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McDonald must step up after Thompson’s injury. How does he fit in? (PS; Leiker)

Derek McDonald still isn’t really sure what happened when he picked off Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham on Saturday.

The Syracuse football linebacker remembers dropping inside two receivers going straight downfield. He remembers Cunningham looking at him. McDonald knew the Louisville offense likes to attack the middle of the field. He remembers watching the ball leave Cunningham’s hands and undercutting the throw.

But Tuesday, McDonald still felt he was “in a kind of different world” for one of the biggest plays of SU’s season-opening win.

McDonald, a redshirt freshman from Atlanta, entered Saturday’s game in the second quarter after starting linebacker Stefon Thompson suffered a season-ending injury. Promoted to the starting role for Week 2, McDonald is stepping into a larger role.

“Stef is Stef, and I think I just gotta be me and play my game,” McDonald said. “I think it’s gonna be a little bit of everybody stepping up and taking on that responsibility to get to the quarterback, which is something I believe we can really do.”

Axe: Allen, Del Rio-Wilson remind how fast the future can come (PS; $; Axe)

Syracuse football will only go as far as quarterback Garrett Shrader and running back Sean Tucker can take it this season.

Lost in the euphoria of Syracuse football’s 31-7 win over Louisville were two encounters that flashed the Orange’s future before its very eyes.

Saturday’s game put the worst-case scenario of Tucker getting injured on the table.

It also offered a reminder that the backup quarterback needs to stay sharper at Syracuse with Shrader having to step off the field twice due to a helmet issue.

Sean’s substitute

Tucker was writhing in pain on the Ernie Davis Legend’s Field turf during the second quarter after a 2-yard gain.

Sahfi Reed on Syracuse Game Day Atmosphere: 'I Even Heard Little Kids Screaming' (SI; McAllister)

One of the fastest players in the 2024 class is Sahfi Reed out of Martin Luther King High School in Pennsylvania. Syracuse was the first school to offer Reed and hosted him for an unofficial visit on Saturday to check out the Orange's season opener against Louisville.

"The Cuse was amazing as always," Reed said. "I really love the culture coach Babers is building up there."

Reed sat in the stands and watched Syracuse dismantle Louisville 31-7.

"The Dome was loud," Reed said. "You could see what the atmosphere was like on those third downs. Everybody was screaming. I even heard little kids screaming. I took pictures with a few fans, it was lit. I enjoyed Syracuse a lot. Definitely want to get up there some more."

While watching the game, Reed paid special attention to the defensive backs. That is one of the spots Reed could end up at the collegiate level.

"The DBs looked great," Reed said. "They definitely were capitalizing off mistakes. They were coming down hill, making tackles. But you can't forget that pick from Garrett Williams. They were stepping up in big ways."

Syracuse Makes Top Four For 2023 DB Zion Tracy (SI; McAllister)

Class of 2023 defensive back Zion Tracy has released his top four, and Syracuse made the cut. Tracy's top four includes Buffalo, Penn State, Rutgers and Syracuse. Tracy will officially visit Syracuse the weekend of October 28th when the Orange hosts Notre Dame.

Zion Tracy, who is playing for St. Thomas More in Connecticut this season, is originally from Long Island. Syracuse expressed interest in Tracy towards the end of the 2022 cycle, but did not have a scholarship available. Tracy reclassified to 2023 and has attracted a lot of attention as teams take not of his elite speed and athleticism.

Tracy participated in Syracuse camp over the summer and displayed that superb athleticism along with change of direction, smoothness in his back pedal and strong instincts in coverage. He even ran a 4.4 40-time on a field that saw most run a bit slower than their norm, showing his elite speed to go along with above average length.

"It was great," Tracy said after the camp. "They (Syracuse coaches) said I was the best athlete there. They taught me a lot about defensive back," Tracy said. "They coached me like I'm their own already"

UConn football depth chart and breakdown for Syracuse Orange (; Bethune)

UConn football head coach Jim Mora has released his depth chart for Saturday night’s upcoming game vs the Syracuse Orange and there are a few minor changes.
  • Ethon Williams has replaced Matt Drayton as the backup to Kevens Clercius at wide receiver.
  • Russell Dixon has replaced Nick Harris as the backup to Brandon Niemenski at tight end.
  • Dajon Harrison, who returned punts on Saturday vs CCSU, is now listed at the top of the depth chart at punt returner.


16 Kevens Clercius, r-So., 6026, 205
3 Ethon Williams, r-So., 5113, 198

83 Brandon Niemenski, So., 6052, 237
85 Russell Dixon, r-So., 6026, 228

71 Valentin Senn, r-So., 6070, 298
79 Danny Antolovich, r-Fr., 6061. 294

62 Noel Ofori-Nyadu, r-Jr., 6023, 295
67 Christopher Fortin, So., 6043, 302

72 Jake Guidone, Gr., 6025, 304
67 Christopher Fortin, So., 6043, 302

64 Christian Haynes, r-So., 6024, 298
67 Christopher Fortin, So., 6043, 302

74 Chase Lundt, r-So., 6071, 305
79 Danny Antolovich, r-Fr., 6061. 294

5 Aaron Turner, So., 5075, 178
8 Dajon Harrison, r-Fr.. 5110, 175

84 Jacob Flynn, R-So., 6002, 192
2 Nigel Fitzgerald, Gr., 6035, 220

26 Nate Carter, Fr., 5095, 194
28 Brian Brewton, So., 5070, 173

11 Zion Tuner, Fr., 5116, 198
10 Cale Millen, r-So., 6033, 206
12 Tyler Phommachanh, r-Fr., 5105, 182

BOZICH | Louisville football's 'energy' issue is strange, deflating (; Bozich)

I can accept a lack of juice from a college football team in Week 4 or Week 5. It's a 13-week grind. Even Alabama throws in a clunker.

But not in Week 1.

I can understand a team coming out without an edge after a string of discouraging losses or an exhausting road trip.

But not in Week 1.

Energy (the lack of) and edge (ditto) were two items University of Louisville football coach Scott Satterfield and his coordinators — Bryan Brown (defensive) and Lance Taylor (offensive) — sold as leading explanations for the Cards' alarmingly one-sided 31-7 loss at Syracuse on Saturday night.

Just because they're selling it does not mean the Cardinals' fan base is buying it. I'm not sensing they are — or suggesting they should.

We'll find out how much acceptance and energy the home fans have Sept. 16 when Louisville plays its first game in Cardinal Stadium against Florida State. But I'd recommend Satterfield's team deliver a massive upgrade in effort, edge, performance and attention to detail this Friday at Central Florida.

Because if they can't tackle, scheme and execute against the Golden Knights better than they did against the Orange, the football conversation in this town is quickly going to get uncomfortable. And Louisville fans won't have any problem making the conversation uncomfortable. We've seen it before. Ask Steve Kragthorpe or Bobby Petrino for details.

"Give credit to Syracuse," Satterfield. "They came out and played really well. We did not match that intensity. We've got to do better."

It's the third sentence that is alarming

"We did not match that intensity."

But Satterfield said more.

"I do know we have to match the intensity and the energy and the physicality of the football game," he said.

It was the season-opener. It was a conference game.

Syracuse was a program Louisville had flattened by three touchdowns or more in back-to-back-to-back seasons. It was an opponent picked to finish last in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Nobody was asking the Cards to achieve Mission Impossible.

Instead of a sparkling first impression, the Cards reminded the fan base of the troubling final impression from last season — the defensive breakdowns, the lack of creativity on offense, the general overall sense that the trajectory of the program is not what it needs to be.

Syracuse averaged 5.7 yards per play last season. The Orange averaged 6.8 yards per play against the Cards.

Syracuse averaged 22.1 points in 8 ACC games last season. They hung 31 points on the Cards on Saturday night.

On the flip side, Louisville managed only 334 yards on offense. That was the fewest yards the Cards delivered in their last 20 games — since Notre Dame (a national playoff team) limited U of L to 233 yards on Oct. 17, 2020.

By my count, Satterfield used the word "energy," seven times while discussing his team's performance against Syracuse as well as its game at UCF.

Running game will be key in UConn football’s matchup against potential Heisman candidate Sean Tucker and Syracuse (; Arruda)

Since Jim Mora took over with Nick Charlton as offensive coordinator at UConn, the game plan has been fit to the team’s strength: running the football.

Nate Carter and the rest of the running backs have carried the offense and helped the team to a 1-1 start before it meets Syracuse under the lights at Rentschler Field on Saturday. Dressed in Orange, however, is Heisman-hyped running back Sean Tucker.

Tucker, who leaves Syracuse fans anxiously waiting for his weekly post-game tweet that almost always indicates he is “pleased” with his performance, has become the face of the program. The hashtag “#PL34SED” incorporates his uniform number and signature phrase – the program even has a website,, dedicated to all things Tucker with links to his personal merchandise.

After loss to Syracuse, here's how far Louisville fell in ACC football power ranking (C-J; Adams)

The Atlantic Coast Conference had a strong start to the 2022 football season, posting a 10-4 record in Week 1 with two conference clashes among the nonconference tests.

With the exception of Virginia Tech's embarrassing loss to Old Dominion and Boston College's loss to Rutgers, teams like NC State and UNC escaped with wins against in-state foes while Florida State and Pitt picked up impressive victories in primetime matchups.

Clemson remains at No. 1 after defeating Georgia Tech on Monday, but there was plenty of movement in this week's USA TODAY Network's ACC power rankings.

Mark your calendars:Louisville women's basketball schedule: See the Cardinals' 2022-23 nonconference slate

1. Clemson (1-0, 1-0 ACC)

The No. 4 nationally ranked Tigers and their beleaguered quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei got off to a slow start against Georgia Tech before a blocked punt opened up the offense and led to a convincing 41-10 win. Uiagalelei completed 19 of 32 passes for 209 yards while running back Will Shipley finished with 42 yards and two scores. The Clemson defense is as good as ever.

Last week: No. 1
Up next: vs Furman, Saturday, Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m.., ESPN

2. NC State (1-0, 0-0 ACC)

The Wolfpack escaped near disaster in their Week 1 road game against East Carolina. NC State was held scoreless in the second half and nearly blew a 14-point lead. The Pirates had a chance to win, but ECU Owen Daffer followed up a missed extra point with a 41-yard field goal that missed wide right and preserved the Wolfpack's 21-20 win.

Game day: NC State football survives last-second field goal attempt against ECU
Last week: No. 2
Up next: vs Charleston Southern, Saturday, Sept 10 at 12:30 p.m., ESPN 3

3. Miami (1-0, 0-0 ACC)

The Hurricanes opened the Mario Cristobal era in style with a 70-13 rout of Bethune-Cookman. Tyler Van Dyke completed 13 of 16 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns while the running game combined for 305 yards and seven touchdowns in the win.

Last week: No. 3
Up next: vs. Southern Miss, Saturday, Sept. 10 at 12 p.m., ACCN

4. Pitt (1-0, 0-0 ACC)

The 105th edition of the Backyard Brawl between Pitt and West Virginia lived up to all the hype in Week 1. The Panthers scored two touchdowns in the final four minutes, including a game-winning pick-six that secured a 38-31 win. Week 2 won't get any easier with a resurgent Tennessee team coming to town.

Last week: No. 4
Up next: vs. Tennessee, Thursday, Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m., ABC

5. UNC (2-0, 0-0 ACC)

The Tar Heels jump one spot in the poll after a thrilling 63-61 road win over App State. redshirt freshman Drake Maye threw for 352 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing 76 yards and another score. Behind Maye, UNC scored 34 unanswered points to lead 41-21 as the third quarter ended before App's wild comeback attempt.

Last week: No. 6
Up next: at Georgia State, Saturday, Sept. 10 at noon, ESPNU

6. Wake Forest (1-0, 0-0 ACC)

Mitch Griffis passed his first test as Wake Forest's starting quarterback with Sam Hartman out indefinitely. Griffis completed 21 of 29 passes for three touchdowns as the Deom Deacons defeated VMI 44-10 on Thursday.

Last week: No. 5
Up next: at Vanderbilt, Saturday, Sept. 10 at 12 p.m., SECN

7. Florida State (2-0, 0-0 ACC)

Florida State spoiled Brian Kelly's first game as LSU's coach, holding on for a dramatic 24-23 win in New Orleans on Sunday night. The Seminoles blocked the potential game-tying extra point with no time left on the clock in the fourth quarter to give coach Mike Norvell the biggest win of his tenure. Is FSU back?

Last week: No. 8
Up next: Bye

8. Syracuse (1-0, 1-0 ACC)

The Orange made the largest Week 1 leap after a dominating 31-7 win over Louisville. The combination of dual-threat quarterback Garrett Shrader and Sean Tucker overwhelmed the Cardinal's defense and Syracuse's defense forced quarterback Malik Cunningham into two interceptions and only 34 yards rushing on 13 attempts.

Last week: No. 12
Up next: at UConn, Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m., CBSSN

9. Virginia (1-0, 0-0 ACC)

The Cavaliers remain at No. 9 after a 34-17 win over Richmond. Quarterback Brennan Armstrong passed for 246 yards and two touchdowns while adding 105 yards and a score on the ground.

Last week: No. 9
Up next: at Illinois, Saturday, Sept.10 at 4 p.m., ESPNU

Louisville DC Coach Brown Previews UCF Recaps Syracuse – GAME 2 (; misatony)

University of Louisville Cardinals defensive coordinator Coach Bryan Brown previews the game against Central Florida and recaps the loss against Syracuse in the season opener.

Charley Loeb & Michael Lasker Talk Syracuse Football (youtube; video; WakeUpCallDT)

Wake Up Call with Dan Tortora welcomes Syracuse Football alumni Charley Loeb & Michael Lasker, Jr., to the broadcast to speak with our DT following a 31-7 victory over the rival Louisville Cardinals to start the 2022 campaign, with Charley joining first of the QB alum, followed by Lasker of O-Line history!

Joe D'Ambrosio "On the Block" 9-6 (ESPN; radio; Axe)

Longtime UConn voice and host on WJMJ, Joe D’Ambrosio joins the show to break down the UConn football team and see how it stacks up against Syracuse in Week Two.

On The Block On Demand 9-6 (ESPN; radio; Axe)

Brent Axe is On the Block to discuss Syracuse football’s “awakening” on Saturday and how the fans can keep it going. Plus hear from Coach Dino Babers on the team’s biggest improvement.

Marona: Syracuse football's win over Louisville 'sets the tone' for 2022 - The Juice Online (the juice; Marona)

Syracuse routed Louisville on Saturday in its home opener, 31-7, and that left plenty of people impressed, including former SU defensive lineman Tyler Marona. We chatted with him about the win and looked forward to the rest of the season in this week’s The Juice on the Cuse Podcast, presented by

Though the Orange came in as a 4.5 underdog, Syracuse quickly took charge of the game, scoring on its first three possessions to open up an early 17-7 lead. Louisville wouldn’t score after the first quarter, as the Orange forced two interceptions and a fumble from Cardinals quarterback Malik Cunningham.

From there, SU’s offense continued to hum, as SU amassed 449 yards, including 207 on the ground. Star running back Sean Tucker rushed for 98 yards and a score, and caught six passes for 85 yards and another score.

“As a former defender this is the type of win that sets the tone for the rest of the season,” Marona said. “It was so refreshing to see our defense be complimented by an offense that was able to score points.”

Marona was impressed with new offensive coordinator Robert Anae and quarterbacks coach Jason Beck, who worked with quarterback Garrett Shrader in the offseason to be a more effective passer. Shrader threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 94 yards and another score.

Syracuse Finds Breathing Room, Fresh Excitement With Takedown of Louisville – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (; Bainbridge)

What a difference a year makes.

This time last year, Syracuse football had just beaten Ohio 29-9 in a not-so-scintillating opener that didn’t tell us all that much. This time around, there are no quarterback questions, no scoffs at the quality of competition, and perhaps most importantly, no doubt about what SU showed on Saturday.

Louisville represents not just an explosive offense with star quarterback Malik Cunningham, but also a specter that has hung over Syracuse’s program for the last nine years or so. Entering Saturday, ‘Cuse had beaten the Cards just once in its last eight tries. Make that twice in nine. In a cathartic 31-7 beatdown, Syracuse was the Ralphie to Louisville’s Scut Farkus in an early September showing of A Christmas Story.

“It reminded me of the good old days, and it also told me that we need more.” (Dino Babers on Saturday’s crowd, 9/3/22)

The most promising development of all was how in-sync and smooth Syracuse’s offense looked. SU’s 449 offensive yards aren’t the most they’ve had in one game since Eric Dungey’s swan song in 2018, but it’s hard not to label Saturday’s showing as SU’s finest offensive performance since it dumped West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl nearly four years ago.

ML Sports Platter: Louisville-Syracuse Football Recap. (; podcast; Lindsley)

Mike Lindsley recaps Louisville-Syracuse. A huge win for the Orange.

How UConn football coach Jim Mora views meeting with Syracuse: ‘Never been a big rivalry guy’ (; $; Anthony)

STORRS — The Rentschler Field lights will shine on the familiar Syracuse colors Saturday night as the UConn football team welcomes the Orange to East Hartford for a game made possible by two factors: the flexibility of independence, and the Huskies’ desire to give the public reason to engage with the product athletic David Benedict and coach Jim Mora are trying to fix.

The opponents matter. UConn and Syracuse have such rich shared history — mostly in basketball, sure, but the football component was ripe for a while, too. Any sighting or even thoughts about Otto The Orange or the “S” logo and the old Big East will always make it easier for the casual fan to pay attention.

‎Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball: Ranking Our Confidence In Syracuse Football's Different Position Groups on Apple Podcasts (apple.,com; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Matt Bonaparte and Owen Valentine debate their confidence levels in each of Syracuse Football's offensive and defensive position groups. After only a small sample size, find out who still needs to prove themselves on your Wednesday episode.


Syracuse linebacker Anwar Sparrow celebrates a play to stop Louisville's offense in the second quarter. The Orange beat Louisville at the JMA Wireless Dome on Sept. 3. Dennis Nett |

SU football receiving votes in USA Today Coaches Poll after Week 1 win (PS; Leiker)

Syracuse football caught a small number of college football coaches’ attention Saturday.

The Orange received four votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll released Tuesday. It did not earn any votes for the Associated Press Top 25.

Syracuse kickstarted its 2022 season with a 31-7 win against Louisville in front of a decent-sized crowd at the JMA Wireless Dome. SU travels to Storrs, Connecticut, to play the University of Connecticut at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Five ACC programs were ranked in the coaches poll following Week 1. Both No. 4 Clemson and No. 13 North Carolina State didn’t budge in the rankings after their season openers. Pittsburgh moved up two spots to No. 14, with Miami up one spot to No. 16 and Wake Forest down two to No. 21.

Florida State and the University of North Carolina both earned votes as well, receiving 33 and one, respectively.

Syracuse football: Week 1 grades vs Louisville (TNIAAM; De Guzman)

It’s been a while since I’ve done this. Let’s have some fun this season.

Every week this season, I’ll be going through each position group and issue some letter grades to each position group. And after a great 31-7 victory for the Syracuse Orange over Louisville this weekend, you’re probably expecting the letter grades to be very good.

Let’s dive right in.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 03 Louisville at Syracuse

Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Quarterbacks: A

It’s no secret we love Pro Football Focus. If you told any of us that Garrett Shrader would have the highest overall grade among Power Five quarterbacks in week one, would you have believed that?

Syracuse football: Dino Babers’s UConn week preview (TNIAAM; Ostrwoski)

It was refreshing to see the Syracuse Orange win convincingly against Louisville to start the year. Now that’s in the rearview mirror and the team is preparing to travel to UConn on Saturday. Before that, head coach Dino Babers filled us in on the state of his squad:

Injury Report

The worst-case scenario for two important ‘Cuse starters is now reality. FB Chris Elmore and LB Stefon Thompson are out for the season after sustaining lower-body injuries Saturday night. Babers said that he sat down with both players on Monday and had a lengthy discussion.

“Both those guys have unbelievable leadership skills,” Babers said. “We expect them to continue to be leaders on and off the football field.”

It’s a real punch in the gut for both of them: Elmore because this year was supposed to be a proper sendoff after he missed time down the stretch last season, and Thompson because of the significant steps he’s taken and how locked in he sounded when I recently spoke with him. Babers added that both are welcome to return in 2023, but I have to imagine Rhino’s eligibility to do so is still up in the air. Meanwhile, DB Jason Simmons does not have a timetable to return. Dino had previously hoped that he’d be ready for the opener.

Depth Chart Update

As always, Steve has the full breakdown. The only major change so far is LB Derek McDonald sliding into Thompson’s starting role. Babers was adamant that he does not expect any single player to replace Thompson’s production:

Listen: Louisville Wide Receiver Tyler Hudson, Outside Linebacker Ben Perry Recap Syracuse, Preview UCF - Sports Illustrated Louisville Cardinals News, Analysis and More (SI; McGavic)

The Louisville football program couldn't get much going right in their season-opener against Syracuse. The offense could not establish any rhythm, and the defense squandered multiple opportunities, resulted in disappointing 31-7 loss.

But even with the concerning loss to the Orange, the season is still not yet over for the Cardinals. 11 games are still left on the schedule, and they have plenty more opportunities to right the ship

"Even though we're not finishing drive, we just gotta stay positive, because there's plenty of chances to get out there and make another play," wide receiver Tyler Hudson said. "It's a learning experience. It's only game one. By the time the season's over, you're gonna see us have a bunch of positive energy, and we'll match any team's energy, and play good."

Rebounding won't come easy for Louisville, as they'll be facing UCF on a short week. While the Knights did play an FCS foe in Bethune-Cookman in their first game, they lit up the scoreboard to the tune of 63-14, and out-gained the Wildcats 600-91.

Louisville knows that UCF at the Bounce House will not be an easy out, and that they'll have to solid, fundamental football in order to get back on track.

"Syracuse taught us a crucial lesson in respecting your opponents all the time," outside linebacker Benjamin Perry said. "We beat we beat Syracuse bad last year, and we came into a close game with UCF last year. I can't really go too much off last year in how they came out besides just the schematics of it, but to really win, we're going to have to key in on our fundamentals this week."

Prior to their upcoming matchup, Hudson and Perry took time to meet with the media. They discussed the previous game at Syracuse, previewed the upcoming game at UCF, and more.

Syracuse Football: Injuries a rough part of the sport, and they hit SU early (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse football players, coaches and fans alike were simply jazzed up after the Orange opened its 2022 season with a 31-7 thumping of Louisville on the Hill this past Saturday night.

I’ve gone on record in saying that I think the ‘Cuse will go 7-5 this fall, despite a challenging schedule on paper. My Inside The Loud House colleague, Chuck Fiello Jr., is also high on Syracuse football in 2022.

But … and there is always a but … we both prefaced our positive prognostications for the Orange this season by noting that for Syracuse football to succeed, its roster has to stay healthy.

One week into the 2022 term, and the ‘Cuse already has suffered some pretty big-time injuries, which makes me so unbelievably sad for the players involved, but also the entire roster.

Syracuse football: first down offense vs Louisville (TNIAAM; Wall)

It hasn’t been particularly enjoyable to chart the Syracuse Orange first-down offense in recent years. Often predictable and forcing the offense into challenging situations, it was a chore to chart ineffective runs followed by second-halves with predictable passes.

On Saturday night Robert Anae and the Orange offense overcame all those penalties to make their first downs impactful. Syracuse wanted to have a balanced attack this year and they came out to do just that against Louisville to open the 2022 season.

Until they were trying to put the game away in the second half, Syracuse didn’t run the ball on more than two consecutive first downs. Look at this chart and tell me how a defensive coordinator is supposed to know what to key in on when the huddle breaks on first down?

First down offense vs Louisville 2022

Run (Tucker)4Run (Tucker)11
Run (Shrader)5Pass (Cooper)15
Pass (Gadsen)14Pass (Incomplete)0
Run (Tucker)10Pass (Incomplete)0

Links, News and Rumors: 2022 Sep 6th (RX; HM)

Links, News and Rumors: 2022 Sep 6th

From ExtraPointsMB "A brief and incomplete history of College Football Playoff Expansion Proposals":

By my count, college administrators and media executives have pushed for a playoff for over 70 years. These efforts usually stalled out, as competing interests among bowl executives, rival conferences and university leaders thwarted the goal of media executives in their quest to make more money from TV...

In this free article, Matt Brown traces the history of arguing over a playoff structure for college football as far back as 1960. An interesting read.

From SportsMediaWatch "Idle notes: CFP, Big 12, Sinclair, NBA League Pass" we find this morsel:

Sinclair could soon unload Bally Sports RSNs

Sports Business Journal reported last week that Sinclair’s Diamond Sports Group hired the investment banks LionTree and Moelis, an indication that the group’s 21 Bally-branded RSNs could soon be sold in an attempt to fend off possible bankruptcy. Moelis is involved in corporate restructuring, which would suggest a substantial change in Sinclair’s sports media strategy.
Per the report, Diamond Sports Group is operating with more than $8 billion in debt.

Currently the ACC is under contract to provide about 17 football games per year to these RSNs - could those rights be up for sale separately, and if so, could the ACC and/or ESPN bid on them? It could be an interesting side development to keep an eye on...

The Problem with Labor Day Monday (RX; HM)

The Problem with Labor Day Monday

Labor Day is a great holiday. School just started back and you get a chance to regroup after a week or so. Working class folks get an extra day to be with their families. College football gets an extra day without competition from the NFL...
So, what's wrong with all that? Why don't more teams want to play on Labor Day Monday Night? I think this guy hit the nail on the head:

"because there are games the following Saturday... teams don't want the short turn-around to that Saturday". - SteveR20, CSNBBS user
Yep. Playing on Monday night is a huge pain for the participating teams. You don't want to use your bye in Week 2, but you don't want to play on just four days rest/prep time either. We remember what happened when Virginia Tech played James Madison the Saturday after the Hokies battled peak Boise State on Labor Day Monday. Not good.
Most teams who play in the Labor Day matchup choose to follow it up with an FCS opponent (note: JMU was FCS at the time, though they are now FBS). This year, both Clemson and Georgia Tech host an FCS team this Saturday - but is that really the best solution?
We wouldn't call this blog ACCFootballRx if we didn't have some prescriptions for you!


One way the ACC could mitigate the problems associated with playing on Labor Day is to let the team that plays that Monday also play in Week #0 (to get a 2nd bye), then also schedule at least one of them to play the following Thursday night (Week #30 to give them time to rest and prepare. That schedule might look something like this:

Week 0: Saturday, August 27
(9 days)
Week 1: Monday, September 5
Week 2: idle
(10 days)
Week 3: Thursday, September 15
(9 days)
Week 4: Saturday, September 24
(then a "normal" 7-day schedule)

State of Football in New England (RX; HM)

State of Football in New England

A UConn fan who goes by "shizzle787" posted this on CSNBBS:

The state of amateur football in New England

As many of you know, amateur football is declining in popularity in certain parts of New England. Therefore, I wanted to map out an extensive view of where the sport is in the six New England states.
High school (public): teams run by the local state public school leagues.
CT: 138 programs (down from 143 in 2014) split into six divisions
MA: 279 programs split into eight divisions
RI: 43 programs split into six divisions (impressive considering there are only 40 municipalities in the state)
VT: 30 programs split into three divisions
NH: 57 programs split into four divisions
ME: 51 programs split into four divisions plus 27 eight-man programs split into two divisions
NEPSAC: private school league
52 programs split into two divisions plus 7 eight-man programs
I could not quickly find information on Christian private schools and I noticed at least one played sports in NEPSAC. Most of these schools stick to basketball, soccer, and volleyball so I may be missing a few programs.


No NJCAA schools in New England play football. There are no NAIA or NCCAA schools in New England.
NCAA Division 1 FBS (3): UConn, UMass, Boston College
NCAA Division 1 FCS (13): CCSU, Yale, Sacred Heart, Bryant, Brown, URI, Holy Cross, Merrimack, Harvard, Stonehill, Dartmouth, New Hampshire, Maine
NCAA Division 2 (8): St. Anselm (NH), Franklin Pierce (NH), AIC (MA), Bentley (MA), Assumption (MA), Post, SCSU, New Haven
NCAA Division 3 (34): Coast Guard, Trinity, Wesleyan, WCSU, Amherst (MA), Anna Maria (MA), Bridgewater State (MA), Curry (MA), Dean (MA), Endicott (MA), Fitchburg State (MA), Framingham State (MA), UMass Dartmouth (MA), Mass Maritime (MA), MIT (MA), Nichols (MA), Springfield (MA), Tufts (MA), Western NE (MA), Westfield State (MA), Williams (MA), WPI (MA), Worcester State (MA), Salve Regina (RI), Bates (ME), Bowdoin (ME), Colby (ME), Husson (ME), Maine Maritime (ME), New England (ME), Plymouth State (NH), Castleton (VT), Middlebury (VT), Norwich (VT)

A couple of observations:

1) High school football might be in trouble in Vermont. 30 programs for an entire state is very low (even for its small population).

Grading every ACC team's week one performance (usatoday; Turri)

Week one of college football is in the books with Clemson’s 41-10 victory over Georgia Tech at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta Monday night.

It was a competitive game early until Clemson found their groove in the second half, and the offense got things going. Georgia Tech looked solid with what they had, giving the Tigers some trouble early with talented quarterback Jeff Sims making plays.

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While Clemson and Georgia Tech may have been the last teams we saw on week one, the entire ACC was active this week, with some playing non-conference matchups and others playing in-conference.

How did the ACC fair? Which teams performed while others struggled? Here’s a look at my grade for every ACC team’s week one performance:

Clemson Tigers

Grade: B
Result: 41-10 win over Georgia Tech
Reasoning: The Tigers were good, but the offensive struggles early in the game kept me from going any further. The defense is exactly what we all expected it to be, as Bryan Bresee and the defensive line were disruptive while Trenton Simpson was seemingly everywhere. While Uiagalelei and the offense took a while to get things going, the junior quarterback looked better by the snap, with freshman Cade Klubnik looking electric in his lone drive. The run game was contained in a way we wouldn’t have expected, though that is likely more of a one-off thing than not. I feel comfortable giving the Tigers a B.

Boston College Eagles

Grade: C-
Result: 22-21 loss to Rutgers
Reasoning: From my perspective, this is a game Boston College had no business losing. Starting quarterback, Phil Jurkovec struggled to get anything going in the second half as the Eagles were outscored 16-7 to end the game with 0 fourth-quarter points. Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano is a legend, so maybe I shouldn’t have underestimated them. Regardless, this was not a good performance out of BC.

Duke Blue Devils

Grade: A+
Result: 30-0 win over Temple
Reasoning: I’m sure new head coach Mike Elko is thrilled about Duke coming out in week one and shutting out any opponent. A shutout win allowing Temple just 179 total yards is exactly what this team needed for their first win of the Elko era.

Florida State Seminoles

Grade: A
Result: 24-23 win over LSU
Reasoning: This game was an electric win for Florida State, going down to Louisiana and handing LSU and new head coach Brian Kelly an L in his first game with the program. The game was a rollercoaster, and honestly, though it was close, I believe FSU looked like the clear better team in this matchup. Starting quarterback Jordan Travis showed that some of this hype around him is warranted. The only reason I don’t give this program an A+ is because they almost blew it. It was an insane ending blocking an LSU PAT to win the game.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Grade: B
Result: 41-10 loss to Clemson
Reasoning: A 31-point loss may not seem like a score that warrants a B grade, but the Yellow Jackets looked much better than the score indicates. Opening your season against Clemson is a challenging task for any program, and Georgia Tech did a solid job of competing. Jeff Sims looked like the best player on the field at points, making some nice plays against one of the best defenses in the country. Offensive penalties prevented them from causing even more issues for the Tigers’ defense.

Louisville Cardinals

Grade: F
Result: 31-7 loss to Syracuse
Reasoning: The Cardinals looked bad… Shockingly bad. Heading into this game as the favorite, Dino Babers and the Syracuse defense ate this Louisville offense alive. Louisville starting quarterback Malik Cunningham is a game breaker more often than not, and the Cuse defense completely shut him down, holding him to 34-yards in the ground, 152-yards through the air, and an interception. This performance was arguably the worst possible start to the season for Louisville.

Miami Hurricanes

Grade: A
Result: 70-13 win over Bethune-Cookman
Reasoning:There really isn’t much to say about this one. I’ll give Miami an A because Van Dyke looked fantastic, even if the competition wasn’t the greatest. I’m interested to see how this team will look moving forward against some tougher competition.

NC State Wolfpack

Grade: D
Result: 21-20 win over ECU
Reasoning: For a team that has gotten an immense amount of hype, with some analysts linking them to the college football playoff early, NC State looked rough, to say the least. Starting quarterback Devin Leary was underwhelming, and the Wolfpack defense didn’t look nearly as good as advertised. If we’re being honest, they didn’t deserve to win this game. The ECU kicker missed a PAT and missed a 42-yard would-be game-winning field goal. Every team has shaky showings here and there, but NC State needs to do better.

Pittsburgh Panthers

Grade: B+
Result: 38-31 win over West Virginia
Reasoning: This game was a tough one for me to asses, but boy was the Backyard Brawl a treat! I decided to lean more favorably with Pitt here because of the history within this game and what I saw out of new starting quarterback Kedon Slovis. I don’t have much more to say about this one; it was just fun and why college football is the greatest.

Syracuse Orange

Grade: A+
Result: 31-7 win over Louisville
Reasoning: Dino Babers! For a coach entering the season on the hot seat, what a performance, man. Heading into this matchup of ACC schools, I thought this Louisville offense would have its way with Syracuse’s defense, and I could not have been more wrong. It was a masterclass performance out of Babers and Syracuse, and I can’t lie; it was a joy to watch. A few key injuries on the defense were major blows for the Orange, and I probably should be considering the egregious amount of offensive penalties out of Syracuse. Regardless, A+ to Babers and Cuse.

Rumor: New CFP Distribution based on performance? (RX; HM)

Rumor: New CFP Distribution based on performance?

CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd made this comment about how he thinks the new expanded CFP revenue may end up being divided:

SEC and Big Ten combine to get half the total, $600 million ($300 million each). That's an additional $16.7 million per year for each of those leagues' schools.

ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12 (depending on membership) split 30% of the pot, $360 million ($120 million each). That's approximately $10 million more per year for those schools. Another consideration: Perhaps the ACC, given the strength of some of its programs, sits on a tier of its own earning a sum between the Power Two and the Big 12 and Pac-12. [sic]

I found that last bolded statement very interesting, especially in light of this analysis found in a post by "SouthernConfBoy" on CSNBBS:

If you go back over the last decade and fill the 12 spots using the final CFP poll and taking into account who gets bumped regarding a G-5 spot and then subtract USC, and Oklahoma from the P12 and B12 and give their values to the B10 and SEC you get:

  • 29% of spots to the SEC
  • 18% of spots to the B10
  • 13% of spots to the ACC
  • 9% of spots to the P12
  • 9% of sports to non P-5
  • 8% of sports to the B12
  • 5% of spots to Notre Dame

If you divide this into $600 million you get

  • $156 million for the SEC or $9.75 million per school
  • $108 million for the B10 or $6.75 million per school
  • $78 million for the ACC or $5.57 million per school
  • $54 million for the P12 or $5.4 million per school
  • $48 million for the B12 of $4 million per school
  • $5 million for ND for each appearance

ACC Football Power Rankings Round-Up - Week 2, 2022 (bcinterruption; Flannery)

Curtis Flannery’s (BC Interruption) Rankings:
  1. NC State Wolfpack (-)
  2. Clemson Tigers (-)
  3. Miami Hurricanes (-)
  4. Pittsburgh Panthers (-)
  5. Florida State Seminoles (+1)
  6. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (+4)
  7. North Carolina Tar Heels (-2)
  8. Virginia Cavaliers (-1)
  9. Syracuse Orange (+2)
  10. Boston College Eagles (-2)
  11. Louisville Cardinals (-2)
  12. Virginia Tech Hokies (-)
  13. Duke Blue Devils (+1)
  14. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (-1)
ESPN’s FPI Rankings:
  1. Clemson Tigers
  2. Miami Hurricanes
  3. Pittsburgh Panthers
  4. Florida State Seminoles
  5. NC State Wolfpack
  6. North Carolina Tar Heels
  7. Syracuse Orange
  8. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  9. Louisville Cardinals
  10. Virginia Cavaliers
  11. Boston College Eagles
  12. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
  13. Duke Blue Devils
  14. Virginia Tech Hokies
CBS Sports Rankings:
  1. Clemson Tigers
  2. NC State Wolfpack
  3. Miami Hurricanes
  4. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  5. Pittsburgh Panthers
  6. Louisville Cardinals
  7. North Carolina Tar Heels
  8. Florida State Seminoles
  9. Virginia Tech Hokies
  10. Boston College Eagles
  11. Virginia Cavaliers
  12. Syracuse Orange
  13. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
  14. Duke Blue Devils

Week 1 of the 2022 season was a wild week. Florida State, North Carolina, and NC State all survived wild games that came down to the final seconds. Though it did not come down to the final seconds. Pitt also survived a wild game in a renewal of the backyard brawl to start the week. Syracuse and Clemson were both victorious in the only two inter-conference matchups of the weekend. Quickly catch up with what happened this past weekend in the ACC right here with the 2-Minute Drill.

Week 1 of the college football season is always a big week in the ACC, and 2022 was no different with five consecutive days of games. Filling in for Sam Hartman at quarterback, Mitch Griffis threw for three touchdowns for Wake Forest. Miami running back Henry Parrish ran for three touchdowns in his Hurricanes debut. For the second week in a row, North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye was responsible for five UNC touchdowns. Boston College's Zay Flowers once again looked like a go-to receiver catching two touchdowns for the Eagles. Check out just about every touchdown scored in Week 1 of the 2022 ACC season right here with the Touchdown Remix.

Football is back! The action and excitement on the field in the ACC during week 1 of the 2022 football season was off the charts! From Ontaria Wilson and Shyheim Brown playing huge parts in the Seminoles' big win over LSU to NC State's special teams proving just how special their unit can be, it was an amazing week of football. Enjoy a look back at all these great plays and more and find out which one was named the top play of the week right here!



Nick Ford from the Limp Lizard proudly displys his trophy for Best Craft Wing from the Buffalo Wing Festival this weekend. (Submitted photo)

Syracuse restaurant brings home 2 trophies from Buffalo wing festival (PS; Miller)

A Syracuse restaurant outperformed dozens of national competitors in the 20-annual annual chicken wing festival in Buffalo this past weekend.

Limp Lizard took top honors in the “Craft Wing” division with its jalapeño blueberry smoked wings, a flavor that’s won local and national competitions and food truck rodeos. It also won third place in the “Creative Sweet Sauce” division.

“Buffalo fell in love with Limp Lizard’s wings this weekend,” said Nick Ford, a co-owner of Limp. “We’re very proud, and it was very cool to connect with the vendors and sponsors.”

Nick and his workers smoked 25,000 wings over burning hardwood in preparation for the weekend. Before they’re served, they cover them in a sauce made with chopped peppers and a blueberry glaze. They’re sweet, like a blueberry pie, with a slight smack from the hot peppers.

Wingfest has evolved into one of the country’s top food festivals, drawing more than 1 million attendees from all 50 states, 41 different counties and every continent (even Antarctica).

In the craft wing division, The Old Union Hotel from Binghamton placed second, and Wings Army in Mexico (the country) took third.


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There are so many games over the course of a college football weekend that some slip through the cracks and others require further examination the next day. Before we turn the page to Week 2, here’s a closer look at some of the most interesting outcomes of Week 1...

  • Syracuse 31, Louisville 7: This was a flat out ugly performance from Scott Satterfield and Louisville, but it was a positive development for Syracuse’s Dino Babers. Babers’ hire of Robert Anae from Virginia went under the radar nationally, but it could prove to be one of the best assistant hires of the season. Anae put QB Garrett Shrader in position to succeed in the passing game, not just as a battering ram in the running game. Shrader threw for 236 yards, rushed for 94 yards and had three total TDs in the win. Meanwhile, star RB Sean Tucker rushed for 100 yards and a score to go with 84 yards and a TD as a receiver.

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