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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Blackout Wednesday (Drunksgiving)!

Blackout Wednesday, sometimes referred to as Drinksgiving, takes place the night before Thanksgiving Day, and in some parts of the United States is one of the biggest drinking and party nights of the year. Many college students come back to their hometown for Thanksgiving, and go to bars the night before to meet their friends whom they haven't seen while away at school. Many bars mark the occasion by having promotions and drink specials as well. Thanksgiving is usually a low stress holiday for college aged kids, where gifts don't need to be purchased, and older family members do the preparing of meals. This leaves college aged kids with more expendable cash, and the luxury of eating a big meal the day after drinking without having to prepare it.

SU News

Is Tucker returning? SU running back will make decision after the season (PS; $.; Leiker)

One of the biggest questions Syracuse football fans have as the end of the season draws near still doesn’t have a definitive answer.

Is Sean Tucker coming back for 2023?

“Whatever I decide to do, it’d be after the season,” Tucker said Tuesday.

Prior to the season, it seemed to most a guarantee that Tucker would be out the door for the NFL at the conclusion of the 2022 season.

He was coming off a record-breaking sophomore campaign that saw him rush for 1,496 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 124.7 yards per game. He was near unanimously the best returning running back in the ACC, and he was the only Syracuse player selected to the preseason All-ACC team. He was even poised over the summer to be a Heisman Trophy candidate by SU.

But after two 100-yard performances in the opening weeks of the season, Tucker has fallen off.

Through 11 games, he’s averaged nearly 40 yards fewer per game than he did last season. The numbers show he’s less explosive. He clocked just his fourth 100-yard game Saturday against Wake Forest after finishing the 2021 season with nine games over the century mark.

The question of him leaving became more of a legitimate question and changed to whether he’d move on to the NFL or enter the transfer portal hoping for a senior campaign that could rival his sophomore one.

A variety of factors have contributed to the underwhelming season: a new offensive scheme, a potential early season injury that’s caused lingering issues and opposing defenses knowing Tucker is one of the best, if not the best, player on Syracuse’s offense.

Still, he’s a top-three running back in the conference and in the Top 50 nationwide.

Saturday’s game pushed Tucker to over 3,000 career rushing yards. He’s just the fourth SU player to accomplish the feat, joining Delone Carter, Walter Reyes and Joe Morris. He needs 57 yards to pass Carter and move to No. 3 on Syracuse’s rushing leaderboard.

With 65 yards, he’d cement another 1,000-yard season to his legacy.

“It just shows my hard work and my preparation,” Tucker said. “It’s good to be mentioned with those guys up there.”

Here’s a look at where Tucker stacks up against fellow ACC and FBS running backs as well as against the Syracuse greats.



Syracuse Football: For ‘Cuse, a beautiful start followed by disastrous finish (itlh; Adler)

Regardless of the team’s record on the field at the end of the 2022 season, I love this Syracuse football roster. These guys never stop fighting, never stop grinding, never stop quitting and never throw in the towel.

Yes, the current Orange roster has unfortunately been hit hard by injuries, particularly on the defensive side of the field. But all college football squads have to deal with injuries.

So I don’t want to make excuses here. The buzz, not too long ago, was fabulous for the ‘Cuse, which stormed out of the gates to a 6-0 start, its best beginning to a season dating back to that ultra-special 1987 stanza.

We all knew the backend of the 2022 schedule was going to be tough. I wasn’t kidding myself in thinking that the Orange was going to run the table in the current term.

Syracuse football is in the midst of an awful, awful setback streak.

But to go 6-0 and follow that up with an 0-5 stretch, which could extend to 0-6 if Syracuse football loses to long-time rival Boston College this Saturday night in Massachusetts?

While I love my Orange, such a deflating second half of the 2022 campaign, to me, would prove not only disappointing and frustrating, but also unacceptable.

To start things off, Syracuse football had then-No. 5 Clemson on the ropes in Death Valley, but the Orange couldn’t seal the deal. Notre Dame throttled the ‘Cuse on the Hill, although to the Fighting Irish’s credit, they’ve played quite well in recent weeks.

Boston College’s offense is held together by star WR (scouting report) (PS; Leiker)

In what’s been a rocky year for Boston College, it hasn’t been a quarterback or running back holding its offense together enough to secure three wins.

It’s been senior wide receiver Zay Flowers.

Flowers, a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, has logged 967 receiving yards this season, 596 more than the next closest receiver for BC. He averages 13.8 yards per catch, 87.9 yards per game and has scored 10 touchdowns, the most on the team besides quarterback Phil Jurkovec.

Jurkovec hasn’t played since Boston College’s loss to Connecticut on Oct. 29 when he sustained a knee injury. Second-string quarterback Emmett Morehead has now appeared in nine games compared to Jurkovec’s eight and is catching up to him stat-wise.

The lack of consistency at quarterback and a run game that leaves something to be desired has created room for Flowers to be the star and leader of the Eagles’ offense.

And playing in his last game for Boston College, Flowers will want to go out with a bang. He’s 33 yards away from his first 1,000-yard receiving season and 54 yards away from 3,000 career receiving yards.

Here’s what else to know about BC (3-9, 2-5 ACC) before Syracuse football’s regular season finale in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, this Saturday.

A last-minute win type of team

The Eagles have just three wins this season: 38-17 over Maine, 34-33 over Louisville and 21-20 over N.C. State.

Boston College added points to the board with fewer than two minutes remaining in all three games. Those last-minute points secured its wins against Louisville and N.C. State.

In Week 5 against the Cardinals, BC was trailing 33-31 late in the fourth quarter after swapping leads all game with Louisville. It got the ball back at its own 39 yard line with 4:56 left on the clock. On seven plays, it moved 52 yards into field goal range for Connor Lytton to hit a 52-yard field goal to secure the win.

The Eagles faced a similar scenario against N.C. State. Down 20-14 in what had been a scoreless fourth quarter, Boston College had one final offensive drive that started with 2:47 left in the game.

SU will lose a second WR to the transfer portal this offseason (PS; Leiker)

A second Syracuse football wide receiver will be departing the program at the end of the season.

Anthony Queeley announced Tuesday via Twitter he intends to enter the transfer portal when it opens on Dec. 5. The portal will remain open for 45 days and then reopen May 1-15.

“I want to thank Syracuse University, Coach Babers, Coach Sean Lewis, and the rest of the coaching staff for giving me an opportunity to extend my education and play football at such a prestigious school like Syracuse,” Queeley wrote in his post. “... I have put my all into this program and it’s time for me to move on and continue my journey as a young man.”

Queeley has one season of eligibility left.

Syracuse Forever
— ⚡️Anthony Queeley⚡️™ (@anthonyq0515) November 22, 2022

Queeley has appeared in just three games for Syracuse this season — Wagner, N.C. State and Florida State — and has recorded just one catch for 12 yards.

Syracuse hopes to beat BC, halt five-game losing streak (

Syracuse (6-5, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) at Boston College (3-8, 2-5), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET.

FANDUEL COLLEGE LINE: Syracuse by 10 1/2


Syracuse has clinched a spot in the postseason for the first time in four years, and a victory would stop a five-game losing streak and give coach Dino Babers just his second winning regular-season mark in his seven years at the helm. A victory by the Eagles would forge a tie with the Orange at the bottom of the Atlantic Division and make Syracuse just the fourth team to start a season with six wins and finish with six straight losses, joining Miami (Ohio), Illinois and Baylor.


Syracuse passing offense vs. BC secondary: The Orange average 217.8 passing yards per game (84th in the FBS). They will be facing the Eagles’ defense which ranks 39th, allowing 204.5 yards per game through the air.

Boston College’s offense is 120th in college football averaging 308.9 yards per game, while Syracuse ranks 31st in yards allowed (338.6).


Syracuse: RB Sean Tucker needs 48 yards to move past Delone Carter (3,104) for third place all-time at Syracuse. Tucker also has caught 63 passes in his career, which ties him for third all-time at Syracuse for receptions by a running back.

Boston College: Phil Jurkovec has 1,711 passing yards (155.5 per game) while completing 59.5% of passes (147 for 247), with 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Pat Garwo III has 107 carries for 320 rushing yards (29.1 yards per game) and two touchdowns. He also has 25 catches for 222 yards. Flowers has 70 receptions to rank 12th in college football with 967 yards (87.9 per game) and has 10 touchdowns (sixth in CFB).


Tucker needs 21 yards to become the first Syracuse player to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons since Delone Carer (2009-10). ... Syracuse has just 11 turnovers this season, 15th nationally and third in the ACC. ... The Orange rank third in the nation in kickoff returns, averaging 26.1 yards per return. ... Syracuse has outscored opponents by 5.4 points per game this season, while Boston College has been outscored by 12.9 per game. ... Syracuse has been a top-25 defensive unit in terms of passing yards, ranking 13th-best by allowing only 183.0 yards per game. The Orange rank 84th on offense (217.8 passing yards per game). ... Boston College has generated 62.3 rushing yards per game, which ranks worst in college football. It ranks 91st with 168.3 rushing yards surrendered per contest. ... Syracuse plays its third straight night game, and fifth overall.

Syracuse ends inconsistent regular season at Boston College Saturday (; MacWilliam)

Even in the middle of a five-game skid, with Thanksgiving around the corner, there’s plenty the Syracuse football team has to be grateful for.

“The guys, the team and the characters we have on this team," Garrett Shrader said. "There’s no place I’d rather be.”

“Of course, the teammates and brothers and everything, but I’m most thankful for the people behind the scenes," Marlowe Wax added. "The people you don’t think about, and that you don’t see.”

Contrary to some beliefs, Saturday’s regular season finale comes at a perfect time for the Orange — no school work with the holiday break. It’s strictly football, a chance for the offense to build on a promising performance against Wake Forest.

What You Need To Know

  • Spirits remain high on the SU Hill amid a five-game skid for Syracuse football
  • They've done some things well, even if they haven't translated to wins
  • The Orange close the regular season at Boston College Saturday

“Clearly, the scoreboard showed it, that we were doing some things versus the last couple of weeks. But we have to score more points than the other team,” Shrader said.

But amid the skid, one thing is for sure. There is no tension in the locker room, no wedge driving the team apart.

“There’s no elephant in the room," Shrader said. "We need to score more points in order to win. Move the ball and get our defense off the field, because they’ve played a whole game more that we have snaps-wise so...”

“It does suck losing five in a row, but we’re still together," Wax said. "Every single practice, we’re competing like crazy. Offense coming at the defense. Defense coming at the offense, trying to get each other better, so Saturday’s it’s easier.”

Regardless of how things have been, there’s another opportunity to right the ship, a chance for the Orange to get back to where they were the first six weeks of the season before the postseason.

“You don’t want to lose your last game of the season," Wax said. "It’s just making sure we get this ‘dub’ because it's what happens at the end is what people remember.”

Wake Forest Football Snap Counts and PFF Grades vs Syracuse (; Debro)

No such thing as a bad win. I'm confused on more than a couple of these grades.

For those new, or just wondering: A grade of 85 or higher is an NFL-caliber rating, while a grade between 84-79 is considered “very good.” Anything from 78-68 is considered "above average." 60 is considered "average" as that is where each player's grade begins and then goes up or down from there. Below average grades range from 50-60, and anything below 50 is considered "poor."

Top five for offense and defense will be limited to those who played at least 25% of the snaps.

Top 5 Offense

  1. AT Perry: 78.3
  2. Sam Hartman: 78
  3. Jahmal Banks: 71.1
  4. Christian Turner: 69.8
  5. Taylor Morin: 65.7
Top 5 Defense

  1. Tyler Williams: 88
  2. Brendon Harris: 73.9
  3. Jasheen Davis: 72.5
  4. Chase Jones: 72.4
  5. Dion Bergan: 71.6
Bottom 5 Offense

  1. Justice Ellison: 60.4
  2. Loic Ngassam Nya: 56.6
  3. Ke'Shawn Williams: 56.3
  4. Jaeger Bull: 54.5
  5. Je'Vionte' Nash: 51.1
Bottom 5 Defense
  1. Jacorey Johns: 61.6
  2. Gavin Holmes: 56.3
  3. Chelen Garnes: 54.2
  4. AJ Williams: 48.8
  5. Evan Slocum: 42.3

ACC News

NC State football vs. UNC: Scouting report, score prediction (; Thompson)

NC State football enters its final game of the regular season hoping for some upset magic against its most hated ACC rival.

The Wolfpack (7-4, 3-4 ACC) will travel to Chapel Hill to take on No. 18 UNC (9-2, 6-1) for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff Friday on ABC. The Tar Heels hold a 68-37-6 series record but it was NC State's epic comeback last season at Carter-Finley Stadium – erasing a nine-point deficit in a span of 26 seconds late in the fourth quarter – that gave Wolfpack fans the last laugh.

UNC clinched the ACC's Coastal Division title two weeks ago with a 36-34 win at Wake Forest but took its first conference loss last week, falling 21-17 to Georgia Tech at home. The defeat all but ended the dark horse Heisman campaign for redshirt freshman quarterback Drake Maye.

Quarterback questions remain

The biggest question mark for NC State against UNC is who will be lining up under center on Saturday. That answer won't be coming from coach Dave Doeren this week.

ACC Football Week 13: No UVA-Virginia Tech, but plenty else to keep your interest (; Graham)

The final week of the 2022 ACC Football regular-season begins Friday with a pair of games on ABC, followed by a Saturday slate that includes three conference games and three non-conference matchups.

The final weekend includes four annual meetings between ACC-SEC rivals: Florida at Florida State (Nov. 25), South Carolina at Clemson (Nov. 26), Georgia Tech at Georgia (Nov. 26) and Louisville at Kentucky (Nov. 26).


NC State (7-4, 3-4) at North Carolina (9-2, 6-1)

Time, TV, SiriusXM, App/Web: 3:30 p.m., ABC, 84, 84

Series: North Carolina leads series, 68-37-6; Last meeting: NC State, 34-30 (2021)

ABC: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Dusty Dvoracek (analyst), Tom Luginbill (sideline)

Notes: North Carolina looks to head into the Subway ACC Football Championship Game on a winning note, while NC State is looking for its second consecutive win in the long-standing rivalry on Friday afternoon (3:30 p.m./ABC). Both teams are coming off losses last week. Last year, NC State stunned UNC in Raleigh, scoring two touchdowns in the final 2:12 to overcome a nine-point deficit and post a 34-30 win. North Carolina is seeking its ninth overall 10-win season and first since 2015.

Florida (6-5) at Florida State (8-3)

Time, TV, SiriusXM, App/Web: 7:30 p.m., ABC, 84, 84

Series: Florida leads series, 37-26-2; Last meeting: Florida, 24-21 (2021)

ABC: Anish Shroff (play-by-play), Brock Osweiler (analyst), Taylor McGregor (sideline)

Notes: Florida State seeks to get back on the winning track in the Sunshine State rivalry vs. Florida on Friday evening (7:30 p.m./ABC). The Seminoles had won five straight and seven of the previous eight versus the Gators prior to 2018, but Florida has turned the tables with wins in each of the last three meetings. Florida State has a chance to win nine regular-season games for the first time since 2016.


South Carolina (7-4) at Clemson (10-1)

Time, TV, SiriusXM, App/Web: noon, ABC, 137 or 193, 955

Series: Clemson leads series, 72-42-4; Last meeting: CU, 30-0 (2021)

ABC: Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst), Molly McGrath (sideline)

Notes: Clemson and South Carolina resume their long-standing rivalry that dates to 1896 when the two meet in Clemson on Saturday (Noon, ABC). The Tigers are 19-10-1 all-time in games versus the Gamecocks in Clemson. The game was played in Columbia every year prior to 1960. The teams will meet for the 113th time in 114 years on Saturday.

Georgia Tech (5-6) at Georgia (11-0)

Time, TV, SiriusXM, App/Web: noon, ESPN, 138 or 194, 055

Series: Georgia leads series, 69-41-5; Last meeting: Georgia, 45-0 (2021)

ESPN: Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Dan Orlovsky (analyst), Kris Budden (sideline)

Notes: Georgia Tech and Georgia resume their ‘Clean, Old Fashioned Hate” rivalry in Athens on Saturday (Noon, ESPN). This will be the 116th meeting in a series that was first played in Athens on Nov. 4, 1893. The Yellow Jackets and Bulldogs own the 19th most-played rivalry in the FBS.

Louisville (7-4) at Kentucky (6-5)

Time, TV, SiriusXM, App/Web: 3 p.m., SECN, 138 or 194, 955

Series: Kentucky leads series,18-15; Last meeting: Kentucky, 51-21 (2021)

SECN: Dave Neal (play-by-play), Deuce McAllister (analyst), Andraya Carter (sideline)

Notes: Louisville travels to Kentucky Saturday afternoon (3 p.m./SECN). Kentucky has won the last three games in this in-state rivalry, including a 52-21 victory at Louisville in the most recent meeting that closed out the 2021 regular season. The Cardinals have won five of their last six games.

Wake Forest (7-4, 3-4) at Duke (7-4, 4-3)

Time, TV, SiriusXM, App/Web: 3:30 p.m., ACCN, 137 or 193, 955

Series: Duke leads series, 58-41-2; Last meeting: Wake Forest, 45-7 (2021)

ACCN: Wes Durham (play-by-play), Roddy Jones (analyst), Taylor Davis (sideline)

Notes: Duke and Wake Forest close out their conference schedules against each other in Durham on Saturday (3:30 p.m./TBD). The Demon Deacons have won their last three games versus the Blue Devils, including a 45-7 victory last season in Winston-Salem. QB Sam Hartman threw for 402 yards and three touchdowns, including a 38-yarder to Jaquarii Roberson on the first possession.

Syracuse (6-5, 3-4) at Boston College (3-8, 2-5)

Time, TV, SiriusXM, App/Web: 7:30 p.m., RSN, 136 or 201, 964

Series: Syracuse leads series, 33-22; Last meeting: Syracuse, 21-6 (2021)

RSN: Tom Werme (play-by-play), James Bates (analyst), Wiley Ballard (sideline)

Notes: Syracuse travels to Boston College Saturday evening (7:30 p.m./RSN) seeking its first win since mid-October. The Orange snapped a three-game losing streak versus the Eagles with a 21-6 victory in Syracuse last season. The teams are even at 5-5 in ACC games in the series, which was first played in 1924 and saw the teams meet every year from 1971 through 2004.

CFP Ranking Analysis 2022 Nov 22 (RX; HM)

CFP Ranking Analysis 2022 Nov 22

The poll is out for November 22nd, and boy, is it controversial...

College Football Playoff Rankings

2Ohio State11-1-
5LSU9-2up 1
6USC10-1up 1
7Alabama9-2up 1
8Clemson10-1up 1
9Oregon9-2up 3
10Tennessee9-2dn 5
11Penn State9-2-
12Kansas State8-3up 3
13Washington9-2up 4
14Utah8-3dn 4
15Notre Dame8-3up 3
16Florida State8-3up 3
17North Carolina9-2dn 4
18UCLA8-3dn 2
19Tulane9-2up 2
20Ole Miss8-3dn 6
21Oregon State8-3up 2
22UCF8-3dn 2
24Cincinnati9-2up 1

Dropped from rankings: Oklahoma State 22, NC State 24


As it stands now, if the season just ended...
  • Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, and TCU would be in the Playoffs
  • LSU would host #12 Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl
  • The Rose Bowl would get USC vs Penn State
  • Clemson would face Alabama in the Orange Bowl
  • #9 Oregon would host #19 Tulane in the Cotton Bowl
  • #10 Tennessee would be outside of the NY6 Bowls

Farewell, Coastal, the ACC's always unpredictable division (AP; Reynolds)

Every summer, every league in the country has some sort of preseason media gathering, the Atlantic Coast Conference included. Those events always go the same way: Coaches downplay expectations, quarterbacks praise their offensive line and receivers, and savvy reporters leave with a notebook filled with ideas for the season.

There’s also a preseason poll, predicting how the season will go. And in the Coastal, such an exercise has been utterly futile, useless and often completely wrong.

North Carolina winning the Coastal Division this season — the final season of divisional play in the ACC — was a surprise to 89% of voters, which frankly shouldn’t have surprised anyone, since the only constant in America’s wackiest division over the last decade was that voters rarely knew what was going to happen. In the last 10 seasons of ACC divisional play, voters predicted the Coastal winner right exactly twice.

“The culture, whatever we call it, of this team has been, ‘We’re going to find ways to win and we’re going to make sure that we’re all in and we’re going to make sure that we play hard every week and we’re going to do the little things that we need to do to win,’” North Carolina coach Mack Brown said. “And for whatever reason, this team has done that.”

His team was picked third in the preseason poll, with 18 out of a possible 164 votes. Clemson was the winner in the Atlantic, as expected; the Tigers got 111 votes.

The Tar Heels’ path to this ACC title game followed the one that almost always got taken in the Coastal. Someone emerged, and it rarely was the team that most everyone expected.

Over the last decade, the only team that won the Coastal and got more than 50% of the preseason votes was Miami in 2017 — the first, and only, time the Hurricanes made the ACC championship game in the divisional era that started in 2005.

Duke went to the title game in 2013 from the Coastal, and Pitt represented the Coastal in 2018. Those teams got zero preseason first-place votes, combined. A year ago, Pitt won the Coastal again — with exactly one preseason first-place vote.

“Rankings don’t mean anything,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said late last season. “They matter at the end of the year. If you say at the end of the year you’re in the top 20 or top 10 or top 5, whatever it is, that means something. Until the end of the year, it really doesn’t mean anything.”

Virginia at Virginia Tech Football Game Cancelled - (; Staff)

The Virginia at Virginia Tech football game scheduled for Saturday, November 26, has been cancelled. The decision was made following communication between the Atlantic Coast Conference, Virginia and Virginia Tech athletic department administration.

The ACC and Virginia Tech continue to support UVA following the devastating tragedy, which resulted in the deaths of three members of the Cavalier football team – Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry, and injuries to students Mike Hollins (also a Virginia football student-athlete) and Marlee Morgan.

Clemson Football: ACC Power Rankings through Week 12 (; Cregan)

This is truly one of the highlights of my week. Putting together a rankings list for the ACC and placing Clemson football within those rankings. For those that know me, and have read my stuff, you know that I hate ancillary rankings. Despise them actually, so it’s been a fun mental battle that I put these together each week and truly believe in them. They’ve drummed up some (small) controversy, mostly with friends, and therefore has brought me tremendous joy.

Before the rankings, I would like to send the most sincere condolences to the entirety of the University of Virginia family. The senseless loss of three of their players, all three of whom, we’re learning, were great kids that had much more to give to this world. #UVAStrong

These are the Power Rankings through the just completed Week 12.

No. 14 through 10

14. Miami Hurricanes
– Last Week – 11 – (5-6) – The bottom has officially fallen out for the once proud program. The 40-10 loss to the Clemson Tigers was just the icing on the proverbial cake. Injuries have not been kind to the Hurricanes, and therefore they bring up the rear of the rankings this week. Next up: vs. Pitt

13. Boston College Eagles – Last Week – 9 – (3-8) – BC had been playing well of late before heading into Notre Dame, arguably the hottest team in the country. The 44-0 loss was demoralizing and a taste of reality for the Eagles for how bad of a season they’ve actually had to this point. Next up: vs. Syracuse

12. Virginia Tech Hokies – Last Week – 14 – (3-8) – Virginia Tech beat a Liberty team that was 8-2 coming into the weekend. In one of the better games of the weekend that no one watched, the Hokies pulled out a 23-22 win, although they tried to lose the game, as they’ve been known to do all year. They blew a 4th quarter lead not once but twice on Saturday before finally holding on for the win. Season Over

11. Virginia Cavaliers
– Last Week – 13 – (3-7) – Virginia canceled their game with Coastal Carolina last weekend and understandably so. The game against the Virginia Tech Hokies has officially been cancelled as well, thus ending UVA’s trying season. Season Over

10. Syracuse Orange
– Last Week: 10 – (6-5) – Tom Petty had a #1 hit called Free Falling. Or maybe it was Fallin’. Needless to say, Syracuse has lost 5 straight games since visiting Clemson as a 6-0 team and ranked in the top 15 in the country. Garrett Shrader returned to full health, and that didn’t matter at all. The offense played better, putting up 35 points. However, the defense gave up 45. Next up: @ Boston College

Moneyball Comes To ACC Football (; Barkin)

When Appalachian State’s football team went to College Station, Texas, and beat Texas A&M in September, college football fans, analysts, and bettors were shocked. A&M was ranked sixth in the nation, and App State was a much smaller school in a lower conference. A&M was favored to win by 17 points.

It was a big story for a few days, recalling the even more shocking upset of Michigan in 2007, when App State was in an even less prestigious conference. Making the story even more compelling was that A&M paid App State $1.5 million to entice them to show up; instead of getting an easy win, they paid to lose on their home field.

The sports world moved on. But I was curious. I am a business journalist. Usually, companies with deep pockets win against competitors with fewer resources, unless those competitors have figured something out.

Answering the question of what App State has figured out turns out to be important for much of college football, for these are turbulent times. The richest programs are growing richer with new TV money, threatening to relegate the rest to a sideshow.

College football has been dominated by what’s called the Power Five conferences: the Southeastern Conference (SEC), of which Texas A&M is a member; the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC); the Big Ten; the Pac-12; and the Big 12. (App State is in the Sun Belt Conference, one of the five other athletic conferences that play in college football’s top division.)

In the last 18 months, the tectonic plates of the Power Five have shifted, and the aftershocks have rippled everywhere, especially in North Carolina.

In July 2021, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas, two of the nation’s wealthiest athletics programs, announced they were leaving the Big 12 to join the SEC. This past summer, UCLA and Southern Cal, two West Coast powerhouses, announced they were leaving the Pac-12 to join the Big Ten.

In August, the Big Ten signed a new set of television contracts worth more than $1 billion a year. The SEC already had a deal with ESPN worth an estimated $3 billion for 10 years. That will likely get bigger with the addition of Oklahoma and Texas.

The Big Ten and SEC were already taking in hundreds of millions more—primarily from football—than the other three Power Five conferences, and distributing more to their members. The gap will get larger. That means the SEC and the Big Ten will have more cash for coaching salaries and swanky facilities for top recruits. Conferences like the ACC will struggle to keep up.

College Football TV Ratings (

A pair of near-upsets topped Week 12 of the college football season as Ohio State’s narrow win over Maryland topped the charts with Michigan’s escape versus Illinois ranking second.





Syracuse High School football players team up to help families on Thanksgiving - USASPORTS.NEWS (; Clark)

They may be competitors on the field, but football players from Syracuse high schools came together this week to help families in need. Football players from ITC, Corcoran, Fowler and Nottingham high schools, as well as coaches from the city’s high schools and the Syracuse West girls’ basketball team, helped with the draw on Monday. They assemble bags filled with mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, cookies, gummy bears, and of course, turkey.

School counselors, principals, and the athletic director selected 50 families of students from Syracuse City schools to receive the grocery bags, based on need. “I feel great to be able to put something like this together,” said Isaiah Goodrich, a senior at the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central on the school’s collegiate football team. Goodrich, 17, started a group called ACE – Athletes for Community Engagement – which organized a Thanksgiving meal gift on Monday. His sister Samaia and her group GLOW – Girls Loving Ourselves World-wide – also helped coordinate the giveaway. Goodrich said he did some research and found that Syracuse has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the country. Last year, Goodrich and his teammates partnered with the Abundant Life Christian Center on Syracuse’s South Side and gave away more than 100 turkeys.

Goodrich and the other high school football players have done more than just hand out turkeys: They’ve also helped set up a bike giveaway, they’ve raised money to help five middle school athletes buy new sneakers and other sporting goods, and they’ve been inspiring and keep partying and engaging student athletes. “I wanted to create something bigger than myself,” Goodrich said, “that brings athletes together in the community to make a positive impact.” Goodrich, a safety and linebacker on the ITC team that won 4-5 last season, said he has other football players who have reached out to him to see when they could help with this year’s Thanksgiving meal gift. They were enthusiastic and happy to help.

So were many in the community who donated items to help make the event a success, he said. Isaiah Goodrich said these people and groups all contributed to this year’s Thanksgiving giveaway: Abundant Life Church, Hueber Breuer, Interim Superintendent and Mrs. Davis, DGA by A. Marie, Knockout Handyman Cleaning Services, Bruce and Phyllis Connor, Kenneth and Janice Brown, Timothy Moon, Thomas Ferrara, Tracy Naughton, the Bradford family, the Cappa family, the Goodrich family, the Harrell family, the Jenkins family, the Ogden family, the Teska-Prince family, and the Thornton family.

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