ACC Has NCAA-Record 11 Bowl Teams
December 21, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The ACC is sending an NCAA-record 11 teams to bowl games
this year, breaking a record of 10 its had previously set in
2008 and had been matched by both the SEC and Big Ten.
This marks the third time the ACC has set an NCAA bowl
participation mark, sending seven of its nine teams to bowl
games in 2002 (.778). At the time, this was an NCAA standard
for percentage bowl participation.
Three ACC teams were ranked in the final BCS Standings led
by No. 1 Florida State, and including 12th-ranked Clemson
and No. 24 Duke.
Four ACC teams were ranked in the Top 25 of the USA Today
Coaches poll with Miami (25) joining Florida State (1), Clemson
(11) and Duke (21).
Four ACC teams were also ranked in the fi nal Harris Poll.
They were listed in the same order as the Coaches poll with
Florida State (1), Clemson (11), Duke (24) and Miami
An ACC team is headed to the national championship
game for the fi rst time since Florida State participated
in the 2001 Orange Bowl in Miami. This will be FSU’s 4th
appearance in the BCS title game, winning in 2000 and
losing in 1999 and 2001. The Seminoles will have played
in both the fi rst and last BCS Natonal Championships.
The ACC became the fi rst conference in history to have a
player win the Heisman Trophy (Jameis Winston, FSU),
the Doak Walker Award (Andre Williams, BC), and the
Outland Trophy (Aaron Donald, Pitt), the Nagurski Trophy
(Donald), the Lombardi Award (Donald) and the Bednarik
Award (Donald) in the same year.
Florida State QB Jameis Winston became the youngest
player in history to win the Heisman Trophy. Winston is
the 2nd freshman to win the award, the third ACC player
and the eighth player from a current ACC school.
Pitt senior DT Aaron Donald became only the second
player in history to win the Outlland Trophy, the Nagurski
Trophy, the Lombardi Award and the Bednarik
Pitt’s Aaron Donald is third ACC player in the last four
years to win the Nagurski Trophy, given annually by
the Football Writers Association of America to the nation’s
top defensive player. Donald follows in the footsteps
of former ACC standouts Luke Kuechly of Boston
College, the 2011 Nagurski winner, and Clemson’s
Da’Quan Bowers, who captured the 2010 Trophy.
Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, named the ACC
Coach of the Year by both the media (ACSMA) and
ACC Coaches, has been named the National Coach of the Year by the Walter Camp
Foundation and co-National Coach of the Year by the Sporting News.
ACC players also captured the Rimington Award (Bryan Stork, FSU), given annually
to the nation’s best center, and the Lou Groza Award (Roberto Aguayo, FSU),
presented to the nation’s top placekicker.
Florida State set a single-season scoring record with 689 points in 13 games,
breaking the old mark of 550 points set by the Seminoles last year in 14 games.
Florida State is going to its 32nd consecutive bowl game, the longest such streak
in the NCAA’s FBS. Virginia Tech now has the 2nd-longest streak (21), with Georgia
Tech (17) tied for third.
Four ACC players lead the NCAA’s FBS in statistical categories this week: Boston
College RB Andre Williams in rushing yards (2,102) and yards per game (175.2);
Pitt DT Aaron Donald in tackles for loss per game (2.2); Florida State QB Jameis
Winston in pass effi ciency (190.1) and Virginia S Anthony Harris in interceptions
Duke has won 10 games for the fi rst time in school history. The Blue Devils previous
high for victories was nine originally set in 1933 and matched in 1936, 1938
Florida State is 13-0 for the fi rst time in school history, bettering the previous
mark of 12-0 set by the 1999 National Champions.
With Florida State (13-0), Clemson (10-2) and Duke (10-3), the ACC has three
schools with 10 or more wins in a season for only the 2nd time in league history
(2006). A win by Miami in its Russell Athletic Bowl appearance against Louisville,
would give the league four teams wqith 10 or victories for the fi rst time ever.
Duke senior T Perry Simmons, who has started 50 games in his career, is one of
the 16 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame 2013 Scholar-Athletes.
Simmons is majoring in Civil Engineering and has a 3.8 GPA as the lynchpin
of Duke’s offensive line which has allowed only 14 QB sacks this year.