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Our theory is despair is sort of the hidden stat. It's not a stat, of course,
but the level of despair an ACC team feels really influences how well (or more
accurately how hard) it performs.

Wake has a healthy dose of it now; UNC did before Christmas, and after
losing to State on Thursday,
if Maryland then loses to Duke, at home, on
Sunday, they are in a bit of a hole. It's early, but starting 2-2 is really a
problem, not least of all because every other ACC team will jump on with both
feet. The Duke-Maryland game should be one of huge intensity, so make sure
to watch it.

UNC has damped down the despair level with a solid performance against Howard
then Clemson, also Thursday
, and to make things ever more interesting, they
have uncovered a potential
star in Julius Peppers
, who is rapidly becoming a demi-legend.