Top 25: The Week in Review & The Week Ahead

Written January 13th, 2013 by Gary Russell II

Please Don't Let Us Lose!

When it comes to the rankings this year I am reminded of a famous Beatles song.  That song…..”Hello, Goodbye”.  Teams that gain a specific ranking or jump into the Top 25 say “hello” to it just as quickly as they say “goodbye” to it.  This week was no exception as I am still trying to catch my breath after it was all over.  The remaining three undefeateds are no longer undefeated.  North Carolina State picked up their signature win in handing Duke their first loss and should move up pretty nicely in the polls.  Arizona lost their second……oops……their first game in a close game at Oregon. And, last but not least, the Buckeyes took care of business against Michigan at home. All in all, 9 of the Top 25 teams lost games this week, with a certain Big Ten Team (see below) not winning all week! When it’s all said and done there should be changes a plenty in the rankings but for now let’s see what happened with all the teams.

Here’s a look at the Top 25 Week Ahead and Week in Review

1.       Duke (15-1, 2-1) Previous Rank: 1

Past Week:  1/8 Clemson, W 68-40 & 1/12 @ (20) N.C. State, L 76-84

Upcoming:  1/17 Georgia Tech

Duke received its first ACC test and failed in losing to a good North Carolina State.  Depending on how the injury to Curry is, this could only be the beginning.  The Blue Devils hope to bounce back in hosting Georgia Tech this week. Read More

tBBC Preview: Music City Bowl – N.C. State vs Vanderbilt

Written December 31st, 2012 by Gary Russell II

N.C. State (7-5, 4-4 ACC) vs. Vanderbilt (8-4, 5-3 SEC)

Monday December 31st, Noon EST ESPN

Bowl History:  The Franklin American Mortgage Company Music City Bowl began in 1998.  The bowl was created to stimulate the economy in Nashville and also so that Nashville could show off it’s beauty to tourists.  ESPN has shown the bowl annually ever since its inception and more 760,000 fans have attened the bowl in person.  While the bowl has played host to many conferences, it is exclusively an ACC-SEC matchup though 2014.  The game has featured many big players such as Jason Campbell, Marion Barber, and C.J. Spiller.

N.C. State Scouting Report:  Offensively, the Wolfpack rely on QB Mike Glennon and WR Tobias Palmer.  Glennon threw for 30 touchdowns and averaged 304 yards/game.  Palmer may not have led the team in yards and TD’s (670 yards this season and 6 touchdowns), he has been Glennon’s favorite target in big games.  CB David Amerson leads the team defensively after breaking the ACC interception record last season.  He will probably face off against Vanderbilt’s WR Jordan Matthews.

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The Coaching Search: Tom O’Brien

Written July 8th, 2011 by Eric

We’ve gone through a few names in our coaching search here at the BBC.  Now it’s time for another name that’s flying under the radar a bit.  Of course, by under the radar, I mean that he’s not being mentioned at all.  That doesn’t mean he can’t still be a legitimate name for the job.

Special thanks to a friend of the BBC who recommended this feature on O’Brien.

Tom O'Brien has a bright future at NC State

Most of you are probably looking at the title of this post and saying to yourself “who?”.  Well, that’s probably your own fault because a few year’s ago O’Brien was one of the top names in college football.  You may most clearly remember him as the guy who jumped ship from successful ACC member Boston College to full-meltdown-mode ACC member NC State.

Oh…That guy!

Tom O’Brien was born in the great state of Ohio, in the city generally forgotten by the rest of the state – Cincinnati.  He attended High School at St. Xavier, playing at Defensive End.

He matriculated from the Naval Academy in 1970 after 5 years.  While there he played ball for the Middies for all 5 seasons (I believe he took a redshirt, though I can’t prove it), including his final 3 as a defensive starter.  Unfortunately, Navy was terrible at that time, going overall 5-26 while O’Brien was a starter.  The defense also gave up more than 300 points per season while their offense struggled to break 100.

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