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Thanks for joining everyone! Glad we can connect the various ACC school paper’s sports editors/ reporters together in a group text.

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Andrew NCSU
I think we should start by saying what schools we're affiliated with. I'm the sports editor of Technician at NC State

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Chris Hilburn-Trenkle UNC
I'm the sports editor of The Daily Tar Heel at UNC

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Trent Pitt
Sports editor at The Pitt News

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I’m the assistant sports editor of Technician at NC State

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Matt Bradshaw
I’m the sports editor of the Louisville Cardinal at U of L

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With most intros in place (we are still waiting for a few more to join) does anyone have thoughts on VT "faking injuries"?

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Colin Halm Clemson
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Andrew NCSU
I'm not sure faking injuries is something I'd ever want to accuse someone of doing

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Chris Hilburn-Trenkle UNC
Certainly not a stance you want to take after losing your first game as the head coach. Not to mention it was a home game against a conference opponent and rival, no less.

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Hey guys, I'm the sports editor at the Tiger Newspaper in Clemson.

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Faking injuries is a touchy subject. It's hard for an outsider to say with any certainty that it does or doesn't happen.

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Colin Halm Clemson
Is the Florida State or Virginia Tech editor here? I really want to know what they thought of Monday's game.

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I don’t know if either are in here. I certainly won’t accuse them of faking injuries from just watching the game... what did you guys think of the game otherwise?

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I was very impressed with VA Tech, especially their defense. The Hokies have to be considered the favorite in the Coastal

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As for Florida State, I never really got the assumption that they'd be back to an elite team in year one with a head coach. They'll get there, but it's going to take time. Some serious issues on that offensive line

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I honestly feel bad for Francois. He is a good QB, but he will never have the protection he needs to make plays. Lord help him when he plays Clemson. Virginia Tech is doing some really good things, like Andrew said. Justin Fuente is doing an amazing job in just his third year there.

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That blocked punt was something I’m sure Frank Beamer was proud of. The defense was very impressive to me, especially after losing so many from last year

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Bradley Smart BC
Hey all, I'm Bradley, the associate sports editor at BC's The Heights

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Colin, how is the QB competition going to turn out? Will Trevor Lawrence be the starter sooner...or later?

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I, personally, hope it's sooner. Lawrence is the future of the team, but co-OC Jeff Scott said a few days ago that they want to use each QB in a rotation. That usually doesn't go well (Auburn tried it last year), but the offensive coaches seem to think it will.

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What does everyone hope to see from their team today as a positive step forward in week 2?

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For NC State, they need to get the run game going against Georgia State today. They only had 83 rushing yards against James Madison last week and will have to be able to run the ball against West Virginia next week to keep Will Grier off the field

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Hey all, I’m the sports editor for hs Cavalier Daily at Virginia. I think the Hoos have a decent shot against Indiana this week, as long as Bryce Perkins and the run game can bruise the defense. From the defensive standpoint, the linebackers will need to contain Peyton Ramsey — the secondary will hold up well against him but the linebackers have to neutralize his running ability to slow their offense down.

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For UNC, the Tar Heels must run the ball effectively. Nathan Elliott ran for 8 carries and 53 yards in the second half on Saturday and UNC outscored Cal 17-7. It allowed the offense to open up. Defensively, UNC must limit the run. The Tar Heels run defense was suspect last year, but ECU only ran for 68 yards in the opener. This is a must-win game for UNC to save its season

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Hi all, Alec Sawyer with Technician at NC State. Like andrew mentioned, getting production from the running game has been a huge issue. The Pack also really needs to step up in the secondary, which has looked lost at times against James Madison and Georgia State. The secondary was the biggest weakness for NC State last year, and that looks to be the case again (at least defensively). The Wolfpack’s secondary needs to figure things out quickly with Will Grier and Co. coming to town Saturday

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What game is everybody most excited about in the ACC this weekend? What about nationally? Is week 3 where we learn if a team is for real or not?

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In Pitt's case, this game against GT will pretty much show if last week's embarrassing loss was a fluke or if the team is really going to struggle throughout the season

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Well, I was looking forward to seeing a battle between Ryan Finley and Will Grier untill Hurricane Florence happened.

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This game already happened, but I loved BC vs. Wake. That Boston College offense is impressive. Brown has a cannon, and AJ Dillon is so good, he can fake play action and throw it deep whenever he wants

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I honestly am looking forward to the Syracuse-Florida State game. Are the Seminoles actually going to finish the year with a losing record for the first time in a very long time? If they lose to the Orange, then they probably will.

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I know football has just started, but ACC basketball schedules came out last week. What are everyone’s initial feelings on their team’s schedule and road through conference play?

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It's tough to judge, in the ACC especially, because the competition is just so thoroughly deep across the board. There's really no such thing as an easy path in this conference...you're gonna end up playing UNC, Duke, Miami, Virginia, etc. With that being said, Pitt did get a decent luck of the draw in the sense that the Panthers don't have to play any of those aforementioned schools twice. That's a break because it'll spare our young bucks a little bit of embarrassment in what will be a rebuilding year for the program

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Maddie Thompson VT
Wooooo

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Welcome Maddie! It's nice to have VT represented in here.

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(1/2)There is a lot of ACC sports action this weekend - not just football - but some big men's and women's soccer games along with field hockey. What is

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(2/2)everyone keeping an eye on this week?

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Football wise, Saturday is going be a big prove it game for UVA. We've never done very well against Petrino and this looks like the year the Hoos can get a win, favored at home. The offensive trio of Perkins/Ellis/Zaccheaus was incredibly exciting to watch that week and I'm looking forward to see if they can keep their momentum going this weekend

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Alec Dougherty UVA
Had my prediction at 28-20 Cavs

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This is an interesting week for NC State football. They travel to Marshall after both teams had their games cancelled by the hurricane last week. This will be a good test for the Pack, Marshall is a good program and played them tough in the first half at home last year.

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Unless there's a stout defensive showing from the Yellow Jackets, the win will likely go to the Tigers by a large margin.

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s have lost 2 very winnable games on the road against USF in week 1 and Pittsburgh in week 2. Georgia Tech hasn't changed their offensive scheme in years

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Clemson has a big game tonight in Men's soccer. They play number one ranked Wake Forest at home to kick off ACC conference play. Our Golf team also start

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, despite the fact that Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables figured it out a long time ago.

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s their season this weekend and of course Clemson's football team is a massive road favorite against Georgia Tech, and for good reason. The Yellow Jacket

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A lot of ACC action this weekend! Will VT rebound against 4-0 Duke, is UVA going to continue to impress, Louisville and FSU both have a lot to prove, can undefeated Syracuse hang with Clemson...so many storylines to watch. What do you think is the most important thing to watch?

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As far as NC State goes, this will be a good test for the Wolfpack at home against an underrated Virginia team. The Pack needs to keep it going with its passing game and defense and get more from the run game.

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The game that most intrigues me this week is Duke Virginia Tech. How will the Hokies respond to that ODU loss without their starting QB, and can Duke keep its momentum going?

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I'm pretty excited for the State showdown. UVA has a a great secondary, but struggles with big plays at times, so they will have to limit those and neutralize Finley if they want to squeeze out a win. It will be a clash of two really cool and different offenses -- will probably come down to turnovers and big plays.

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Honestly, it's gonna be a test for tech this week, without our starting qb or leading tackler, this will really be when we see if justin Fuente's new recruits can step up into new roles and put up a fight against a team that is the best he has seen so far at tech

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Colin Halm Clemson
Clemson has had plenty of QB drama this week. Lawrence gives the Tigers the best chance on offense (97 points vs 52 points), but Bryant led us past Texas A&M this year and Miami the year before. He's great in big games.

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Unfortunately, the depth is so thin at QB that WR Hunter Renfrow is taking snaps in certain packages at QB.

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Did Clemson fans really just rush the field for beating Syracuse? Fun part of the college game, or excessive?

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This is my 6th football season in Clemson, and not once has it ever been excessive. It's not meant as a sign of superiority. It's meant to be a time of fellowship with athletes, coaches and fans.

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A slate of conference games this weekend headline by VT vs. ND. What is everyone looking to see this weekend, and what game piques your interest?

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Boston College is always tough on NC State. However, with AJ Dillon banged up, I see a victory for the Wolfpack. Will be a good test; the schedule has increased in difficulty every game heading into Clemson.

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I'm just hoping Trevor Lawrence plays the full game against Wake Forest. Playing well would be nice, but finishing the game is important too.

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Jon Rothstein just reported that some ACC basketball programs have been told not to schedule games on the first 2 days of next year’s season bc the league is planning conference games to open the year. Good idea, or do teams need the warm up tourneys before ACC action?

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Personally, I feel that having warm up games or tournaments are always a good idea. Those games are used to get the kinks out and allow for the best conference games.

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I agree with Camden. I don't like the idea of important conference games, that help determine conference tournament seeding, quality wins, etc so early in the year. Teams won't have had a chance to build chemistry, work out kinks, etc

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Any initial thoughts on the preseason Top 25 for basketball that just came out?

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Who’s going to win the coastal??

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I'd say Virginia Tech. The loss to Old Dominion is troubling but they don't have an ACC loss and they get both Miami and Virginia at home

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I agree!!! Tech is in a great spot right now to take the coastal, these next few games will be interesting and test the defense for sure, but hopefully they can keep their momentum going and stay in first place

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Virginia looks tough right now though...if everyone beats who they're supposed to beat, then Virginia-VT in the season finale could essentially serve as the Coastal championship

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Virginia has an advantageous schedule, and I think the de facto championship game with VT is a game they can take. Teams have been able to run the ball effectively against the Hokies, and Virginia is as its best when Perkins and Ellis get going on the ground. Hall and Thornhill in the secondary would provide a tough test for a freshman quarterback like Willis, even on the road

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Colin Halm Clemson
As far as basketball goes, the fact that Clemson ranks in the AP preseason is a bit of a surprise to me. We did great last year, but losing our best pure shooter, Gabe DeVoe, I thought for sure would keep us from being ranked.

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Trent and Alec, a big game tomorrow in C’ville. Can UVA continue to set the pace in the Coastal, or will Pitt be able to slow Perkins and stay in the mix?

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I think it will come down to UVA stopping Pitt's run game -- the run defense has been phenomenal, but few teams the Hoos have faced pound the rock like Pitt does and they have enough backs to stay fresh. we got some crucial LB depth back this week with Jordan Mack, so if the unit plays to it's potential, Virginia should be able to disrupt Pitt's offense enough to win.

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Pitt is always thought to predict, so it depends on which Pitt team decides to show up. They've played Virginia well in the past, but Virginia's stout run defense doesn't present a favorable matchup. I'm just hoping it'll be a close and entertaining game... it will be a big win for whoever comes out on top, with the winner getting the inside track for the Coastal title, especially considering Miami and VT still have to play each other

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Brad, how is Boston this morning? What does BC have to do to pull of an upset?

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Anyone have predictions for today's games?

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Bradley Smart BC
Pretty electric! It's GameDay and a pretty cool environment. I think it'll be really hard for BC to pull this upset

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Trent Pitt
Seeing Pitt win at least their first matchup against BC would be nice, as for the champion I think UNC has the most momentum coming in & that should bode well for them
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Andrew NCSU
NC State likely needs at least a win over Clemson to lock up a spot in the Big Dance. The Tigers could also punch their ticket with a win there, so that should be a big one. Give me Duke to win the tournament if Zion is fully healthy, Virginia if not.
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What does everyone think of the ACC seedings in the NCAA Tournament? Surprised that NC State didn't get in?

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Andrew NCSU
Not surprised given all of the talk but it's still a snub. 33 in the ranking the NCAA created
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