Author Archives: Brian Wilmer

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    Clear Your Schedule – ACC Bowl Games, 2012-13

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    Chick-fil-A BowlOne of the more unusual seasons in recent ACC history is behind us, with Florida State capturing the proverbial brass ring over three weeks ago in Charlotte. The Seminoles received the ACC’s automatic bid to the BCS, while their opponent, Georgia Tech, also received a bowl spot by virtue of an NCAA waiver.

    With the Sun Bowl and Orange Bowl accounted for, it’s time to take a look at those games and the other contests involving ACC teams…but first, trivia time! Read Full Story »

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    Clear Your Schedule – 2012 SEC Championship Game

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    Alabama-GeorgiaWe should have known. We truly should have known.

    Just when we all thought the SEC’s streak of playing for national titles would end, Kansas State lost. Then Oregon lost. We will not get an all-SEC title game this year, but the winner of this year’s conference championship game gets the honor of facing Notre Dame in the BCS Championship. Alabama is fighting for a return trip to play for the title, while a Georgia win would allow them to play for their first title since 1980. Ironically enough, Georgia beat Notre Dame to win that title. Read Full Story »

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    Clear Your Schedule – 2012 ACC Championship Game

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    Bank of America StadiumOne of the wildest ACC football seasons in recent memory draws to a close on Saturday in Charlotte. Clemson lost their first ACC game to Florida State, then never lost again over the course of the ACC schedule. Maryland lost every scholarship quarterback to injury and finished the season with a linebacker playing quarterback. Maryland was not done making news, though, as they announced their intent to leave for the Big 10 in 2014.
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    Clear Your Schedule – ACC, Week 13

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    Florida-Florida StateIn yet another ridiculously fast-moving college football season, we find ourselves at Thanksgiving week, with the Gobblers (fittingly) at home and a matchup locked in for the ACC Championship in Charlotte.

    There are still many matchups with significance, however, whether it be for bowl spots, rivalries or the possibility of saving — or costing — a coach his job. Let’s take a quick spin around the conference, but before we do…it’s trivia time! Read Full Story »

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    Clear Your Schedule – SEC, Week 13

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    Georgia-Georgia TechThe SEC emerges from a week against a lot of FCS competition to engage in rivalry games as the season approaches its end. The conference is again in the running to play for a national title after losses by #1 Kansas State and #2 Oregon last week.

    This week’s slate of games features two schools that have already fired their coaches playing each other, one more school who will be looking for a coach and another who might be looking for a coach. Two other teams are battling for bowl eligibility. There are future and present consequences in just about every game, giving us yet another must-see weekend — for the most part — of SEC football. Read Full Story »

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    Clear Your Schedule – SEC, Week 12

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    A lot of major conferences have their so-called “light weeks”, where they play smaller schools. It just so happens that the SEC has one of their lighter weeks in the middle of November. Seven SEC schools will face FCS opponents in Week 12, leaving just a handful of conference games. Read Full Story »

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    Clear Your Schedule – ACC, Week 12

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    Duke-Georgia TechAnother week, another leader in the ACC Coastal division. The next batter up is Georgia Tech, ascending to the throne after a 68-50 shootout in Chapel Hill. The Coastal still has three teams who could make it to Charlotte, and two of those play each other this weekend. The Atlantic almost saw a new leader itself last week, but Florida State managed to hold on to defeat a game Virginia Tech squad in Blacksburg. The scenario remains the same for both the Seminoles and Tigers as it has been ever since Florida State lost in Raleigh. Clemson has to beat NC State in Death Valley, then hope for the seemingly impossible in a Maryland victory over Florida State.

    If there is one thing this ACC season has taught us, though, it is that anything can — and will — happen in this conference. This week’s slate contains some key conference matchups and a few non-conference tilts, and the virtual car is full of gas for our regular trip around the ACC. Read Full Story »

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    Clear Your Schedule – SEC, Week 11

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    Johnny ManzielWe will dedicate some time to recapping the life and story of a true legend of the game. Hall of Famer Darrell Royal left us on Wednesday, and though he is probably best known for his time at Texas, the namesake of the Longhorns’ stadium actually started his career coaching in the SEC. Royal was 12-8 in two seasons (1954 and 1955) as Mississippi State’s head coach before heading off to Washington and eventually the job for which he is best known.

    Royal compiled a 17-3 record against former Southwestern Conference (and current SEC member) Texas A&M during his time in Austin, and though many consider the Red River Shootout the primary Texas rivalry, the Lone Star Showdown will forever hold great meaning to fans of both schools Read Full Story »

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    Clear Your Schedule – ACC, Week 11

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    NC State-Wake ForestAnother week of ACC play is behind us, and we’re still no closer to knowing who will make the trip to Charlotte on December 1. Week 11 provides another “elimination week” scenario for a number of teams, while one of the conference’s clubs will step outside of ACC play to take on a team with national championship aspirations. We’ll try to clear up the road to Charlotte for some of the contending teams, all the while realizing we may not be much closer to the answers until the final week of conference play. Before we break everything down, though, it’s trivia time!

    Week 11 ACC Trivia (answer at the end of the column): Wake Forest and NC State first faced off in 1895 in North Carolina’s capital city. What was the final score of that game? Read Full Story »

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    Clear Your Schedule – SEC, Week 10

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    Alabama-LSUNovember is the month for many in the SEC to step out of conference and take a break from the grueling week-by-week conference schedule. Several conference teams have decided to do just that this week, while others are trying to come off the high of beating a big-name opponent. We have yet another top-five matchup this week, as well as two top-20 teams facing off.

    We need to take a spin around the packed eight-game schedule involving SEC teams this week, but before we do, here’s some trivia!

    SEC Trivia (answer at the end of the column): This week features Missouri’s first trip to Florida as an SEC opponent. When did these two schools last face off on the gridiron? Read Full Story »