Monday Morning Fodder – September 16th, 2013

It has been a while since there has been an official MMF here on TSB.  I am still rusty, but here is what is on my mind today.

I spent Saturday at the National Zoo in DC, which is a Smithsonian Institute.  This means it is free to get in.  Not free to park, which ran me $22.  For an extra $8 you can get some preferred parking, and I recommend spending the extra loot if you go.  Or take the Metro, which has stops right outside the gates.  I have been to a lot of zoos, included the oldest zoo in the world in Vienna, and this one gets my approval as one you should hit up.  On to sports:

It was a good weekend to be a former NC State football player.  

Mario Williams set a Buffalo Bills record with 4.5 sacks as the Bills beat the Carolina Kittens.

Russell Wilson will not be shaving off any of his eyebrows after the Seahawks pummeled the 49ers in the Sunday night game.  While RW did not have a great game, he still got the W both on the field and off.  As a side note, the Seahawks’ fans set the world record for loudest stadium last night as well.

Philip Rivers.  Philip Freaking Rivers.  A week removed from a collapse against the Texans, and in a game that the Bolts were given zero chances to win, our guy PR reminded us why he is an elite QB.  A Nick Novak field goal gave the Chargers the lead for good in what sounded like an extremely entertaining game (I listened to the second half on the radio while driving).  Rivers threw for 419 yards and three touchdowns in the win.  On the other side, Mike Vick had a career day throwing for 428 yards and two touchdowns, while also running for one too.

The Atlanta Braves continued their recent struggles, but have still worked their magic number down to four.  The Bravos now travel to DC to face the Nationals in a three game set.  If they win two of these, the division will officially be clinched and we can look forward to the inevitable October disappointment.

In ACC news, the Hokies of VA Tech barely beat ECU, closing the pie holes of many drunken Pirates fans and also Hokies fans too.  The Pirates get their next chance to knock off an ACC opponent in two weeks when they face UNC-CH (it’s football, so we can’t call them Carolina) who barely squeaked out a win against they bye on Saturday.

That is all I have time for.  Have a good day, peeps.

ACC Recap: Another loss to the Big East, Miami QB has record day, Paul Johnson on hot seat

ACC went 2-2 in out of conference games over the weekend. There was a split against the Big East and an embarrassing home loss to Middle Tennessee State out of the Sun Belt Conference. Looking at the conference standings, Florida State and Miami are on top of the Atlantic and Coastal divisions.

Miami 44, NC State 37 What a wild game this turned out to be. It had everything, except for defense, and a crowd in the stands. On the field, NC State had six turnovers, there was a safety, Miami scored on a pass that bounced off a Wolfpack player’s head, and Miami quarterback Stephen Morris set an ACC record with 566 passing yards (and also 5 touchdowns passes).  The last touchdown came with 19 seconds left, a 62 yard pass to Phillip Dorsett, who got behind 3 Wolfpack defenders for the game winner. NC State had 664 total yards of offense and rallied from a 23-7 halftime deficit. But  Mike Glennon’s second interception with under a minute left, set Miami up for the game winner. NC State hosts Florida State next while Miami heads to Chicago to play Notre Dame.

Middle Tennessee State 49, Georgia Tech 28 Middle Tennessee came into Atlanta as a 28 point underdog to Georgia Tech. They left with a 21 point win and probably gave Paul Johnson his worst loss as Georgia Tech’s head coach. Benny Cunningham rushed for 217 yards and scored 5 touchdowns. The loss was Tech’s first loss to a non-Bowl Championship Series school since 1996. The Yellow Jackets have also lost consecutive home games for the first time since 1988. A trip to Death Valley is next.

Cincinnati 27, Virginia Tech 24 Cincinnati pretty much dominated this game offensively. They had more total yards and more first downs, but it still took a last second touchdown for the Bearcats to get the win. The game was played at FedEx Field in Washington D.C.  Cincy quarterback Munchie Legaux hit Damon Julian for a 39-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds to play as the Hokies fell to 3-2. Both losses are to Big East teams. Next up is North Carolina.

Rest of the ACC..

North Carolina 66, Idaho 0 Heels have allowed 6 total points in 3 home games.

Duke 34, Wake Forest 27 Blue Devils snap 12 game losing streak to Wake Forest. Duke is 4-1.

Florida State 30, South Florida 17 FSU avenges 2009 loss to USF.

Clemson 45, Boston College 31 DeAndre Hopkins sets Clemson record with 197 receiving yards.

Louisiana Tech 44, Virginia 38  La Tech scores 31 straight points, holds on for win at UVa.

Also, East Carolina 28, UTEP 18.

Cant go without mentioning West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith’s performance. He threw 8 touchdown passes and had 656 yards passing in a 70-63 Big 12 win over Baylor.  Smith was 45 for 51. He had more touchdown passes than incompletions.

 

 

ACC Goes 0-3 vs Big East, UNC almost pulls off comeback, Chris Thompson one year later, Top Ten meeting next weekend, (4) FSU vs (10) Clemson

The ACC went 4-4 in out of conference games this past weekend. Three of the four losses were to Big East teams. Louisville, UConn and Pittsburgh all won over their ACC opponents.  In conference, Florida State crushed Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech broke out the whoopin stick on Virginia.

Pittsburgh 35, Virginia Tech 17.  In the upset of the day Pittsburgh capitalized on four turnovers and  ended the nation’s longest road winning streak. The Hokies were down 21-3 at the half, and couldn’t mount a comeback in the second half against their future Coastal Division rival. VT was held to 59 yards rushing and Logan Thomas threw 3 INTs. Virginia Tech has two more ooc games before travelling to Chapel Hill.

Louisville 39, North Carolina 34. UNC almost pulled off a very impressive comeback on the road. The Tar Heels were down 36-7 at half and 25 in the fourth quarter but came storming back and had a chance for the winning score.  A controversial call/no call on 4th and goal pretty much sealed the deal. Bryn Renner threw 5 touchdown passes, but the Heels could not get anything going in the first half of the game when Louisville stormed out to their big lead. Next up for UNC, ECU comes to town.

NC State 31,  South Alabama 7. NC State had an easy time in their home opener. Mike Glennon threw three touchdown passes and the defense held South Alabama scoreless until late in the fourth quarter. Halfback Mustafa Greene was suspended for the game, no reason yet as to why from TOB, but it didnt really matter in this game. Next up, NC State plays the Citadel.

Florida State 52, Wake Forest 0. Talk about a comeback. Last year running back Chris Thompson broke his back in the game against Wake Forest. One year later he runs for 197 yards and two TDs in the first half. He sat out the second half as FSU rolled and set up a big meeting in Death Valley on Saturday.

Rest of the ACC…

Clemson 41, Furman 7. Georgia Tech 56, Virginia 20. UConn 24, Maryland 21. Duke 54, NCCU 17. Northwestern 22, Boston College 13. Miami 38, Bethune-Cookman 10.

 

 

 

After Labor Day fodder: ACC Roundup, NFL starts tomorrow

Hope everyone enjoyed the Labor Day holiday. I didn’t make it to Dragon-Con but I did see some Wolfpack fans at Saturday’s Braves game and plenty of Tennessee fans. ..

Chick-Fil-A Kick Off Classic Games

Tennessee 35, NC State 21.  Game fell apart for NC State in about two minutes in the first quarter: Tennessee 72-yard TD pass, Glennon fumble in end zone for safety, Tennessee 67-yard TD run. The Vols had over 500 yards of total offense. Glennon was picked off three times.

Clemson 26, Auburn 19. The ACC got the Chick-Fil-A split with the Clemson win. Andre Ellington rushed for 231 yards, DeAndre Hopkins had 118 receiving yards and the go ahead touchdown.

20 year old Tennessee fan fell to his death during the Tennessee/NC State game, cheering after a touchdown.

Other ACC games…

UNC 62, Elon 0. Yes it was Elon. But impressive debut for Larry Fedora. UNC’s first shutout since 1999, and the Heels had their biggest scoring day in 17 years.

Virginia Tech 20, Georgia Tech 17 (OT). The Hokies got a 41 yard field goal as the clock ran out in regulation. Then their defense gets a turnover, and they get a game winning field goal in overtime. Interesting factoid: In the seven years the ACC has held a championship game, only the Hokies (five times) and Yellow Jackets have ever represented the Coastal Division. The victory, because of tiebreakers, essentially gives Virginia Tech a two-game lead over the Yellow Jackets.

Florida State wins 69-3, loses Senior defensive end Brandon Jenkins for the rest of the season. Duke 46, FIU 26. Miami 41, Boston College 32. Virginia 43, Richmond 19. Wake Forest 20, Liberty 17. In a shootout, Maryland 7, William & Mary 6.

Future ACC member Pittsburgh lost 31-17 to Youngstown State. It was Youngstown State’s first win over a BCS school in school history.

NFL Kicks off tomorrow night. Defending champion New York Giants vs Dallas.

Another Reason ACC != SEC

The Groupon/Livingsocial plague has struck yet another ACC school!

Yesterday, Livingsocial posted a deal for the VT/Cincinnati game at Fedex Field at the end of September. While technically a Cincinnati home game, it’s practically in Virginia Tech’s backyard and should be an easy sellout.  Well, if the ACC were anything like the SEC it would be.  Regardless of the mediocrity of the opponent, SEC fans gobble up tickets for any opportunity they can get to see their team play.  This game could still sellout, and obviously that’s what the organizers are hoping for by creating this offer to move tickets.

So while this is something that would never happen for a game at Lane Stadium, and is not nearly as embarrassing as some of the offers in recent years for other ACC schools (BC, Maryland, and Duke come to mind), it goes down as another piece of evidence that neither VT nor the ACC are close to high SEC standards.  But then again, who is these days?

 

Preseason Coaches Poll. Almost time for Football!

USA Today released its preseason coaches poll. Teams are heading back to camps, pretty soon it will be time to matriculate the ball down the field.

Rank
Team (first-place votes)
Record
Points
Final 2011 rank
1.
LSU (18)
13-1
1,403
2
2.
Alabama (20)
12-1
1,399
1
3.
10-2
1,388
NR
4.
Oklahoma (1)
10-3
1,276
15
5.
Oregon
12-2
1,258
4
6.
10-4
1,061
20
7.
Florida State (1)
9-4
1,055
23
8.
Michigan
11-2
1,023
9
9.
11-2
981
8
10.
11-2
948
5
11.
10-3
833
18
12.
Wisconsin
11-3
743
11
13.
11-3
717
10
14.
Clemson
10-4
598
22
15.
Texas
8-5
549
NR
16.
Nebraska
9-4
501
24
17.
TCU
11-2
499
13
18.
Stanford
11-2
497
7
19.
Oklahoma State 
12-1
476
3
20.
Virginia Tech
11-3
461
17
21.
Kansas State
10-3
398
16
22.
Boise State
12-1
271
6
23.
Florida
7-6
250
NR
24.
Notre Dame
8-5
166
NR
25.
Auburn
8-5
66
NR

No surprise that the SEC dominates the top 10 with 5 teams, including 1 and 2.

The ACC has three top 25 teams, Florida State at #7,  Clemson at #14 and Virginia Tech at #20

In the “others receiving votes” category, we get Georgia Tech with 35 points, NC State with 11, and Virginia with 9.

 

Virginia Tech Press Conference 4PM, No more Seth?

Virginia Tech athletics will hold a press conference today at 4pm with Athletic Director Jim Weaver.  What is it about? Nobody is saying right now.

UPDATE: The big rumor now is Seth Greenberg is being let go.

Anyway, something is happening in Blacksburg, will keep you posted.

other rumors, make your pick. 

Beamer to Arkansas

Bud Foster to Arkansas

Virginia Tech to join the SEC

TMK? You know?

 

#ACC Releases 2012 Football Schedule

Dateline: Waaaaaay later than it should be, thanks WVU!

The ACC has released the 2012 Football Schedule.  Feast your eyes upon it in all it’s glory and commence mocking of your rivals 2012 slate!

Update: Helmet Schedule in image format so you don’t have to download that lame .pdf

Mike London Faces

Yo, Seth Greenberg thinks Mike London is too expressive on the sidelines, you guys.

 

This weekend produced lots of great stuff:

– Virginia Tech rolls into Charlotte, while Clemson limps in

– NC State wakes up in the 2nd half and embarrasses Maryland

UNC beat Duke in the only college rivalry where the football game is seen on TV by fewer people than when they match-up in basketball

– Finally, we appear to be set for an LSU / Bama rematch in the BCS Championship

 

Discuss, suckas!

North Carolina “State Champs”

In the Triangle, there’s often some discussion about the best team in the state… or other times, claims by a certain cross-armed Major that his team is “State Champions” have been lobbied about.

However, for the second year in a row, a team from out of state has managed to post a 5-0 record against teams from the state of North Carolina… The Virginia Tech Hokies!

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