On Thursday, SB Nation’s Jason Kirk asked “What if every ACC football team goes bowling?” and it’s indeed a valid question. The bottom of the conference is teams like Virginia, Pitt, Syracuse and Duke — would you be surprised if any of those teams were playing in the postseason this year, especially given the number of games available to play in?
The record thus far, which the ACC holds, far is 11 teams in one season. That matches the number of bowl tie-ins the league has (the most along with the SEC), and is largely seen as a sort of maximum for conferences given the way luck usually falls. That idea will be tested this fall if a couple non-conference upsets occur and/or if the entire Coastal decides it’s time to go 6-6, to fulfill their destiny.
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What if every ACC team goes bowling in 2018? (SB Nation)
While picking my way through each game of the season in advance of preseason bowl projections, I noticed I had almost every ACC team right around .500 or better. That’s despite Clemson soaking up tons of wins, at least on the bulletin board, and standout projections for Miami, Florida State, and Virginia Tech — meaning, this doesn’t just look like one big pile of parity.
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Jerami Grant, Thunder: The “five-position defender” cliché is tossed around too freely, but it legitimately applies to Grant, who was used last season by Thunder head coach Billy Donovan as a small-ball center, a floor-spacing forward, and as a man-to-man defender against guards. Grant isn’t an elite defender, but he’s effective.
Pittsburgh asked the state for more money to pay for increased monitoring and other potential integrity issues. West Virginia and Marshall reached a tentative agreement to get a piece of the money bet, but Wolohan, the SU professor, estimated that might only generate a couple million in additional revenue for both schools.
ACC Running Back Rankings (David Hale)
12. Syracuse: Dino Babers would love to keep QB Eric Dungey healthy. To do that, Dungey needs to run less. To do that, however, could mean an end to any real threat from the Syracuse run game. Dontae Strickland and Moe Neal have experience, but neither has shown they’re a legitimate threat to take over a game. Perhaps sophomore Markenzy Pierre takes the next step...
These schools make more money than ever. Since they began emerging from the Great Recession in fiscal year 2011, their combined revenue has rocketed from $5.6 billion to $8.3 billion in 2017, not adjusted for inflation. That’s according to data for the 108 public schools tracked by USA TODAY Sports in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), in partnership with Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
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