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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Suspenders Day!

Today is devoted to suspenders, an accessory made of straps of fabric or leather that cross over a wearer's shoulders and hold up their pants. Suspenders usually form an X or Y shape on the wearer's back, and attach with clips or buttons. In Britain they are known as braces, and in the nineteenth century they were sometimes called galluses. Outside the United States the term suspenders refers to a garter belt.

Modern day suspenders were invented in 1820 by Albert Thurston, and their popularity has waxed and waned since then. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries they were almost universally worn, because most people wore high cuts pants, which made belts impractical. Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain, received an early patent for suspenders in 1871. Suspenders lost some popularity following World War I, where men had become used to wearing belts with their uniforms. Up until the mid-twentieth century suspenders were still considered an undergarment, and were covered by vests, waistcoats, or cardigans. Thus, as men wore vests less in the 1930's, they also wore suspenders less. In the 1940's fuller cut trousers came back into fashion, helping revive suspenders a bit. Now it is considered acceptable for suspenders to be seen, and that is often the preferred way to wear them. Although suspenders have not rivaled the belt for decades, there has been some resurgence in recent years. The film Wall Street may have helped contribute to this, and other prominent figures such as Larry King and Annie Lennox from the Eurythmics have also sported them.

SU News

Alijah Clark: How football has helped with healing (; video; NewsChannel9)

Alijah Clark: How football has helped with healing

How do SU offense’s PFF grades measure up against ACC peers? (PS; $; Mink)

Syracuse football is off this weekend, allowing it to kick up its feet and size up the competition.

This week’s ACC schedule makes for an efficient viewing window: Boston College faces Georgia Tech at noon before segueing to Pittsburgh-Wake Forest at 3:30 p.m. Syracuse will see all four schools over the final five weeks of the season.

While the Orange rests ahead of a Thursday night trip to Virginia Tech on Oct. 26, here’s a look at how its offensive starters’ PFF grades measure up against their ACC peers.



(; radio; Orange Nation)

Voice of the Orange Matt Park joins Steve and Paulie during the Syracuse football bye week to talk football, basketball, and to help Paulie out with a personal problem.

Fresh Squeezed Sports podcast: Football check-in, hoops media day ); podcast; Ostrowski & Crawford)

In the first episode of Fresh Squeezed Sports’ new season, The NewsHouse covers the state of Syracuse football and the latest on Orange basketball before checking in with ‘Cuse players in the NFL.

Hosts Mike Ostrowski and Josh Crawford review the first seven games of Orange football previewing what to expect after a bye-week.

Will the SU offense be able to rebound after facing three elite defenses? How many of the remaining games should SU be favored in? How concerned are Mike and Josh?

Also, the hosts give their first impressions of the men’s basketball team from media day and share the players they are most excited to see. The episode concludes with a check on Syracuse players standing out in the NFL.

Check out Fresh Squeezed Sports every week for our team’s takes and updates on Syracuse Athletics and follow along with The NewsHouse for daily sports coverage.

Justin Barron stands out for Syracuse defense (; video; Finneral)

247Sports' James Finneral discusses the performance of Syracuse defensive back Justin Barron.

Syracuse football, despite 3-game skid, still appearing in bowl projections (itlh; Adler)

As Syracuse football is in the midst of a bye week, the Orange has wrapped up its most challenging three-game stretch of the 2023 season, a span in which the ‘Cuse got thoroughly outplayed by fellow Atlantic Coast Conference foes Clemson at home, as well as highly rated North Carolina and Florida State on the road.

I noted in another column earlier this week that ESPN’s football power index (“FPI”) still gives the Orange (4-3, 0-3 in the ACC) an overwhelming chance to attain at least six victories this term and qualify for a post-season bowl for the second year in a row.

That being said, many ‘Cuse fans and some former Syracuse football players are frustrated not merely with the recent losses, but the fact that the Orange hasn’t proven competitive versus high-quality competition of late.

In consecutive setbacks to the Tigers, the Tar Heels and the Seminoles, Syracuse football has been outscored by a combined 112-24. Yes, the Orange’s remaining five regular-season games in 2023 are “winnable,” but unless the team shores up its offense, the ‘Cuse is likely to suffer more defeats, even against “easier” competition.

Let’s look at recent bowl projections for Syracuse football.

Jerry Palm of CBS Sports has the Orange going up against Pac-12 Conference member Oregon State in the Holiday Bowl on December 27 in San Diego. At present, the Beavers are 6-1 overall and ranked No. 12 in the latest Associated Press top-25 poll.

Brett McMurphy of Action Network predicts that Syracuse football will face American Athletic Conference team Tulane in the Fenway Bowl on December 28 in Boston. The Green Wave owns a mark of 5-1 and checks in at No. 23 nationally in the AP top 25.

Brad Crawford of 247Sports also has the Orange squaring off against Tulane in the Fenway Bowl.

Finally, Steven Lassan of Athlon Sports is projecting that Syracuse football will suit up versus American Athletic Conference team Navy on December 27 at the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md. So far in the 2023 campaign, the Midshipmen are 3-3 overall.

Syracuse, other NCAA athletes working more with online vendors (; video; Vivacqua)

Name, Image and Likeness, or NIL branding as it’s commonly known, has redefined college sports over the last few years. Recently, more companies have launched websites selling player merchandise from a variety of sports through online stores. Sales generated are benefitting players and colleges across the country.

In just a few years’ time, not only did it get easier to find a jersey that includes the name of your favorite college player, but you can also find items like autographs, mugs and hats.

Dave Meluni, a sports management professor at Syracuse University's Falk College, said you can now find more websites working with student-athletes from a variety of sports in Division I through Division III.

Kyron Drones, players to watch in the Virginia Tech vs. Syracuse football game - October 26 (; Skrive)

At Lane Stadium on Thursday, Bhayshul Tuten and the Virginia Tech Hokies (3-4) take on the Syracuse Orange (4-3).
Check out: US LBM Coaches Poll powered by USA Today sports

How to watch Virginia Tech vs. Syracuse on TV or streaming

  • When: Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET
  • Location: Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia
  • TV: ESPN

Hokies players

  • Kyron Drones: 1,043 PASS YDS / 149.0 YPG / 58% / 6 TD / 1 INT / 91 CAR / 344 RUSH YDS / 4 TD
  • Tuten: 92 CAR / 360 YDS / 51.4 YPG / 3 TD / 20 REC / 204 YDS / 29.1 YPG / 2 TD
  • Jaylin Lane: 21 REC / 341 YDS / 48.7 YPG / 5 TD
  • Da’Quan Felton: 17 REC / 232 YDS / 33.1 YPG / 2 TD
  • Stephen Gosnell: 15 REC / 208 YDS / 29.7 YPG / 0 TD
  • Antwaun Powell: 24 TKL / 6.0 TFL / 7.0 SACK
  • Keli Lawson: 52 TKL / 3.0 TFL / 1.5 SACK / 1 INT / 1 PD
  • Keonta Jenkins: 23 TKL / 1.0 TFL / 1.5 SACK / 1 INT / 1 PD

Orange players

  • Garrett Shrader: 1,376 PASS YDS / 196.6 YPG / 62% / 8 TD / 5 INT / 78 CAR / 358 RUSH YDS / 6 TD
  • LeQuint Allen: 105 CAR / 511 YDS / 73.0 YPG / 7 TD / 23 REC / 157 YDS / 22.4 YPG / 1 TD
  • Umari Hatcher: 21 REC / 346 YDS / 49.4 YPG / 2 TD
  • Damien Alford: 20 REC / 319 YDS / 45.6 YPG / 1 TD
  • Donovan Brown: 22 REC / 298 YDS / 42.6 YPG / 1 TD
  • Leon Lowery: 21 TKL / 4.0 TFL / 3.5 SACK
  • Justin Barron: 48 TKL / 2.0 TFL / 0.5 SACK / 2 INT / 2 PD

Virginia Tech stats

  • The Hokies are putting up 359.9 yards per game on offense (90th in the FBS), and they rank 43rd on the other side of the ball with 341.6 yards allowed per game.
  • Virginia Tech ranks 82nd in passing yards this season (219.6 per game), but has been shining on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 10th-best in the FBS with 169.4 passing yards allowed per game.
  • On offense, the Hokies rank 88th in the FBS with 140.3 rushing yards per game. Meanwhile, they rank 108th in rushing yards allowed per contest (172.1).
  • Virginia Tech ranks 13th-worst in third-down percentage (30.9%), but has been better on defense, ranking 63rd with a 37.9% third-down percentage allowed.
  • With nine forced turnovers (61st in the FBS) against eight turnovers committed (52nd in the FBS), the Hokies (+1) have the 50th-ranked turnover margin in college football.

Syracuse stats

  • The Orange are generating 399.9 total yards per contest on offense this season (62nd-ranked). Meanwhile, they are giving up 380.7 total yards per contest (77th-ranked).
  • Syracuse is generating 232.9 passing yards per contest on offense this season (68th-ranked). Meanwhile, it is allowing 255.7 passing yards per game (107th-ranked) on defense.
  • From an offensive perspective, the Orange are posting 167.0 rushing yards per game (53rd-ranked). They rank 45th in the FBS on defense (125.0 rushing yards surrendered per game).
  • From an offensive angle, Syracuse is putting up a 46.0% third-down conversion rate (28th-ranked). It ranks 90th in the FBS on the other side of the ball (41.0% third-down rate allowed).
  • At 0, the Orange have the 63rd-ranked turnover margin in the FBS, with 12 forced turnovers (19th in the FBS) and 12 turnovers committed (102nd in the FBS).

Hokies schedule

  • 9/2/2023: Old Dominion (Home) | W 36-17
  • 9/9/2023: Purdue (Home) | L 24-17
  • 9/16/2023: Rutgers (Away) | L 35-16
  • 9/23/2023: Marshall (Away) | L 24-17
  • 9/30/2023: Pittsburgh (Home) | W 38-21
  • 10/7/2023: Florida State (Away) | L 39-17
  • 10/14/2023: Wake Forest (Home) | W 30-13
  • 10/26/2023: Syracuse (Home)
  • 11/4/2023: Louisville (Away)
  • 11/11/2023: Boston College (Away)
  • 11/18/2023: NC State (Home)
  • 11/25/2023: Virginia (Away)

Orange schedule

  • 9/2/2023: Colgate (Home) | W 65-0
  • 9/9/2023: Western Michigan (Home) | W 48-7
  • 9/16/2023: Purdue (Away) | W 35-20
  • 9/23/2023: Army (Home) | W 29-16
  • 9/30/2023: Clemson (Home) | L 31-14
  • 10/7/2023: North Carolina (Away) | L 40-7
  • 10/14/2023: Florida State (Away) | L 41-3
  • 10/26/2023: Virginia Tech (Away)
  • 11/3/2023: Boston College (Home)
  • 11/11/2023: Pittsburgh (Neutral)
  • 11/18/2023: Georgia Tech (Away)
  • 11/25/2023: Wake Forest (Home)

Syracuse Football: Bye Week Changes (; Aitken)

Syracuse football got its bye week right when it needed two. The Orange just finished the hardest part of its schedule, with blowout losses to Clemson, #10 North Carolina, and #4 Florida State.

Going forward, SU faces the easiest schedule of any Power Five team. However, that doesn’t mean Dino Babers’ squad can get complacent. That would result in a collapse similar to last year’s five-game losing skid. Here are the top three things Syracuse should change during the bye week to get the team back on track.

Play Aggressively

The further into the season, the less there is for the Orange to lose. SU isn’t going to stop its losing streak by making passive choices.

This has been an issue week after week for Syracuse. Against FSU, Babers chose to kick a field goal on 4th-and-6 while down by 21 points, and this was after picking up an avoidable delay of game. While trailing UNC by 20 points, the Orange punted in Tar Heels’ territory rather than try to pick up a first down. Versus Clemson, Babers went for a 57-yard field goal instead of going for it on offense.

Syracuse football: third down and red zone efficiency vs. Florida State (TNIAAM; Tomaiuolo)

Syracuse Orange football’s three-game gauntlet is finally over. With lighter opponents on tap down the road, hopefully, this is the last time I deliver you a disappointing third-down and red zone efficiency report.

SU’s offense stalled at every down and distance against Florida State, finishing 6-for-19 on third downs overall. The defense wasn’t much better, allowing their opponent to convert over 50% of their conversions for the second straight week. If there’s one positive, it’s The Mob’s red zone defense, which we’ll dive into below.

Offensive success

Third down and 1-3 yards: 2-for-3

LeQuint Allen looked explosive on these two conversions, breaking two runs to the outside for first downs. Unlike previous games, the halfback took the ball and not quarterback Garrett Shrader, who took four of five carries in this zone last week. We’ll see if offensive coordinator Jason Beck continues to draw up third-and-short plays for the running back over the bye week.

Third down and 4-6 yards: 2-for-6

This area’s been a disaster since conference play began. Shrader targeted four different receivers in the first half, with Allen being the only one to bulldoze his way past the sticks. Backup gunslinger Carlos Del Rio-Wilson hit Juwaun Price on a screen pass for the second conversion late in the fourth.

#FakeNunes previews Syracuse vs Bye Week U (TNIAAM; Wall)

It’s Wednesday, so you know what that means... time for the blog that gives you the internet’s most ridiculous college football preview series- it’s #FakeNunes time. Can we keep finding ways to get #jokesandgarbage into a Syracuse Orange preview? You be the judge...

Now onto this week’s opponent

Opponent: Bye Week U Fightin’ Byes

Syracuse, Indiana

Students: 4,444 students who want to see backup QB Wilson Rio-Del Carlos see some action

The 2023 Fake Nunes Statistical Index (#FNSI)

We continue to look to innovate our analytics model so we here’s what the lab cooked up for this season.

Rivalry Trophy

The FNSI staff won’t give up on their quest to bring back more tradition into today’s college game. Let’s see what they’ve got for this one

The Biggie Munn Bowl

Before the legendary coach came to Syracuse, Munn spent a couple of seasons on the Bye U staff as an assistant coach. The Orange have dominated this series so let’s hope the Biggie Bowl keeps its spot in the football wing.

Syracuse football: what to watch for vs Bye Week U (TNIAAM; Staff)

The Syracuse Orange square off against long-time rival Bye Week University this weekend. What will happen when the Fightin’ Byes look to break their long losing streak? Here’s what we’ve got:

Kevin: Spotlight on the backups

Syracuse should build a big early lead as the Fightin’ Byes haven’t found a way to overcome the losses of Juice Destnut and Ca’Had Jarter in the portal. The MOB will slow down Allen L. Quint’s running so the 2nd unit should get plenty of snaps. Can Ike Daniels make a push for more carries? Will we see more from Kadin Bailey as a pass-rusher against Sarrett Grader? Gives us something to watch after halftime of this one for sure.

Christian: Now I am the master

Because we’re not expecting the Fightin’ Byes to be that much of a challenger, it’s time for Jason Beck to have some fun. Robert Anae was known for his use of trick plays, while we’ve only seen trickery sparingly from Beck. Bye Week U presents an opportunity for the new Orange OC to flex his creative muscles. I’m talking direct snaps to LeQuint Allen, flea flickers, double passes with Dan Villari, it’s time to dump the playbook. It remains a mystery whether teams will have access to this game footage, so Beck can practice and determine what trick plays will work for the last part of the season.

ACC News

Clemson, Miami meet in ACC matchup of teams that have fallen out of rankings (

Clemson (4-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) at Miami (4-2, 0-2), Saturday, 8 p.m.ET (ACC Network)

Line: Clemson by 3, according to FanDuel .

Series record: Clemson leads 7-6.


For Clemson, it’s a chance to have a three-game winning streak for the first time this season and ensure remaining in the top half of the ACC standings. For Miami, it’s a chance to avoid a three-game losing streak and snap a slide that has seen the Hurricanes fall out of the AP Top 25 and the ACC race. Both teams were ranked earlier this season.


Clemson QB Cade Klubnik vs. Miami’s secondary. Klubnik has taken some heat at times this season but has thrown 151 consecutive passes without an interception, and now faces a Miami secondary that has struggled over the last two games — giving up a touchdown with 2 seconds left in the debacle against Georgia Tech, then offering little resistance against North Carolina last week.


Clemson: DE T.J. Parker is a freshman who’s made an impact on a deep, experienced defensive line. Parker leads the Tigers with 8.5 tackles for loss, six quarterback pressures and four sacks. His speed off the edge has had him in backfields making plays all season lone.

Miami: WR Xavier Restrepo has emerged as the clear No. 1 option for Miami’s offense, and the Hurricanes will likely use him early and often in an effort to keep pace on Saturday. But if QB Tyler Van Dyke — whose health has been in some question — struggles or can’t go, the Hurricanes will have to rely on the run game instead.


Clemson coach Dabo Swinney tied the program’s all-time wins record with 165 after a 17-12 victory over Wake Forest two weeks ago. Swinney will break that tie with the late Frank Howard with the Tigers’ next victory. ... Miami is 0-5 in ACC home games since the start of the 2022 season, getting outscored 182-84 in those contests. ... Clemson has not played a road game against the Hurricanes since a 58-0 victory in 2015, the biggest home loss in Miami history. The Hurricanes dismissed then-head coach Al Golden a day later. ... The Tigers have posted 35 ACC wins on the road since 2015, the most of any league program in that span. ... Miami is 0-4 in its last four meetings against Clemson, getting outscored 178-30. Clemson has scored at least 38 points in all four of those games.

Clemson, Miami meet in ACC matchup of teams that have fallen out of rankings (; AP)

Clemson (4-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) at Miami (4-2, 0-2), Saturday, 8 p.m.ET (ACC Network)

Line: Clemson by 3, according to FanDuel .

Series record: Clemson leads 7-6.


For Clemson, it's a chance to have a three-game winning streak for the first time this season and ensure remaining in the top half of the ACC standings. For Miami, it's a chance to avoid a three-game losing streak and snap a slide that has seen the Hurricanes fall out of the AP Top 25 and the ACC race. Both teams were ranked earlier this season.


Clemson QB Cade Klubnik vs. Miami's secondary. Klubnik has taken some heat at times this season but has thrown 151 consecutive passes without an interception, and now faces a Miami secondary that has struggled over the last two games — giving up a touchdown with 2 seconds left in the debacle against Georgia Tech, then offering little resistance against North Carolina last week.


Clemson: DE T.J. Parker is a freshman who's made an impact on a deep, experienced defensive line. Parker leads the Tigers with 8.5 tackles for loss, six quarterback pressures and four sacks. His speed off the edge has had him in backfields making plays all season lone.

Miami: WR Xavier Restrepo has emerged as the clear No. 1 option for Miami's offense, and the Hurricanes will likely use him early and often in an effort to keep pace on Saturday. But if QB Tyler Van Dyke — whose health has been in some question — struggles or can't go, the Hurricanes will have to rely on the run game instead.

Wake Forest Football: 3 Keys to Beating Pittsburgh (; Bridgers)

It’s hard to believe it was just 2 seasons ago when Wake Forest and Pittsburgh met in the ACC championship game and went on to finish their respective seasons with 11 wins. This week, the Deacs and the Panthers will meet under very different circumstances—as 2 of the worst teams in the ACC. The Deacs have lost 3 straight and are still winless in conference play, while the Panthers have just 2 wins, but snapped a 4-game losing streak last week with a win over a ranked Louisville team. This game definitely feels like a must-win for Wake Forest if they want to have any hope of making it to an 8th straight bowl game, so let’s check out the 3 keys to getting back in the win column.

Back to the basics

There’s no good way to say it, so I’ll be blunt: the Wake Forest offense has been awful this season. The Deacs rank 99th in scoring offense with just 19 points per game and 86th in total offense with 370 yards per game. Those numbers are bad on their own, but the reality is even worse—since conference play started, the Deacs are averaging just over 13 points and 1 offensive touchdown per game. Wake is now 3rd in the nation in sacks allowed, giving up 29 sacks through 6 games, which is on pace for 58 sacks allowed this season. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Deacs have the 4th most turnovers in the nation with 14, which puts them on pace for 28 turnovers this season—that would be the most turnovers by a Wake Forest team this millennium. On the drives where Wake does manage to move the ball down the field without turning it over, they are scoring touchdowns on just 32% of their redzone trips—the worst percentage in the country.

Red-zone touchdown percentages for Wake Forest:

2018 - 37 of 61 (60.7%), 72nd of 130 FBS teams
2019 - 31 of 57 (54.4%), 95 of 130

2020 - 31 of 43 (72.1%), 19 of 127
2021 - 45 of 67 (67.2%), 32 of 130
2022 - 45 of 67 (67.2%), 38 of 131

2023 - 8 of 25 (32%), 133 of 133
— Deacons Illustrated (@WakeRivals) October 17, 2023

It doesn’t seem like there’s a good answer to solve the offense’s problems this season, because it’s been bad in almost every single area. The QB play has been subpar, the line can’t block anyone, the running backs—while good at running—are completely unreliable on passing plays, and the receivers have had some very untimely drops. I’m not sure this offense can be fixed this season, but in my opinion, it might help the Deacs to just get back to the basics. You have to walk before you can run, so I don’t think Wake can be running complicated, slow developing plays that require the QB to read multiple players when the line is unable to block for any substantial amount of time, and the QB often make the wrong read when he is protected.

Pitt’s Devonshire Named Thorpe Award National DB of the Week - Pitt Panthers #H2P )

Pitt senior cornerback M.J. Devonshire has been named the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award National Defensive Back of the Week for his performance in the Panthers' 38-21 victory over previously unbeaten Louisville, it was announced today by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

Devonshire collected six tackles, broke up five passes and returned an interception 86 yards for a touchdown against the Cardinals.

This is the second weekly Thorpe Award honor for Devonshire. He was honored in 2022 for his performance in the Panthers' 38-31 victory over West Virginia when he had a game-winning 56-yard interception return for a TD.

Devonshire now has a Pitt-record (tied) three career pick sixes. His 86-yarder against Louisville marked the longest INT return by a Pitt player since Chiffon Allen's 97-yarder for a score at Houston on Sept. 13, 1997.

The Thorpe recognition is the third honor for Devonshire this week. He previously was named the Reese's Senior Bowl Co-Defensive Player of the Week and ACC Defensive Back of the Week.

Devonshire leads the ACC and ranks fifth nationally with an average of 1.5 passes defended per game. In addition to his interception, he has a team-high eight pass breakups.
... (SI; Caudell)

The ACC is starting to look like a two-team race if you look at the sports books.

On Caesar's , Florida State has remained the clear favorite in the ACC, but North Carolina has now emerged as the clear No. 2 choice behind the Seminoles. With Louisville and Miami both losing last week, it is starting to look like the conference might be heading for a big matchup between the Tar Heels and the Seminoles at season's end.

Not if Duke has anything to say about it though.

The Blue Devils are the one other team besides FSU and UNC that is still unbeaten in ACC play. Duke is hoping that quarterback Riley Leonard is going to be able to play this weekend against Florida State and reshape the ACC race. Florida State wide receiver Johnny Wilson
Clemson is still seen as having a shot at the ACC title, despite having two conference losses. The Tigers head to Miami to play the Hurricanes this weekend and neither team can afford another loss if they want to keep their longshot hopes alive.

If you are looking for a real longshot, Caesars does list Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, NC State, and Pitt. The Yellow Jackets and Hokies only have one loss in conference play.

Syracuse, Wake Forest, Boston College, and Virginia were not listed.

1. Florida State: -190

2. North Carolina +250

3. Clemson +1400

4. Duke +1400

5. Louisville +1400

6. Miami +4000

7. Virginia Tech +6000

8. Georgia Tech +8000

9. NC State +2000

10. Pitt +2000


Report: ACC Looking to Get Rid of Current Schedule Plan (; Campbell)

The ACC is looking to change their football schedule during their fall meetings, which start on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Andrea Adelson.

Adelson reported that most of these changes come because of the additions of Cal, Stanford and SMU to the conference starting with the 2024-25 calendar year. The three new ACC members will join in every sport that the conference hosts sports in and increase the total of schools to 18. (Boston College, Cal, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, SMU, Stanford, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest)

The big changes to the schedule include getting rid of the three permanent rivals in favor of protected games. The ACC moved away from the divisional model, which saw seven teams each in the Atlantic and Coastal divisions, with the winners facing off in the Championship Game, after the 2022 season.

Instead, they gave each ACC team three permanent rivals, which they would play twice home-and-away from 2023-26. They would also face all other ACC opponents twice during that time, once at home and once on the road. The permanent rivals for Pitt football are Boston College, Virginia Tech and also Syracuse, who they have faced every season since 1955.

Duke vs. Florida State Football Game Preview | ACC Football 2023 (youtibe; video; ACC DN)

The No.4 Seminoles welcome No.16 Duke to Tallahassee for a Saturday night tilt under the lights in Doak Campbell Stadium. This is their 22nd overall meeting. Duke has yet to come out the victor as FSU has a 21-0 all-time series lead. The 'Noles deploy the top-ranked scoring offense in the ACC (42.2 PPG) led by quarterback Jordan Travis. They also boast the league's 2nd-ranked scoring defense (18.3 PPG) led by defensive lineman Jared Verse. The Blue Devils are backed by a stingy defense that leads the conference in scoring defense (9.8 PPG) which is one of the nation's best. Duke's offense is rugged and attacks from the ground first, averaging 31.2 points per contest. Get set for this magnetic matchup taking place in the state of Florida right here!

No. 10 UNC is making the right changes after halftime entering Saturday’s visit from Virginia :: (; Beard)

No. 10 North Carolina is making a habit of jumping on teams out of halftime.

Heading into Saturday’s visit from Virginia, the Tar Heels (6-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) are nearly tripling their opponents’ scoring output in the third quarter. That showed in last week’s win against a then-ranked Miami team and has highlighted one of the reasons they’re off to their best start in more than a quarter-century.

“They’re smart guys, their football IQ is pretty high,” offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey said of the players. “We’ve got a strong staff that we’re disciplined, I think, about understanding our responsibilities and having answers within our system. What you don’t want is a guy coming in and saying, ‘Hey, we need to do this’ but we’ve never done that before.”

The results have come on both sides, including defensive players being more experienced in Year 2 of coordinator Gene Chizik’s scheme.

North Carolina has outscored opponents 71-24 in the third quarter. That includes scoring four TDs and a field goal on initial second-half drives in six games. By comparison, the Tar Heels have allowed two TDs and one field goal to opponents on those drives.

Last weekend, Miami led 17-14 at halftime, outgaining UNC (273-218) and pressuring star quarterback Drake Maye with four sacks. But things changed quickly after halftime, first when Maye found Devontez Walker for a 56-yard touchdown less than 2 minutes into the second half.

ACC Week 7 power rankings: Pitt showing signs of life, Wake's struggles continue (; $; Raynor & Navarro)

Welcome to The Athletic’s ACC power rankings. Each week, Manny Navarro and Grace Raynor take turns drafting teams based on how they performed the previous week (and all season). Manny has the first pick this week, Grace will take it next week.

1. Florida State (previously No. 1): It’s wild to think Florida State might play its toughest remaining opponent this week when Duke visits Tallahassee. Sure, rivals Miami and Florida are still on the schedule. But as far as ranked opponents — at the moment — the Blue Devils are it. — Navarro

2. North Carolina (2): The Tar Heels have three very manageable opponents in the next three weeks in Virginia, Georgia Tech and Campbell. Back-to-back dates with Duke and Clemson in November will show us what this team is made of down the stretch, but for now, the Heels are very clearly one of the two best teams in the league. — Raynor

3. Duke (4): I’m still in awe of the job Mike Elko has done turning Duke’s defense into one of the best in the country and squeezing everything he can out of every ounce of talent on his roster. 247Sports’ Team Talent Composite doesn’t tell the complete story, but you do realize Elko is a combined 14-5 since taking the job and he only has two blue-chip recruits on this year’s roster, right? Think about that when Duke tries to improve to 1-21 all-time against FSU this weekend. — Navarro

4. Clemson (5): It hasn’t been pretty, but the Tigers have won four of their last five games and are still one of the most talented teams in the league. How about Dabo Swinney with the quote of the week on his call-in show when asked about Miami’s not-taking-a-knee fiasco against Georgia Tech? It’s not like the Clemson coach to be so blunt about upcoming opponents, but I’m here for spicy Dabo. — Raynor

Dabo Swinney answering a Q about how Clemson tracks analytics on the sidelines and would avoid a kneel-down fiasco like Miami and Mario Cristobal had two weeks ago: "Hopefully in that situation someone would just punch me." Says Clemson works clock management in practice weekly
— Chapel Fowler (@chapelfowler) October 17, 2023

5. Louisville (3): So, right when I was fully bought into the Cardinals as a legitimate threat to win the league title, they go out and lose a head-scratcher at Pittsburgh by 17 points. We also don’t know the injury status of three key players in running back Jawhar Jordan, offensive lineman Renato Brown and cornerback Jarvis Brownlee. It’s a great time for a bye week for Jeff Brohm. — Navarro

6. Miami (6): It’s been a rough two weeks for the Hurricanes, who are still the butt of all game-management jokes. Those will go away quickly, though, if Mario Cristobal can score a win against Clemson at home on Saturday night. It’s not necessarily a must-win game, as Manny wrote this week, but the Hurricanes need to show us they aren’t on the verge of a meltdown. — Raynor

7. Syracuse (7): I don’t think anybody is surprised the Orange lost to Clemson, North Carolina and Florida State in consecutive weeks in convincing fashion. But they’ll be judged a little more harshly when they come off a bye next week and visit Lane Stadium. ESPN’s Power Index gives them a 96 percent shot at winning at least six games and becoming bowl-eligible for the second year in a row. As it stands, I think they could beat all five of their remaining opponents — and lose to all five. — Navarro

8. Georgia Tech (9): It’s a bummer the Yellow Jackets were off last week — Brent Key could have used the momentum from the Miami game to keep his team rolling. Georgia Tech is favored over Boston College at home this week, but the Yellow Jackets lost to Bowling Green the last time they were at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Who really knows? — Raynor
... (; DeBurger)

The No. 21 Louisville Cardinals are on a bye week this week after starting the season 6-1.

The most recent game against Pittsburgh may have been disheartening, but there’s still a lot left that Louisville could accomplish this season. To make up for the lack of a game day, I’m taking this week to let you know which games impact the Cards this season.

College Football Playoffs?

With the loss to Pitt, Louisville is virtually eliminated from the College Football playoffs this year.

Louisville’s strength of schedule, which is currently ranked 64th by Jeff Sagarin, is not going to be an impressive enough resume. The only real chance the Cards have at making the playoffs in the last year of the four-team format is if almost every team with a better or same record, and every team currently ranked above the Cards in the AP Poll, lose one or more games.

Chaos is just about the only path forward. If you want to root for chaos more power to you — but I’m not holding my breath.

ACC Title Game

A scenario that is very much still in play for the Cards is a berth in the ACC Championship.

Generally, the two teams with the best conference record compete in the title game. If there is a tie in records, then head-to-head winning percentages determine selection. If that doesn’t solve it, then the winning percentage against common opponents is used. If that still doesn’t solve it, then the in-conference winning percentage against the conference opponents played is used.

If all of that somehow doesn’t narrow it down to two teams, the ACC commissioner Jim Phillips will draw names out of a hat.

ESPN Revenue, 2021-23 (RX; HM)

ESPN Revenue, 2021-23

Just a quick post. Now that Disney has reorganized, it must report ESPN's revenue separately. From a post by OrangeFan on CSNBBS:

Disney reports that for fiscal year 2022, ESPN generated $17.27 billion in revenue and $2.71 billion in operating income. For fiscal year 2021, ESPN generated $15.96 billion in revenue and $2.69 billion in operating income. Finally, for 9 months ended July 1, 2023, ESPN generated $13.2 billion in revenue and $1.48 billion in operating income, a decline from the same period the previous year. For reference, Disney's fiscal year is October 1 through September 30.

2023 Week 8 ACC FB Previews (RX; HM)

2023 Week 8 ACC FB Previews

Saturday, Oct. 21st at Noon on ACCN
Boston College (3-3, 1-2 ACC) at Georgia Tech (3-3, 2-1 ACC)

Georgia Tech leads series, 7-4; Last meeting: BC, 41-30 (2021)
Head Coaches:
Boston College: Jeff Hafley (18-23 in fourth season at BC; 18-23 in fourth season overall)
Georgia Tech: Brent Key (7-7 in first full season at GT; 7-7 in first full season overall)
• Georgia Tech leads the all-time series with Boston College at 7-4, however, the series is tied at 3-3 when Georgia Tech is the home team.
• Both teams are coming off an open week following a three-point win the previous week on late touchdowns, as Georgia Tech came from behind to defeat Miami 23-20 in the closing seconds, while BC upended Army 27-24 with a touchdown with 25 seconds left on the game clock.
• GT quarterback Haynes King will lead the Jackets’ passing attack, which is fourth in the ACC at 275.2 passing yards per game.
• BC quarterback Thomas Castellanos, who ranks third in the ACC overall and first among QBs in rushing yards this season, will lead the Eagles’ offense that ranks second in the league in rushing yards with an average of 195.2 per game.

Factoids 2023 Oct 19 (RX; HM)

Factoids 2023 Oct 19

Here are some factoids for Week 8. Did you know...

From AP: #7 Penn State’s road game against #3 Buckeyes is crucial to Franklin’s bid for a breakthrough

...Ohio State and Michigan have been the Nittany Lions’ biggest hurdles under 10th-year coach James Franklin. He’s 1-8 against the Buckeyes and 3-6 against the Wolverines, who visit Happy Valley on Nov. 11. Franklin has never beaten both in the same season and — barring an upset in one of their other four games — that’s probably what it will take for his Lions to break through for a first College Football Playoff berth.
The Atlantic Coast Conference’s top matchup has #16 Duke (5-1, 2-0) at #4 Florida State (6-0, 4-0). This begins the teeth of the schedule for Duke, which has road games against Louisville and North Carolina on the horizon. The Blue Devils are the last ranked opponent on the Seminoles’ regular-season schedule...


3 — SMU is Temple’s third consecutive opponent from the state of Texas...


Clemson (4-2, 2-2 ACC) at Miami (4-2, 0-2), 8 p.m. ET (ACC Network)
Clemson had two losses in September for the second time in three years and is now playing for a best possible bowl destination. The Hurricanes face the prospect of an 0-3 start in league play for the first time since they dropped their independent status and joined the old Big East in 1991.
The ‘Canes have lost five straight at home in ACC play, including that 23-20 game they gave to Georgia Tech with the late play-calling gaffe Oct. 7. A third-quarter meltdown led to their 41-31 loss at North Carolina last week. Tyler Van Dyke has thrown five interceptions the past two games.

2024 Recruiting Averages as of Oct 17th (RX; HM)

2024 Recruiting Averages as of Oct 17th

Recruiting Averages:a slightly different way to look at recruiting rankings.

Hokies current recruiting average for the '24 class per 247 Composite ranking sits 4th in the newly expanded ACC as of 10.17.23
— օ×ѵէ (@OX_VT) October 17, 2023

Sometimes we think "Wow, Clemson and FSU are way ahead of the rest of the ACC in terms of talent", or "my team can't be expected to beat a team like Alabama/Ohio State/Texas/etc.". Yet upsets happen all the time. Why? Because when you drill down past the rankings to get the actual average player ratings, you see that there's a lot more parity that meets the eye.
To get a better idea what we're talking about, let's compare the 2024 average player ratings to the ACC-leading Clemson Tigers, to see how every other team compares as a percentage of Clemson's average:

2024 Recruiting Avg
NC State0.874995.6%

From this we see that the worst-recruiting team - Boston College - is still almost 93% as good as the best - Clemson. We also see that more than half the teams in the conference have at least 95% of the talent level that the Tigers have, with most teams being within about 1% of each other - no wonder there are upsets like Pitt over Louisville!

Duke Can Upset Florida State IF...Week 8 ACC Football PREVIEW (; podcast; Locked on ACC)

Premieres Oct 20, 2023 Locked On ACC Podcast

Duke heads down to Tallahassee with one of the top defenses in the country, but can Jordan Travis & Keon Coleman stay explosive in their offense? Will Drake Maye & UNC be too much for Virginia? Candace & Kenton talk Week 8 ACC Football Preview

ACC dominates for 17th straight year in 'Best Colleges' rankings - Chatham Journal Newspaper (

For the 17th consecutive year, the Atlantic Coast Conference leads the way among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences in the “Best Colleges” rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.

“The ACC’s 15-member institutions pride themselves on providing every student-athlete with an elite athletic – and world-class academic – experience,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. “Our schools’ dedication to excellence at every level continues to be showcased, and we are proud that our member schools are one of the top collections of academic institutions across higher education.”

Notables from this year’s rankings:

  • The ACC has led the FBS conferences in the best average rank in each of the last 17 years.
  • The average rank of ACC schools is 54.9, which leads all FBS Conferences.
  • The ACC’s four schools among the top 30 of this year’s rankings are the most among peer conferences.
  • The ACC’s eight schools ranked in the top 50 are the most among all FBS conferences.
  • The ACC’s 13-member schools among the top 70 are the most among all FBS conferences.
  • The three institutions that will join the ACC before the 2024-25 academic year all rank in the top 100 of the most recent rankings.



515 W. Onondaga St., commonly known as the Gillett House, is slated for major renovations. David Haas

Efforts to save historic Syracuse house languish. Will it survive? (PS; Boyer)

The Gillett House, a historic Syracuse home built in 1875 by Union Army Capt. William Gillett, is in trouble.

It is seen as such an important part of the history and economic revitalization of the Southwest Side that hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent to rescue it. More state tax money has been pledged.

But to save it, some the structure has to be knocked down.

The rear portion of the Gillett House at 515 W. Onondaga St. has fallen into such disrepair that it’s now threatening the integrity of the entire structure and becoming a public health and safety concern, city officials said. The city is giving the property’s owners an opportunity to do the work themselves but also has its own contractor lined up for an emergency partial demolition and stabilization of the home.

“It’s a serious situation,” said Kate Auwaerter of the city Landmark Preservation Board during a meeting recently.

The 4,000-square-foot house was built around 1875 by Gillett, who survived Gettysburg and 10 other major Civil War battles. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1982. In the 1980s, it served as the first AIDS hospitality center in Central New York.

The house later became an exchange shop used by an adjacent church, but it has been empty since 1994, the year the church closed down. In an attempt to save the Gillett House and the former Trinity Episcopal Church and its parish house, a neighborhood resident group called Strathmore Community Development purchased the properties for a combined $185,000 in 2018. A year later, it secured a $200,000 loan from Home HeadQuarters.

A major breakthrough for restoration efforts came at the end of 2022, when the state announced Strathmore Community Development would receive a $1,217,000 Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant. The money would help pay for work to restore Gillett House so it could be used as office space and apartments and to convert the church building into a brewery.


Dinner at Inn of the Seasons, Syracuse, N.Y. (Lamb Chop Special)

Inn of the Seasons in Syracuse reminds us that not every season changes (Dining Out Review) (PS; $; Paventi)

We trusted Brad Wiese, chef-owner of Inn of the Seasons in the town of Onondaga, to not steer us wrong. I don’t care for added sauces when I order lamb, preferring to let the meat stand on its own, but the evening’s lamb chop special ($50) was served with a sauce bordelaise.

The worst-case scenario would have been a gloopy mess of lamb swimming in a sauce made from a blend of red wine and stock. The best-case scenario was what emerged from the kitchen. Seven moderately sized pieces of bone-in lamb were fanned out on the plate with a gentle drizzle of the bordelaise. The lamb was prepared to medium, as described on the menu, with hints of grill char on the edges that added texture and flavor. It was much milder than the gamey flavor that turns many people off from ordering it. The sauce bordelaise was a supporting character, enhancing the meat with flavors of red wine and rich stock.

A side of au gratin potatoes and flash-fried green beans rounded out an elegant entree emblematic of the restaurant’s 34-year history.

Wiese and his wife, Carole Marino-Wiese, are second-generation owners, taking the helm from her father Carl, who opened the Inn of the Seasons in 1989. The building — listed on the National Register of Historic Places — dates to the early 19th century when it was built by the leader of the local militia, Gen. Orrin Hutchinson. The Marinos and Wieses have fashioned the Inn of the Seasons into a fine dining establishment without the pretension or attitude that often accompanies that term.

Most popular Halloween candies in New York: No. 2 will surprise you (PS; House)

Candystore is a liar. No way hot tamales is number 2. And there is no way candy corn is in the top 100 for any state.

Trick-or-treaters in New York should expect to find a bounty of Sour Patch Kids in their candy bags this Halloween.

Why? The sweet-and-sour gummies are the most popular candy in the Empire State this spooky season, a new study has revealed., a business that — you guessed it — sells bulk sweets, has released its yearly deep dive into the most popular Halloween candies across the United States. The company used its candy sales data to determine which candies tempt the most sweet tooths in each state.

Here are New York’s top-selling Halloween candies in 2023, according to

  1. Sour Patch Kids
  2. Hot Tamales
  3. Candy corn
New York’s favorite candies made big steps in popularity nationwide this year, reported.

Hot Tamales, a spicy cinnamon candy not commonly found on gas station shelves or in bulk candy bags, beat out Skittles — ranking as the No. 3 most purchased Halloween candy in the nation this year.

Sour Patch Kids nearly dethroned Skittles, reported to the candy seller, while candy corn — the tri-colored candy that people either love or love to hate — made its way back into the Top 10.

Here are the most popular candies across the United States, according to Did your favorites make the list?

1. Reese’s Cup
2. M&M’s
3. Hot Tamales
4. Skittles
5. Sour Patch Kids
6. Starburst
7. Hershey’s Kisses
8. Candy corn
9. Hershey mini bars
10. Snickers
I love Hot Tamales and wholeheartedly endorse this study.
I took a look at your avatar.

It checks out.

This is what I would expect a hot tamale lover to look like.


I was actually more offended about the candy corn. Candy corn was the last thing left every year for me and my siblings.

The only survivor months after Halloween was over.

None of us liked it.

It was only eaten in a sugar emergency.

Hungry Trick Or Treat GIF by Brach's

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