Notre Dame outlasts Florida State, advances to ACC tournament semi-finals

A first for the Irish baseball program!!!

The Irish made history today and it wasn’t starting pitcher [autotag]John Michael Bertrand’s[/autotag] eight strike outs. It was the fact that [autotag]Link Jarrett’s[/autotag] team staved off a ninth inning comeback by Florida State to defeat the Seminoles 5-3 and advance to their first ever ACC Baseball semi-final round.

The Irish ace once again led the way for Notre Dame, going eight strong innings, allowing just one run and the aforementioned eight K’s. Offensively, the Irish were led by a barrage of home runs, which included long balls from [autotag]Zack Prajzner[/autotag], [autotag]Jack Zyska[/autotag], and [autotag]Brooks Coetzee[/autotag]. While Prajzner’s was a solo shot, both Zyska’s and Coetzee’s were two-run blasts which accounted for all the Irish runs.

It was a team effort that advanced the Irish to face off against Virginia, tomorrow with a berth to the championship round on the line. This season the Irish have yet to face the Cavaliers. First pitch is schedule for 11:00 am EST tomorrow.

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2022 ACC baseball tournament: Pitt upsets Georgia Tech in opener

Pity’s bats were fairly quiet for half the day Tuesday but woke up in a HUGE way

No. 11 Pittsburgh’s bats came alive at the right time as the Panthers used a huge sixth inning to comeback and upset No. 6 Georgia Tech in Wednesday’s opening game of the 2022 ACC baseball tournament.

Trailing 6-2 in the top of the sixth inning a two-run home run by Ron Washington, Jr. got Pitt within two before Bryce Hulett made it back-to-back round trippers for the Panthers.  That was just the start of an eruption in the inning however.

A Georgia Tech error on a ball hit by Dom Popa tied things at six before Jeffrey Wehler single plated the two to give Pitt an 8-6 advantage.  Ultimately the Panthers would score two more for the inning and pull out a 12-6 victory.

Pitt now takes on No. 2 Louisville at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday while Georgia Tech plays Louisville at 11 a.m. ET Thursday.

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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

Georgia Tech College Football Preview 2022: Team breakdown, season prediction, keys to the campaign, and what you need to know

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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Preview 2022

Georgia Tech should be a whole lot better than this.

It seems like 50 years ago when the program was hanging around in the ACC Championship – going in 2012 and 2014 – and the idea of simply going bowling feels like it’s 50 miles away after three straight three-win seasons under head coach Geoff Collins.

Even worse than the lack of wins are the lack of competitive performances. Since the last year of the Paul Johnson era in 2018, 22 of the last 29 losses were by double digits.

Closing out last season losing to Notre Dame and Georgia by a combined score of 100-0 didn’t help.

It’s not for the lack of trying. Collins had to change the program around from being designed for the triple-option to a more balanced attack to now more of a pro-style version, but that’s the offense. The defense should’ve been better from the start.

Collins knows how to coach – the guy took Temple to two straight bowl games and 15 wins in two seasons before taking over the Yellow Jacket job – but his team needs to catch a break.

Big changes in the coaching staff are a part of the last gasp push, and several gets from the transfer portal will help, but it’s still a reboot four years in.

Considering all the changes and the nasty schedule, it’s going to take something big for there to be a Year Five.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Preview 2022: Offense

The old option offense might not have always been perfect, but it took control of games and gave defenses something to worry about. The offense over the last three years hasn’t been anything to lose sleep over.

Last year the O was 93rd in the nation, averaged 24 points pr game, and it couldn’t keep the chains moving. But there are positives.

The offense is still full of promising young parts, offensive coordinator Chip Long knows how to get an attack moving, and …

The Yellow Jackets have a gamer at quarterback. Jeff Sims can run, he has two years of experience, and he has shown enough flashes to think he’s ready to break out as an all-around playmaker if he can keep the interceptions down. Akron transfer Zach Gibson should push for the No. 2 job, but this is Sims’ offense.

Leading receiver Malachi Carter is a pro prospect and needs to be used more – he led the team with 37 catches for 489 yards and two scores. Combined with Kalani Norris – a promising deep threat who averaged 17 yards per grab on his eight tackles – there’s speed at receiver.

The offensive front has to replace three starters, but help is on the way for a group that gave up too many plays in the backfield and only pushed for 169 rushing yards per game. Pierce Quick is a possible starting tackle coming in from Alabama, Paul Tchio is a guard option from Clemson, RJ Adams is coming in for the interior from Kentucky, and Corey Robinson is a tackle option from Kansas.

Now they need to block for the promising group of backs.

Leading rusher Jahmyr Gibbs bolted for Alabama. It doesn’t help that second-leading rusher Jordan Mason is off trying to become a San Francisco 49er, but Dontae Smith averaged 5.6 yards per carry and Louisville Transfer Hassan Hall is a going to be a factor. Getting Dylan McDuffie from Buffalo will help.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Preview 2022: Defense

The offense gets all the attention because that’s what’s been the biggest change over the last few years, but the defense was bad and it needs to make huge strides. It was 11th in the ACC, couldn’t hold up against the run, and it was dead last in America in pass efficiency defense.

It doesn’t help to lose top tackler linebacker Quez Jackson and safety Juanyeh Thomas to the NFL and the best ends – Jordan Dominick to Arkansas and Jared Ivey to Ole Miss.

There’s rebuilding to do.

So what do the Yellow Jackets have back that works? 232-pound senior Ayinde Eley is a good tackler in the middle of the linebacking corps, and outside linebacker Charlie Thomas is back after leading the team with ten tackles for loss. They need to be the veteran rock in the 4-2-5 alignment.

There’s size to rotate around on the interior of the line, and the hope is for former Old Dominion star pass rusher Keion White to blow up on one end after suffering an ankle injury last year.

The secondary is getting instant help with corners Eric Reed from Auburn and Kenny Bennett from Maryland. Former Notre Dame safety transfer Derrick Allen and Michigan corner transfer Myles Sims need to rise up for a secondary that generated at grand total of one of the defenses’s three interceptions.

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2022 ACC baseball tournament bracket, schedule

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( theACC.com) – Pairings and game times have been set for the 2022 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship, which gets underway Tuesday at Truist Field in Charlotte, North Carolina. Virginia Tech (40-11 overall, 19-9 ACC) …

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Pairings and game times have been set for the 2022 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship, which gets underway Tuesday at Truist Field in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Virginia Tech (40-11 overall, 19-9 ACC) earned the No. 1 overall seed and will head up Pool A. The Hokies will be joined by eighth-seeded North Carolina (34-19, 15-15) and 12th-seeded Clemson (35-21, 13-16).

No. 2 Louisville (38-16-1, 18-11-1) is the top seed in Pool B, along with No. 7 Georgia Tech (33-21, 15-15) and No. 11 Pitt (27-26, 13-16).

No. 3 Miami (39-16, 20-10) is joined in Pool C by No. 6 Wake Forest (39-16-1, 15-14-1) and No. 10 NC State (33-20, 14-15), while Pool D features No. 4 Notre Dame (33-13, 16-11), No. 5 Virginia (38-15, 17-13) and No. 9 Florida State (32-22, 15-15).

Each team in the four pools will play one game against each of the other two opponents in its pool Tuesday through Friday (May 24-27). The four teams with the best records within their respective pools will advance to Saturday’s semifinals, with the winners playing on Sunday in the ACC Championship Game.

If the teams are tied at the completion of pool play, the team with the highest seed in the respective pool will advance.

Game times Tuesday through Friday are set for 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday’s semifinals are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., while Sunday’s championship will begin at noon.

The tournament begins Tuesday with No. 7 Georgia Tech versus No. 11 Pitt at 11 a.m., followed by No. 6 Wake Forest versus No. 10 NC State at 3 p.m., and No. 8 North Carolina versus No. 12 Clemson at 7 p.m.

No. 2 Louisville versus No. 11 Pitt opens the day on Wednesday at 11 a.m., followed by No. 5 Virginia facing No. 9 Florida State at 3 p.m., and No. 3 Miami versus NC State at 7 p.m.

Georgia Tech and Louisville face off on Thursday at 11 a.m., followed by No. 4 Notre Dame versus Florida State at 3 p.m., and No. 1 Virginia Tech swinging into action against Clemson at 7 p.m.

The final day of pool play on Friday will be led off by Notre Dame versus Virginia at 11 a.m., followed by Miami versus Wake Forest at 3 p.m., and Virginia Tech versus North Carolina in the 7 p.m. nightcap.

The four pool winners will play on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., with the winners advancing to the ACC Championship game on Sunday at noon.

Tickets are available by visiting CharlotteKnights.com or by calling the Knights Ticket Office at 704-274-8282.

Regional Sports Networks from across the conference footprint and across the nation will carry all 12 games on Tuesday through Friday. Saturday’s semifinals will be carried live on ACC Network, while Sunday’s noon championship game will be nationally televised by ESPN2. All games will also be available via ACC Network Extra.

Additionally, each game will air live on Sirius XM ACC Radio channel 371.

Three ACC baseball teams are ranked among the nation’s top 10 in each of the six major polls. Virginia Tech is ranked among the nation’s top three in each of the six, including a No. 2 national ranking from Perfect Game. The USA TODAY Coaches Poll lists four ACC teams among the top 10 (#3 Virginia Tech, #6 Miami, #9 Louisville and #10 Virginia).

College Football Conference Championship Games Without Divisions. What Would’ve Happened?

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College football conferences are starting to do away with divisions. How would the conference championship games have been if there weren’t the division formats?


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The NCAA said it was cool for conferences to ditch the division formats when it comes to the championship games. Going forward – if conferences want to – the championships can be between the two top teams by conference winning percentage.

The Big 12 was already there, the Pac-12 jumped at the chance, and the Mountain West followed suit. Others are sure to do the same soon.

So how would college football history have been rewritten if the conference championship games didn’t have divisions?

As you’d expect – and as it’ll likely be going forward – the big winners were the powerhouse teams that had one bad day against the division rival.

Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Clemson, Florida, Alabama, Oregon – all would’ve been in a lot more conference championships, and there wouldn’t have been as many out-of-the-blue one-hit wonder teams getting in.

Here’s what would’ve happened in each conference championship had there not been divisions.

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Everything worked out fine lately, but there was a long stretch when just about everyone was in the ACC title hunt. It all worked in the divisional format, but it would’ve been insane for a few seasons without them. The tie-breakers would’ve been brain-melting in a few of the years.

The years when the championship would’ve been different without divisions are in bold, and the ones when the matchup would’ve been what actually happened aren’t. The records are for the regular season conference season only.

2021 Pitt 45, Wake Forest 21

2020 Clemson 34, Notre Dame 10
This was 1 vs 2 – ACC had no divisions

2019 Clemson 62, Virginia 17

2018 Clemson 42, Pitt 10

2017 Clemson 38, Miami 3

2016 Clemson 42, Virginia Tech 35
No Divisions Championship: Clemson vs Louisville
Lamar Jackson and 7-1 Louisville would’ve had another shot at 7-1 Clemson after losing the first time around in a 42-36 thriller. Virginia Tech was 6-2.

2015 Clemson 45, North Carolina 37

2014 Florida State 37, Georgia Tech 35

2013 Florida State 45, Duke 7
No Divisions Championship: Florida State vs Clemson
The Duke thing was fun – it was 6-2 – but it would’ve been a high-powered rematch of the 8-0 Seminoles and 7-1 Clemson.

2012 Florida State 21, Georgia Tech 15
No Divisions Championship: Florida State vs Clemson
Clemson’s only ACC loss was to 7-1 FSU. Georgia Tech was 5-3.

2011 Clemson 38, Virginia Tech 10

2010 Virginia Tech 44, Florida State 33

2009 Georgia Tech 39, Clemson 34
No Divisions Championship: Georgia Tech vs Virginia Tech
This would’ve been debatable. 7-1 Georgia Tech was a lock, but 6-2 Clemson and 6-2 Virginia Tech didn’t play each other and both lost to the Yellow Jackets. This likely would’ve come down to overall record or ranking. The Hokies would’ve received the very questionable call.

2008 Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 12
No Divisions Championship: Boston College vs Georgia Tech
Tis would’ve been an ugly mess, but it would’ve been a fascinating race. Duke was 1-7 and Virginia was 3-5, but six teams were 4-4 and in it until late, and Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech all went 5-3. Out of the four 5-3 teams, the Yellow Jackets and Eagles each had only one loss among the group, the Hokies and Seminoles each had two.

2007 Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 16

2006 Wake Forest 9, Georgia Tech 6
No Divisions Championship: Georgia Tech vs Virginia Tech
America might have been spared from the game that actually happened. Georgia Tech would’ve been in at 7-1, but 6-2 Virginia Tech beat 6-2 Wake Forest.

2005 Florida State 27, Virginia Tech 22
No Divisions Championship: Virginia Tech vs Miami
The Bobby Bowden ACC Championship narrative wouldn’t have happened. FSU was 5-3, so it would’ve been 6-2 Miami against 7-1 Virginia Tech.

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2022 ACC Baseball Tournament: Seeding, schedule, info and more

The schedule for the 2022 ACC Baseball Tournament has been announced and the North Carolina Tar Heels are an 8 seed.

The 2022 Atlantic Coast Conference regular season is complete and now the focus shifts over to the annual conference tournament at Truist Field in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The tournament is the final chance for teams to impress the selection committee ahead of postseason play in the coming weeks. And for the UNC baseball program, they might be entering this tournament at the right time.

UNC closed out its season with a three-game sweep over Florida State to finish 34-19. With that record, they earned the No. 8 seed and are in the pool with No. 1 Virginia Tech and No. 12 Clemson.

The Hokies took the top seed overall, while Louisville was No. 2, Miami No. 3, and Notre Dame No. 4. Take a look at the full pools below:

Pool A

No. 1 Virginia Tech

No. 8 UNC

No. 12 Clemson

Pool B

No. 2 Louisville

No. 7 Georgia Tech

No. 11 Pitt

Pool C

No. 3 Miami

No. 6 Wake Forest

No. 10 NC State

Pool D

No. 4 Notre Dame

No. 5 Virginia

No. 9 Florida State

SCHEDULE

(ALL TIMES EST)

Tuesday, May 24
No. 11 Pitt  vs. No. 7 Georgia Tech, 11 a.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
No. 10 NC State No. 6 Wake Forest, 3 p.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
No. 12 Clemson vs. No. 8 North Carolina, 7 p.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)

Wednesday, May 25
No. 2 Louisville vs. No. 11 Pitt, 11 a.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
No. 9 Florida State vs. No. 5 Virginia, 3 p.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
No. 3 Miami vs. No. 10 NC State, 7 p.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)

Thursday, May 26
No. 7 Georgia Tech vs. No. 2 Louisville, 11 a.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
No. 4 Notre Dame vs. No. 9 Florida State, 3 p.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
No. 1 Virginia Tech vs. No. 12 Clemson, 7 p.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)

Friday, May 27
No. 5 Virginia vs. No. 4 Notre Dame, 11 a.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
No. 6 Wake Forest vs. No. 3 Miami, 3 p.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)
No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 1 Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (RSN/ACCN Extra)

Saturday, May 28
Pool A Winner vs. Pool D Winner, 1 p.m. (ACCN/ACCN Extra)
Pool B Winner vs. Pool C Winner, 5 p.m. (ACCN/ACCN Extra)

Sunday, May 29
ACC Championship, Noon (ESPN2/ACCN Extra)

Notre Dame earns fourth seed in ACC Tournament

How far are you expecting the Irish to go this week?

The No. 8 Notre Dame baseball team dropped two of three games at Miami this weekend to close the regular season 33-13 overall and 16-11 in conference play.  The 16-11 mark was second best behind Louisville in the Atlantic Division and was good enough to earn the Irish the fourth overall seed in this week’s ACC baseball tournament which will again be played at Truist Field in Charlotte.

Notre Dame will be joined in their pool by fifth-seeded Virginia and ninth-seeded Florida State.  The Irish are scheduled to take on Florida State on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET and Virginia at 11 a.m. ET.  Whichever team has the best record of the three following pool play will advance to the semifinals on Saturday.

Notre Dame did not play against Virginia this regular season but did have a series sweep at Florida State back in early March.

 

Florida State Seminoles Top 10 Players: College Football Preview 2022

Who are the top 10 Florida State players going into the 2022 college football season?

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Florida State Seminoles Preview 2022

Yes, kids. Florida State really used to be amazing at college football.

How weird have the last few years been? The last run of four losing seasons in a row was from 1973 to 1976. From 1977 to 2017, how many losing seasons did Florida State suffer through?

Zero.

There was a time when it took something otherworldly to slip a win past this program, and now it’s losing to Jacksonville State. Florida State – one of the annual superpowers of superpowers – has been lapped in the ACC by Wake freaking Forest.

But there were signs last year of things potentially being on the verge of starting to turn.

The Seminoles ran all over Notre Dame in a fantastic opening week loss. They pushed Clemson only to lose – and epically not cover – against Clemson, and they rallied late in the year when it all could’ve gone off the rails only to just miss out on a bowl game in a loss at Florida.

There’s experience returning, the talent level is getting better, and head coach Mike Norvell and the coaching staff have had a few years to settle in. If this is going to be anything close to the return-for-glory season Seminole fans have been waiting for, it starts with …

Florida State Seminoles Preview 2022: Offense

The running game should be dominant. Novell made his name at Memphis with an offense that ripped off yards in chunks as the lightning fast running backs took off through wide open spaces. That happened over the first half of last year with 199 rushing yards or more in six of the first seven games, and then it all came to a screeching halt.

FSU failed to come up with more than 160 rushing yards in any of its last five games, and the passing attack wasn’t there to make up for it. As good as the running game was, it still finished sixth in the ACC with an offense that finished 80th in college football. But again …

The running game. The parts are there. Leading rusher Jashaun Corbin is gone, but Treshaun Ward averaged well over six yards per carry, and ready to take over is star transfer Trey Benson from Oregon.

The offensive line – the Achilles heel of the program over this slide into mediocrity – wasn’t able to keep anyone out of the backfield, but along with star transfer Bless Harris from Lamar for one tackle spot, it’s loaded with veterans who worked the last few years in the system. There’s no excuse to not be a whole lot better and far more consistent.

The passing attack has to be more explosive. QB Jordan Travis grew into the job as a passer – he was okay – and he’s a good runner, but the offense was hit or miss on the big downfield plays.

The experience is there at receiver, but the production and talent have to come through. Ja’Khi Douglas averaged over 18 yards per catch on his 14 grabs, and Ontario Wilson is back after leading the team with just 382 yards and five scores.

Adding Mycah Pittman from Oregon and Johnny Wilson from Arizona State will help. Camren McDonald is a decent tight end who needs to be used more.

Florida State Seminoles Preview 2022: Defense

The offense needs the most help, but the defense has to be a whole lot better considering the talent level and experience returning. The Seminoles were a pedestrian sixth in the ACC in overall defense. It was terrific at getting into the backfield, but it got bombed on too easily and didn’t do enough against the run.

Again, though, the veterans are there, and help from the transfer portal and recurring class are on the way.

The defensive front has to replace the pass rushing production of New York Jet Jermaine Johnson and Keir Thomas on the ends, but overall this should be a plus.

It’s asking a ton for Albany transfer Jared Verse to match Johnson’s production, but he’s a pass rushing terror who should rise up on one side. There will be a decent rotation of young parts on the other.

The ends might be a wee bit of a question, but the tackles are set. Fabien Lovett, Robert Cooper, and Jarrett Jackson are big body veterans who did a good enough job for a run defense that only allowed 3.6 yards per carry.

Verse was the big transfer, but Tatum Bethune from UCF – if 69-tackle DJ Lundy doesn’t hold on to the gig – might end up being the leading tackler from his new spot in the middle. Kalen DeLoach is a hybrid outside linebacker who tied with Lundy for third on the team in tackles and can get into the backfield.

The secondary was only okay considering all the help it received from the pass rush. All-around star and leading tackler Jammie Robinson is back at one safety spot – he was all over the field seemingly making things happen on every play – and he’s not alone.

Akeem Dent was a massive recruit for the Seminoles, and he’s been good so far at free safety – he’s overdue to come up with a special season. Omarion Cooper is a rising factor at corner, but again, the FSU secondary – particularly on the outside – have to be more consistent to go along with all of the interceptions.

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