The Daily Roundup: Kick Off Friday
The Basketblogs Weekend Picks:
Wake @ BC - Wake WINS
Va Tech v. ECU - Va. Tech WINS (by 32)
FSU @ Clemson - FSU Wins
UVa. @ Wyoming - UVa WINS
GT @ Notre Dame - GT WINS
UNC v. JMU - UNC WINS
Duke v. UConn - Duke WINS.....DUKE WINS!!! (Perhaps....)
NC State v. Central Florida - NC State WINS
Miami vs. Marshall - Miami WINS
Maryland vs. 'Nova - Maryland WINS
That's the list!!!
Getting your mind right:
The Weekend Smoke from the StogieGuys.com:Stogie Reviews: Don Kiki Brown Label Toro
Brohm leads Louisville to rout of Murray State : Did you see that beating.......
The Conference Headlines:
ACC notebook: Out of gate, Jagodzinski faces Wake
ACC News & Notes: "A quick look around the ACC as the season openers are just around the corner. "
A look at Saturday's games : "Keeping in mind that looking back isn't always a good idea and looking ahead may indicate something positive could actually happen, here's why all of us should be happy that Saturday starts a new college football season for the three ACC Triangle teams. "
Lennox Rawlings of the Winston-Salem Journal: Wake Forest may benefit in crossover scheduling
Veteran Presence: Moore stormed onto the scene as a junior last season to give Wake Forest's offense a needed boost : "Last season, the season his jersey number matched his age, Kenneth Moore of Wake Forest played like a man.Moore wears No. 21.A bit player as a freshman and sophomore, Moore emerged as one of the brightest stars in the Deacons' stunning run to an ACC championship and trip to the Orange Bowl. He played the first eight games at wide receiver, and then, after the Deacons' ground game ground to a near halt after an injury sidelined Micah Andrews, he was moved to running back."
College-Football Notebook: Receiver Williams will miss Deacons' opener
The nicest tough guy in the game: "He’s mild-mannered and polite -- until he takes the field. BC quarterback Matt Ryan plays with a rare intensity, and he’s more driven than ever this season as he and new coach Jeff Jagodzinski are charged with taking the Eagles to uncharted territory: a BCS game."
Improvising will be in play: "Matt Ryan knows the game plan. The quarterback knows the plays scripted for Boston College's season opener against Wake Forest tomorrow. He knows the new offense installed by new coach Jeff Jagodzinski and new offensive coordinator Steve Logan."
Feet not failing BC's Larkin now:"When asked to describe Boston College defensive end Nick Larkin, one thing comes to mind for teammate Jolonn Dunbar."
Game of the week: "BC 28, Wake Forest 22 - Home-field advantage? Matt Ryan's arm? Frank Spaziani's defense? Any of the three should give the Eagles a win in Jeff Jagodzinski's coaching debut. But the Eagles had trouble with Jim Grobe-coached teams not nearly as talented as this one. And these Demon Deacons will be anything but easy." Wrong! See our predictions above.
Terrapins' special teams face unusual uncertainty : "Punter Travis Baltz (left) and kicker Obi Egekeze are new starters on a unit that has a recent reputation as one of the ACC's best. Over the past six seasons, Maryland has a streak of 86 games without having a punt blocked -- the longest in the nation."
Redshirt Freshman Moten Gets the Call for Terrapins
TERRAPINS NOTEBOOK: Lemons, Maryland's 'Leo,' Is a Late Bloomer
Frese Announces Pregnancy
UVa Insider: Lalich getting crash course
Four-Year Plan Cut Short
VT Insider: Proud Pops looking after his boys
Tech's Martin Boys: Living a dream: "Brothers Cam and Orion Martin are playing out a childhood fantasy starting on Virginia Tech's defense. "
How would you like to be an East Carolina Pirate Saturday?
With New Rover, Hokies Are in a Good Position
Good will previals at UNC: "Durell Mapp is heading into his senior season at North Carolina, but his previous years of experience didn't prepare him for anything like this."
Hanson ready to live his dream: "N.C.'s top high school QB headed to UNC. It's Wednesday night, about 9:30, and Charlotte Latin quarterback Braden Hanson is at home chatting with North Carolina assistant football coach John Shoop on the phone."
Pack respects firm O'Brien : "Coach Tom O'Brien's toughness and discipline are keys to building a solid program. N.C. State opens the season against Central Florida on Saturday."
Freshman tackles tough test : "True freshmen simply don't play prominent roles along the offensive line. They typically aren't physically mature enough, and often aren't mentally mature enough, to tackle the challenge. In high school, their sheer size often was enough to get the job done, sometimes at the expense of technique and footwork."
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