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Ranking the ACC's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 week 20 hours ago
The ACC preseason talking points were pretty clear. “We are the champions and we broke a record by sending 11 teams to a bowl game.” Unfortunately, conferences don’t win championships, teams do. So while Florida State is the defending champ, it means very little for the rest of the ACC. The rest of the league needs to win marquee non-conference games against both the...

The ACC's Top Freshmen to Watch in 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 week 2 days ago
The beauty of college football lies in its unpredictability and volatility. Roster turnover is largely responsible for the tremendous amount of variability from year to year within the sport. Key graduations, early entries into the NFL Draft, dismissals and a massive influx of tomorrow's stars in the form of bright-eyed freshmen create more personnel turnover in college football than...

Ranking the ACC's Best and Worst Logos in 2014

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 1 day ago
Official school logos have been and will always be the simplest and most important way for a college program to classify and separate itself from its peers. Some change dramatically over time while others are literally set in stone for decades. Some are edgy, exciting and extremely busy while others are clean, classic and simple.  Every college football program in the nation has an...

ACC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2014

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 2 days ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year. In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2014, Athlon asked coaches in the ACC to talk anonymously about their...

The ACC's Top 10 Heisman Candidates for 2014

By Braden Gall, 4 weeks 1 day ago
Using the past to project the future has major flaws but in the case of the Heisman Trophy, the past can be extremely useful. There are a few numbers college football fans need to know when it comes to the Heisman Trophy and how to handicap the race for the 2014 stiff-armed trophy. First, quarterbacks have won the award four straight years and 12 of the last 14. Mark Ingram (2009) and...

The Complete History of ACC Realignment

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Conference realignment reached a fever pitch a few years ago and it caused great headaches for fans and coaches across the nation. The dollars and “sense” of conference realignment blazed a path through college football for a few years following the turn of the century, however, teams shifting leagues for greener pastures isn’t a new phenomenon. Did you know that...

NC State Football 2014 Schedule Analysis

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Things didn't go as planned in Dave Doeren's first season in Raleigh.  The Wolfpack didn't win a game in the ACC and lost four times to programs inside the state of North Carolina (Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina and East Carolina). So why would a program that didn't win a game a year ago and essentially finished fifth in the state have so much optimism heading into...

Ranking the ACC Stadiums for 2014 (Experts Poll)

By Braden Gall, 2 months 5 days ago
Ranking anything in sports is subjective. We may all agree on certain things — like Michael Jordan is better than Kobe Bryant or that Lambeau Field is better than the Edward Jones Dome — but for the most part, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Ranking college football stadiums is not only subjective but also extremely intricate. General atmosphere, fan...

ACC's Top 12 Must-See Non-Conference Games of 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 months 1 week ago
The ACC may be the defending champion of college football but it has a long way to go before it earns the type of respect its regional rival, the SEC, gets nationally. Some of that can be attributed to the struggles the league has had outside of its conference — especially, against the SEC. Florida State rolled up a big number on Florida and outlasted Auburn in the BCS title game...

ACC Football 2014 All-Conference Team

By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago
The 2014 college football season kicks off on Aug. 27 and concludes in Dallas with the first four-team playoff in the FBS ranks on January 12, 2015. Since it’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming college football season, Athlon Sports has already released its projected rankings for 2014, as well as conference predictions.With the predictions released, it’s time to...