ACC Nation

ACC Nation

ACC Nation sports news and interviews with Jim Quist and Will Ojanen. ACC Football, basketball, baseball and Olympic sports coverage of Boston College, Syracuse, Pitt, Notre Dame, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Virginia, NC State, North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami and Florida State. In 2024, Stanford, Cal-Berkeley and SMU join the conference.

Episodes

February 20, 2024 29 mins
NCAA women's basketball is on fire and you need look no further than the ACC for an example of that smoke, heat and flame. Megan Gauer of Her Hoop Stats joins ACC Nation to talk bracketology and how teams are stacking up in mid-February. Big wins and crazy losses are creating a higher level of churn than usual but it's certainly been fun for hoop fans. Gauer provides you the complete rundown of women's basketball and how they stand...
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Mid-February is a great time to conduct a physical on the ACC. Are conference sports delivering? Will and Jim pop in on wrestling, swimming, gymnastics, fencing, golf, softball and lacrosse to see how teams are performing. If you go by rankings the answer is, pretty good. Then we stumble into men's basketball. The latest AP Top 25 features 3 conference teams however that could all be jumbled up come the next release. As for women's...
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It's early February so, just chill. ACC basketball is about to get a whole lot hotter. Will and Jim take a look at the Top 25 for men and women, the NET Rankings, toss in some KenPom, discuss the latest brackets for both (check out the links to Big Underdog and Her Hoop Stats on the homepage) and discuss what it might look like on Red Bandana day at Boston College if a certain unemployed NFL coach were to take over. ACC Nation ...
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Pick your favorite adjective in describing the current state of ACC men's basketball and unless you're a Carolina or Duke fan it won't be ideally used in mixed company. Seriously, what in the hell is this nonsense that resembles the horrors of a six-year old who, awakened by a nightmare in the middle of the night, needs new sheets? Overboard? We think not. At this rate the conference will be lucky to have three teams in the NCAA To...
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There was a time when the topic of NCAA WBB came up, many an eye glazed over. For those whose eyes still do the same thing today, they've been missing out on the reality of women's basketball. It's growing, maturing and becoming a major draw on television. On this episode of ACC Nation we wanted to talk a bit more in detail about women's basketball and hear about the 2024 season's brackets. Wake Forest | D1Baseball’s Top Team I...
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January 11, 2024 45 mins
Welcome to ACC sports 2024 and so far the end of 2023 and beginning of 2024 have been wild, surprising and fun. What's next? Well, after we recorded this episode the list was added to again and then again and once more. Nick Saban's gone. Bill Belichick's gone. In case anyone had missed it, so is Pete Carroll. And, oh, by the way the top candidates for Saban's job are peeling away left and right plus some Tide fans don't want Dabo ...
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December 12, 2023 46 mins
Will Ojanen and Jim Quist provide their take on ACC sports news. On this episode their thoughts on the two new ACC football coaches, a look at the WNBA Draft and how players have financial options plus the latest rankings of men's and women's college basketball teams. Get The Latest Bracketology From Big Underdog What do Will and Jim think of Syracuse and Duke's moves in football? What do Fran Brown and Manny Diaz bring to th...
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December 6, 2023 41 mins
Is there such a thing as dependable bracketology? Well, it depends upon where you may be looking. When it comes to 2024 NCAA men's basketball we turn to Jason Carmello who has been ranked among the Top 20 by The Bracket Project. The organization looks at 5 years worth of results and you'll find Carmello's Big Underdog at 16. Take a look for yourself and while you're there look for the major media guys, too. Carmello joins Will a...
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December 5, 2023 51 mins
First things first. Jim and Will share some perspective regarding recent actions by the CFP committee. Now that we've gotten past the 'click-rage' point of the story it's time to think it through and come to some reasonable conclusions. Easier said then done, right? Both guys throw in their two-cents worth on how Florida State came up on the short end of the stick in the playoffs. Next up, a look at all the CFP ranked teams and ...
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Louisville fans couldn't be more thrilled as first year head coach Jeff Brohm has led the team to a shot at the ACC Football Championship. What comes after that in the Orange Bowl is another story altogether. Special guest Jeremy Wahman of Cardinal Sports Zone unleashes the 'juice' and provides Will and Jim a look at what the Cardinals will bring to their matchup with Florida State. The guys talk about a little of everything and...
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Special guest Curt Weiler from the Rivals site, The Osceola joins us to talk about Florida State football. It's been a hell of a journey for the Noles since Mike Norvell took over as head coach in early December of 2019. Whether you call it a rebuild or Norvell simply putting his fingerprints on a program that needed a great deal of TLC to return to their former glory days it appears that the patience afforded him by fans is paying...
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November 21, 2023 59 mins
It's been quite the weekend in ACC sports. From the departure of a head football coach and multiple season ending injuries. Then there's multiple NCAA Championships where ACC teams took home the trophy. Yes, there's a few things to talk about on this week's podcast as we head into a holiday filled with tasty food and drink, crazy uncles and more ACC excitement than you can shake a stick at, so jump on this episode with Will and Jim...
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November 17, 2023 34 mins
One of the wildest college basketball seasons has debuted with some eyebrow raising results. Across the ACC, both men's and women's teams are making their mark on what promises to be an exciting season. There's still not enough action to lock down a dependable impression however highlights sure have been entertaining. Will and Jim take a look at the early action and share their thoughts on what to expect over the holidays. There...
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Going into the 2023 college football season there were more than a few questions regarding ACC teams. It turns out it was a sneaky good season in many ways for more than a few teams. We all wondered if Florida State would hold up their end of the positive projections and now we have an answer. Sure, Louisville seemed like they might be able to turn things around but there was plenty of doubt as to how far Jeff Brohm could take this...
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There's plenty of sports news coming out of the ACC as fall and winter seasons fold into one another. It's been a remarkable fall for the conference and winter looks to be equally exhilarating. Will and Jim take a look at how conference teams rank in the latest AVCA Volleyball rankings, NWCA Preseason Wrestling Poll and the teams that have received invitations to the NCAA Women's Soccer and Field Hockey championships. If you're...
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NCAA men's college basketball play-by-play and color analyst Dan Bonner provides some stunning guidance on what it really takes to win. It might not be what you'd immediately think. Bonner, who played for and coached at Virginia and has been seen on CBS, ESPN, Fox, Raycom and the ACC Network joins Will and Jim for a preview of NCAA and ACC hoops. Have You Subscribed To ACC Nation? What's it take to get prepared for covering...
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NCAA and WNBA analyst Debbie Antonelli previews women's college basketball and explains why the growth of the sport should not be surprising. Antonelli brings a wealth of on-court experience, including coaching to her coverage of basketball. She's one of the many who have helped break multiple glass ceilings that have allowed women's basketball to flourish. The first stop is the AP Preseason Top 25 where Antonelli breaks down wh...
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October 18, 2023 45 mins
Sure, it's going to take more than one or two seasons of success for fans outside the conference to embrace ACC football. The league is still working to turn some of you around as well (looking at you, 'it's a basketball conference' only fans). Let's get real for a second. If you can walk and chew gum at the same time then why can't the ACC be basketball, football and more? In the meantime, for those who haven't discovered our not...
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If you want to talk about Wolfpack football you find someone who is passionate about NC State. We turned to Evan at Red & White Podcast (subscribe) to share his observations, thoughts and ideas on the Pack (follow on X). Is there a root cause of the inconsistencies that fans are pulling their hair out over from week to week? Is mediocrity just okay? What has and what can change to make things better? What will get the Wolfpack ...
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October 3, 2023 49 mins
Oh my, some ACC football weekends are destined to leave a bad taste in your mouth. Welcome to week 5 where we go on our first rowdy rant of the season. Bad coaching and bad executiion will hopefully lead to lessons learned. If not, well, you'll find out early in the program who we think are on the hot seat and why. Fans and administrations aren't as inclined to accept 'vanilla' and truthfully, programs can't afford to run that wa...
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