IoT’s ACC Power Rankings: Week 3

September 21, 2009
(AP Photo/George Frey)

Florida State's Jacobbi McDaniel couldn't be more excited about making the biggest jump in this week's Instead of Texting Power Rankings. (AP Photo/George Frey)

Three weeks into the ACC football season, we find ourselves in much the same place as all of Hollywood: “Nobody knows anything,” as “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” screenwriter William Goldman has said of Tinseltown (via Bill Simmons). The conference got a couple of marquee nonconference wins (Florida State over Brigham Young, Virginia Tech over Nebraska) and a couple of train-wreck losses (Virginia to Southern Miss, Maryland to Middle Tennessee). On the whole, though, most of the conference is still a mystery.

There are only a few certainties at this point:

  • Miami is good, possibly very good.
  • Maryland and Virginia are bad, very, very bad.

Everything else is, essentially, a toss-up. That makes ranking the schools difficult, but Jeremy and I took a shot at it:

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Tyler Hansbrough: Pitchman

September 21, 2009

A friend recently asked me if I’d seen the new commercial with Tyler Hansbrough and a lost puppy. My immediate reaction was: “How did Tyler Hansbrough end up in a commercial?”

Sure enough, as I was watching the Georgia Tech-Miami game on Thursday, I saw this ad for AT&T:

A couple of thoughts occurred to me as I saw this:

  • Hansbrough was a great college player at North Carolina, but unless Michael Jordan decides to throw him a bone, this will be the last time he stars in a national TV ad.
  • It’s safe to say Hansbrough is no Steve Nash:

Week 3 Roundup: Is “The U” back?

September 20, 2009
Danny Coale's 80-yard catch against Nebraska set up the game-winning score in Virginia Tech's 16-15 win — and a big showdown with resurgent Miami next Saturday.

Danny Coale's 80-yard catch against Nebraska set up the game-winning score in Virginia Tech's 16-15 win — and a big showdown with resurgent Miami next Saturday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Since its 33-17 dismantling of Georgia Tech on Thursday night, Miami has stirred up talk about whether “The U” is back in championship form.

Through their first two games, the Hurricanes have been the most impressive team in the ACC. The offense has been firing on all cylinders, and after a shootout against Florida State in the season opener, the defense effectively shut down the Yellow Jackets’ option attack. The national press has certainly taken notice, moving Miami up to No. 9 in the most recent Associated Press poll.

But let’s also keep some perspective. Florida State was a dropped pass in the end zone away from winning the opener, and Georgia Tech was playing its third game in 12 days. Miami also has two huge games coming up against conference favorite Virginia Tech and national title contender Oklahoma.

The Miami Herald’s Greg Cote gives a pretty good summary of where Miami football is at the moment:

[T]here is early speculation about a national championship and even a Heisman for [QB Jacory] Harris. The key word there is “early.” Let’s see how Harris and UM get through the next two games, at Virginia Tech and vs. Oklahoma, before we start clanging those bells. Say this, though: Miami has put itself in a position to think national title and Heisman.

Canes’ strong start also has brought on much talk about whether UM football is “back.” What do we mean by that? To me, the program will be “back” when every opponent on the schedule seems beatable, when the ACC crown is in play every year. and when UM is a top-10 fixture in the national-title hunt most every season.

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Gameday Links

September 19, 2009

A few links to get you ready for today’s games:

That’s what she said…about watching sports on television

September 18, 2009 is committed to encouraging communication across gender lines. To wit, we’ll occasionally bring perspectives from female writers in a feature we (and Michael Scott) like to call “That’s What She Said.”

It’s a Thursday night. On one television channel, Georgia Tech and Clemson are playing football. On another, Ne-Ne and Kim are fighting over who’s more dishonest (aw, snap!).

Across the country, men and women sharing televisions face these elements of a classic conflict. All too often, channel disputes lead to fights, which lead to separate TVs, which lead to separate bedrooms.

We don’t have to live this way. Here are 11 suggestions to keep your lady and your linebackers in harmony:

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Live Blogging: Georgia Tech at Miami

September 17, 2009

Through the majesty magic of the Internet, Jeremy and I are recreating our college roommate experience tonight. We’re watching the Georgia Tech-Miami game. Only we’re hundreds of miles apart.

I can almost smell Corriher’s dirty dishes, Jeremy. What about you?
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Instead of Texting Pick ‘Em: Week 3

September 17, 2009

It’s a reasonably big week in the Atlantic Coast Conference, as we have the first interconference matchup of ranked teams. Georgia Tech travels to Coral Gables tonight to face Miami in a matchup of Coastal Division medium-heavies. The winner takes over the division lead, at least until Virginia Tech starts playing conference games.

Elsewhere in the ACC is a marquee basketball matchup between Duke and Kansas. Unfortunately, the Blue Devils and Jayhawks will be playing football. Virginia Tech welcomes Nebraska in another matchup of ranked teams. And East Carolina, the early leader in the North Carolina state championship race, plays at UNC

In the two-team Instead of Texting picks league, I’ve taken a commanding one-game lead on cellar-dweller Jeremy Ashton. We’ll see if I can put him away this week.

Jimmy’s Picks
Jeremy’s Picks
Georgia Tech at Miami Miami Georgia Tech
Duke at Kansas Kansas Kansas
East Carolina
at North Carolina
East Carolina East Carolina
Boston College at Clemson Clemson Clemson
Nebraska at Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
Middle Tennessee
at Maryland
Maryland Maryland
at Southern Mississippi
Southern Miss Southern Miss
at N.C. State
N.C. State N.C. State
Elon at Wake Forest Wake Wake
Florida State
at Brigham Young