ACC Announces 2018 Football Schedule

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the 2018 football schedule Wednesday, and once again, it includes arguably the most challenging non-conference competition among the Power 5 conferences.

  • ACC teams will play more games (19) against Power 5 competition (including Notre Dame) than any of their peers.
  • ACC teams will play more games against non-conference teams (13) ranked in last year’s final Associated Press Top 25 than any other Power 5 conference.
  • The ACC has the highest percentage (.232) of games against teams ranked in the final AP poll of any of its peer conferences.
  • ACC teams will play 27 games against non-conference opponents that participated in bowl games last season, the highest total among Power 5 conferences.
  • ACC teams will play 13 non-conference games against teams in ESPN’s 2018 Way-Too-Early Top 25, which is the most among their peers.
  • ACC teams’ non-conference opponents had the highest combined winning percentage (.558) in 2017 of any of the Power 5 leagues.

“The 2018 ACC Football schedule provides our schools and programs the opportunity to build upon the numerous football successes that have been achieved in recent years,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “Once again, our teams will be facing both a daunting conference schedule and what is collectively the most challenging non-conference schedule in the country. There will be no shortage of excitement for fans on a weekly basis.”

ACC teams will play two neutral site games on the opening weekend of the season, including Louisville facing defending national champion Alabama in the Camping World Kickoff in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, Sept. 1. Miami and LSU will meet in the AdvoCare Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, Sept. 2.

The ACC’s traditional Labor Day Monday game features Virginia Tech at Florida State.

The ACC will have four games nationally televised by ESPN or ESPN2 on Thursday nights, including Boston College at Wake Forest (Sept. 13), North Carolina at Miami (Sept. 27), Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech (Oct. 25) and Wake Forest at NC State (Nov. 8). The league also has five Friday night games, including Georgia Tech at Louisville (Oct. 5), Miami at Boston College (Oct. 26), Pitt at Virginia (Nov. 2), Louisville at Syracuse (Nov. 9) and Virginia at Virginia Tech (Nov. 23).

The schedule includes five games against Notre Dame, which finished No. 11 in the final 2017 AP Top 25 poll. Wake Forest hosts the Irish on Sept. 22, and Virginia Tech welcomes Notre Dame to Blacksburg on Oct. 6. Pitt (Oct. 13) and Florida State (Nov. 10) travel to South Bend. Syracuse and Notre Dame will meet in Yankee Stadium in The Bronx on Nov. 17.

In all, the schedule includes 56 regular-season conference match-ups over a span of 13 weeks and is capped off with the 14th annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, which will be played on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium.

About the Atlantic Coast Conference
The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 65th year of competition and 15 members strong, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. ACC members Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest continue to build upon the cornerstones on which the league was founded in 1953 with a consistent balance of academics, athletics and integrity. The ACC currently sponsors 27 NCAA sports – 14 for women and 13 for men – with member institutions located in 10 states. For more information, visit theACC.com and follow @theACC on Twitter and on Facebook (facebook.com/theACC).

Noting ACC Basketball Jan 15, 2018

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January 15, 2018

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ACColades

The first ESPN “Big Monday” ACC matchup of the season is set this evening as No. 5 Duke travels to No. 25 Miami … the game is one of two nationally televised ACC contests on the Monday night, with Boston College’s home matchup against Florida State also scheduled … No. 3 Virginia downs visiting NC State 68-51 in Sunday’s lone conference game … Devon Hall scores a career-high 25 points, and Kyle Guy adds 17 as the Cavaliers post their 14th consecutive win at John Paul Jones Arena … Duke, No. 19 Clemson, No. 20 North Carolina, No. 23 Florida State, Louisville and Georgia Tech tip off the weekend on Saturday with league wins … Boston College closes out its 2017-18 regular-season non-conference slate with a win over Dartmouth … Duke has sold out 430 consecutive games at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the longest current streak in both men’s college basketball and the NBA … Wake Forest’s Brandon Childress and his father, former Deacon standout Randolph Childress, have now combined for 2,572 career points to become the highest-scoring father-son duo in ACC history … Brian Oliver (Georgia Tech) and J.P. Tokoto (North Carolina) are next with 2,570 points … the home team has won 27 of the 36 ACC conference games played thus far.

By the Numbers

1 – Duke’s Marvin Bagley III, who has set the ACC freshman record for 30-point games (five), leads the league in scoring (22.5), rebounding (11.7) and double-doubles (14) … Blue Devil point guard Trevon Duval leads the ACC in assists (6.2).

3 – Miami has 18 wins against ranked foes under Jim Larrañaga, including a 10-10 mark at home.

5 – Over his last five games, Florida State’s Braian Angola is averaging 20.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists … Angola is fifth in the ACC in per game scoring improvement (+9.6) from a year ago.

6 – Florida State has won the last six games with Boston College and leads the series by a 10-5 margin … nine of the 15 meetings have been decided by four points or less

23 – Duke freshmen (Bagley 14, Wendell Carter, Jr. 7, Duval 2) have combined for a school freshman record 23 double-doubles this season.

24.2 – Boston College’s Jerome Robinson is averaging 24.2 points per game in ACC play and has made 19-of-33 (.576) from 3-point range against league foes.

33 – Miami is 33-2 (.943) in its last 35 games at the Watsco Center … overall, the Hurricanes are 83-22 (.790) at home in seven seasons under Jim Larrañaga.

26 – Duke and Miami will be meeting for the 26th time in a rivalry that began with a 71-69 Hurricane win back on December 21, 1962 … the Blue Devils lead the series 18-7 with the teams splitting a pair of meetings last season … Miami has won three of the last four meetings.

Frank Beamer, Mack Brown, Calvin Johnson and Ed Reed Selected for Induction to College Football Hall of Fame

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ATLANTA – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced Monday the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Class, which includes two players and two coaches from Atlantic Coast Conference schools. Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Miami defensive back Ed Reed were selected to the 2018 class and will be joined by former ACC coaches Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech and Mack Brown of North Carolina.

The 13 total inductees (10 players and three head coaches) were selected from the national ballot of 75 All-America players and six elite coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and the 98 players and 31 coaches from the divisional ranks.

FRANK BEAMER
Murray State University (1981-86), Virginia Tech (1987-2015)
Head Coach, 280-144-4 (65.9%)

The winningest coach in Virginia Tech history, Frank Beamer’s 280 career victories rank sixth in FBS history and are the 13th most by a college football coach at any NCAA division. He led the Hokies to their first-ever national title game appearance as part of an impressive streak of 23 consecutive bowl berths in his final 23 seasons.

Beamer began his 35-year head coaching career at Murray State from 1981-86, and he ranks fourth in school history in wins after leading the Racers to a 42-23-2 record in six seasons. In 1986, he guided the team to a share of the Ohio Valley Conference title and a trip to the FCS Playoffs.

In 1987, Beamer became the head coach at his alma mater Virginia Tech, where would win a school-record 238 games in 29 seasons (1987-2015). Arguably, his best season came in 1999 when he earned consensus National Coach of the Year honors after leading Virginia Tech to an appearance in the BCS National Championship at the Sugar Bowl following the program’s first 11-win season and first undefeated regular season in school history. Under Beamer, the Hokies posted five top-10 finishes and became one of only six programs in college football history to go to a bowl game in at least 20-straight seasons. After just one win in six bowl games prior to his arrival, Beamer would win 11 of his 23 appearances, including marquee wins in the 1995 Sugar Bowl, 2009 Orange Bowl and the 2009 Chick-fil-A Bowl. His Hokies are also one of just four teams in Division I history to produce 10 wins in eight or more consecutive seasons (2004-11), and his 23-straight seasons of seven or more wins are a school record.

A five-time conference Coach of the Year, Beamer won three BIG EAST titles and added four ACC titles in five conference championship game appearances. Overall, he coached 16 First Team All-Americans, two NFF National Scholar-Athletes, 79 first team all-conference selections, three ACC Players of the Year, three BIG EAST Offensive Players of the Year, two BIG EAST Defensive Players of the Year and two BIG EAST Special Teams Players of the Year.

One of his lasting legacies is “Beamerball,” the name given for the Hokies’ ability to make big plays and score on offense, defense and special teams. Beamer’s teams blocked more kicks in the 1990s than any other FBS program, helping him earn BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Decade laurels.

Beamer started three years as a cornerback at Virginia Tech for College Football Hall of Fame coach Jerry Claiborne. Before becoming a head coach, he served as an assistant coach at Maryland, The Citadel and Murray State. A member of the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame, Beamer’s No. 25 jersey was retired by the school in 2002, his name adorns the Hokies’ locker room and the street in front of Lane Stadium is known as Beamer Way. He currently serves as a special assistant to the athletics director at Virginia Tech, and he is a member of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.

MACK BROWN
Appalachian State University (1983), Tulane University (1985-87),
University of North Carolina (1988-97), University of Texas (1998-2013)
Head Coach, 244-122-1 (66.6%)

Highlighted by a national championship win at Texas, Mack Brown led his teams to 22 bowl games during a remarkable 30-year career as a head coach. His 244 career victories are the 10th most by a coach in FBS history.

Brown began his successful head-coaching career with a one-year stint at Appalachian State in 1983, leading the Mountaineers to a 6-5 record. After a successful season as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma under Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer, he became the head coach and athletics director at Tulane in 1985. He led the Green Wave to a 6-6 record in his final year in 1987 and a trip to the Independence Bowl, its first bowl appearance in seven years.

During 10 seasons as the head coach at North Carolina from 1988-97, Brown won 69 games – tied for the second most victories in school history. Brown’s Tar Heels would post winning records in his final eight seasons and go to bowl games every year beginning in 1992, including a win in the 1993 Peach Bowl, the program’s first bowl appearance since 1986. The 1996 ACC Coach of the Year led North Carolina to three 10-win seasons, and the team finished in the top 25 four times, including a No. 10 ranking in 1996 and the No. 4 spot in 1997.

It was at Texas from 1998-2013 where Brown would see his greatest success. Boasting the highest winning percentage (76.7%) in school history among coaches with at least 10 years at the helm, his 158 career wins are second only to Hall of Fame coach Darrell Royal in Longhorn history. During the 2005 season, Brown guided Texas to its first national championship in 35 years after defeating Southern California at the Rose Bowl in one of the greatest games in college football history. The 2009 Big 12 Coach of the Year won two conference titles (2005, 2009), four Big 12 South Division titles and led the Longhorns to another appearance in the BCS National Championship following the 2009 season. A two-time National Coach of the Year at Texas, Brown won more than 10 games in nine consecutive seasons, and his teams posted 13 top 25 finishes, including seven in the top 10. He posted a Big 12 record 21 consecutive conference wins from 2004-06, and he led the Longhorns to bowl games in all but one season, winning 10.

Over his entire career, Brown coached 37 First Team All-Americans, six Academic All-Americans, 110 first team all-conference selections and 11 conference Players of the Year. He also coached two College Football Hall of Famers in Dre Bly (North Carolina) and Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams (Texas), and four NFF National Scholar-Athletes, including Campbell Trophy® winners Sam Acho and Dallas Griffin at Texas. Brown posted 20 consecutive winning seasons from 1990-2009, and his 225 wins from 1990-2013 were the most among FBS coaches during that span.

A native of Cookeville, Tenn., Brown played running back at Vanderbilt and Florida State. Before his first head coaching job at Appalachian State, he served as an assistant coach at Florida State, Southern Miss, Memphis, Iowa State and LSU. A member of the Texas Longhorns Hall of Honor, Brown is also enshrined in the Rose Bowl, State of Texas Sports, State of Tennessee Sports and Holiday Bowl halls of fame. He currently serves as a college football studio and game analyst at ESPN and as a special assistant at Texas.

CALVIN JOHNSON
Georgia Tech
Wide Receiver, 2004-06

Arguably the greatest wide receiver in Georgia Tech history, Calvin Johnson rewrote the school record books and ended his career receiving the Biletnikoff Award as the top receiver in the nation. He is the 14th Yellow Jacket player to enter the Hall.

One of just six Yellow Jackets to be a two-time First Team All-American, Johnson earned unanimous honors as a senior and became the first three-time First Team All-ACC selection in program history. The Tyrone, Ga., native remains Georgia Tech’s all-time career leader in receiving yards (2,927), touchdown receptions (28) and 100-yard receiving games (13). Johnson’s best year came in 2006 when he won the Biletnikoff Award and was named the ACC Player of the Year after leading the Yellow Jackets to the Coastal Division title. A team captain that season, he placed in the top 10 for the Heisman Trophy after setting single-season school records for receiving yards (1,202), touchdown receptions (15) and 100-yard receiving games (7).

The 2004 Freshman All-American and ACC Rookie of the Year helped Georgia Tech to three consecutive bowl games, including a win in the 2004 Champs Sports Bowl. A seven-time ACC Player of the Week, Johnson ranks 15th in conference history in career receiving yards and is tied for seventh in career touchdown receptions. “Megatron” also sits in the top 10 in Georgia Tech annals in five other receiving categories, currently ranking second in both career and single-season receptions. He was elected to the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

The second overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, Johnson spent his entire nine-year career with the Detroit Lions. The Lions’ all-time leading receiver was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and owns the NFL record for single-season receiving yards.

Off the field, he founded the Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation to help at-risk youth and provide financial assistance to community organizations. He is currently working as a private wide-receiver consultant, working with players at the high school, collegiate and professional levels, and he says he plans to return to college.

ED REED
University of Miami (Fla.)
Defensive Back, 1998-2001

One of the best defensive players in Miami history, Ed Reed twice earned First Team All-America honors while guiding the Hurricanes to a national championship. The St. Rose, La., native becomes the seventh player in school annals to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

A unanimous First Team All-American in 2001 and a consensus honoree in 2000, Reed led the Hurricanes to four consecutive bowl victories, ending his career with a perfect 12-0 record and a national championship after defeating Nebraska in the 2002 Rose Bowl. He also led Miami to a win over in-state rival Florida in the 2001 Sugar Bowl. The 2001 Big East Defensive Co-Player of the Year led the Hurricanes to consecutive conference titles as a junior and senior. A finalist for the 2001 Jim Thorpe Award, Reed was a three-time All-Big East selection, earning first team honors his last two seasons after receiving second team laurels as a sophomore.

Reed’s 21 career interceptions and 389 career interception return yards both stand as Miami and Big East records. The standout defensive back led the Hurricanes and the conference in interceptions in 2000 and 2001, posting four consecutive games with a pick in both seasons. Reed also holds Miami’s career record with four interceptions returned for touchdowns, and his 206 interception return yards in 2001 are a single-season conference record. Overall, he led the Hurricanes to an impressive 41-8 record in his four years at “The U.”

Selected in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, Reed played 11 seasons with the franchise before ending his career with the Houston Texans and New York Jets in 2013. The nine-time Pro Bowl selection led the Ravens to a championship in Super Bowl XLVII following the 2012 season. Reed is a member of the Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor and the NFL All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

Off the field, he established the Ed Reed Foundation to help youth in underserved communities. He hosts charity golf tournaments and football camps while annually providing full Thanksgiving meals to approximately 600 families. Reed is a member of both the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame and the Hurricanes’ Ring of Honor.

SELECTION CRITERIA

1. First and foremost, a player must have received First Team All-America recognition by a selector organization that is recognized by the NCAA and utilized to comprise their consensus All-America teams.

2. A player becomes eligible for consideration by the Foundation’s honors courts 10 full seasons after his final year of intercollegiate football played.

3. While each nominee’s football achievements in college are of prime consideration, his post football record as a citizen is also weighed. He must have proven himself worthy as a citizen, carrying the ideals of football forward into his relations with his community and fellow man. Consideration may also be given for academic honors and whether or not the candidate earned a college degree.

4. Players must have played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years*. For example, to be eligible for the 2018 ballot, the player must have played his last year in 1968 or thereafter. In addition, players who are playing professionally and coaches who are coaching on the professional level are not eligible until after they retire.

5. A coach becomes eligible three full seasons after retirement or immediately following retirement provided he is at least 70 years of age. Active coaches become eligible at 75 years of age. He must have been a head coach for a minimum of 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a .600 winning percentage.

* Players that do not comply with the 50-year rule may still be eligible for consideration by the Football Bowl Subdivision and Divisional Honors Review Committees, which examine unique cases.

Noting ACC Basketball Jan 8, 2018

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ACColades
Following a break on Monday night, the ACC schedule resumes with a total of seven conference games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday … No. 3 Virginia plays host to Syracuse on Tuesday night, while Boston College travels to No. 20 North Carolina … four games set Wednesday with No. 7 Duke at Pitt, Louisville at No. 23 Florida State, No. 25 Notre Dame at Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech at Wake Forest … Thursday finds No. 19 Clemson at NC State … Sunday’s only conference action sees Miami remain unbeaten at home this season with an 80-74 win over visiting No. 24 Florida State … sophomore Bruce Brown Jr. leads the Hurricanes attack with a season-high 23 points, and classmate Dewan Huell adds 20 … NC State’s upset of No. 2 Duke in Raleigh highlights weekend action … it marks the first time in school history that the Wolfpack has defeated two opponents ranked No. 2 or higher in the same regular season (also then-No. 2 Arizona on Nov. 22) … No. 8 Virginia, No. 25 Clemson, Boston College, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech also win league games Saturday, while Georgia Tech picks up a non-conference win over visiting Yale …Virginia has held 12 opponents to under 43 percent shooting and all 15 opponents to under 50 percent … Clemson has won 10 straight games, and the Tigers’ 14-1 start is the program’s best since the 2008-09 team opened 16-0 … Notre Dame’s T.J. Gibbs named ACC Player of the Week while Miami’s Chris Lykes garners rookie honors.

By the Numbers
1 – Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III leads the ACC in scoring (22.5), rebounds (11.5) and double-doubles (12), and ranks second in field goal percentage (.641).
1 – Boston College’s Jerome Robinson has scored 24 or more points in each of his four ACC games and is averaging a league-best 26.5 points per game against conference foes.
2 – Over his last two games, Virginia’s Devon Hall is averaging 14.0 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds … on the season, Hall has made 24-of-52 (.462) from 3-point range.
3 – In three conference games, Pitt freshman Parker Stewart is averaging 12.0 points and 3.7 rebounds and has made 9-of-16 (.563) from 3-point range.
14 – Wake Forest’s Mitchell Wilbekin has made at least one 3-point field goal in 14 straight games and has made 28 of his last 55 (.509) 3-point field goal attempts.
15 – Oshae Brissett has scored in double figures in 15 of Syracuse’s 16 games and ranks second among ACC freshmen in scoring (15.2) and rebounds (9.8).
20.6 – Over his last six games, North Carolina’s Joel Berry II is averaging 20.7 points and 4.7 rebounds … Berry currently ranks fifth in the ACC in both scoring (17.9) and free throw percentage (.883).
221 – Georgia Tech’s Ben Lammers leads all active ACC players and ranks 24th among ACC career blocked shot leaders with 221 rejections.

Noting ACC Basketball Jan. 2, 2018

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NOTING ACC BASKETBALL

By the Numbers
1 – Virginia Tech’s Ahmed Hill has made at least one 3-point field goal in 14 straight games and leads the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (.506) and 3-point field goals per game (3.1).

1 – Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III leads the ACC in scoring (21.9), rebounds (11.6), double-doubles (11) and ranks second in field goal percentage (.630) … with 32 points and 21 rebounds in Saturday’s win over No. 24 Florida State, Bagley became the first freshman in ACC history to have a 30/20 game.

8 – Syracuse’s Ty Battle has scored 20 points or more in an ACC-best eight games this season and ranks third among league scoring leaders (19.9).

12.5 – Pittsburgh freshman guard Marcus Carr is averaging 12.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game in the Panthers’ eight wins .

14.7 – Over his last seven games, Louisville’s Quentin Snider has averaged a team-high 14.7 points, made 12-of-24 three-pointers (.500) and handed out 27 assists with just seven turnovers.

31 – Notre Dame senior forward Bonzie Colson has scored in double figures in an ACC-best 31 straight games and leads all current ACC players in career double-doubles (32) and rebounds (833).

216 – Georgia Tech’s Ben Lammers leads all active ACC players and ranks 24th among ACC career blocked shot leaders with 216 rejections.

ACColades
The ACC weekday slate tips off Tuesday night with Pitt traveling to Louisville … the game will be the first league test for the Cardinals, while the Panthers seek to rebound from last Saturday’s loss to No. 15 Miami in their ACC opener … six more conference games are scheduled for Wednesday evening … six ACC teams are ranked among the top 10 of the latest AP poll, led by Duke at No. 2 … Virginia moves up to No. 8, while North Carolina is at No. 12 and Miami at No. 15 … Florida State continues to hold the No. 24 spot, while Clemson enters the rankings at No. 25 … Clemson (12-1) is off to its best start to a season since the 2008-09 Tigers opened with 16 straight wins … the Tigers’ appearance in the AP poll is their first since Jan. 18, 2010 … Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III leads the ACC in both scoring (21.9 ppg) and rebounding (11.6 rpg) … Virginia sophomore Ty Jerome set career highs for single-game points (31), field goals (11) and minutes played (37) in the Cavaliers’ ACC-opening win over Boston College … Miami senior Ja’Quan Newton needs five points to reach 1,000 for his career … Notre Dame senior Bonzie Colson’s 17 rebounds in last Saturday’s win over Georgia Tech tied a career high … Jerome named ACC Player of the Week, while Bagley tabbed as ACC Rookie of the Week for the fourth time.

Noting ACC Basketball Dec. 18

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Noting ACC Basketball

ACColades

Two ACC teams are in action on Monday night against opponents from the state of South Carolina … Florida State plays host to Charleston Southern, while Wake Forest travels to Coastal Carolina in search of its sixth straight win … Sunday action sees No. 7 North Carolina rally for a 78-73 road win at No. 20 Tennessee, while Boston College and Georgia Tech win big at home … Joel Berry II’s 21 points and Kenny Williams’ go-ahead 3-pointer are key for UNC in its victory over the Vols … the Tar Heels win after trailing by six points at halftime and by as many as nine points in the second half … freshman Steffon Mitchell registers his first collegiate double-double with 13 points and a season-best 14 rebounds in Boston College’s 84-65 win over Central Connecticut … the victory is the Eagles’ fourth straight … freshman forward Moses Wright scores 19 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the floor in Georgia Tech’s 79-54 win over Florida A&M … preseason All-ACC second-team selection Josh Okogie also scores 19 for the Yellow Jackets in his first action of the season … Miami’s 9-0 start is its best since opening the 2007-08 season 12-0 … Clemson’s 9-1 start is its best since 2008-09 … Clemson’s Marcquise Reed named ACC Player of the Week while Syracuse’s Oshae Brissett earns Rookie of the Week honors.

Oxford Prep School 2nd Annual Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament

— courtesy Rick Kenneer, AD Oxford Preparatory School

Oxford Preparatory School will host their 2nd Annual Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament on December 27th, 28th, and 29th. This year it will be a middle school boy’s only event with 6 schools participating: Oxford Prep, Henderson Collegiate, Hawley MS, Warren County MS, Butner-Stem MS, and Northern Granville MS.

Admission is $8/day or $16 for all 3 days.

Game 1: Oxford Prep vs Henderson Collegiate 12/27 @ 1:00 pm
Game 2: Hawley MS vs Warren County MS 12/27 @ 2:30 pm
Game 3: Butner Stem MS vs Winner Game 1 12/28 @ 1:00 pm
Game 4: Northern Granville MS vs Winner Game 2 12/28 @ 2:30 pm
Championship Game: Winner Game 3 vs Winner Game 4 12/29 @ 2:00 pm

12/27 12:00 pm 3-point shootout

12/28 12:00 pm Free Throw contest

ACC Bowl Schedule 2017

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Friday, December 15, 2017
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ACC Bowl Schedule

Dec. 26
Quick Lane Bowl: Duke (6-6) vs. Northern Illinois (8-4), 5:15 p.m., ESPN

Dec. 27
Walk-On’s Independence Bowl: Florida State (6-6) vs. Southern Miss (8-4), 1:30 p.m., ESPN
New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Boston College (7-5) vs. Iowa (7-5), 5:15 p.m., ESPN

Dec. 28
Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman: Virginia (6-6) vs. Navy (6-6), 1:30 p.m., ESPN
Camping World Bowl: Virginia Tech (9-3) vs. Oklahoma State (9-3), 5:15 p.m., ESPN

Dec. 29
Belk Bowl: Wake Forest (7-5) vs. Texas A&M (7-5), 1 p.m., ESPN
Hyundai Sun Bowl: NC State (8-4) vs. Arizona State (7-5), 3 p.m., CBS

Dec. 30
TaxSlayer Bowl: Louisville (8-4) vs. Mississippi State (8-4), Noon, ESPN
Capital One Orange Bowl: Wisconsin (12-1) vs. Miami (10-2), 8 p.m., ESPN

Jan. 1
Citrus Bowl presented by Overton’s: Notre Dame (9-3) vs. LSU (9-3), 1 p.m., ABC
CFP Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl: Clemson (12-1) vs. Alabama (11-1), 8:45 p.m., ESPN

ACC Football Notes

  • Clemson Ranked No. 1, Returns to CFP: The ACC Champion Clemson Tigers (12-1) are No. 1 in the CFP rankings and will face No. 4 Alabama (11-1) in the CFP Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl at 8:45 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 1. It marks the third-consecutive year Clemson has faced the Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff. If the Tigers advance past Alabama this year, they will face No. 2 Oklahoma (12-1) or No. 3 Georgia (12-1) for the CFP National Championship at 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8, at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Tigers are looking to become the first team to repeat as national champions since Alabama in 2011 and 2012.

 

  • Orange Success: ACC Coastal Division champion and 10th-ranked Miami (10-2) will face No. 6 Wisconsin (12-1) in the Capital One Orange Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 30, at 8 p.m. (ESPN). It will be the 41st bowl appearance for the Hurricanes, who own a 20-20 record in their previous postseason games. Miami will be playing in the Orange Bowl for the 10th time, and the first since 2004. The Hurricanes own a 6-3 record in their previous appearances. The ACC has won five consecutive Orange Bowl games, the longest streak by any conference in 73 years.

 

  • ACC Earns Nation’s Best 10 Bowl Bids: Led by defending national champion Clemson, the ACC secured 10 spots in the 2017 postseason bowl lineup – the most of any conference. Over the last two years, the ACC has had 21 teams in bowl games. This marks the 17th consecutive year that at least six ACC teams are in a bowl game. The ACC ranks second among all conferences with 116 total bowl bids since 2005.

 

  • The Last Five Years: Since 2013, the ACC has made 54 postseason appearances (second-most among Power 5 conferences), has the most wins (7) of any conference in BCS, New Year’s Six and CFP games, and has captured the most national championships (Florida State in 2013, Clemson in 2016).

 

  • Bowl Streaks: A pair of ACC schools – Florida State and Virginia Tech – will continue the two longest current Division I bowl streaks in the nation. FSU is in a bowl game for the 36th-straight year and will face Southern Miss in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl on Dec. 27. Virginia Tech, which has the longest streak recognized by the NCAA, will play in its 25th-straight bowl when the 22nd-ranked Hokies take on No. 19 Oklahoma State in the Camping World Bowl on Dec. 28.

 

  • BCS/NYE6/CFP Success: Since 2012, no other conference has been as successful on the biggest stage as the ACC. During that time, the league is 8-3 (.727) in BCS, New Year’s Six and CFP games. The only other Power 5 conference with a winning record in those games entering this year’s bowl season is the Pac-12 with a 5-4 mark (.556)

 

  • Bowling the Last Two Years: Thirteen of 14 ACC teams have earned an invitation to a postseason bowl game over the last two seasons. Over the last four years, every ACC team has enjoyed a trip to a bowl game and the league has made 43 postseason appearances.

 

  • Swinney Becomes Fourth ACC Head Coach to Win 100 Games: Clemson’s Dabo Swinney became just the fourth head coach to win 100 games while coaching in the ACC, when his Tigers defeated South Carolina 34-10 on Nov. 25. Swinney joined Bobby Bowden (173) of Florida State, George Welsh (136) of Virginia and Frank Beamer (113) of Virginia Tech, who each had at least 100 wins as ACC head coaches.

 

  • Seven ACC Coaches Rank Among the Top 25 Active Head Coaches in Career Victories: The ACC has seven of the Top 25 active coaches nationally in career victories – all of them with 100 or more – which is by far the most of any conference. The next closest league has four coaches in the top 25. Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson is in fourth place with 182 wins. He is followed by Miami’s Mark Richt, who is eighth with 164 wins, Louisville’s Bobby Petrino is 17th with 116, Wake Forest’s Dave Clawson is tied for 21st (110), Virginia’s Bronco Mendenhall is 23rd (107), Duke’s David Cutcliffe is 24th (102) and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney is 25th (101).

 

  • Winning 10: Clemson has won 10 or more games in each of the last seven years. The Tigers and Alabama are the only two teams that currently have active streaks of seven or more years with double-figure victories.

 

  • NC State’s Bradley Chubb Becomes Fourth ACC Player in Eight Years to win the Nagurski Trophy: NC State DE Bradley Chubb was named the winner of this year’s Bronko Nargurski Trophy, given annually by the FWAA to the nation’s defensive player of the year. Chubb becomes the fourth ACC player in eight years to win the Trophy, joining Da’Quan Bowers of Clemson (2010), Luke Kuechly of Boston College (2011) and Aaron Donald of Pitt (2014). He is also the eighth player from a current ACC school to win the honor. Chubb is second nationally in tackles for loss per game (2.2) and eighth in sacks per game (0.83).

 

  • ACC Has Won Five Straight in the OB: When No. 10 Miami faces No. 6 Wisconsin in this year’s Capital One Orange Bowl, the Hurricanes will be seeking to extend a streak of five consecutive wins by ACC teams. The streak is the longest in Orange Bowl history since the SEC won seven straight from 1938-44 (73 years ago). One of those wins was by Georgia Tech, then a member of the Southeastern Conference.

Great Season for South Granville Football

— by Jeff Jenkins, WIZS

The 2017 football season ended for the Northern Carolina Conference last Friday night with South Granville’s only loss of the season — a 35-19 disappointment to North Davidson in the 3rd round of the 2AA East playoffs. The number 3 seeded Vikings had successfully continued their bulldozing running attack into the playoffs until they finally met up with the #2 seed Knights — a former 4A team that had the right (or wrong) combination of tough defense and balanced offense. The Knight defense limited the Viking runners, especially in the second half, and accounted for one touchdown on a pick 6 interception, and South Granville’s mostly run-oriented defense gave up two touchdown passes to ND’s veteran QB and his stable of experienced receivers.

And so the curtain comes down on another local high school football season, but we at WIZS congratulate the Vikings for their 13-1 overall finish, and their perfect 8-0 NCC 2A championship season ! We also wish coach Hobgood a full recovery from the heart issue that sidelined him (briefly) during the latter part of this season.

South Granville (@SGHSVikingFB) at North Davidson

— by Jeff Jenkins, WIZS

Friday, November 24, 2017 — South Granville is still alive in the 2AA East bracket of the playoffs, after defeating outclassed West Craven in Creedmoor last Friday night by a lopsided 50-12 final score. Meanwhile, 1A Granville Central was soundly trounced in its playoff game 45-0, leaving the Vikings the lone team to carry the Northern Carolina Conference banner into the third round.

With basically two warmup playoff games behind them, the #3 seed Vikings (13-0) will give up home field advantage this Friday when they square off against #2 seed North Davidson (12-1) in Lexington – about a 150-mile trip (one-way) for South Granville’s team and their fans. This game will be the toughest test of the season for both teams, and the winner will play for the 2AA east regional championship on December 1 against either #1 East Duplin or #4 Randleman (which eliminated Roanoke Rapids in the opening round).

The Knights of North Davidson won their first playoff match 52-18 over the #15 seed, and then barely avoided an upset loss to #7 seed with a 17-10 squeaker. Matching up very closely on paper with the Vikings, the Knights are a true “football school,” with a huge (for 2A) 76-man roster. They won their Central Carolina 2A title with a perfect 8-0 record (like South Granville). They average scoring 41 points per game (to the Vikings’ 43), and their defense allows 8.2 points per game (even better than the Vikings’ 8.9). ND’s running game is highly effective (like SG’s), but is pretty much a 1-man show: Senior RB T. J. Boyce (5-11, 190 lb) leads the conference with 2000 yards on the season, 32 rushing TDs and 206 total points. SG has their own dominant runner in Allajah Mitchell (1700 yards, 26 TDs), BUT the Vikings have at least three other experienced and effective runners, including QB Tucker Brown, who ran for 4 TD’s last week to raise his total to 14 on the ground.

The major difference is in the passing game, and this could determine the outcome. Unlike South Granville, the Knights gain almost as many yards per game through the air as on the ground, and their QB has over 1800 yards passing on the season for 21 TD’s. By contrast, because the Vikings’ rushing attack has been so consistent and dominant, QB Brown has thrown for under 500 yards and just 6 touchdowns. This should be a great game between two real champions — it’s a shame it is not closer to home.