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Wednesday, November 26, 2008
ACC's lunchtime links: Eat your hearts out, OCs

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Just in time for the holiday, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney gave some good advice in this article, advice I vow to follow:

"If you're stressed, Swinney said, you turn it around with sweets, because 'stressed' spelled backward is 'desserts.'"

Makes sense to me. Somebody get the offensive coordinators in this league a few boxes of truffles, starting with Patrick Nix. Coach Randy Shannon had to defend his offense and his coordinator this week. Then again, is it really Nix's fault the Hurricanes haven't had any playmakers on a consistent basis? Some of the numbers Jorge Milan of the Palm Beach Post points out are surprising.

Offense does matter in college football. Unless, of course, you're talking about Virginia Tech. Want proof? Check out this little factoid from Hokies beat writer Kyle Tucker:

"Tech has a chance to become just the second BCS conference team in the last three years to win its league championship with an offense ranked 100th or worse. The only other team to do that? The 2007 Hokies."

The Georgia-Georgia Tech game is "going to be won in the trenches," where Yellow Jackets defensive tackle Darryl Richard and his teammates have the edge in experience.