Notre Dame and the ACC: I called this two years ago

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Editor’s note: I originally published this on December 29th, 2011. Looks like I saw the future a few months ahead:

As Notre Dame prepares to kick off versus Florida State today in the Champs Sports Bowl, the answer to where ND fits in the long term conference expansion is becoming painfully obvious. The Irish will face their fourth ACC opponent, and look to go 4-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
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#13 Clemson Tigers: College Football 77 in 77

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Welcome to The Sports Bank 77 in 77. We’re previewing one team a day everyday as the college football season approaches. And we’re doing it in rapid fire sequence. Today, the Clemson Tigers

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#57 Wake Forest Demon Deacons: College Football 77 in 77

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Ah ACC college football. There’s nothing quite like it. Well, actually there’s a lot of conferences much better than the ACC, but it when it comes to being not terrible, but still just mediocre to slightly above mediocrity at best, the ACC has you covered…best personified of all by the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Last year, the Deacons stopped a two year bowl slide to reach (and lose in) the Music City Bowl to Mississippi State. Not bad,  cuz hey they reached the postseason. But also nothing at all to get excited about. This year they look to be the same kind of muddled middle of the road Atlantic Coastal Conference Coastal division team.

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Notre Dame Season Ends and Begins the same: Critical Red Zone INT

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The season ending loss to the Florida State Seminoles had a few things in common with the season opening defeat to South Florida: the quarterbacks threw too many interceptions, especially in the red zone; the defense kept bailing out the offense only to see the O turn it over again. And the explosive Brian Kelly hissy fit on the sidelines, caught on national television.

This time quarterback Tommy Rees was his victim. When he see his box score 16-26-163, 1 td, 2 int, I think you can understand why.

He switched in and out with Andrew Hendrix, who was actually much worse: 3-8-24, int.

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#22 Miami Hurricanes: College Football 77 in 77

“I heard the rain storms ain’t nothing to mess with, but I can’t feel a drip on the strip.” Yes we’ve come to the Miami Hurricanes, and you what that means, the obligatory cliche reference to 1.) the cheesy Will Smith song and 2.) the greatest ESPN “30 for 30” ever, “The U. It’s all about the U.”

Really, I’m sure all you Canes fans will agree that movie was AWESOME!

Ok enough bread and circuses, let’s talk COLLEGE FOOTBALL! I’m taking my analysis to South Beach for this installment of the 77 in 77 (oh, c’mon you didn’t think you’d escape without the infamous Lebron James platitude, did you?)

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College Football 77 in 77: #68 Duke Blue Devils

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When it comes to Duke Blue Devils college football, there is no equivalent of: the Cameron Crazies, Krzyzewskiville, slapping the floor when you get back on defense, the Tobacco Road rivalry or the tradition of ACC championships.

To call this place a college basketball school is to say that Kim Kardashian has “a bit of a booty on her.” The football program is pretty much like any Kardashian not named Kim. Maybe that’s not fair entirely- Duke sports does have some talent within in it. Can’t say the same for any Kardashian.

But did you know?…Duke went to the 1994 Hall of Fame Bowl, and tied for the 1989 ACC Conference title, the final season that the big visor, Steve Spurrier was leading the program.

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