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Boston College Daily Links: ACC's Must-Win Non-Conference Games?

ACC's must-win nonconference games (ESPN ACC Blog)
How does Duke-Stanford get honorable mention on this list over BC-Notre Dame? That's just crazy talk.

"Stanford at Duke, Sept. 10: With the exception of Oklahoma, this will likely be the best team the ACC will face in the regular season. Problem is, Duke isn’t ready to beat a top-10 team yet. If the Blue Devils manage the upset, it would dramatically legitimize the depth in the conference and make a huge statement that Duke is ready to contend under David Cutcliffe. If."

Q&A with Boston College LB Luke Kuechly (College Gridiron 365 Blog)
“I think one of the things about football that is overlooked is just your knowledge of the game. The more you know, the better you can be. I think football is an evolving game and it’s been evolving over the past couple of years, and I think the quicker you can adapt to the new way the game is played, I think the better off you can be.”

Kyrie Irving still tops but foreign prospects gain notice in mock draft (
"Apparently the Celtics aren't concerned about Jackson's minor knee surgery in mid-May, as a source insists he won't get past Boston. He would need some grooming, but the lengthy, two-way player could eventually be a dynamic option behind Rajon Rondo."

New York just the fifth dirtiest city in the country, replaced at the top by New Orleans (NY Post)
Meanwhile, Boston is just the 14th dirtiest city in the country. Take that, Miami and Atlanta. tight ends 2012 (
Boston College commit Sam Grant (North Royalton, OH) currently ranks as the 18th best tight end in the Class of 2012, according to Rivals.

2011 Non-Conference Polls Are Open! (Phil Steele)
Voting polls are open for 2011 non-conference games. Vote on what you think the outcome will be for BC's four non-conference games against Northwestern, Central Florida, Massachusetts and Notre Dame.

Women's Soccer Player Returns From A Semester Abroad (
Julia Bouchelle will be a senior midfielder for the Boston College women's soccer team. In the spring semester, Bouchelle went abroad to South Africa. An All-ACC honoree this past fall, Bouchelle is the first women's soccer player to be allowed to study abroad.

Around The ACC

Meineke Car Care Bowl (The Wiz Of Odds)
How 'bout that sterling Clemson travel rep? "Although it was a short 114-mile trip to Charlotte, Clemson sold only 7,118 tickets. Athletic director Terry Don Phillips nearly apologized to the bowl for Tiger fans' tepid interest in the game." "The [bowl] staff did everything possible to assist us in the sale of tickets," he wrote. "We wish we could have sold more."

Mark Turgeon: Maryland's Personnel "Not Where It Needs to Be", May Go Four Guards (Testudo Times)
In which Maryland basketball is in straight-up rebuilding mode.

Getting To Know NC State (Down The Drive)
It has been a long while since NC State has legitimately competed for an ACC crown. Since going to divisions the Wolfpack have never made it the ACC title game even once. 4 of the 6 Atlantic Division teams have made the game, including rivals Clemson and Wake Forest. The last NC State Football championship came in 1979. Since then every ACC school save the newly minted Boston College Eagles and the Hurricanes of Miami have won at least a title. Yes, even Duke has won a Football crown in the interim.

College Football Countdown: No. 61 Georgia Tech (College Gridiron 365 Blog)
We don't play the Jackets again until 2012-13, but it's always good to keep tabs on what Paul Johnson is up to down in Atlanta.

More UCF highlights from last year's game against N.C. State. Jeff Godfrey is so official all he needs is a whistle.