CBS Sports’ Jeremy Fowler reports the ACC is leaning toward an eight-game conference schedule, keeping in line with the SEC but going against the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac 12. While nothing is set in stone and things could change, Fowler talked to a pair of ACC athletic directors who said things seem to be heading toward an eight-game conference schedule.
The SEC stuck to an eight-game conference schedule, though will mandate its teams annually schedule at least one opponent from the other four power conferences. The ACC already has a built-in schedule booster, with Notre Dame beginning in 2014 its agreement to play five ACC teams per year (though the Irish will play four ACC opponents in 2014 and six in 2015).
Programs that don’t have Notre Dame on their schedule may be required to play a power conference opponent, too. With the Notre Dame agreement in place, it doesn’t make sense for ACC schools with traditional non-conference rivalries — like Georgia Tech/Georgia, Florida State/Florida, Clemson/South Carolina — to play nine ACC games when Notre Dame could be on their schedule, too.
The Irish, in fact, play Florida State in 2014, Clemson in 2015 and Georgia Tech in 2016 — and if the ACC mandated a nine-game conference schedule, those programs would face the prospect of nine ACC games, a non-conference game against Notre Dame and another non-conference game against a traditional rival (that happens to be an SEC power). Navigating those brutal 11 games plus one cupcake would be extremely difficult, to say the least.
Fowler reported league powers Florida State and Clemson favor the eight-game schedule, and both schools should have considerable influence when a vote on the schedule is held this week.
UPDATE (3:00 p.m.): Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com reports (via Twitter) the ACC has voted to keep an eight-game conference schedule with the requirement to schedule a power conference opponent as described above.
One of the most consistent pieces of Wisconsin’s passing attack, such as it is, will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future.
A UW official confirmed to madison.com that Austin Traylor sustained a right-arm injury in Saturday’s loss to Iowa. As a result, the tight end will be sidelined for the rather broad period of 4-8 weeks.
At best, Traylor could return for the Nov. 7 game against Maryland after missing contests with Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois and Rutgers. At worst, he’d miss the remainder of the regular season, but could return for a bowl game, and perhaps the Big Ten championship game if the Badgers were to earn another berth.
Because he’s already played in five games this season, Traylor would not be eligible for a medical hardship waiver if he were to miss the remainder of the year.
Traylor is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with three while his 15.6 yards per reception is tops on the team. He’s third in receiving yards with 156 and tied for fourth with 10 receptions.
With each passing day, it appears Miami won’t be able to avoid one of the most talented and productive running backs in the country.
Thursday, Dalvin Cook returned to practice for the first time this week. Cook suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, and had spent the previous two days of practice riding a bicycle while the rest of his teammates prepped for the in-state and conference rivalry game against The U this Saturday.
The Palm Beach Post wrote that Cook showed “no signs” of the hamstring injury that had some worried about his availability in Week 6.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher, who said Wednesday he doesn’t “ever count Dalvin out” because of his healing ability, will meet with reporters later this evening and could address Cook’s status for the weekend then. Or, he could play to keep the Hurricanes guessing, even as most assume the All-ACC back will be on the field.
Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th.