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Wake ranked No. 23 by AP

Wake Forest will start the season ranked No. 23 by the Associated Press.

The Demon Deacons enter their season opener at Baylor on Aug. 28 ranked in the top 25 for the first time in program history.

Ten games that matter for the ACC

Will the Gators be celebrating again on Nov. 29?

 

Quick name the ACC's last important nonconference win football.

You remember Maryland's win over 10th-ranked Rutgers last season, right? Nevermind Rutgers went 8-5 and finished tied for fifth in the Big East, that was huge for the ACC. It was almost as big as Boston College's double-overtime win over BYU in 2006.

Get the point? It has been awhile since the ACC won a genuine game in the national scheme of things (you know, that BCS losing streak being eight games and all).

Alas, this football season offers the conference a shot, or 10, at proving its not the worst among its BCS brethren. These 10 games will go a long way in determining the ACC's national reputation.

Wake defense leads scrimmage

WINSTON-SALEM — Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe watched the opening half of his team’s first football scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday from the 20-yard line behind the defense.

He was in perfect position to observe that unit, one returning nine starters, swarm the offense and force two turnovers in the first 15 plays.

By the end of the night, the defense had collected six sacks on four different quarterbacks, including three on redshirt junior Riley Skinner.

 

Wake to scrimmage Saturday

Wake Forest has scheduled an intrasquad football scrimmage on Saturday at BB&T Field at 7:30 p.m. It's open to the public.

This will be the Demon Deacons first controlled scrimmage of the preseason, which opened Aug. 1. It's the first of three scheduled scrimmages, offering coach Jim Grobe a chance to evaluate the progress of his team as it prepares for the season-opener at Baylor on Aug. 28.

Raycom scoops ACC

Update (2 p.m.): Looks like Raycom got the message. They have taken the release down from their web site.

StateFansNation discovered Raycom's press release about their television schedule for the 2008-09 ACC basketball schedule.

That's great, except the ACC hasn't released the schedules yet. Ooops. Raycom's mistake is our gain. We still don't have all the dates — but you can find the ACC-only opponents here —  but this is a start.

Also note, the later start time, 8 p.m., for the "early" weekday games, which used to start at 7 p.m.

Raycom's since removed schedule is after the jump.

USA Today rankings show SEC still rules

We didn’t exactly need evidence that the SEC rules college football.

The last two national champions (Florida and LSU) have come from the SEC. LSU and Georgia both won blowouts in BCS bowl games last season.

USA Today’s rankings, released Friday morning, demonstrated that the coaches voting in the poll expect the SEC’s domination to continue.

Coaches rank Wake No. 23

Wake Forest announced today that for the first time in school history its football team will be ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams entering the 2008 season.

In the USA Today Coaches Poll released today, the Demon Deacons are ranked 23rd headed into their season opener against Baylor on Aug. 28 in Waco, Texas.

Preseason picks show Atlantic reigns

For most of the summer, experts including N&O columnist Caulton Tudor have been explaining that the ACC’s Atlantic Division is superior to the Coastal Division.

The release of the media’s preseason All-ACC team reinforces the idea that the Atlantic will reign in 2008.

Surprise! Clemson picked to win ACC

GREENSBORO, Ga. — Clemson's the preseason pick by the media to win the ACC. The Tigers, who went 9-4 in 2007, received 51 of the 65 votes to win the ACC Championship Game.

Clemson took home 59 of the 65 votes to win the Atlantic Division. Virginia Tech, with 58 votes, was the runaway pick in the Coastal.

The voting process may need to be reviewed though. Miami, Georgia Tech and Virginia each got a first-place vote in the Coastal.

ATLANTIC COASTAL
1. Clemson (59) 1. Virginia Tech (58)
2. Wake Forest (5) 2. North Carolina (4)
3. Florida State (1) 3. Miami (1)
4. Boston College 4. Georgia Tech (1)
5. Maryland 5. Virginia (1)
6. N.C. State 6. Duke

2008 ACC football schedule

2008 ACC Football

Thursday, Aug. 28
Jacksonville State @ Ga. Tech, 7:30
Charleston Southern @ Miami, 7:30
N.C. State @ South Carolina, 8
Wake Forest @ Baylor, 8

Saturday, Aug. 30
Va. Tech vs. East Carolina (@ Charlotte), noon
USC @ UVa, 3:30
Delaware @ Maryland, 3:45
McNeese State @ UNC, 6
James Madison @ Duke, 7
Boston College vs. Kent State (@ Cleveland), 7:30
Alabama vs. Clemson (@ Atlanta), 8

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