Even Bill Connelly and the Football Outsiders are riding the 2011 Notre Dame Fighting Irish bandwagon.
2011 Season Preview: Predictable Platitudes And The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (SBNation.com)
Some of the fun in being a numbers nerd is getting to disagree with much of the conventional wisdom that is out there. Nebraska played much closer to Football Outsiders' projections than that of the national consensus last year, just like Ole Miss did in 2009 and, I'm confident, Texas A&M will in 2011. But occasionally the numbers add up, and an overused bit of conventional wisdom actually begins to ring true (beyond Clemson's chronic underachieving, anyway). And in this case, 2011 really could be the year that Notre Dame breaks through. They're going to be damn good this year. Damn good. Just prepare yourself now. I'm not saying they'll be national title contenders (I haven't gone that far down the Holtzian path), but ... they could potentially win double-digit games against a strong schedule.
ACC's 2011 veterans (ESPN ACC Blog)
After looking at this list, ACC fans should have a better appreciation for the lengthy, healthy career of former Boston College offensive lineman Anthony Castonzo, who graduated after a league-high 54 career starts. These are the ACC's old guys, the veterans in the conference who enter 2011 with the most starting experience.
2011 Pre-Season Preview: Boston College Eagles (College Football Zealots)
BCHysteria sat down with College Football Zealots recently to discuss the 2011 Boston College Eagles football team.
Canucks’ Luongo left a lot to be desired before exit (The Boston Globe)
Luongo, one of three Vezina Trophy finalists along with the Bruins’ Tim Thomas and Pekka Rinne of the Predators, gave way to Cory Schneider, the Marblehead native and former Boston College star. Luongo couldn’t even connect with his backup when they passed on the ice, trying to tell Schneider to "shut the door.’’ But Schneider later said the noise in TD Garden was too loud and he couldn’t hear what Luongo said.
Game 6 SCF Report Card ; Faithfully (Nucks Misconduct)
Cory Schneider was pretty good in relief. The goal that first beat him was a tip, and the Krejci goal was a nice play ( though I thought Ginger Jesus should have had his stick out a bit to deflect that pass. It was a nice pass though, so maybe that is a nitpick. He made some amazing saves on the other 30 shots he saved. 8.88/10.
Pro Football Focus Thinks Charlie Johnson Sucks (Stampede Blue)
"The Colts desperately needed a new o-line, and the tackle position was Priority No. 1. Thankfully, the team brass used the 2011 NFL Draft to address the problem. When you look at PFF's evaluation of Charlie at left tackle, you know why Chris Polian practically swallowed the phone receiver when he likely screamed 'WE TAKE ANTHONY F*CKING CASTONZO!' as the Colts were on the clock back in April with the Boston College tackle was still sitting there at pick No. 22."
Louisville, Kentucky ADs are not interested in Tennessee job (Campus Rivalry)
So who DOES want the vacant Tennessee AD job?
Virginia nets QB from Pennsylvania (Sporting News)
Another Pennyslvania quarterback has picked an ACC school, as Matt Johns is on board with Virginia. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound signal caller chose the Cavaliers over the weekend. Also this weekend, Pittsburgh native Perry Hills chose Maryland. Boston College, Pittsburgh and Syracuse had also shown interest in Johns, but had not offered him a scholarship.
Atlantic vs. Coastal: More balance in store (ESPN ACC Blog)
"While Virginia Tech and Florida State continue to be deemed the favorites in most preseason publications, both divisions run deep. NC State, Clemson, Boston College and Maryland are each capable of making a run for the title. In the Coastal Division, North Carolina and Miami are legitimate contenders while Georgia Tech should be considered a dark-horse candidate."
In the spirit of UCF week. Here are the highlights of the 7-8 good plays UCF had against the Eagles in the program's only ever meeting with the Knights. Auto-tuned, natch.