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Deacon Dump 12/8: Power polls and bowls

i woke up thinking there wouldn't be a lot of good links, but after scouring the waiver wire, I found some interesting news on the ACC in particular, especially regarding the ACC Championship and new bowl shuffle. We're going to try and get a couple interviews lined up this week, so keep an eye out. And as always, if you want some research done or think there is something that should be discussed or highlighted, definitely shout it out. Gras.

2009 ACC Football Blogger Awards - Gobbler Country
Several ACC bloggers (including BSD!) submitted ballots for postseason ACC football awards.

Sports Media Watch: ACC Championship overnights down 35%
For the second straight year, overnight ratings dropped double-digits for the ACC Championship Game. Georgia Tech's victory over Clemson drew a mere 1.9 overnight rating on ESPN Saturday night, down 35% from a 2.9 for last year's Virginia Tech/Boston College game, and down 55% from a 4.2 for Virginia Tech/Boston College in '07. Both of those games aired on Saturday afternoons on ABC.

New ACC bowl selection process in effect for 2010 - ACC Blog - ESPN
ACC fans can rest assured the runner-up in the conference championship game won't fall as far as Clemson did this season for the next four years. In the ACC's next bowl cycle, which begins in 2010, the loser of the title game would never drop below the No. 4 bowl, which will be the Brut Sun Bowl -- and that's a bowl that will want the ACC runner-up. A matchup between the Pac-10 and the ACC runner-up would make for a great bowl game, should the loser fall that far.

ACC power rankings: Week 15 - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN
8. Wake Forest (5-7, 3-5; LW: No. 8) – The Demon Deacons are lucky there has been so much added drama going on with the bowl selection process and coaching changes throughout the conference that their poor finish this year was overshadowed.

Rush The Court " Blog Archive " Checking in on… the ACC
4. Wake Forest (5-2, 0-0) PAST: The Deacons lost at Purdue, while last week’s No. 4, Clemson, lost at Illinois. No shame in either loss, but Wake’s big win at Gonzaga on Saturday earns the rankings bump. There are not many trips in America tougher than one to Spokane, especially when going cross-country and coming off that loss to Purdue. Wake is holding opponents to just 36% shooting, and Al-Farouq Aminu is averaging more than 10 boards per game. FUTURE: No games this week, and – in all honesty – no real challenges until 2010.

Rookie Teague makes progress News Atlanta Hawks
"I guess I'm getting better every day," Teague said. "I think [coach Mike Woodson] has a little more confidence in me." Lewis Off and Running
On the recruiting front, Lewis and his coach are still hearing from Wake Forest. "They are still talking to me and sending stuff," said Lewis. "I still talk to Coach LaRue. I hope to get to a game by the end of this month or in January. My schedule just hasn’t allowed me to get to one yet."

Boys Basketball: Greater Lawrence Tourney pairings announced -
The Rangers, led by sharpshooter Michael Gorman, will attempt to knock off the Raiders, with 6-11 Wake Forest recruit Carson Desrosiers, to highlight the opening-day schedule.