teams last year but returns most key players, and they will need to step up if Florida State wishes to compete for the Atlantic title.

Louisville returns star quarterback Malik Cunningham, but they will need other players to step up if they wish to improve upon their 6-7 2021 record. Cunningham is elite at throwing and running the ball behind what may be the ACC’s best offensive line, and the Cardinals bring in many transfers at skill positions, but questions still abound. The defense was below-average last season and struggled late in games, so an improvement in depth is needed, but there is not yet reason to believe that aspect will improve much this season.

Boston College was listless on offense last year after losing starting quarterback Phil Jurkovec to a season-ending injury early in the 2021 campaign. But Jurkovec is back this year after a promising 2020, and his receiving corps, led by Zay Flowers, looks to be good. Running back Pat Garwo was a bright spot last year and should continue to produce on the ground. The offensive line, however, loses four starters from a year ago and will thus determine the success of the offense. The Eagles’ defense was solid last year, especially against the pass, and it should be efficient enough to keep the team in games against stiff opposition.

Syracuse, after a 5-7 campaign last year, will try to catch opponents off-guard by running the football constantly and speeding up the game. Running back Sean Tucker looks to put up video game numbers this year after a terrific 2021, and quarterback Garrett Shrader provides another rushing threat. The offensive line is the weak point of the team, however, but they were better blocking for the run than the pass. The defense gave up few points last season, but they were largely inefficient and will need to limit explosive plays with new faces in the secondary.
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The last game before the bye week for NC State football comes at Syracuse, a venue that has been tricky for the Pack.

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A cold Utica Club and $1 hot dog from the West End stand at the New York State Fair. (Charlie Miller | cmiller@syracuse.com)

We tried it all: 100+ things to eat, drink, see, do and ride at the 2022 NY State Fair (PS; Staff)

More than two dozen syracuse.com reporters fanned out across the State Fair on opening day, tasked with trying a little bit of everything.

We rode the wildest rides, ate the craziest fried food, played the toughest games, visited the cutest animals and scoped out the best swag in the big buildings.

Now, we want to tell you about it. So here it is, our guide to more than 100 things to eat, drink, see, do and ride at the 2022 New York State Fair.

Of course, we’re just getting started. Stick with us throughout the fair for daily updates on the best of what you can eat, drink, see and do.


6 funky fried foods you must try

Jules Struck and Alisun Hernandez set out early Wednesday in search of the funkiest fried foods. They found you can pretty much get anything at the fair dunked in boiling oil.

10 0ver-the-top mixed drinks/cocktails

Why order a rum and coke when you can get a hollowed-out pineapple filled with pina colada and frozen strawberries? That’s just one of the cocktails and other frozen treats that Don Cazentre, Rylee Kirk, Emily Leiker and Mike Waters tried.

8 of the best bang-for-your-buck meals

Chowing down at the fair might cost a little more than in recent years. So Samantha House and Charlie Miller tracked down some of the best deals on food and drink at this year’s fair, from hot dogs and popcorn to cheap shots.
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