'Noles News 01.09.12

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 29: Linebacker Nigel Bradham #13 of the Florida State Seminoles intercepts a pass in the fourth quarter against the Notre Dame Fight Irish December 29, 2011 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. FSU won 18 - 14. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Welcome back to another edition of 'Noles News. Today's batch is mostly about catching up on the happenings of FSU's opponents, as most of the 'Noles news has been previously reported by us. I also want to remind you to use the recruiting discussion threads. They've been rocking lately.

No front-runner for 2012 ACC race -- yet - ACC Blog - ESPN
I disagree with this, because I think FSU was the best team in the ACC this year. And FSU loses the least important pieces of any top team. Granted, the article is four days old.

NFL luring ACC's top talent - ACC Blog - ESPN
Lots of guys leaving early, but not from FSU. Interesting. I'll have a piece on this later this month.

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Friday mailblog - ACC Blog - ESPN
HD owns idiot VT fan who says FSU's defense sucks because VT scored 40 on them in 2010. Idiot also says Clemson has way more talent than FSU. Basically, full of fail.

Chris in Arlington, Va., by way of Blacksburg writes: Heather, Why do you keep talking of FSU's D? As if it is the measuring stick of great D's? After FSu lost to VT in the ACC champ game in 2010, and 40 dropped on the beloved D, i have no idea why they got so much hype. The same goes for next yr. Yes they have talent, but why would things be different? That talent obviously hasn't gelled? Clemson and VT will have much better D's in my opinion.. Jesus, VT had three starters injured and held Michigan to 189 yards all game. Next yr, they will be even better.... Its not just consistency with VT its player development (play calling is our downfall) and Clemson has WAY more talent than FSU. Why does ESPN love FSU soo much?

Top 5 2011 Florida State moments: No. 1 — Beating the rivals – Chopping Block – Seminoles Blog – Orlando Sentinel

2011 Defensive Alignments - Football Study Hall Defensive base alignments for each FBS football team in 2011.

Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen declares for NFL draft | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

Would You Rather Be Clemson'd Or Not? And The Big Finish - BC Interruption
If it meant getting throttled in your program's first BCS bowl game, would you want to see your program win the conference championship?

Post Orange Bowl Sunday Thoughts - Shakin The Southland Shakin wonders what happened to Steele's defense this year, and stresses that Tajh Boyd is not improving.

Jonathan Bullard Commits To Florida Gators - SBNation.com Jonathan Bullard, one of the top defensive ends in the country, has committed to the Florida Gators.

Chomping At Bits: Could Florida Gators Land No. 1 Recruiting Class? - Alligator Army
It's possible given all the room UF has.

Weekend Recruiting Roundup: Canes Add Four More Commitments - The 7th Floor
7th Floor takes a look at the four new commitments Miami landed this weekend. Two of these guys are definitely good (McCord and Bush), while the other two might be good). Depending on the recruiting service, Miami is still bringing in between 61% and 78% of Miami's recruits are rated three-stars or less. That's a great recipe to stay bowl eligible in 2014 or 2015 when the NCAA sanctions are lifted. It's not a way to compete with FSU or UF in state.

Luke Kuechly Declares For NFL Draft - BC Interruption
Buh bye

Frank Spaziani Names Jim Bollman Offensive Line Coach/Running Game Coordinator - BC Interruption
Frank Spaziani has named former Ohio State offensive line and offensive coordinator Jim Bollman to the Boston College football staff to serve as offensive line coach / running game coordinator.

Maryland's Continuing Search for a Defensive Coordinator - Testudo Times
Updating Maryland's turtle-paced defensive coordinator action. Will Todd Bradford be fired? Is anyone in line to replace him?

Penn State fans should not be angry over Bill O'Brien hiring - Andy Staples - SI.com
Penn State is going to be down for a long while. Ohio State and even Pitt will dominate the Pennsylvania recruiting trail.

Mike Dyer has run for his last yard at Auburn. The school is giving its All-SEC runner, 1,000-yard... - Roll 'Bama Roll

Why LSU should be national champs even if they lose...

In 1964, Alabama and LSU met in Birmingham, Alabama as undefeated teams vying for the conference... - Football Study Hall

Over at the SB Nation mothership, The Historical takes a look at this matchup which followed a six-year break in the series between the two storied programs.

The game prior, in 1958, was notable as the first for Paul W. Bryant as head coach of Alabama and the debut of LSU's famed "Chinese Bandits" defense. The Historical examined this game last November.

Interestingly, the 1958 contest was held at Mobile's Ladd Stadium, marking the last time the teams met at a neutral site prior to tonight's BCS National Championship Game.

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