We know the ACC had a banner football season in 2013. Florida State’s National Title, Clemson’s Orange Bowl win, Duke’s resurgence, and tons of individual awards. It was a great year for the ACC, but just how good?
After losing head coach Doug Marrone to the NFL, many thought Syracuse would take a step back. Scott Shafer was promoted to the head job and immediately made headway with the Orange, guiding them to a 7-6 record and a win in the Texas Bowl. With returning starters at key positions, Syracuse could repeat last season's success in an improved Atlantic Division. A tough non conference schedule, along with crossover games against better than expected teams, could make for tough sledding. But if a few new contributors can step up to the task, the Orange could make it back to a bowl again this year.
Big props go out to head coach Jamie Dixon and some Pitt/ex-Pitt basketball players for taking the ALS ice water bucket challenge recently. It can even be argued that the real news out of this is Dixon tweeting about it ... which isn't that often. Dixon has a grand total of six tweets this year and one retweet, and took all of 2013 off after posting sporadically in 2012 (twice).