ACC's lunchtime links

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

The critics have gotten a little quieter in Tally, if only for a week.

  • What should have been a celebration for the Tar Heels ended in a cloud of disappointment, and UNC's hopes for the season might already be lost.

  • Here's the good and the bad from the FSU sideline.

  • The number of Florida recruits flowing into the ACC has dropped 30 percent over the past decade, according to a report by Travis Sawchik.

  • Tony Barnhart says that if Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt continues to play like he has, the Jackets can't lose this weekend. He also has a few other picks for you. According to Barnhart, the ACC is the third best conference in all the land.

  • There will be an awe factor that has to be tackled on Saturday when BC quarterback Dave Shinskie visits Notre Dame.

  • The bad news for Virginia? Defensive end Matt Conrath is out with an ankle sprain. The good news? The Cavs should have 'Juice' back against the Jackets.

  • It will be an emotional game for Clemson cornerback Chris Chancellor, who will bury and honor one of his closest friends this weekend in addition to facing Miami.

  • Maryland hasn't played Duke since 2004. It seems like eons ago -- long enough for Duke to get good enough to beat the Terps.