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Opponent Preview: What to know about Boston College (DO; Alandt)


Head coach Dino Babers said Monday that playing at home for the first time in over a month would be “exactly what the doctor ordered.”

Syracuse welcomes Boston College into the JMA Wireless Dome Friday, hoping to stop a four-game Atlantic Coast Conference skid that has led to growing concerns about the direction of the Orange under Babers. The Eagles, meanwhile, are coming to central New York with four straight wins to mitigate a 1-3 start.

SU’s offense has been lost over the mid-season losing streak, having not scored more than 14 points since its win over Army. The slow starts that were masked by lesser opponents have persisted, culminating in a 30-3 deficit at halftime against Virginia Tech, the first of five opponents that Babers said would be easier to go against.

“I can look you dead in the eye … and tell you that I took that personally,” Babers said on Monday.

As the Eagles enter one win away from bowl qualification, Syracuse (4-4, 0-4 ACC) looks to avoid falling below .500 for the first time since 2021. Losing to Boston College would also mean 2018 remains the only time Babers has finished with an ACC record above .500 in his eight seasons at the helm.

Here’s everything you need to know about Boston College (5-3, 2-2 ACC).

All-time series

Syracuse leads 34-22.
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At Boston College, Dino Tomlin is proving he's more than his last name (DO; Gray)

Boston College wide receiver Michael “Dino” Tomlin, son of Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, knows the weight his family name holds in football. But Tomlin wants to create his own identity.

Tomlin’s parents, Mike and Kiya Winston, let him choose any career path he wanted, but his heart told him to follow in his father’s footsteps. Tomlin played football at Shady Side Academy, a high school near Pittsburgh, PA, and eventually committed to Maryland. But after notching just three receptions in three seasons there, he transferred to Boston College. Now in his graduate year, the Eagles are relying on Tomlin to step up in the absence of one of their top wide receivers, Ryan O’Keefe.

Tomlin grew up in Squirrel Hill, PA. In 2008, when Tomlin was 7-years-old, his father guided the Steelers to a Super Bowl XLIII victory over the Arizona Cardinals. While Mike wanted his son to grow the family’s football footprint, they allowed Tomlin to dictate his future.

“(My parents) always told me ‘You don’t have to do our thing, but you got to do something. Doesn’t matter what it is, but it better be something,’” Tomlin said.

Ultimately, Tomlin chose football. In his senior season at Shady Side, Tomlin recorded a touchdown on all 18 of his receptions, for a total of 644 receiving yards. He became one of the top wide receiver recruits in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) and received several offers from schools like Pittsburgh, Army and Dartmouth.
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Beat writers split on whether Syracuse can win 1st ACC game against Boston College (DO; Staff)

Syracuse is now in a four-game losing streak for the sixth time in eight seasons under head coach Dino Babers. After three blowout losses to some of the top teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference, a poor offensive effort against Virginia Tech led to a 38-10 loss, leading Babers to say that “everything is on the table” when asked about what could change. The Orange switched up a few things in practice, such as adding in more one-on-one matchups that quarterback Garrett Shrader said enhanced the competition.

The Orange will welcome Boston College to the JMA Wireless Dome for their first home game in over a month. The Eagles have won four straight and are one win away from qualifying for their first bowl game since 2021. BC has the 10th-best rushing offense in the country, despite quarterback Thomas Castellanos battling an unspecified injury for about a month.

Here’s how our beat writers think Syracuse will fare against Boston College on Friday:

Anthony Alandt (7-1)
Something in the orange tells me we’re done
Boston College 19, Syracuse 13

At the beginning of the season, this was supposed to be an automatic win and a much-needed break from the tough mid-season stretch. But what was meant to be a competitive slate that would show the Orange were truly improving as a program became a four-game skid that has led to mounting questions about Babers’ job security. Guys, what happened?

Well, injuries of course. Slow starts. Babers said he “took that personally” on Monday and was pretty adamant about improving that, though it hasn’t all season. I don’t care that the Orange started putting “good on good” in one-on-one situations during practice as Shrader said. A broken offense doesn’t just magically snap back into form.

Boston College has one of the best run games in the country, and as long as the Eagles hop out to an early lead, they’ll be able to keep running the ball. Yes, expect Syracuse to stack the box and snuff out drives. But how long can it let the defense wither out on the field while the offense goes three-and-out? Boston College pulls this one out in the end after going up early and hanging on to the ball for long stretches of time. The Orange remain winless in conference play, and the program-wide questions continue to persist, raging stronger like a cold winter wind off Onondaga Lake.
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From Chick-Fil-A owner to seasoned coach: How Darrell Perkins became a top secondary coach (DO; Alandt)

Professional football wasn’t in the cards for Darrell Perkins. Despite playing in 40 games with Wyoming across four seasons, he was buried in a running back room featuring future NFL players Gerald Abraham and Eric Coleman. So Perkins entered the restaurant industry after graduating, moving back home to Colorado.

After eight years, Perkins became the manager at Applebee’s and Bennigan’s. Eventually, he agreed to a Chick-fil-A owner-manager deal, becoming a franchisee.

Perkins had put football behind him. Then the itch returned. He wanted to coach in some capacity, accepting a part-time assistant job at Gateway High School. Joe Tiller, Perkins’ offensive coordinator for two seasons at Wyoming, had just accepted the head coach position at Purdue. Two years later, Perkins sold his Chick-Fil-A franchise and applied for a graduate assistant position with the Boilermakers. He turned in his stable life for a stipend salary.

Perkins bet on himself 23 years ago and gradually climbed the coaching ladder. He’s made a name for himself as a secondaries specialist and talented east-coast recruiter. Now the elder statesman manning rovers and safeties at Syracuse, Perkins is back coaching at the Power Five level and helping to boost a thinned out SU secondary back to a bowl game.
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Hall of Famer Freeney will appear at Friday's SU game (romesentinel.com)

Dwight Freeney will be in the house Friday night as the Syracuse football program celebrates the member of the 2023 College Football Hall of Fame incoming class. One of the best pass rushers in Orange history, Freeney will be celebrated by the National Football Foundation.

“Holding the NCAA record for career pass sacks per game, Dwight Freeney unnerved opposing quarterbacks while leading the Orange to three bowl berths and authoring one of the best defensive performances in Syracuse football history,” said Foundation president Steve Hatchell. “We are thrilled to honor him at the JMA Wireless Dome as a member of the 2023 College Football Hall of Fame Class.”

During the Foundation’s Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each electee returns to his respective school to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will stay on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game. The Orange host Boston College at 7:30 p.m.
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SU football hasn’t shown it can fight back once it’s in a hole. Is it effort or execution? (PS; $; Leiker)

For a coach whose motto early in his tenure was “Orange is the new fast,” it’s no surprise Dino Babers is taking his team’s slow starts this season “personally.”

Syracuse football’s inability to execute early in the four most recent games — but also the whole season — has been a talking point for Babers, players and even athletic director John Wildhack.

It’s not unjustified: The Orange has not scored a touchdown on an opening drive this season.

And once it falls into a hole, Syracuse has not proven it has the manpower to claw its way back to the surface. It’s been buried alive in each of the past three games, losing by a combined 119-20.

Six of SU’s opening drives this season have ended in punts, with three on three-and-outs and one on a fumble by quarterback Garrett Shrader after being nailed by a Clemson defender.

The only scoring drive Syracuse has managed on its opening possession came in Week 2 against Western Michigan, when Brady Denaburg nailed a 36-yard field goal to make the score 7-3 after the Broncos took the ball to the house three plays into the game.

Though Syracuse has only been outscored 58-54 in the first quarter through the full season, it’s given up 44 of those first-quarter points in the past four games and only put up seven.
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ORANGE ZONE: SU football hosts Boston College (cnycentral; podcast; Orange Zone)

An extended stretch of games on the road comes to an end and all that Syracuse football has to show for it are three straight losses and a whole host of questions.

WATCH the latest episode of "The Orange Zone Podcast"

(youtube.com; podcast; Locked on BC)


Boston College football will head to Syracuse to take on the Orange, on today's show the hosts AJ Black and Mitchell Wolfe will look at the different facets of the game and discuss how the two teams matchup. Also the two Eagle Insider writers give their predictions on this game, and a handful of other games.

Syracuse football recruit spotlight: 2024 ATH Ja'Meer Thomas (cbssports.com; video; Finneral)

247Sports' James Finneral highlights 2024 Syracuse athlete commit Ja'Meer Thomas.

Orange Crush: A Deep Dive into Syracuse College Football (orangefizz.net; admin)

Syracuse football is steeped in a rich history and tradition of excellence. From national championships and legendary players to heated rivalries and name changes, Syracuse has made an indelible impact on the college game. Let’s take a deep dive into the origins, iconic moments, and future outlook for this storied team.

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

Syracuse played its inaugural season way back in 1889, losing to Rochester 36-0 in front of just a few dozen spectators. Early successes were sporadic, but the construction of Archbold Stadium in 1907 ushered in an era of national prominence. Legendary coach Frank “Buck” O’Neill led Syracuse through the early 20th century.

GLORY YEARS

The 1950s and 1960s were a golden age for Syracuse football. Running back Jim Brown, guard Roger Davis, offensive lineman Robert Yates, and defensive end Fred Mautino were all key figures in helping instill a winning tradition at Syracuse. After Brown’s dominance, running backs Ernie Davis, Floyd Little, and Larry Csonka carried the torch and led the team to many successful seasons in the 1960s.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

On Jan. 1, 1960, an undefeated Syracuse team reached the pinnacle of college football and defeated Texas in the Cotton Bowl to capture the school’s first and only national championship. Led by All-American halfback Ernie Davis, who a year later became the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy, Syracuse finished No. 1 in the polls to cement its place in history.
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Orange is the Old Fast: What happened to Syracuse football's offensive identity? (TNIAAM; Ostrowski)

My first Syracuse Orange football game was in 2018, right during the middle of the team’s best run under Dino Babers. It was also at a point where I was definitively not yet a Syracuse football fan - I was still going through the college search process and technically still a part of the Penn State cult fanbase like everyone else in northeast Pennsylvania.

Which is why it’s important to describe how seeing this game in person completely won me over.

One of Dino’s original aspirations for the program was to “have an offense that will not huddle.” That fast-tempo style was on display in front of a roaring Dome crowd... and it worked. Extremely well. So much that it was a rallying cry for those hopeful, energetic teams: Orange is the New Fast.



So where did that aggressiveness go? And why has it been replaced with conservative coaching decisions and a slowed-down system? It may seem like a sudden change directly responsible for recent offensive struggles, but truthfully, this trend has been building for years.

Phase I: Turn & Burn

When Babers first took the Syracuse job, he inherited a quarterback who had the arm strength to consistently take deep shots down the sidelines. By combining Eric Dungey with a flurry of speed-over-size receivers, Babers used his hurry-up system to take advantage of defenses that quickly had to figure out assignments on the fly.

The trick with this system, as the video highlight above shows, is that there was often confusion, or at the least some hesitation, right as the ball is snapped, meaning that all an outside receiver has to do is make the right first move and they’ll have their corner beat. In the same manner, Dungey rarely had to wait long in the pocket - by zeroing on this initial movement, it only took a split second to know if his first read was going to be open.
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Keeping Legacy Alive for Incredible Syracuse Student-Athlete Veteran (syr.edu; Kobland)

What if one of the greatest student-athletes in Syracuse University’s storied history—its first Black sports star—was one of the world’s least-known legends? Wilmeth Sidat-Singh ’39 is partially recognized within the University community, but his full story hasn’t ever been told—until now, thanks to two Newhouse School of Public Communications alumni. It’s a tale that involves a former Orange football and basketball standout who dies tragically during World War II.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of Sidat-Singh’s death, which occurred a year after his entry into the U.S. military. Following rigorous testing, he joined the elite Tuskegee Airmen. His P-40 fighter went down during a training mission in 1943, killing the young airman, just four years after earning a bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Sidat-Singh’s life and legacy was recently honored during an event at the National Veterans Resource Center at the Daniel and Gayle D’Aniello Building (NVRC), marking the 75th anniversary of desegregation of the U.S. military.


Even so, much of Sidat-Singh’s life remains undocumented. Award-winning journalist and author Scott Pitoniak ’77 and Rick Burton ’80, the David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management in the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, have written a years-in-the-making book that fills in the blanks of Sidat-Singh’s extraordinary but largely forgotten life.
Predicated on extensive research and interviews, their historical novel, “Invisible No More,” recently was published by Amplify/Subplot and is available online and in bookstores. The book was unveiled during the NVRC event, at which both authors discussed this remarkable student, athlete and veteran.
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    You wrote about Sidat-Singh in "Forever Orange: The Story of Syracuse University." What fascinates you most about his life?

ACC News

A mirage in the ACC? Not all those defensive rankings mean teams are playing winning football (apnews.com; Iacobelli)


Clemson has the top defense in the Atlantic Coast Conference. If only things were that simple.

The Tigers, the defending ACC champions, lead the league and are sixth nationally in yards allowed (266.9) this season. Yet, it hasn’t been enough to carry them to success with a middling 4-4 record so far.

Dig a bit deeper and you find Clemson is 36th in points allowed and 40th in red-zone defense.



“Ultimately, you’re graded on what you do when you get to the red zone,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said.



It’s a slippery slope when you rely on cold hard numbers, because there are so many of them out to shape your point of view, according to ACC Network analyst Eric Mac Lain. “It depends what you’re looking for,” he said.



The ACC leader, No. 4 Florida State, is 29th in yards given up, sixth in the ACC and nearly 70 more yards per game than the Tigers. But FSU’s defensive numbers when an opponent reaches its 20-yard line are third in the ACC and a likely reason they’re outscoring opponents by more than three touchdowns a game.

“It doesn’t always make a lot of sense,” said Mac Lain, an offensive lineman at Clemson from 2011-15.

It’s hard sometimes for coaches and players to put their hands on what works and what doesn’t.



North Carolina’s defense was fifth in the ACC against the run (113.8 yards given up) during its 6-0 start until giving up 676 yards rushing in consecutive losses to Virginia and Georgia Tech the past two weeks. The Yellow Jackets piled up 246 yards on the ground in the fourth quarter of the 46-42 victory, a figure Tar Heels defensive coordinator Gene Chizik called “disastrous.”

Georgia Tech is giving up the most points per game in the ACC at 31.8. But the Yellow Jackets also top the league with seven fumble recoveries.

Chizik said his team hadn’t changed anything defensively from the first six weeks to the past two. He blamed himself and his staff as it appeared opponents had a blueprint of how to run against North Carolina.

“But it’s never going to change,” Chizik said. “You have to have enough guys around the ball, you have to strike blocks and come off blocks, and we have to put them in a position right now to be able to do that to the best of their ability.”

Duke, coached by defensive mastermind Mike Elko, is the only ACC team among the top 10 nationally in red zone defense (fifth in the country) and eighth in fewest points allowed.
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Notre Dame football podcast: ACC Network analyst Eric Mac Lain joins to talk Clemson (yahoo.com; podcast; Pot of Gold)

Notre Dame football landed at No. 15 in the first College Football Playoff rankings unveiled Tuesday night. The Irish need to win their final three games starting Saturday against a struggling, but still very dangerous Clemson team in Death Valley, in order to have any chance at a New Year's Six Bowl invitation.

As are South Bend Tribune Pod of Gold hosts Tom Noie and Mike Berardino unpack Notre Dame's impressive win over Pitt last Saturday and breakdown what it needs to do against the Tigers this Saturday. They are joined this week by Eric Mac Lain, a former Clemson football captain and current analyst for the ACC Network.



Kickoff Saturday at Memorial Stadium is noon ET.


Florida State's visit to Pitt, Virginia Tech at Louisville highlight Week 10 in ACC (usatoday; Iacobelli)

Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 10:

No. 4 Florida State at Pitt, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

The Seminoles (8-0, 6-0 ACC) play their last league road game against the struggling Panthers (2-6, 1-3). Florida State looks to move a step closer to its first conference title game appearance since it last won the crown in 2014. It's used a dynamic offense — it leads the ACC and is 11th nationally in red-zone offense — and a defense that's forced more incompletions than pass catches this fall. Florida State is looking for its 15th straight win.

Pitt, the ACC champion two seasons ago, has lost its past two games including a 58-7 blowout at Notre Dame last week. Coach Pat Narduzzi apologized for comments made after the loss that were critical of his players. Narduzzi said he apologized to the team at their Sunday meeting and everyone was ready to move on.

Virginia Tech, picked 11th out of 14 teams in the ACC preseason rankings this year, has a two-game winning streak as it heads to No. 15 Louisville. Both teams have ACC title game hopes. The Hokies (4-4, 3-1) have consecutive wins over Wake Forest and Syracuse while Louisville (7-1, 4-1) has been perhaps the biggest surprise in the league. The Cardinals are coming off a 23-0 victory over then-20th-ranked Duke.

Wake Forest (4-4, 1-4) is a 12 ½-point underdog to Duke (5-3, 2-2), according to FanDuel . Duke is coming off back-to-back losses to ranked opponents in Florida State and Louisville.



The Blue Devils broke a three-game losing streak in the series last year when Riley Leonard threw his fourth touchdown to Sahmir Hagans with just over two minutes left in the 34-31 victory. Leonard, who's dealt with injuries this season, played throughout the Louisville game and is expected to play as Duke tries to become bowl eligible.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is stuck on 165, the number of career wins at Clemson. He tied the late Frank Howard, who coached the Tigers from 1940 to 1969, with a 17-12 win over Wake Forest on Oct. 7. Losses to Miami and North Carolina State followed.
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The ACC Announces New Football Schedule Format Over Next Seven Years (bcinterruption.com; Flannery)

On Tuesday, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced a new scheduling format for its football conference games over the next seven years, from 2024 through 2030. This comes off of the heels of the conference adding three new members this offseason, Stanford, Cal, and SMU. With those additions, and the extra travel associated with playing those teams, a new format needed to be concocted to replace the one that was already created for the 2023 season.



For Boston College fans, the biggest notes are this:

  • Syracuse and Pitt will still be yearly rivalry games. Miami will no longer be a yearly rivalry game.
  • BC will travel to new conference members SMU in 2024 & 2026, Stanford in 2025 & 2029, and Cal in 2027.
  • BC will host new conference members SMU in 2025 & 2029, Stanford in 2027, and Cal in 2025 & 2029.
  • BC will play against Syracuse and Pitt 7 times, Louisville 5 times, and everyone else between 2-4 times.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether this format can last seven years. With members of the Florida State board openly threatening to leave the conference and other ACC schools rumored to be following suit, it’s just a matter of time before there is another shake-up before the ACC Grant of Rights expires in 2036. When that takes place, however, is rather unpredictable.

You can read more about the full schedule release here, including Boston College’s future opponents.


ACC mailbag: Who are the top 5 QBs in the ACC? Top 5 coaches? (theathletic.com; $; Marks, Navarro & Raynor)

So things are getting chaotic in the ACC! Florida State, still undefeated, is in great shape to reach the title game, but there are eight teams with either one or two losses. November should be fun.

Brendan Marks, Manny Navarro and Grace Raynor are here to answer your questions.

It looks like we might see a year with no coaching turnover in the ACC, which is weird given that we’ve got just two teams in the AP Top 25. Who are the top five coaches in the league over the next five years? Hot take: Dabo isn’t one of them, unless he starts using the portal. — Sam C.

This is a fun exercise because the first question that comes to mind is: Will Mack Brown still be coaching in five years? I genuinely don’t know the answer, so we’ll make two lists. If Brown is still coaching, I’d say the top five coaches in the ACC five years from now will be:

  1. Mike Norvell, Florida State
  2. Jeff Brohm, Louisville
  3. Mike Elko, Duke (if the Blue Devils can retain him!)
  4. Dabo Swinney, Clemson
  5. Mack Brown, UNC
If Brown isn’t coaching, I’d sub in Wake Forest’s Dave Clawson for Brown.



The 2023 season has marked a shift in the league’s pecking order, and Florida State is now the top dog. If Norvell keeps recruiting well, there’s no reason why the Seminoles can’t routinely compete for national championships in an extended College Football Playoff field. Brohm and Elko have both exceeded expectations at “basketball schools” and have managed to elevate their football programs to prominence, so kudos to them.

I’m with you that unless Swinney starts using the portal and makes big-time changes, Clemson isn’t going to get any better. But for now, I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt. We saw him fire Clemson alum Brandon Streeter a year ago, and even though the offense still hasn’t been very good this year under Garrett Riley, that move at least showed that Swinney isn’t afraid to make hard decisions. He’s also clearly passionate, as evidenced by the rant he unleashed this week on a fan named Tyler. As for Brown and Clawson, both are worthy of top-five status. Whether it’s Brown’s ability to recruit or Clawson’s X’s and O’s, there’s a reason both have had so much success. — Raynor


Dabo Swinney was inbounds to defend his program last night. But he also probably shouldn't be sparring with fans. It will be so interesting to see where Clemson goes from here in what could be the most fascinating month of his career: Raynor: Dabo Swinney's response to adversity will be storyline to watch in season's final month
— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) October 31, 2023

What are your thoughts regarding Mario Cristobal in Year 2? My opinion: I think he’s doing a fine job outside of the Georgia Tech game. The improvement across the board is a beautiful thing. — Dionicio C.

Is Miami actually on the right track? — Armando Y.


I noticed Grace didn’t include Cristobal in her list of the top five coaches over the next five years. Heck, she didn’t even have him sixth. While I understand Cristobal isn’t considered a game day genius, and failing to take a knee in the loss to Georgia Tech will haunt him for a while, I think he’s the best recruiter in the ACC and Miami’s NIL program is one of the best in the league. That counts for something. The transformation Miami has undergone in the trenches from Year 1 to Year 2 — with freshmen like Francis Mauigoa and Rueben Bain leading the charge — is something that I think could potentially make Miami the best team in the league in the next three to five years.
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Here are Duke, UNC, NC State ACC football schedules for next 7 seasons (fayobserver.com; Baxley)

Duke, North Carolina and NC State football received some clarity Monday with the ACC announcing its future schedule model for the next seven years.

Cal, SMU and Stanford will be joining the ACC in 2024, so the league released its schedules for 2024-30.

The new schedule, which features 17 schools, will continue without divisions and annual conference matchups will go from 56 to 68. The top two teams in the standings will compete for the ACC Championship on the first Saturday in December at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Cal, SMU and Stanford to the ACC and look forward to having them compete beginning in the fall of 2024,” ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips said in a league-issued statement.

“Throughout the entire scheduling model process, the membership was incredibly thoughtful and purposeful in building a creative, flexible and aggressive conference scheduling model while keeping the student-athlete experience at the forefront. The excitement and anticipation for our teams, alumni and fans will undoubtedly build as we look ahead to the future of this incredible conference.”

The approved format will continue to have each member institution play eight conference games per season, with all 17 teams playing each other at least twice over the next seven seasons – once at home and once on the road. The current 14 conference teams will play a total of three times each in California over the seven years and none will travel west to California in back-to-back seasons.
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https://www.si.com/college/virginia...odel-changed-virginias-2024-football-schedule (SI; Newton)

Earlier this week, the Atlantic Coast Conference unveiled its new football scheduling model that will take effect in 2024 to adjust for the additions of Cal, Stanford, and SMU, bringing the ACC's total football membership to 17 schools.

Under the previous 3-5-5 model, which was just adopted by the ACC last year and will ultimately be used only for the 2023 season, Virginia's three annual opponents were Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and Louisville. Under the new scheduling model, not every ACC team has multiple annual opponents as the ACC has only 16 protected annual matchups across the entire conference. But two of those matchups include Virginia, giving the Cavaliers two annual opponents. UVA's two most significant conference rivalries were protected, with North Carolina and Virginia Tech guaranteed to be on Virginia's schedule every year, so the South's Oldest Rivalry and the Commonwealth Clash will still be played annually. UVA will no longer face Louisville every season.

Expectedly, this new model resulted in some notable changes to Virginia's 2024 football schedule. Before we discuss how UVA's schedule changed in 2024 and beyond, let's take a look at Virginia's updated 2024 football schedule:

2024 Virginia Football Schedule
August 31: Richmond
September 14th: Maryland
September 21st: at Coastal Carolina
November 16th: at Notre Dame
TBA: Boston College
TBA: Louisville
TBA: North Carolina
TBA: SMU
TBA: at Clemson
TBA: at Pittsburgh
TBA: at Virginia Tech
TBA: at Wake Forest
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2022 Attendance, Realigned (RX; HM)

2022 Attendance, Realigned

Tony Altimore is back with some attendance graphs for us...


AVG. FOOTBALL ATTENDANCE: ️
2022 Season Average

There's often great confusion about how many people actually go to CFB games, so I thought it would be interesting to revisit.

This has big financial implications, because filling empty seats translates to millions in increased… pic.twitter.com/uusr6j2pj8
— Tony Altimore (@TJAltimore) November 1, 2023

Conclusions:

What we see from this is an ACC which is a continuous variation from a high of 80.7K (Clemson) to a low of 24.5K (Duke), with no obvious jumps in between.
You can't say that for the Big Ten, which has 3 conference overlords - Michigan (110.2k), Penn State (107.4k), and Ohio State (104.7K). After that, there's a drop to Nebraska (86.6K), then again down to Wisconsin (74.2K), then a slope down to Northwestern (28.7K).

The SEC is smoother than the B1G until you get to Vanderbilt.
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Links, News, and Rumors 2023 Nov 1st (RX; HM)

Links, News, and Rumors 2023 Nov 1st

From SI's "Identifying College Football Teams’ Most Glaring Flaws":


The North Carolina defense (33). The Tar Heels were undefeated and at the forefront of the ACC championship game race until two weeks ago, when their defense collapsed. In losses to Virginia and Georgia Tech — two teams that entered those games with losing records — the Heels gave up 1,071 yards, 576 of them on the ground.
North Carolina has a get-well game this week against FCS Campbell. After that, DC Gene Chizik has to have his unit playing better for a closing stretch of Duke, Clemson and North Carolina State.
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Comparing ACC vs Big XII Scheduling Models (RX; HM)

Comparing ACC vs Big XII Scheduling Models

Here's the latest on the Big XII scheduling model:


Only Big 12 rivalries that will be played each season b/w 2024-27:

Arizona-Arizona State
BYU-Utah
Baylor-TCU
Kansas-Kansas State
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 1, 2023

Of course, the ACC has a lot more protected annual games than that (16 to be precise; 12 more, or 4X as many if you prefer).

Interesting that the Big XII has only four protected annual games. I could have sworn I read a dozen or more comments from fans of Big XII schools talking trash about how Louisville doesn't belong in the ACC because it doesn't have any rival in conference... I guess that applies to half of the 16 teams in the Big XII then, huh?
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ACC Football Style Points (RX; HM)

ACC Football Style Points

When you think of certain power conferences, you think of a style of play. For the Big Ten, you think power, hard-nosed football. When you think Big XII, you probably think of wide-open offense. For many years, the SEC evoked an image of tenacious defense (although it's becoming more of an offense-oriented league). ACC Football has a distinct style, too: close games.

Already this 2023 season, 14 games have been decided by 4 points or less, 11 of them by 3 points or less, with two teams in particular being involved in an unusual number of close games...


WeekGameMargin
1NIU/BC3 (OT)
2JMU/UVa1
2HC/BC2
3Wake/ODU3
3FSU/BC2
4NC State/UVa3
5Louisville
/NC State
3
5UVa/BC3
6GT/Miami3
6BC/Army3
8UVa/UNC4
8Pitt/Wake4
9UVa/Miami3 (OT)
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TTM Technologies operates a manufacturing plant at a campus off Kirkville Road in DeWitt, N.Y., shown Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023. TTM bought the former Anaren Inc. five years ago.dnett@syracuse.com

California company plans to bring $100 million expansion, 400 jobs to Syracuse’s new tech hub (PS; $; Weiner)

A California company that makes electronic components for the aerospace and defense industries plans to spend at least $100 million expanding its plant in Syracuse’s eastern suburbs, almost doubling the size of its local workforce.

TTM Technologies would create about 400 new jobs – on top of the 600 it now employs in the town of DeWitt – when the expansion is complete, according to Gov. Kathy Hochul and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

TTM, which bought Anaren Inc. of DeWitt five years ago, plans to announce the expansion plans to its local employees this morning, the governor and senator said.

The company said it wants to break ground next year and begin production by 2025 of cutting-edge printed circuit boards that will be used by the U.S. military. The plant would be one of the first in the nation to specialize in making a new generation of circuit boards, which connect computer chips to electronic devices.

It’s a dramatic development for a company with roots in Central New York that date back 56 years to its founding by two former General Electric engineers. A company that began with a few dozen employees developing systems to help military planes and ships elude enemy radar will now build some of the most sophisticated circuit boards in the world.
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