FINALLY!! I Saturday of football passed without NC State losing a game and without one of our opponents winning ACC Player of the Week honors! Great work by Mike Archer for holding the Idle Byes to a big goose egg on the scoreboard.
Speaking of the conference, we’ve got some really interesting items for you…
…..Hopefully you saw the Clemson @ Miami game, which will become one of those ‘unforgettable’ Saturday afternoons for many in the conference.
…..In Duke’s victory over Maryland, the Blue Devils won an ACC game but did NOT cover the spread yesterday for the first time since a 1994 defeat of Clemson. That statistic is literally unbelievable. Maryland is clearly in the death spiral. This link will take you to some good articles and conversation about the Terps & the Fridge’s demise. For the record, Duke must go 3-2 the rest of the season to be bowl eligible.
…..There were some ‘Awful Announcing’ blunders yesterday that can be seen and are being discussed in this link. Bob Griese recognized the inappropriateness of his ‘Taco’ comment during the game and issued an apology during the broadcast.
…..You can review the ACC’s Bowl line-up by clicking here because as you read this article from the Washington Times you will be amazed with the analysis — the ACC could end the season with only five bowl eligible teams just one year after setting a record with TEN bowl teams!!!
ACC teams with 4+ victories: 8
ACC teams with .500+ records: 8
Bowl-eligible ACC teams: Georgia Tech
At this point two things should not be lost on UNC fans. The first is that Duke, long the punchline of the ACC sports the same record as the Heels and is 2-1 in the ACC versus UNC’s 0-3 conference mark. David Cutcliffe has done a phenomenal job in Durham turning a very bad program around and it is difficult not to glance in their direction as a point of comparison. Secondly, it should be noted, per a reader, that Butch Davis is basically sporting the same record as Carl Torbush at a similar point in their respective tenures at UNC. I understand these things take time but I am fairly certain that UNC is not paying a brand name coach, brand name type money to have him be the equal of Carl Torbush in the record book and behind Duke in the standings.
There in lies the rub. Butch Davis was a brand name coach and UNC ponied up big dollar to not only lure him in but keep him happy after the first year when it was apparent his market value changed. Because of his success at Miami, Davis is considered a top tier coach. When he landed at UNC the assumption was that he would duplicate much of the success he had at Miami. Sure the recruiting would be different but Davis would bring the air of big time college football to Chapel Hill. So far he has done that. The fact UNC relented on the Thursday Night Game and is moving towards major renovations to Kenan Stadium speak to the influence of Butch Davis to move Tar Heel football up a few rungs on the ladder. There is no question he has that part of building the program down. The other part having to do with developing players and winning games seems a tad on the slower side with the biggest issue being the perception that the coaching is average at best. Unfortunately many critics and rival fans warned that Davis was long on recruiting but short when it came to actual game management. The success of Butch Davis at Miami, seems to have been predicated more on bringing in high caliber talent of the NFL variety which mitigates the need for great coaching. At this point in the Davis era, UNC is not sporting that level of talent which means the coaching needs to compensate. From what we have seen that is just not been the case.