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Late Hits: Sept. 7

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Faceoff: Is the ACC better since expansion?

The CAA: Apparently, conferences are like report cards, the more A's, the better. The Colonial Athletic Association, gave the ACC a lesson in humility with Richmond's win at Duke and William & Mary's upset of Virginia. The lower Division I conference has more wins (two) over BCS teams than the ACC (one).

Late Hits: Dec. 8

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SEC title game: The SEC's not as good as we thought it was in September but that was a superb football game between the game's two best coaches and, unlike the BCS title game from last season, or the one next month, it was on a true neutral site.

Late Hits: Dec. 1

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Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets' 45-42 win is their first over Georgia since 2000 and the ACC's biggest win since ... I'm thinking ... still thinking ... need help from Google ... Clemson's win over Tennessee in the 2004 Peach Bowl.

Tom O'Brien saved N.C. State's season from 2-6 and BC's Jeff Jagodzinski won the Atlantic Division without Matt Ryan and neither did as good of a job as Paul Johnson this season.

Late Hits: Nov. 25

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N.C. State: ECU. Check.
Duke. Check.
Wake. Check.
Carolina. Check.

Late Hits: Nov. 17

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Boston College: The Eagles make more mistakes than a drunk oil tanker captain but they still find ways to avoid the iceberg.

Chris Crane fumbled twice and threw a pick, his ACC-leading 13th, but the senior quarterback ran the read-option masterfully to set up BC's game-clinching field goal.

Win out, and the Eagles repeat as Atlantic Division champs. Who called that shot without Matt Ryan?

Late Hits: Nov. 10

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N.C. State: Mack Brown would be so proud the concept of the "state championship" lives on 11 years after his departure from UNC.

The Wolfpack is 2-0 against in-state opponents and suddenly inspired for the next two games against Wake Forest and UNC.

On a side note, if State played Duke's schedule, the Pack would be bowl eligible by now. And if Duke played State's schedule, the Devils would be 3-6.

Late Hits: Nov. 3

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Miami: The Baby Canes have taken the inspiring words of Kellen Winslow to heart: “We don’t care about nobody but this U.”

Written off after home losses to FSU and UNC, “The U” could have quit. Or they could have folded after trailing Duke at the half or Virginia in the fourth quarter but the Canes have come alive with four straights wins and are suddenly soldiers in the wide-open Coastal Division.

Late Hits: Oct. 27

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ACC: For complete unpredictability, the ACC gets an “A.”

For complete dominance, the ACC gets an “F.” But the bottom of the league is a lot better — just ask Vanderbilt.

In the preseason, the ACC was considered the worst of the six BCS conferences. In October, it’s right where mediocrity should be — third, better than the Big East, Pac-10 and Big Ten but behind the Big 12 and SEC.

Late Hits: Oct. 20

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Virginia: You may have heard UNC hasn’t won on Thomas Jefferson’s Grounds since 1981.
Newsflash — the Tar Heels aren’t the only team that has walked out of Big Donor III Center at Bigger Donor Field at Scott Stadium without a “W.”

The power of orange has the Hoos 38-11 under Al Groh at home. That’s the best home-field advantage in the ACC.

It’s gotta be the sweatshirt.

Late Hits: Oct. 13

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UNC: It’s not that UNC beat Notre Dame, a team that won three games in 2007, it’s that the Heels did so without Brandon Tate, their best player.
So they’re 5-1 — and were without quarterback T.J. Yates for three of those wins and without Tate for one.

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