Boston College Daily Links: Seattle Thanks Matt Hasselbeck (Classy)

Keith Price, Washington could be surprise team in Pac-12 (SI.com)
No. 4 may seem a bit odd (and perhaps partisan), but I'm genuinely intrigued by Northwestern-Boston College. These are two very similar teams, both with an elite offensive star (Wildcats QB Dan Persa and Eagles RB Montel Harris), and both capable of becoming the surprise team in their respective conferences. And it's nice to see Northwestern abandoning it recent history of scheduling four dud nonconference games.

ACC and major college football coaching staffs (D1scourse, Washington Times)
The list of alums (both head coaches and assistants) from ACC schools who are plying their trade at one of 120 major college programs.

Recruiting Central: Another Gilbert is drawing a lot of attention (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Daniel Dingle, a 6-7 senior forward at St. Raymond (Bronx), has narrowed his list of possible destinations to 12 schools. His list consists of Temple, Arizona, Auburn, Boston College, Florida, Florida State, Seton Hall, Texas, Miami, Massachusetts, Xavier, and Dayton.

Sullivan: Giants' Mark Herzlich winning every battle (NorthJersey.com)
"He’s made you believe," said Bill McGovern, the Oradell native and Boston College defensive coordinator who coached the linebackers, too. It was after that MVP 2008 season that McGovern was awaiting word on what everyone thought was a routine checkup on some back discomfort Herzlich was experiencing. When Mark’s dad, Sandy, called McGovern with the sobering news, the coach had to save himself from driving his car off the Staten Island roads he was navigating for a recruiting trip.

Seahawks Take Out Ad to Salute Matt Hasselbeck (The Big Lead)
In addition to the classy, succinct ad run by the organization, fans of the Seahawks have taken to Twitter with a "#ThankYouMatt" hashtag that features a waterfall of emotion. The wounds are still fresh from the uprooting of the Sonics and the baseball team that represents their city right now is not a baseball team, so I completely understand their appreciation of something that isn’t awful.

College Football Countdown: Nos. 51-55 (D1scourse)
52. Boston College: "But let's not ignore what Frank Spaziani's program is really about: Playing great defense, relying on a sound running game and beating the teams they're supposed to beat. In an era of scoreboard-busting offenses, Boston College is a throwback to when the run set up the run, and stopping the run set up victories"

ACC Honors 407 Student-Athletes On Academic Honor Roll (BCEagles.com)
A total of 407 Boston College student-athletes have been named to the 55th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll, noting academic excellence by student-athletes for the 2010-11 academic year. Boston College was second in the league in the total number of honorees to Duke, which placed 425 student-athletes on the team.

2011 BC football breakdown, Part IX: Tight end (Soaring to Glory)
When you have so much attention paid to the quarterbacks, running backs, and a usual stream of NFL-ready offensive linemen, sometimes, the tight ends can be the unsung heroes of the Boston College offense. The Eagles can boast some talent at the position, however, and in the upcoming 2011 season, a lot of it will be experienced, but some of it will be emerging in front of our eyes.

NFL Veteran DT Chris Hovan on All Access Football (Blog Talk Radio)
Chris Hovan enters his 12th NFL season coming out of Boston College back in 2000. The Minnesota Vikings took Hovan with the 25th pick overall and since that time he has played in 149 games. This episode of All Access Football hosted by Bo Marchionte.

Is UVa most likely ACC team to stumble against FCS opponent in 2011? (Teel Time)
Massachusetts at Boston College (Sept. 24): Nothing would affirm the Minutemen’s readiness for their 2012 upgrade to the Bowl Subdivision like upsetting the Eagles. UMass was 6-5 last season and in 2007 gave BC and Matt Ryan fits in a 24-14 loss.    

Opponents / ACC

Debriefing: Northwestern welcomes back its Persa-nal touch (Dr. Saturday)
You just got Persa-cuted. If it wasn't clear that Dan Persa was the most valuable quarterback in the Big Ten before he went down with a season-ending Achilles injury on the game-winning touchdown pass against Iowa, it certainly was afterward: Sans their all-purpose dynamo, the Wildcats were thumped in their final three games in decisive fashion. 

#Persastrong: Northwestern's Big Ol' Dan Persa for Heisman Campaign (Sippin' On Purple)
Luckily Northwestern has a staff of people who do marketing, and they've decided to go with #Persastrong. If you haven't read about it somewhere, there's billboards, dumbbells sent to national media members, a kinda creepy website featuring nothing but an image of Danny P, and of course, a hashtag. It's a legit movement: NU is making a push to get Dan Persa noticed in the Heisman race, and it's awesome, and I have a boatload of thoughts about this. I'll start with the dumb ones, then get to the better ones. This of course will be after the jump, but, hey, there's a fancy poll before the jump! Choices!

College Football Countdown: Nos. 46-50 (D1scourse)
The best guess at this stage is Maryland winds up in the seven-team scrum trailing Florida State and Virginia Tech in the ACC, a mixing bowl of teams that will spend the year beating up on each other with no distinct pattern. The Terps should be a bowl team, but it could be tougher for Maryland to match its win total from last fall than a lot of folks expect. 

College Football Countdown: No. 16 Notre Dame (College Gridiron 365 Blog)
Incumbent Dayne Crist was injured in Week 9 of the season against Tulsa and backup Tommy Rees filled in guiding the Irish to four straight wins to finish the season including a 33-17 victory over Miami in the Sun Bowl. A healthy Crist means there could be a quarterback controversy in South Bend. … Running back Cierre Wood led the team in rushing with 603 yards and his 5.1 yards per carry was the best by a running back since Julius Jones in 2003.

Big East vs. ACC (Cardiac Hill)
Last season, the Big East faced Maryland, Miami, Boston College, NC State, UNC, and Clemson. This season, we face Wake Forest, Maryland, UNC, Miami, and NC State. Wake Forest, Miami, and NC State are on Big East fields. Miami, Maryland, and UNC all have new coaches. Wake Forest is...well, Wake Forest. UNC is a mess right now after firing their coach right before fall camp. All these factors point in favor of the Big East.

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