Apologies for the lack of Daily Links posts this week. Still getting a feel for all the new toys around these parts. I'm out the door headed to campus for the weekend, so here are some quick and dirty links, quotes and other news-y items for your Friday viewing pleasure.
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ACC Week 5 Preview and Predictions (AthlonSports.com)
But is that enough to beat Clemson? Probably not. The Tigers scored 37 points on one of the nation’s best defenses last week and face a Boston College defense allowing nearly 400 yards per game. The Eagles should be able to move the ball, but their defense will have a hard time slowing down Clemson’s Tajh Boyd (QB), Andre Ellington (RB) and DeAndre Hopkins (WR). The Tigers suffered a blow to their receiving corps on Thursday night, as receiver Sammy Watkins won't play due to abdominal virus.
ACC predictions: Week 5 (ESPN ACC Blog)
Clemson 31, Boston College 17: The Tigers have had trouble stopping the run, but it shouldn’t matter in this game. The Eagles have the No. 114 rushing offense in the country. They’ve had a bye week to prepare for this game, though, and will give Clemson a good fight through the fourth quarter.
The picks: Week 5 (Washington Times)
Clemson at Boston College (3:30, ESPN2): Tigers 34-17. Don't look for a full-fledged rout from Clemson, but it should recover nicely from last week's loss to Florida State.
College football betting picks, Week 5: Ohio State can't handle Michigan State D (SBNation.com)
Clemson at Boston College +10 & Over 60: Clemson's defense is horrid. As in, allowing 9 yards-per-play to Florida State horrid. Boston College can move the ball a bit, and there's almost no reason for Clemson to come out focused here, given that they must now hope for FSU to lose two games in order to regain the division lead.
College Football 2012 Picks: Week Five (The Big Lead)
Boston College (+9) vs. Clemson: Clemson kept people intrigued with some highlight reel plays and a backdoor cover against Florida State. We’re not sold. Their defense is awful, ranking 112th nationally in yards per play. This is a trap week after a tough FSU loss and with Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech the following two weeks. Boston College is coming off a bye week. The Eagles are accustomed to high-tempo offenses after playing Miami and Northwestern. They also have a sneaky good pass defense. They rank second nationally with only three pass plays of 20 yards or longer allowed this season.
What to watch in the ACC: Week 5 (ESPN ACC Blog)
BC’s linebackers. Nick Clancy leads the nation with 14.3 tackles per game. Clancy’s predecessor, two-time All-American Luke Kuechly, led the nation in tackles per game each of the past two seasons. Clancy is also the national leader in solo tackles per game (9.3), while teammate Kevin Pierre-Louis is tied for fourth with seven.
Top 20 Football Fan Favorites Revealed (BCEagles.com)
Each of the fan honorees (below) will be displayed on the sideline lower-level concourses of Alumni Stadium. Check them out prior to kick off between Boston College and Clemson on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 3:30 p.m.
Wideout Bobby Swigert ready to return (BostonHerald.com)
"I started practicing a little bit in the bye week, and last Saturday I tested it out as I was slowly getting back into practice," said Swigert prior to hitting the practice field at Alumni Stadium. "I’m full go right now, and I have a full week of practice ahead of me."