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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to National Chocolate Milkshake Day!

National Chocolate Milkshake day is dedicated to the chocolate version of the frothy and thick drink, that is usually made with milk, ice cream, and flavored syrup. Milkshakes were first mentioned in print in Britain in 1885, and may have contained whiskey at the time. By the turn of the 20th century, they were seen as being more wholesome, and the alcohol was replaced with syrups such as chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Another version of the milk shake, the malted milkshake, was invented in 1887. This shake added malted milk, which consists of a mixture of evaporated milk, wheat flour, and malted barley. Other names for a milkshake include frappé, frosted, thick shake, and cabinet, which is the term used in Rhode Island. Milkshakes have traditionally been sold in many places: malt or soda shops, ice cream shops, diners, fast food restaurants, and other similar type of establishments. Many times milkshakes are made with a blender using a stainless steel cup. As not all of the milkshake always fits in a glass, the stainless steel cup with the extra mixture is brought to the table with a spoon.

SU News

SU sports has a new collective: ‘If you’re gonna compete ... you need to have a good NIL program’ (PS; Ditota)

Syracuse University is officially rolling out its preferred Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) collective this morning.

The university has contracted with SANIL (Student-Athlete NIL) to offer a one-stop shopping experience for fans to support SU teams and pay athletes.

The collective, called Orange United, held something of a soft opening last weekend, when the men’s soccer team signed autographs for money.

Syracuse is one of 31 athletic programs nationally that have paired with SANIL to streamline and professionalize collectives to better serve athletic programs and potential donors.

Among the perks: It can provide SU’s international athletes with a way to enter NIL deals without violating their visa statuses. And donors can direct their money to an athlete, a sport or contribute to the SU athletic department.

Orange United has a board of directors and is in the process of announcing a general manager. The board, comprised of businesspeople, a former congressman, a lawyer and lobbyist, two NIL experts and former Syracuse athletes, will be charged with drumming up NIL interest primarily from local and regional businesses.

Orange United is an official sponsor of SU athletics and has partnered with Syracuse’s multimedia rights company – Learfield – to provide marks and logos for SU athletes to use for their NIL transactions.

“It’s 2023,” said SU athletic director John Wildhack. “This is college athletics and if you’re gonna compete at the highest level, which is what we want to do, you need to have a good NIL program.”

Wildhack said he and his SU colleagues “did a lot of research” on SANIL (pronounced “Sah-NEEL”) before deciding to hire the company. He said he talked with colleagues who have partnered with SANIL to gain insight into how the company works. Familiar SANIL schools include Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Notre Dame and Colgate.

Film Review: Garrett Shrader shows off his legs, healthy arm in WMU blowout DO; Miller)

Shortly after the Pinstripe Bowl loss to Minnesota last season, Syracuse announced that Garrett Shrader would miss all of spring practice after undergoing surgery on right arm. Shrader was still limited at the beginning of training camp in August, which raised questions about his health entering the 2023 season.

Through two games, he’s thrown for 543 passing yards and four touchdowns, helping Syracuse to a +106 scoring margin. SU led by at least 37 at halftime of each game and Shrader watched the second half of each blowout from the bench. His arm has held up just fine in limited snaps.

Against Western Michigan, Shrader torched zone and man coverage alike with well-placed throws up the seams and some timely scrambling. His consistent, unwavering success is part of the reason why Shrader is the third-highest graded quarterback in the Atlantic Coast Conference through two games, according to Pro Football Focus.

Here’s how Shrader helped put Syracuse up 45-7 against the Broncos at the half:

Umari Hatcher wins mismatch

Cornerbacks coach Travis Fisher is a technician who’s 'still a player in his heart' (DO; Miller)

When Travis Fisher was the defensive backs coach for Nebraska, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander called him from a recruiting trip in Montgomery, Ala.

Chinander was interested in Cam Taylor-Britt, a dual-threat quarterback who had no Division I offers given his 5-foot-11 frame. Chinander still considered taking Taylor-Britt on as a project athlete, and asked Fisher to watch his tape.

“I just saw it differently,” Fisher said of Taylor-Britt to Mo Egger on ESPN radio. “He’s got good feet, so if they don’t want him at quarterback, I’ll take him at DB.”

Fisher flew out to pitch Taylor-Britt on playing defensive back, and he bought in. He built Taylor-Britt’s technical skill set “from the ground up,” Chinander said, starting with basic alignment, stance and technique in different coverages. Last year, Taylor-Britt was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 2022 NFL draft.

As Syracuse’s cornerbacks coach, Fisher commands the room with a heavy emphasis on technique and a youthful energy. After a nine-year NFL career that ended in 2008, Fisher teaches the game in a relatable way that all his players can understand, said former UCF and Nebraska defensive back Tre Neal. SU Athletics did not make Fisher available to comment for The Daily Orange.

Fisher started his coaching career in 2013 at his alma mater, UCF, as the defensive quality control assistant. Then, after a one-year stint at Southeast Missouri State, he returned to UCF in 2015 as the defensive backs coach.

When Scott Frost took over as head coach in 2016, he interviewed all the current staff and was so impressed with Fisher that he retained him without consulting Chinander. He said he didn’t meet Fisher until his first day of work.

Together, they helped turn the 0-12 team they inherited in 2015 into a 13-0 team in 2017. That UCF squad had the No. 1 offense in the country by the end of the season, but Neal said the defense felt overlooked because of it. Fisher used that as fuel.

“He has grown a lot of NFL guys and because he teaches it, and when you’re able to teach like that and relate, it makes it so much fun,” Neal said. “That’s what it was for the 2017 team…We would destroy teams.”

In his playing days, Fisher ran a 4.37 40-yard dash, putting him among the fastest players in the league. Fisher spent time with the Rams, Lions and Seahawks as an outside corner, nickel back and safety. He told Eggers that footwork and intelligence allowed him to stay in the NFL for nearly a decade, and he preaches that to all his players.

Ryan Walters Press Conference - Syracuse Game Week (; JH)

Ryan Walters stepped up to the microphone today to talk about his team’s victory over Virginia Tech, the weather delay, and of course look ahead to Syracuse. Let’s check out some of the highlights shall we?

Ryan Walters said to start the year that he didn’t have any questions about his team that instead he wanted to confirm some things he knew. Today at his presser he said that one of those things “was just when adversity struck is how we would respond” given the newness of the staff and locker room.

A questioner pointed out that Purdue is just one of two Big Ten teams without a turnover so far this season. Walters was not aware but said “that was one of our goals going into the game was just to win the turnover margin.” Ball security has been very good for this team. Mockobee of course had the one fumble but Purdue scooped that up.

When Purdue released their depth chart this week, starting center Gus Hartwig was back atop at the center position. Does this mean he’s going to play? Walters was noncommittal. “I don’t know if he will play or not Saturday. We’ve got to trust the docs and trust where he’s at in the rehab process, but I can guarantee you when he’s ready to play, he’s going to play.”

Looking ahead to Syracuse Walters discussed the defense that they prefer to run “that 3-3 stack — 3-3-5 defense and brings pressure 50 percent of the time and is always moving up front.” Seems like this would be the type of defense that having a mobile QB in Hudson Card and a healthy Gus Hartwig could make a huge difference.

SU football bowl watch: National expert projects revenge matchup with Auburn (PS; Carlson)

The ACC has done a decent job solidifying its odds of landing a team in the College Football Playoffs through the first two weeks of the season.

The conference has a 4-3 record against Power-Five schools in non-conference play, trailing only the Pac-12. That includes a 4-1 record against the SEC.

The ACC does have two losses against teams outside the Power Five. which ranks last among the power leagues. Boston College and Virginia look dreadful.

Florida State is clearly the league’s best bet to reach the playoffs. Miami’s win over Texas A&M is also the type of non-conference win that will provide a boost if the Hurricanes navigate the year with one or fewer losses. Duke has a leg-up on the rest of the league, thanks to a win over Clemson.

While the Orange doesn’t have high-quality win yet, Syrause’s stellar start to the year has boosted my projection into the first tier of bowl games this week, which would be a nice outcome for the Orange.

It’s also made the projections of the national experts a lot more fun this week.

ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura was especially cheeky in his projection, giving the Orange a Gator Bowl matchup that includes an opportunity for revenge against Auburn for Pat Dye’s cowardice in 1987.

Here’s what the ACC picture could look like.

College Football Playoff tier

Sugar Bowl vs. CFP qualifier in New Orleans – Florida State. Choosing whether Florida State or two-time defending national champion Georgia gets to play close to home is tricky. Georgia has the better ranking. The Seminoles own the better resume at the moment.

Orange Bowl tier

Orange Bowl vs. highest-ranked among SEC/Big Ten/Notre Dame in Miami – Miami. The Hurricanes put up 48 points on Texas A&M, leap-frogging Duke as the ACC team with the best resume so far.

Keeping Up With The 315 9-11-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian starts the show recapping Syracuse’s week two match up against WMU. He talked about how the receiving core looked and also discussed the injuries acquired during the big win. Next he went over Mario’s most recent Sacco Six Pack and looked at how The Man Who Sort of Knows did last week. Brian ended things with the outcome from Sunday night’s NFL game between the Giants and Cowboys and talked about what improvements the Giants need to make heading into week two.

Adam Terry "The 315" 9-11-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Syracuse Football Color-Analyst Adam Terry joined Brian to talk about how Syracuse looked against WMU in the staggering win on Saturday. He talked about the teams depth, injuries and more.

Isaiah Jones establishes himself as top target without Oronde Gadsden II (DO; Miller)

On the Orange’s second drive, Western Michigan dropped into a cover-three look from their 32. On a go route from the slot, Isaiah Jones split the safeties and Shrader laid up a jump ball for him. Shrader said his hand was hit on the throw, and he thought it was going to sail into the end zone for a pick.

Jones adjusted to the back shoulder toss just in time to leap above Keni-H Lovely and haul in the catch before crashing down on the opposing corner. Shrader was pleasantly surprised by the catch, but Jones saw it all the way in.

“I kind of knew I was going to do that,” Jones said postgame. “I saw the ball in the air and said, ‘okay, it’s time to go make a play.’”

Go up and get it @Isaiahjones84

— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) September 9, 2023

It took SU just five plays to score from midfield on that drive, and 60% of it came from that chunk of yardage on the first-down heave.

Nobody had more targets from Shrader than Jones. The junior finished with five catches for 86 yards and got stopped on the one-yard line twice, setting up two LeQuint Allen touchdowns. He didn’t replace Gadsden on the field, but he certainly took the majority of the vacated targets. Although three receivers went over 80 yards, Jones’ versatility took his performance over the top.

On the second pass play of the game, Shrader hit Gadsden on a quick play-action fake. After taking the slant for a first down, Gadsden reached for his left ankle in visible pain. The training staff looked at him before helping him off the field. He returned to the sideline minutes later with crutches and a walking boot.

Jones, who suffered a season-ending injury three games into last season, knew exactly how Gadsden was feeling.

Purdue football’s Ryan Walters previews Syracuse (; video)

Purdue football’s Ryan Walters previews Syracuse

Purdue football vs. Syracuse football team leaders, injuries, storylines (; Horner)

Purdue football starts a stretch of three games at Ross-Ade Stadium when it hosts Syracuse at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023 (NBC).

The Boilermakers (1-1) shored up a couple of areas that were deficient in their opener, enabling them to beat Virginia Tech 24-17 in a weather-interrupted matchup.

Purdue ran the ball much better than in its opener (179 yards, 3 touchdowns), converting critical third-down plays on its go-ahead fourth-quarter drive. It also stopped the Hokies on third downs, except in the second quarter, when they scored all their points.

Hudson Card is 40-of-64 passing for 502 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Devin Mockobee has rushed for 155 yards, 28 yards in receptions and 2 TDs. Tight end Max Klare has 10 catches for 86 yards, while Deion Burks is averaging 34 yards per catch with 2 TDs. Freshman safety Dillon Thieneman has 16 tackles and 2 interceptions.

2025 ATH Malakhi Lewis discusses Syracuse offer (; Finneral)

Class of 2025 athlete Malakhi Lewis holds an offer from Syracuse football. Lewis has been impressed with the Orange and has a lot of respect for the football program.

“Syracuse University has always had nice staff,” Lewis said. “I’d love to play there.”

Lewis is an impressive athlete, who plays at Baker County High School in Glen Saint Mary, Florida. He has appreciated the thoughtfulness of the Syracuse coaching staff, especially running backs coach Mike Lynch.

“I feel as though the Syracuse coaching staff knows how to coach the sport of football,” Lewis said.

Lewis has not visited Syracuse yet, but hopes to in the future. He has also picked up offers from North Carolina, Arizona, Baylor, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech. He is keeping the Orange in mind as schools continue to recruit him.

Syracuse football: what’s at stake for the Orange heading into the Purdue game? (TNIAAM; Chiappone)

Let’s be honest: coach Dino Babers and the Syracuse Orange football team scared us pretty well within the first minute of Saturday’s game versus Western Michigan.

Yes, it wasn’t pretty to start — but Babers and company did shutdown the Broncos for the next 59 minutes of game time en route to a 48-7 blowout win. And now, the numbers absolutely adore your Orange heading into Week 3. Syracuse ranks 18th on ESPN’s College Football Power Index, sits with the third-best odds to win the ACC (behind Florida State and Miami) and possesses a 98% chance to reach at least six wins. And no, none of what you just read was a typo.

Yes, there was a lot of good to take away versus Western Michigan. There’s also the ever-looming question marks like Oronde Gadsden’s health, the state of this year’s offensive offensive line and how Syracuse’s performance will look once the competition starts to ramp up.

The last of that list remains the most important to figure out: the Orange simply handled business versus Colgate and Western Michigan in commanding fashion. But facing off versus the Purdue Boilermakers this coming Saturday on NBC primetime will be a different beast onto itself.

It’s simple: by the end of the year, this might end up as the season-defining game for the Orange. That remains to be seen come December. But, it will undoubtedly produce the most profound implications for Syracuse moving forward.

Syracuse football: Orange open as favorites on the road against Purdue (TNIAAM; Haller)

We’re here in week three of this football season. The Syracuse Orange are sitting where they need to be at 2-0 on the year, following victories over Colgate and Western Michigan in games that proved to be warmups for the bellwether game this week against the Purdue Boilermakers on the road in West Lafayette, Indiana.

At present, Syracuse is looking to head on the road for the first time, as favorites in the primetime Saturday matchup. The game is opening with Syracuse as 2.5 point favorites on the DraftKings . The over/under is currently set at 56 points on the week. The Orange have covered and hit the over in both weeks this season, with offensive explosions against Western Michigan and Colgate while only giving up seven points total on the year.

Attacking a new week like @leonlowery5 attacks the QB
— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) September 11, 2023

Purdue is 1-1 on the year, coming off a late victory against the Virginia Tech Hokies during a rain soaked, weather delayed mess of a game last Saturday in Blacksburg. Prior to that, the Boilermakers lost a 39-35 barnburner to the Fresno State Bulldogs at home, giving up over 350 yards in the air and over 100 on the ground. This mix of results is leaving a lot of questions for what’s going to actually happen in this game and it may take until late Saturday night to actually figure it out.

Syracuse football’s Week 4 game against Army gets noon kickoff, will air on ACC Network (PS; Leiker)

Syracuse football will have its earliest kick off of the season thus far when Army comes to the Salt City in Week 4.

The Orange and the Black Knights are scheduled for a noon game Sept. 23 at the JMA Wireless Dome. The game will broadcast on ACC Network.

The ACC announced both the game time and the TV info Monday.

It’s the first meeting between Syracuse and Army since 1996 when the Orange hosted the Black Knights and won 42-17. Paul Pasqualoni was SU’s head coach at the time.

So far this year Syracuse has played two mid-afternoon games, both of which streamed on ACC Network Extra. SU has its first primetime appearance at Purdue this weekend at 7:30 p.m. on NBC.

Other known game times for the season ahead are the away game at Virginia Tech at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 (ESPN), home game against Boston College at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 (ESPN2) and the neutral site game at Yankee Stadium against Pittsburgh at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 11. A TV station has not been announced yet for that matchup. (SI; podcast; Bleav in Syracuse)

Bleav in Syracuse podcast episode 76, presented by Bet Online, Hofmann Sausage Company and Purple Banana, is out! Hosts Mike McAllister, Josh Crawford, Griffin Della Penna and Sydney Supple discuss Syracuse's 48-7 win over Western Michigan, the impact of injuries to David Wohlabaugh and Oronde Gadsden, who would replace Gadsden in the passing attack if he is out for an extended period, and look ahead to the Orange's matchup against Purdue in week three. You can subscribe and listen on your favorite podcasting platforms as linked below.

Sean Tucker Used as RB2 in Week 1 (; Aitken)

Before the regular season began, the Buccaneers put out their depth chart, and former Syracuse running back Sean Tucker was listed as the second-string running back.

For a player that wasn’t even selected in the 2023 NFL Draft, largely due to a congenital heart defect uncovered at the NFL combine, this was a huge accomplishment in and of itself. But as the saying goes, NFL stands for more than just National Football League; it also stands for Not For Long. Any player can lose their job or role in a moment’s notice. Until Tucker stepped on the field, nothing was certain.

On Sunday, Tucker’s role was clear: he’s the backup running back for Tampa Bay. He played the second-highest number of snaps for any back on the team, trailing only starter Rachaad White. Veteran third-teamer Chase Edmonds tallied just two carries, and depth option Ke’Shawn Vaughn didn’t touch the ball.

In a 20-17 win over the Vikings, Sean Tucker’s final stat line was five carries for 15 yards, as well as two receptions on two targets for nine yards. While this isn’t too impressive, it should be enough for the rookie to keep his second-string role. Tucker’s 3.0 yards per carry beat White’s 2.3 YPC, and both players made two catches on two targets. If anything, this indicates that Tucker could see more work going forward.

ACC News

ACC Power Rankings: Miami moves up thanks to upset over Texas A&M (PS; Leiker)

Nearly every team in the ACC faced weather delays during Saturday’s Week 2 slate, but despite the weather woes, 10 teams came out with wins.

That included Miami upsetting No. 23 Texas A&M — now unranked, with the Hurricanes taking its spot — to give the ACC its fourth win over an SEC foe this season.

Here are our power rankings after Week 2 for the conference with the best 2023 record against SEC schools.

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

This week: W 66-13 vs. Southern Miss
Next week: at Boston College; Noon; ABC

No. 3 Florida State looks just about unstoppable this season so far, with Jordan Travis and company added another yards to their season total on Saturday.

With the slate ahead of it, where the hardest game could likely be its late October matchup with Duke, it’s not hard to imagine FSU making it to the end of the season unscathed.

But it’s still early, and there are a few games that could end up being challenging depending on how the next few weeks go.

2. North Carolina (2-0, 0-0 ACC)

This week: W 40-34 vs. Appalachian State
Next week: vs. Minnesota; 3:30 p.m.; ESPN

No. 20 UNC held powered through double overtime against Appalachian State to keep its win column clean.

Tar Heels coach Mack Brown joked after the game he’d like N.C. State or East Carolina University to start playing the in-state rivalry game against the Mountaineers. This was the third meeting between the two programs in five years to come down to a touchdown or less.

3. Duke (2-0, 1-0 ACC)

Last week: W 42-7 vs. Lafayette
This week: vs. Northwestern; 3:30 p.m.; ACCN

Both Riley Leonard and backup quarterback Henry Belin IV finished the game with 100% completion ratings, a touchdown a piece, no interceptions, and passing yards per attempt averages above 10 yards. Both finished with over 100 yards total, as did running back Jordan Waters.

On the defensive side, No. 21 Duke picked off Lafayette twice and held it to 213 total offensive yards.

4. Miami (2-0, 0-0 ACC) ↑3

Last week: W 48-33 vs. No. 23 Texas A&M

This week: vs. Bethune-Cookman; 7:30 p.m. Thursday; ACCN

Miami made its debut in the AP Top 25 at No. 22 on Sunday after a strong performance against No. 23 Texas A&M, which it bumped out of the poll. Tyler Van Dyke had 374 passing yards and five touchdowns in the win.

The Hurricanes should no problem handling in-state Southwestern Athletic Conference opponent Bethune-Cookman next week.

5. Clemson (1-1, 0-1 ACC) ↓1

Last week: W 66-17 vs. Charleston Southern
This week: vs. Florida Atlantic; 8 p.m.; ACCN

Though Clemson ultimately pounded Charleston Southern, it did not look like a team that could put up 66 points in the first half. Charleston Southern held leads in both the first and second quarters, and Clemson had two turnovers at the hands of quarterback Cade Klubnik.

The Tigers are teetering on falling farther in the power rankings if they can’t prove they can command a game from start to finish against Florida Atlantic this week.

6. Pittsburgh (1-1, 0-0 ACC) ↓1

Last week: L 27-21 vs. Cincinnati
This week: at West Virginia; 7:30 p.m.; ABC

Even though the score reads as a close game, Pittsburgh struggled against Cincinnati. It went scoreless in the middle two quarters as the Bearcats built a 20-point lead.

Quarterback Phil Jurkovec, who said postgame he thinks its immature for fans to boo at games, finished the game with only 10 completions on 32 attempts.

7. Syracuse (2-0, 0-0 ACC) ↑1

Last week: W 48-7 vs. Western Michigan
This week: at Purdue; 7:30 p.m.; NBC

Despite a stress-inducing start to the game, Syracuse had little issue running up the score on Western Michigan. Of utmost concern for SU at the moment is the health of tight end Oronde Gadsden II and right tackle David Wohlabaugh Jr.

The Orange heads on the road for its first test of the season against a Purdue team that’s coming off a one-touchdown win on the road at Virginia Tech, which Syracuse plays in Week 9.

ACC Power Rankings: Week 3 (; Picaro)

The Miami Hurricanes entered week two at six in these power rankings. But an ass-kicking win over Texas A&M has them moving up the rankings pretty quickly.

With a lot of big wins throughout the Atlantic Coast Conference through two weeks, the Hurricanes didn’t have an easy road to the top quarter of the conference. But a 48-33 win over the Aggies is tough to argue against.

With a few games that should bring easy wins, who knows how high the Canes could climb in the next couple of weeks?

1. Florida State Seminoles (2-0)

Week Two Result: Win over Southern Miss, 66-13

Through two games, the Seminoles have outscored their opponents 111-37. With an opening win against LSU and a blowout of Southern Miss, Florida State has been the best team in the ACC thus far.

2. Miami Hurricanes (2-0)

Week Two Result: Win over Texas A&M, 48-33

The Hurricanes picked up another win over the SEC for the ACC. That moved the conference to 4-1 over the conference considered the best in the country. With both the offense and defense playing extremely well against one of the most talented rosters in the country, Miami looks to blow their preseason expectations out of the water.

3. Duke Blue Devils (2-0)

Week Two Result: Win over Lafayette, 42-7

The Blue Devils didn’t have a let-down after their huge upset over Clemson in week one. They handled their business against a lesser opponent, something not always easy to do when coming off the emotional high of an upset like they had. And when another ACC team almost lost to a team from the Patriot Conference, it wasn’t a definite win.

4. North Carolina Tar Heels (2-0)

Week Two Result: Win over Appalachian State, 40-34 (2OT)

They were able to pull out the tough win in double overtime over App State, but North Carolina looks vulnerable. Omarion Hampton came up huge in the close victory though, rushing for 234 yards and three touchdowns including scores to take the lead in the fourth quarter and tie the game in overtime.

5. Louisville Cardinals (2-0)

Week Two Result: Win over Murray State, 56-0

After a close win over Georgia Tech to open their season, Louisville picked up an easy win over Murray State on Thursday night. The Cardinals gained 690 yards of offense in the game. The balance of the offense was truly impressive with 346 yards through the air and 344 yards on the ground.

Another wild statistic is Jawhar Jordan’s rushing stats. Through two games, he has carried the ball 14 times and picked up 231 yards and three touchdowns for a 16.5-yard average.

6. Syracuse Orange (2-0)

Week Two Result: Win over Western Michigan, 48-7

Syracuse scored 45 points in the first half en route to another blowout win in week two. Their 113 points through two games is the most for the Orange since 2018 when they scored 117 against Western Michigan and Wagner. They finished that season 10-3 and ranked 15 in the final AP Poll.

VIDEO: Is Miami an ACC contender after beating Texas A&M? (247sports; video; Stock)

Watch a discussion about the Hurricanes' ACC title hopes following a win over Texas A&M.

ACC power rankings: FSU keeps top spot; Big Ten could shake up the rest of the league (; Keepfer)

The ACC, which is off to a 4-1 start against SEC opponents this season, will kick off some fun against another league this week.

Remember the “alliance” announced two years ago among the ACC, Big Ten and Pac 12? The lone remnant of that not-so-binding declaration is a handful of games between the ACC and Big Ten – an unofficial ACC-Big Ten Challenge, if you will, with six games on tap between leagues' teams this weekend.

A season-high five ACC teams find themselves ranked in the latest US LBM Coaches Poll, led by Florida State at No. 3, followed by North Carolina (18), Duke (20), Clemson (22) and Miami (23).

Here’s a look at this week’s power rankings:

1. Florida State (2-0)

Last week: 1

This week: at Boston College

What to know: Florida State is a 28-point favorite against Boston College. Only 28? The oddsmakers better start paying closer attention to the Seminoles. And the Eagles.

2. North Carolina (2-0)

Last week: 2
This week: vs. Minnesota

What to know: Somehow, some way, North Carolina pulled out yet another close win against Appalachian State on Saturday. This week the 18th-ranked Tar Heels will attempt to go Caddyshack on the Gophers.

3. Duke (2-0)

Last week: 3
This week: vs. Northwestern

What to know: When was the last time the Blue Devils went into a game vs. a Power 5 opponent as a 19.5-point favorite? I can’t remember, either.

4. Miami (2-0)

Last week: 7
This week: vs. Bethune-Cookman

What to know: Miami’s 15-point win against Texas A&M begs the question “are the Hurricanes really for real this time?” This week’s game won’t provide any clarity.

5. Clemson (1-1)

Last week: 5
This week: vs. Florida Atlantic

What to know: After struggling early in an eventual romp against Charleston Southern, another tune-up ahead of the Florida State showdown may be just what the doctor ordered for the Tigers.

6. Pitt (1-1)

Last week: 6

This week: at West Virginia

What to know: Hide your sofas, folks. This is the 106th holding of the Backyard Brawl between Pitt and West Virginia, which are two of only six teams in the nation that will play 11 Power 5 opponents this season.

7. Wake Forest (2-0)

Last week: 8
This week: at Old Dominion

What to know: Still waiting for the Demon Deacons to play a team with a pulse, which doesn't look like a possibility until an Oct. 7 visit to Clemson's Death Valley.

8. NC State (1-1)

Last week: 4
This week: vs. VMI

What to know: NC State’s scoreboard malfunctioned for a while on Saturday following a lightning strike. Or was it Notre Dame’s offense prompting the outage?

9. Louisville (2-0)

Last week: 9
This week: vs. Indiana (at Indianapolis)

What to know: The Cardinals are showing some early prowess and could move to 3-0 under first-year coach Jeff Brohm, a Louisville alum.

10. Syracuse (2-0)

Last week: 10
This week: at Purdue

What to know: We’ve seen this before. Syracuse started 6-0 last season before hitting the meat of its schedule and dropping six of seven. Let’s wait until the Orange play Clemson on Sept. 30 before jumping on the bandwagon.

Column: The expanding ACC made the right choice, even if it’s further from home than ever (; Levitan)

The ACC was born in North Carolina, and 70 years later, its heart remains here.

Last fall, the conference made its departure from its ancestral home of Greensboro, N.C., official, announcing a relocation to Charlotte that finally took place in August. Many have rued what could be viewed as a loss of tradition — an abandonment of roots, even — but the fact of the matter is that the ACC chose wisely. After deciding that Greensboro could no longer be home, conference leadership struck a balance between history and geography with a need to grow and adapt.

That same balance is at the heart of the ACC’s latest, much more eye-popping move, even as it brings the conference further from North Carolina than ever.

In September, the conference voted to add Stanford, California and SMU to its ranks, capitalizing on the rapid collapse of the Pac-12 to preserve the ACC’s own status in the Power 5 4. Of the four holdouts from an earlier vote — Clemson, Florida State, N.C. State and North Carolina — only the Wolfpack flipped, but that one vote was enough to send a divided ACC head-first into the future.

Suddenly, and perhaps only temporarily, there is stability for the ACC and commissioner Jim Phillips, but there is also more cause than ever to question whether the conference has finally lost its path (or maybe its marbles). Even in today’s rapidly changing landscape, where geography and conference membership have little in common, is adding a pair of Pacific Coast schools to the Atlantic Coast Conference too much?

It’s not. The ACC, along with the requisite 80% of its roster, did what it had to do to survive, and there should be no shame in that. What good is clinging to the past when the choice is to get with the times or get left behind?

For a while, football-independent Notre Dame has seemed the answer to the ACC’s realignment worries — who better than the Fighting Irish to give the conference a boost, both financially and in terms of relevancy? The Conference of Champions’ disappearing act, though, must have jolted the ACC into action: It could no longer wait for Notre Dame to descend from its throne to save the day.
... (SI; Caudell)

The ACC has had a great season so far, winning games against the SEC and having Florida State near the top of the rankings and there are four teams ranked in the AP poll (Florida State, Duke, North Carolina, and Miami).

This week, there is a lack of marquee games in the league as most teams are still going through their non-conference slates. Florida State does open conference play on the road against a Boston College team that barely beat Holy Cross. In the non-conference, Georgia Tech travels to Ole Miss, Pitt travels to West Virginia, North Carolina hosts Minnesota, and Louisville travels to Indiana.

This year, I have gone 9-3 in both weeks and I am 18-6 for the year. My losses last week included picking A&M over Miami, Pitt over Cincinnati, and Virginia Tech over Purdue.

So who wins each ACC game this week? Let's pick them. (Note, I will be previewing and picking Georgia Tech vs Ole Miss later this week)

Thursday, Sept. 14th

No. 22 Miami vs Bethune-Cookman (7:30 p.m. ACC Network)

Miami was the story of the ACC last week when they beat Texas A&M at home and scored the biggest win of the Mario Cristobal era. Now, Miami gets a bit of a breather against an FCS foe in Bethune-Cookman. The big thing for Miami will be to stay healthy coming out of this game. The Hurricanes had some key defenders injured in that game and coming off of five days rest, they just need to get out ahead and then get their starters out.

Final Score: Miami 48, Bethune-Cookman 10

Friday, Sept. 15th

Virginia at Maryland (-14) (7:00 p.m. FS1)

Virginia is now 0-2 to start the season after losing to in-state James Madison and it is a wonder about where Tony Elliott's team is going to finish this year. The only bright spot coming out of that game is freshman Anthony Colandrea, who threw for nearly 400 yards. Maryland is not an elite Big 10 program, but they are good enough to handle business at home against what might be the ACC's worst team.

Final Score: Maryland 31, Virginia 13

Saturday, Sept. 16th

No. 3 Florida State (-27.5) at Boston College (12:00 p.m. ABC)

This is going to be a bloodbath. Boston College lost their first game of the season against Northern Illinois (who lost to Southern Illinois this weekend) and then barely beat Holy Cross this weekend. Florida State looks unstoppable on offense right now and I doubt the Eagles do much to get in their way. Florida State cruises in this one.

Final Score: Florida State 52, Boston College 16

Louisville (-9.5) at Indiana (12:00 p.m. Big Ten Network)

Louisville is now 2-0 after getting a win against Murray State last Thursday and now they go into Big Ten territory to take on Indiana. The Hoosiers played Ohio State tough in the opener and then beat Indiana State and they are hoping to pull a big upset. I think Indiana is one of the worst teams in the Big Ten and that is mostly due to their offense. The Louisville defense should not have a lot of trouble stopping them and Jack Plummer should find Jamari Thrash for plenty of yards on Saturday.

Final Score: Louisville 34, Indiana 14

Wake Forest (-14) at Old Dominion (12:00 p.m. ESPN2)

Wake Forest got their second win of the year last week by beating Vanderbilt and the Demon Deacons are traveling to Old Dominion to try and earn their third win. Wake Forest has looked fine on offense, but they have not really been tested yet. I think that continues this week and Dave Clawson's team will be 3-0 heading into a matchup with Georgia Tech.

Final Score: Wake Forest 38, Old Dominion 20

VMI vs. NC State (2:00 p.m. CW Network)

NC State was disappointing in the rain-delayed loss to Notre Dame, but this is an easy bounce-back opportunity for the Wolfpack. The concerning thing for Dave Doeren's team is the offense does not look very good right now. The offensive line has struggled and the wide receivers have looked average. The Wolfpack will get a win this week, but there are some concerns with this team.

Final Score: NC State 42, VMI 7

North Carolina (-7.5) vs. Minnesota (3:30 ESPN)

North Carolina survived another scare from App State and they don't get any breathers this week with Minnesota coming to town. This is going to be a big test for the North Carolina offense because the Golden Gophers' strength lies in their defense. The other side is what is the question for Minnesota and it will be interesting to see if North Carolina can hold their own. After a stellar performance against South Carolina, the defense for UNC took a step back by allowing 34 points to App State. I think the home-field advantage and the benefit of having an elite quarterback get North Carolina the win.

Final Score: North Carolina 31, Minnesota 20

Duke (-19.5) vs. Northwestern (3:30 p.m. ACC Network)

Duke did not have a letdown after their big win over Clemson and now they get a game against what might be the worst power conference team in the country. The Blue Devils are big favorites and as long as they don't come out complacent, they should get a win here. Blue Devils quarterback Riley Leonard has gotten off to a great start this year. Northwestern is 1-1 this season and just picked up a win against UTEP.

Final Score: Duke 35, Northwestern 10

Virginia Tech at Rutgers (-7) (3:30 p.m. Big Ten Network)

Yes, you read that right, Rutgers is a touchdown favorite heading into a home matchup against Virginia Tech. The Hokies followed up their win over Old Dominino with a dud performance against Purdue, although that game was delayed by the weather. It is tough to trust Brent Pry and Virginia Tech right now, especially on the road. I don't think Rutgers is that good, but I don't think the Hokies offense can get enough done to get a road win.

Final Score: Rutgers 21, Virginia Tech 14

Syracuse (-2.5) at Purdue (7:30 p.m. NBC)

This is going to be the biggest test of the year so far for Syracuse, who have wins over Colgate and Western Michigan under their belt. Quarterback Garrett Shrader has played well through two games and the defense for Syracuse has been solid, but this is going to be their toughest test.

Purdue is going to be solid at home and I think this game could go either way, but I trust Dino Babers more than Ryan Walters at the moment in the coaching matchup.

Final Score: Syracuse 31, Purdue 27

Disney, Charter settle cable dispute hours before 'MNF' opener (PS; AP)

Hours before the fall’s first “Monday Night Football” game, Disney and Charter Communications have settled a business dispute that had left some 15 million cable TV customers without ESPN and other Disney channels.

Disney said that because of the deal, the majority of its ESPN customers would have service restored to Charter’s Spectrum cable system immediately. Charter confirmed the deal Monday.

The agreement was announced hours before the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills were to debut their season on ESPN and ESPN2. It’s the first game for the Jets with Aaron Rodgers as quarterback, and many Spectrum customers are in the New York area.

Charter had sought access to Disney’s streaming services for its customers and, as part of the deal, both sides said that the Disney+ ad-supported service and ESPN+ would be offered to select Spectrum customers. They also said that ESPN’s direct-to-consumer service, which is still in the works, will be part of the Spectrum service.

Under the deal, Spectrum will offer its customers a lineup of 19 Disney-owned stations. Charter had sought greater flexibility to let its cable customers pick and choose which networks it wanted as part of their service.

Financial terms were not revealed.

“Our collective goal has always been to build an innovative model for the future,” Disney CEO Robert Iger and Charter CEO Chris Winfrey said in a prepared, joint statement.

“This deal recognizes both the continued value of linear television and the growing popularity of streaming services while addressing the evolving needs of our customers,” they said.

Many television viewers were less interested in the business particulars than they fact that they couldn’t watch ESPN during the U.S. Open tennis tournament and opening weekend of the college football season.

But the matchup Monday between the Buffalo Bills, one of the most powerful teams in the NFL, and the New York Jets led by new quarterback Aaron Rodgers, was another huge deadline.

ACC football report: Freshmen, transfers and returning stars to watch after two weeks (; $; Navarro)0

The ACC hasn’t won a season series against the SEC as a conference since the 2016 season when Clemson capped a 10-4 league run by beating Alabama to win the national championship.

We’re only a couple of weeks into the 2023 season, but after a 4-1 start against the SEC, things are shaping up quite nicely for the league.

Say what you want about the importance of conference bragging rights, but the reality is the ACC needs moments like this to help on the recruiting trail and to fight the perception that it’s a second-rate football league. Collectively, the SEC has a 107-73 record against the ACC since the league first began expanding in 2004.

After Georgia Tech, a 20-point underdog, visits 17th-ranked Ole Miss (2-0) on Saturday, we’ll have only four regular-season games left between the ACC and SEC. All four will be played on the final weekend of the regular season: Georgia Tech at Georgia, Clemson at South Carolina, Florida State at Florida and Kentucky at Louisville.

With that, let’s take a look at some noteworthy performances in the ACC after the first two weeks of the regular season.

Most impressive wins

This one is obvious: Florida State’s win over LSU. The Week 1 victory not only moved the Seminoles into the top four of the national rankings, but it also marked an ACC team’s first win over a top-five-ranked SEC opponent since Clemson beat Alabama to win the national title in 2018.

Mike Norvell’s full locker room speech after #FSU’s 45-24 win over LSU was full of emotion
He shouted out the job of strength and conditioning coach Josh Storms (@coachstorms)
“They don’t have coach Storms”
: @FSUFootball
— Zach Blostein (@ZBlostein247) September 4, 2023

Miami’s win over previously ranked Texas A&M and North Carolina’s nine-sack performance in a win over rival South Carolina deserve honorable mention. Miami hadn’t defeated an SEC team since it knocked off Florida in 2013.

Best plays

There have been some pretty incredible plays so far that deserve mention.

Syracuse’s Garrett Shrader’s 86-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Brown in last weekend’s win over Western Michigan has been the longest play from scrimmage in the ACC thus far.

Week 2 was an absolutely loaded week of ACC football with all 14 teams playing home games against out-of-conference opponents. Teams like Clemson, Syracuse, Louisville, and Georgia Tech all played opposites that they were clearly better than, and they made quick work of their opponents. Some thought that Southern Miss might be able to rise up and challenge a Florida State team that is coming off a high of beating LSU, but the Seminoles proved that they are not overlooking any opponent. In some of the tougher matchups, the ACC is sending a message to the rest of the nation with Wake Forest and Miami beating SEC opposites, and improving the conference record to 4-1 versus the SEC thus far in 2023. Quickly get caught up on what happened this weekend in ACC football with the 2-Minute Drill for Week 2.

After loss to Notre Dame, NC State looks to regroup against VMI :: (; Bergin)

NC State football will look to regroup this weekend against Virginia Military Institute after losing Saturday against Notre Dame.

“We acknowledge there was an opportunity there to do something against Notre Dame, but also realize the improvement we need to make as a team and we will make to be the team that we want to be,” head coach Dave Doeren said. “This team will respond. There’s really good leadership in this football locker room.

“The best way to get over this feeling is to get out and play and go get after somebody else.”

Doeren said safety Jakeen Harris will miss the remainder of the 2023 season with a torn pectoral muscle. Harris suffered the injury on the third play of the season-opening game against UConn, Doeren said.

Harris had surgery and plans to return in 2024, according to Doeren.

“It always hurts losing a starter that has that much game experience, and next guy up,” Doeren said.

Friedlander: First impressions of every ACC football game in Week 3 - Saturday Road (; Friedlander)

The ACC has had some fun at the SEC’s expense during the opening 2 weeks.

Thanks to Florida State, North Carolina, Miami and Wake Forest, the league is 4-1 in head-to-head matchups against the top league in college football.

Now, as we turn the page to Week 3, the ACC has a chance to make a few statements against the other half of the perceived “Big 2.”

There are 5 games against Big Ten, highlighted by a battle between North Carolina and Minnesota, a border war between former ACC rivals Virginia and Maryland and another border battle between Louisville and Indiana.

Here’s a look ahead at what to expect:

Miami vs. Bethune-Cookman

When – Thursday, 7:30 pm ET

TV – ACC Network

The Hurricanes put a 70-13 hurting on the Wildcats in Mario Cristobal debut game last season. This year’s team, as illustrated by Saturday’s methodical win against Texas A&M, is significantly better.

While Bethune-Cookman gets its money, Miami will have the opportunity to come down from the high of that signature win against the Aggies and deal with a short week without having to work up much of a sweat.

It will also give safety Kam Kinchens, defensive linemen Akheem Mesidor and Branson Deen, and freshman running back Mark Fletcher Jr. a chance to heal up and be ready for the meat of the schedule to come. All 3 players left Saturday’s games with injuries.

Virginia vs. Maryland

When – Friday, 7 pm ET

TV – FS1

The ACC’s offices have moved from Greensboro to Charlotte. The league is going bi-coastal with the addition of Stanford, Cal and SMU next year. But if you’re the nostalgic type who longs for the simpler days of the league’s past, this game is for you.

This will be the 79th meeting of the neighboring rivals, but the first since the Terrapins’ 27-26 victory in 2013, Maryland’s final season before leaving the ACC for the Big Ten.

As appealing as the matchup might be, there’s a good chance that the actual game will be a letdown. While the Terps are 2-0, the rebuilding Cavaliers are 0-2 – including Saturday’s heartbreaking loss against James Madison.

True freshman Anthony Colandrea, however, provided at least a little hope for UVa by throwing for 377 yards and 2 touchdowns in the loss to the Dukes in his 1st career start.

Florida State at Boston College

When – Saturday, noon ET


The showdown between the best team in the ACC and the league’s worst team promises to be a mismatch of epic proportions. The Eagles are 1 score from being 0-2 against arguably the 2 softest touches on their schedule – Northern Illinois and Holy Cross. The Seminoles are ranked No. 3 in the nation with a bullet.

BC has at least shown signs of life offensively since Thomas Castellanos replaced Emmett Morehead midway though the opening week loss to Northern Illinois, The UCF transfer threw for 204 yards and 2 touchdowns while running for 69 more in his 1st start Saturday.

But he’ll be facing a much more formidable defense in FSU. And the Seminoles offense, with their wealth of riches, figures to have little trouble scoring points against an Eagles unit that had a hard time containing Holy Cross.

Louisville vs. Indiana at Indianapolis

When – Saturday, noon ET

TV – Big Ten Network

Jeff Brohm couldn’t have drawn up a better start for his return to his alma mater. A come-from-behind win at Georgia Tech, followed by a 56-0 blowout of Murray State. Now comes a neutral site date against a familiar opponent for the new Cardinals coach.

The Hoosiers are Purdue’s primary rival and Brohm went 4-1 against them when he was with the Boilermakers, with 1 meeting canceled because of COVID. The only loss came in double overtime. Brohm’s teams won the 2 most recent renewals of the Bucket Game by a combined margin of 74-23.

It’s tough to get a gauge on what to expect from Indiana. After getting held to just a single field goal in an opening loss to Ohio State, the Hoosiers rebounded by beating Indiana State 41-7 with redshirt freshman Tayven Jackson going 18-for-21 for 236 yards and a rushing touchdown.

Wake Forest vs. Old Dominion

When – Saturday, noon ET


Two of Dave Clawson’s primary goals were improving the running game and becoming more opportunistic on defense. Saturday’s win against Vanderbilt showed that Wake is well on its way toward accomplishing both.

Even without starter Justice Ellison, the Deacons rushed for 288 yards, with Demond Claiborne and Tate Carney each going for more than 100 yards. Defensively, they created 3 turnovers – including a scoop and 31-yard score by Brendon Harris.

The Deacons have started 3 of the past 4 seasons at 3-0. They stand a good chance of adding to that mark against an ODU team that has already lost handily to an ACC team, falling 36-17 at Virginia Tech 2 weeks ago.

NC State vs. VMI

When – Saturday, noon ET

TV – The CW

Dave Doeren stated the obvious after Saturday’s loss to Notre Dame when he said that his team has “got lots to fix.” The list includes blocking up front, drops by receivers, inconsistency from veteran quarterback Brennan Armstrong and a defense with a penchant for giving up big plays.

The good news is that Saturday’s opponent will give the Wolfpack a realistic shot at improving in all those areas and building a little confidence. State is 11-0 against FCS opponents under Doeren, winning those games by a cumulative margin of 378-99 with 3 shutouts.

VMI is 1-1 with a win against Davidson and a loss to Bucknell. The Keydets didn’t score more than 13 points in either game.

Duke vs. Northwestern

When – Saturday, 3:30 pm ET

TV – ACC Network

Two schools with a lot in common when it comes to size, academics and prestige, Duke and Northwestern are heading in distinctly opposite directions on the football field.

The No. 21-ranked Blue Devils are well on their way toward building on last year’s 9-win season with victories against Clemson and Lafayette. The Wildcats, meanwhile, are embroiled in a hazing scandal that cost coach Pat Fitzgerald his job off the field and a season-long string of losses on it.

Northwestern did break a 12-game losing streak dating to its 2022 opener by beating UTEP 38-7 on Saturday – a game in which all but 7 of the Wildcats’ points were scored in the 2nd half.

North Carolina vs. Minnesota

When – Saturday, 3:30 pm ET


The Tar Heels started the season in impressive fashion by beating South Carolina in Charlotte. But they reverted to some old bad habits on defense and had to survive 2 overtimes to beat Appalachian State to go 2-0.

UNC gave up 288 yards on the ground to the Mountaineers with an average of 6.7 yards per carry. That could be a problem against a Gophers offense that rushed for 296 yards in Saturday’s win against Eastern Michigan, with Darius Taylor accounting for 193 of them.

Offensively, the Tar Heels are averaging 35.5 points per game. But Drake Maye is definitely showing the effects of his 2 best receivers being out of action. It will be a challenge against a Minnesota defense that has allowed fewer than 100 yards through the air in their 1st 2 wins.

Virginia Tech at Rutgers

When – Saturday, 3:30 pm ET

TV – Big Ten Network

The Hokies get another crack at beating a Big Ten opponent after losing 28-21 to Purdue at home on Saturday. They had their chances against the Boilermakers in a game that was delayed for more than 5 hours by stormy weather.

Despite the 1-score margin, Tech’s offensive performance left a lot to be desired. All its points were scored during the final 6 minutes of the opening half. And as a team, it managed only 11 net yards on the ground.

Rutgers, like the Hokies, is projected to be a bottom feeder in its conference. The Scarlet Knights, however, come into the game at 2-0 with wins against a Northwestern team whose program is in disarray and Temple, which went 3-9 last season.

Georgia Tech at Ole Miss

When – Saturday, 7:30 pm ET

TV – SEC Network

If nothing else, this will be a measuring stick game for the Yellow Jackets.

They got shut out 42-0 by the Rebels last year. The game got so lopsided so early that Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin avoided running up the score.

The gesture didn’t help save Geoff Collins’ job. Collins was replaced by Brent Key 2 weeks later.

Tech is 5-5 under Key, including Saturday’s win against South Carolina State. While the Yellow Jackets will be overmatched again, especially since the rematch is on the road, the result will give Key an idea of how far his team has come in a year. And how much farther it still has to go.

But hey, ACC teams are 4-1 against the SEC this season. So you never know.

Pittsburgh at West Virginia

When – Saturday, 7:30 pm ET


The Panthers continue their reunion tour against former Big East rivals. Pat Narduzzi can only hope that this one goes better than last week’s loss to Cincinnati.

Give Pitt credit for rallying late and with a pair of 4th quarter touchdowns and nearly pulling out the victory after a late interception by Marquis Williams. But it might not have had to come from behind if it hadn’t stumbled through the first 3 periods with only a single touchdown.

The biggest issue was a running game that produced only 83 yards and 2.9 yards per carry.

While the Panthers and Bearcats hadn’t met since the breakup of the old Big East 11 years ago, this will be the 2nd season in a row for the Backyard Brawl against WVU. Pitt beat the Mountaineers 38-31 on a late pick-6 by MJ Devonshire.

Syracuse at Purdue

When – Saturday, 7:30 pm ET


After opening the year with 2 straight cupcakes, the Orange take a step up in competition against a meatier opponent coming off a win against an ACC team. This is a game in which Dino Babers gets a better read on how good his team actually is after watching it put up some impressive offensive numbers in blowout wins against Colgate and Western Michigan.

Syracuse won those games by a combined score of 113-7.

Quarterback Garrett Shrader has completed 68% of his passes and has spread the ball around, with an even dozen receivers catching at least 1 ball and 7 – including star tight end Oronde Gadsden III – scoring at least 1 touchdown.


OT: Pac-12 Sets Record for Most Top 25 Teams (RX; HM)

OT: Pac-12 Sets Record for Most Top 25 Teams

In its final season together, Pac-12 teams have set a conference record for most teams in the Top 25:

8 teams ranked for the first time in conference history.

(Previous high was 6)
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) September 10, 2023
This made me think of a song (I owe you a lyrics this week anyways):

App State: P5 Killer? (RX; HM)

App State: P5 Killer?

Posted by Appalachian State fan "Yosef181" on CSNBBS under "The last 8 'App State vs. P5' games were decided by 7 points or less"...

2023: #17 North Carolina 40, App State 34 (2OT)
2022: App State 17, #6 Texas A&M 14
2022: North Carolina 63, App State 61
2021: #22 Miami 25, App State 23
2019: App State 20, South Carolina 15

BREAKING: Disney and Charter Reach a Deal (RX; HM)

BREAKING: Disney and Charter Reach a Deal

From SportsMediaWatch: Disney-Charter dispute ends with new deal
ESPN and the other Disney networks will be returning to Charter’s Spectrum cable systems after the sides reached agreement on a new deal, it was announced Monday.
The key point of contention between the sides was the inclusion of Disney’s direct-to-subscriber platforms ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu, which Charter wanted to bundle with the linear networks free-of-charge. Under the agreement, which was officially announced Monday morning, Charter will bundle Disney+, ESPN+, and the eventual ESPN direct-to-subscriber service with its existing packages. ESPN+ will be on the Spectrum TV Plus tier, while the other two will be included with the basic Spectrum TV Select package.
Those services will not be provided to Charter for free, however. The Wall Street Journal said Monday that Charter has agreed to pay Disney higher rates for its channels in order to distribute the streaming services and CNBC separately reported that Charter would pay a discounted wholesale rate for the services.

Disney-Charter dispute ends, per multiple reports. According to CNBC, Spectrum subscribers will get Disney's direct-to-subscriber services at a discount, but not for free as Charter desired: Disney-Charter dispute ends with new deal

My Weekend in Atlanta 2023 Sep 9 (RX; HM)

My Weekend in Atlanta 2023 Sep 9

I was traveling this weekend and so didn't have time to post this. My family and I were in Atlanta and when I saw that GT was virtually giving away tickets to the SC State game I thought "why not?". So we bought our $3 upper deck tickets, we paid our $25 to park, we rode the shuttle to the stadium, we bought our $5 bottles of water, and we sat down to watch the game, and (notice the scoreboard)...

...the game was delayed. We wondered if/when they would be able to play (notice the clouds on the upper right corner of the photo). However, shortly before 1:30 pm, the cheerleaders, the Ramblin' Wreck, and the team came onto the field...

That's when I saw lightning strike, and I knew we were wasting our time and money...

SUMMARY: Good intentions, bad weather, had to leave before the game could even start.

I guess we did our part to help the GTAA, though.

FPI Top 25 as of 2023 Sep 10 (RX; HM)

FPI Top 25 as of 2023 Sep 10

How is this right?

FPI tells a very different story than the AP poll...

5. Florida State
9. Notre Dame
15. Miami
18. Syracuse
20. Clemson
No UNC. No Duke. No 8 teams from the Pac-12.


New indoor entertainment venue aimed at kids opens in Onondaga County (PS; Doran)

A new entertainment venue offering activities ranging from an arcade to a trampoline park has opened in Western Lights Plaza in Syracuse.

Fun City Adventure Park opened last month in the plaza at 4671 Onondaga Boulevard.

The venue also offers a climbing ropes course, bumper and dodgeball, a foam pit, Ninja course, basketball, a rubberized balance beam and indoor playground.

Store officials said the venue includes 14 trampolines.

Fun City is open seven days a week, and has a
Facebook page.

Where are people in Syracuse shopping for new homes? (PS; $; Tampone)

The number one location where Syracuse residents are shopping for new homes is located just down the New York State Thruway, according to a recent list from Stacker.

At the top of Syracuse’s interest list is Utica. Listings there accounted for 8.9% of Syracuse’s views of listings in the second quarter of 2023.

The list uses data on cross-market demand and monthly inventory from It is based on micropolitan and metropolitan areas, which include cities, plus surrounding suburbs and towns, Stacker said.

The locations are ranked by view share, a statistic that measures interest in listings from one area to another. The statistic is based on views of for-sale listings on between different geographies.

You can see the full top 10 list below and read more on Stacker’s website.

#10. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: View share: 1.9%- Median listing price: $359,900- Listings as of July 2023: 4,168- Median listing price per square foot: $228

Wave of stolen Kias and Hyundais fuels crime and death in Syracuse, U.S.; ‘Oh my god! That’s my car’ (PS; $; Stevenson & Moriarty)

Two stolen cars used in burglaries and linked to the fatal shooting of two teens by a deputy this week are part of a wave of Kia and Hyundai thefts that have plagued Syracuse and cities across the nation.

The stolen Kia and Hyundai vehicles in Syracuse have often been used for joyrides that end in crashes or are used to commit other crimes like burglaries.

The stealing of these cars can have deadly consequences, too, like the fatal shooting of the teens in a stolen Hyundai.

The Syracuse boys — Dhal Apet, 17, and Lueth Mo, 15 — died Wednesday when a deputy fired three shots at the stolen vehicle they were riding in when the driver tried to run over the deputy, according to Sheriff Toby Shelley. The vehicle had been used in two burglaries earlier that day, he said.

Nationally, stolen Kias and Hyundais have been involved in crashes and crimes including murder, robberies and assaults. People in the stolen cars have died in crashes. Innocent motorists and others, including children, struck by the vehicles have died, too.

It’s so bad that some cities including Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, New York and Seattle are suing Hyundai and Kia for the costs of investigating the thefts. The lawsuits allege negligence on the part of the automakers because of the ease with which their vehicles can be stolen.

More than half the cars stolen in Syracuse are Kias and Hyundais, according to a analysis of data from the city police for the first seven months of 2023. That’s 352 vehicles out of 692 reported stolen.

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