ACC's lunchtime links

I know, I know, we have the Army-Navy game, but ...

  • Georgia Tech's defense has shut out its critics, but there are a few legitimate reasons for the group's struggles this year.

  • North Carolina could have put itself in a better postseason position than going back to the Meineke Car Care Bowl for the second straight year, but it could have been worse, which is why no one is complaining.

  • Maryland quarterback Chris Turner is ready to move on, but he'll do so leaving his name scattered about the record books.

  • The State handed out a few awards to Clemson.

  • Tennessee assistant Eddie Gran, who will join Jimbo Fisher's staff, has already received one rave review. Despite the succession plan, a staff overhaul was unavoidable for Fisher.

  • Miami left tackle Jason Fox is expected to play in the Champs Sports Bowl after missing the season finale with an undisclosed illness.

  • Virginia Tech expects to sell out its allotment of tickets for the Chick-fil-A Bowl by early next week.

  • NC State coach Tom O'Brien sounds optimistic his star quarterback will return in 2010.